Kristen L. Biggs, MD, Skin Care & Vein Centre, PC is the only center in Santa Fe offering CoolSculpting®.
CoolSculpting® is an FDA-approved, effective alternative to liposuction and other surgical procedures for fat reduction. This innovative non-surgical procedure uses cooling technology to reduce bumps, bulges, and areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It doesn’t require any downtime because it doesn’t use anesthesia or invasive surgical methods.
CoolSculpting® works by targeting the fat cells in a certain area and freezing them, which allows them to be reabsorbed by the body. Fat cells are uniquely sensitive to cold. When the CoolSculpting® applicator is applied to the treatment area, the cold triggers a death signal in the fat cells without harming other tissue, skin, or blood vessels. The fat cells will die over a period of two to three months and are removed by your lymphatic system.
During a treatment session, a device is placed over the target area of your body, as shown in the picture on the right. The device draws the bulge up between its two panels to ensure the area will be cooled efficiently. Most clients feel a firm pull, pressure, and a sensation of cold. The treatment usually lasts approximately an hour, depending on the desired results. Most individuals spend the treatment session reading, working on laptops, or simply relaxing.
Our CoolSculpting® team members have received advanced training in CoolSculpting® techniques. In addition, we have a variety of different applicators which can be used in your treatments to ensure an optimal cosmetic result. We also offer DualSculpting, which uses two machines to treat two areas (such as love handles) at the same time, which shortens the overall treatment time. Because the CoolSculpting® procedure is completely non-surgical, there is usually no downtime required. Although some patients experience tingling, numbness, redness, minor bruising, or slight discomfort at the treatment site, the effects are usually temporary and should completely disappear.
CoolSculpting® is not for everyone. It is not a cure for obesity and should not be used as a weight loss tool. But when combined with a good diet and exercise, CoolSculpting® can permanently reduce the fatty tissue in treated areas with no long-term residual side effects. Most individuals will notice a visible reduction of fat in the treated area as early as three weeks after treatment. The most dramatic results are usually seen within 2-3 months after treatment. Long-term results should remain stable with a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet and exercise.
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