Coolsculpting is a non-surgical technique to eliminate undesirable, excess fat from specific areas of the body. It is a suitable choice for treating the hips, abdomen, or thighs.
However, not everyone is a good candidate for Coolsculpting. Certain people make better candidates for Coolsculpting compared to others. Ideal candidates for Coolsculpting have the following characteristics.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides CoolSculpting to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding locations.
Near Target Body Weight
While Coolsculpting does eliminate fat, it is not designed to help people lose a substantial amount of weight. In general, patients lose up to 25 percent of the undesirable fat from the treated site. Multiple treatment sessions can help patients lose some more fat. However, Coolsculpting alone will not help a person lose 20, 30, or even more pounds.
For people who are considering Coolsculpting but still have some weight to lose, it is advisable to discuss their weight loss goals with a doctor who can help them develop a plan to reach their target weight.
Presence of Stubborn Fat
Fat can be tricky, and even people at a healthy weight may still have fatty deposits on specific body areas.
It is challenging to eliminate fat even with aggressive exercise and a balanced diet. Coolsculpting may be an ideal solution for many people with stubborn, undesirable fat as it permanently eliminates fat in a non-surgical manner.
Good Overall Health
Coolsculpting is not a surgical procedure and usually involves fewer risks and a much briefer recovery period in comparison to surgery. But it is still a medical procedure and is typically recommended for individuals who are in good general health. There are certain risks of side effects after the treatment, such as bruising and nerve pain.
The occurrence of side-effects is less likely if the patient is in good overall health. Patients should honestly disclose any health-related concerns or chronic conditions to the Coolsculpting provider.
Not Pregnant or Thinking about Pregnancy
Coolsculpting is probably not a good idea if the patient is pregnant. Studies have not been done to assess the effect of Coolsculpting on a pregnancy or a fetus.
But it does not make sense to schedule Coolsculpting during the nine months of pregnancy. Pregnancy brings about various changes in the body.
After the pregnancy, a woman may end up with more fat pockets on the abdomen, or she may gain weight during those nine months. This means that the benefits achieved with Coolsculpting will not be noticeable.
Sufficient Fat to Treat
Coolsculpting freezes fat cells, and the patient needs to have enough fat for this treatment to work effectively. One general rule of thumb is that a person has enough fat if they are able to grab and pinch an inch.
Some individuals have issues with the traditional suction applicators, even if they have a sufficient amount of excess fat. For such people, the Coolsculpting provider may recommend the use of the flat, smooth applicator.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery receives patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for CoolSculpting.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit
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