Taking a lot of pride in giving his patients the safest and most advanced techniques, Calgary plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Lee and his team of trained professionals have helped countless individuals achieve the best results with CoolSculpting. After you have scheduled a consultation, Dr. Lee and his team adopt an honest, no-pressure, personalized consultation. Their vast knowledge about CoolSculpting will help you to decide if this is the right procedure for you. During your initial consultation, one of the first things that you’ll notice about Dr. Lee’s clinic is the friendly yet professional attitude. Dr. Lee and his team want patients to feel secure, comfortable and fully informed before they take on a procedure.
Non-invasive and Effective
CoolSculpting: Low Risk and Personalized Treatment Plan
CoolSculpting does not involve surgery or invasive procedures, the risk to the patient is very low. Every person’s body and personal goals will be different. For that reason, after you have scheduled a consultation, with Dr. Lee and his trained professionals will ask questions to learn about your personal goals with CoolSculpting so that they can identify the best approach for you. This non-invasive technique does not require anesthesia—you can even watch TV, read books, or play games on your phone while taking it. How low stress is that? The best way to learn more about CoolSculpting is to call and schedule a consultation. This will give you more detailed information about the procedure and whether it is right for you. We’re your Calgary Coolsculpting clinic!
Eliminating Stubborn and Hard-to-Remove Fat
Sometimes you can do everything right with diet and exercise but stubborn pockets of fat just won’t seem to go away no matter what you do. You could have a great body and still have problems with fat in certain areas—sound familiar? In these cases, you may want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee and his trained professionals. CoolSculpting is not a procedure intended for people with obesity problems. Instead, it has been intended for people who are of normal weight, but are having problems with fat in specific areas of their body.
*Individual Results May Vary
Losing the Belly Fat of Pregnancy
One demographic than may be able to particularly benefit from CoolSculpting are new mothers. These women frequently have issues with diastasis and unwanted belly fat. CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures to freeze the cells. After a period of time, the fat cells will die and the body’s immune system will digest the dead fat cells. It eliminates fat cells through a natural process, and once these cells are gone, they do not come back. Approved by the FDA in 2010, this proven procedure works in the majority of cases, and there are only rare situations where people see no results. Everybody’s body will be different, however, and the time frame for seeing the full results will range anywhere from two months to six months. As a mother of two or three children, when having a tummy tuck procedure, you may spend up to four weeks in recovery—and that’s difficult when you have small children to look after. CoolSculpting has virtually no downtime. In fact, if you wanted to go back to work right after the procedure, you’d be able to.
Dr. Jonathan Lee (MD, FRCSC) is an experienced, Canadian and New York fellowship-trained Plastic Surgeon based in Calgary. Well-established, he is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
What Is The Difference Between Fat Reduction And Weight Loss?
While the ultimate goal between fat reduction and weight loss is the same, they do not mean the same thing. Weight loss is achieved through diet and exercise, over the course of time. Even when you lose weight, however, you still have the same amount of fat cells as you did before, but they will reduce in size. With fat reduction, your doctor uses a technique that not only can reduce the size of your fat cells, but reduce the quantity of fat cells that you have, making it harder for your body to gain fat in those areas in the future.
What Areas Can Coolsculpting Treat?
Coolsculpting is an effective fat reduction procedure that can be used to target any area of the body that can stubbornly retain fat. Some of the most common areas to have the treatment done are:
- Stomach and abdomen
- Middle back or bra area
- Chest on men who suffer from gynecomastia
- Under the neck to eliminate a double chin
- Love handles, muffin top, or flank area
- Upper arms to get rid of the batwing look
It is important to remember, however, is that Coolsculpting is really effective for areas that have a little excess fat on them. It is not effective if you have a lot of fat to treat all over your body, but instead better for stubborn areas with fat that refuses to disappear. Dr. Lee will be able to go over your areas of concern with you and help identify the most effective treatment plan for your individual needs.
What Are The Risks Of The Coolsculpting Procedure
Even though Coolsculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure, there are some minor risks and side effects. The most common ones are:
- Tugging feeling in the treatment area during the treatment as the fat is being cooled
- Stinging or aching at the treatment sites for up to 2 weeks following the procedure as your skin recovers from the cold
- Redness and bruising at the treated area
- Swelling and skin sensitivity in the treated area
Any of these side effects will dissipate over the first week or two following the procedure as your body responds and recovers to the extreme cold that was placed in the treated areas.
Is CoolSculpting Effective For Both Men And Women?
Both men and women suffer from stubborn fat that is hard to lose, but they also have different types of fat. Men’s fat has a tendency to be firmer and more fibrous than women’s. Men’s fat is typically easier to lose by traditional weight loss methods, but can be more challenging to treat through Coolsculpting. Women’s fat is softer and more challenging to lose through diet and exercise, but responds quicker to Coolscupting. Coolscupting can work for both sexes though. The treatment plans and amount of treatment sessions needed will be different, but that is something you can go over with your doctor.
Does The Fat Ever Come Back?
During a Coolsculpting procedure, the fat cells in the treated area will die and be expelled by your body. Once the fat cells have died, they cannot regrow and return to those places. There is a risk, however, that if you gain weight in the future, the remaining fat cells in the treated area will expand and grow. This would mean that the appearance of fat can return in the same areas. The best way to prevent this from happening is to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and plenty of exercise, reducing the risk of you gaining fat again.
How To Maximize Results Of Coolsculpting
The best way to maximize the results of Coolsculpting is to use it as a jumping off point to commit to a positive health plan. Maintain a healthy and balanced diet, limiting the intake of processed or fatty foods. Combine a good diet with a doctor-approved exercise plan to help you reduce fat and build muscle naturally. Combined with Coolsculpting, you will see results much faster than if you had proceeded with Coolsculpting without a healthy diet and exercise. Following your Coolsculpting treatments, you should also keep up with a healthy lifestyle to keep fat from returning in the future.
Does The Coolsculpting Procedure Hurt?
Coolsculpting uses a handheld device that has nozzles to apply controlled cooling to the targeted areas. As a result, you might feel a stinging or aching sensation in the targeted area, just like you would feel if you were out in the extreme cold. During the procedure you could also feel a tugging sensation over the area which might cause some minor discomfort. Generally speaking, the procedure is fairly painless with any pain mimicking what your skin would feel outside in snow. You could also experience some minor bruising or redness in the area of treatment. Any discomfort will dissipate within a couple of weeks though.
How Much Downtime Can I Expect
Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure so there is little to no recovery following a Coolsculpting treatment. You should be able to return to your regular daily routine immediately following your procedure, keeping in mind you might have some inflammation in the treated area. You might feel some bloating in the treated area and may feel better wearing loose or stretchy clothing for the most comfort, but otherwise you should be able to follow your regular routine.
How Will My Skin Be Affected By Fat Freezing With CoolSculpting®?
Coolsculpting is a safe procedure and will not cause any damage to your skin. The potential for sagging skin is minimal, but depends on your natural laxity. Since the fat dies off slowly following the procedure, your skin will have more time to spring back and gain elasticity, reducing the risk of saggy skin in the treated area. The procedure itself will not tighten loose skin for you, but should give it a chance for your skin to tighten on its own.
How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?
We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. A Coolsculpting visit can take between 35 to 60 minutes up to 2 hours depending on your individual needs and the areas that are being treated. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals. Some patients can achieve their goals in one or two sessions whereas others might need several visits in order to meet their goal.
When will I see results?
It is important to remember that Coolsculpting is not an instantaneous fix. You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues to do so for up to four to six months after treatment. Different areas of the body will take different amounts of time in order to see the full effects as your body metabolizes the frozen fat cells and expels them. Most patients see results easier in how their clothes fit, getting looser in the targeted area over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate?
Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
How much does the CoolSculpting procedure cost?
The price for CoolSculpting procedures varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. We will help create a customized treatment plan, in person, that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.
Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.
What does it feel like?
As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.
Is the CoolSculpting procedure safe?
The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen, and thigh. With over one million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.
Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?
Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.
Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?
No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.
What happens if I gain weight down the road?
Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, take even better care of themselves. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.
Are there any side effects?
During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Rare side effects may also occur. The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
Scheduling: How to Take That First Step
The first step to seeing progress will depend on filling out the form and sending out an email message to the Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery. After you have done that, a professional from the company will work with you and make sure that you are well informed about CoolSculpting and how the process works. At the consultation, Dr. Lee and his team of trained professionals will help you determine the parts on your body where fat should be eliminated. You will also receive assistance in learning about what to expect during and after the procedure. After the initial consultation, a time and date will be scheduled for the procedure.
Naturally Confident Again
When you have fat in some areas, you don’t feel confident in your body, CoolSculpting can help bring back your confidence. It gives you a method of looking your best, and filling out the form or a phone call to schedule a consultation and learn more about this procedure, to decide if this is the suitable solution for you., and have all your questions and concerns answered. As of right now, over three million treatments with this system have been performed. Unlike so many other treatments, even after that large number of people who have had this procedure, zero patients have reported permanent side effects. While there can be side effects with the CoolSculpting treatment, they’re typically minimal and short lived.
A Clinic in Calgary
Dr. Lee has an established clinic in Calgary for those seeking CoolSculpting in the area—in fact, his clinic isn’t only established, it’s the largest CoolSculpting clinic in western Canada. Patients will be brought up to date on what to expect and how the treatment will take place. This is a very low stress treatment and great for people who want to minimize their downtime. This non-invasive procedure is an excellent alternative to liposuction for those who wish to avoid surgery. In fact, one of the major points of CoolSculpting is that because this is not a surgical procedure, there won’t be any scars. In fact, the body is targeted in such a way that it doesn’t do any damage to the surrounding tissues. While it does freeze and kill the fat cells, it does nothing to the rest of the body.
At the Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery, we have done our best to simplify the process of getting a consultation. All that you have to do is contact us through our email or call us at (866)742-5061 and a professional will be in touch with you to explain more about CoolSculpting and if it is the right procedure for you and your unique needs.