CoolSculpting® Fat Reduction
in Houston & Katy, Texas
A common concern among our patients is stubborn fat that can hang around for years, refusing to budge despite our best efforts at dieting and exercising. Fortunately, there's a simple solution: Patients can undergo CoolSculpting treatments at the Houston and Katy, TX practice of Suzanne Bruce and Associates to reduce this fat without the need for surgery or recovery time.
Developed by scientists from Harvard University, the CoolSculpting procedure relies on a proven, proprietary process called Cryolipolysis® that freezes unwanted fat cells, effectively destroying them without harming the skin or nearby tissues, as liposuction does.
To find out more about CoolSculpting treatments and other alternatives to liposuction available in Houston and Katy at our Cosmetic Centers, request a consultation or call our office at (713) 850-0240.
Our gallery of before-and-after photos of our real patients is a great way to see what's possible with CoolSculpting treatments. View the photo gallery.
Shaping Your Body
The CoolSculpting procedure is sometimes referred to by the name of its manufacturer, ZELTIQ®, by our patients around Houston and Katy who have heard about its effectiveness. The CoolSculpting process has been cleared by the FDA for the non-invasive reduction of fat. A single treatment can reduce fat by up to 20% in the treated area. We've performed hundreds of CoolSculpting procedures in the years since the device was introduced. Suzanne Bruce and Associates is an official CoolSculpting Certified Practice, and our physicians have a deep understanding of the procedure to give you the best results possible.
We're proud to carry all of the CoolSculpting device's available applicators so that we can give all our patients the treatment they envision. With a variety of applicator heads, we can treat "pinchable" bulges of fat around the midsection and flanks ("muffin tops" and "love handles"), in addition to "non-pinchable" areas such as the thighs. Generally, a single treatment of one pinchable area takes about an hour to complete, and a non-pinchable area takes about 2 hours.
As an added benefit, Suzanne Bruce and Associates also offers DualSculpting™ at both locations. During DualSculpting, we use 2 CoolSculpting machines to treat 2 areas at once, thereby reducing your overall treatment time by half! We perform DualSculpting on non-overlapping areas, such as the thighs (inner and outer), arms, or bra area of the back.
To get the most fat reduction, we highly recommend retreatment within 30 days. We price our treatments to help patients attain the best results possible
One of our doctors consults with you and determines whether you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting treatment. If your goal is to reduce a "belly pooch," for example, your practitioner marks the area and positions the device on your lower abdomen. The device then draws the bulge up between 2 cooling panels, and a precisely controlled cooling begins.
As the panels go to work, you initially feel a sensation of intense cold. This soon dissipates, and the area begins to feel numb. The procedure does not require anesthesia or pain medications, and most describe it as quite comfortable. By the end of the treatment, your fat cells crystallize without affecting your surface skin tissue. Over the next 2 to 4 months, these crystallized fat cells break down and are naturally flushed from your body, resulting in a noticeably flatter abdomen.
Because CoolSculpting treatments are non-invasive, you can immediately resume your daily activities, including work and exercise. You may experience post-procedure redness, minor bruising, tingling, or numbness in the treated area, but these conditions are temporary.
After a procedure, the treated fat cells are gone for good. Your long-term results should remain stable as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Additional treatments of the same areas can result in further fat reduction.
Am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting treatments?
Although many people make good candidates for this innovative procedure, it's important to keep in mind that it is not appropriate for allover, large-volume weight loss. Instead, the best candidates for CoolSculpting treatments are adults who are at or near their ideal weights but are still bothered by localized areas of excess fat. CoolSculpting can reduce the size of these bulges for a sleeker, more streamlined physique.
What happens to the fat once it's been frozen?
Once CoolSculpting treatments freeze fat cells, they break down and eventually die off in a natural process called apoptosis. The remnants of the destroyed fat cells are naturally flushed out of the body by the kidneys. This is why the results of a treatment develop gradually over the course of a few months. Many patients appreciate the discreet nature of this gradual process.
How long will my results last?
Although the destroyed fat cells will never come back, your remaining fat cells can still enlarge, leading to weight gain. Therefore, it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after CoolSculpting treatments by eating a healthy diet and exercising. By keeping a steady weight, the results of your CoolSculpting treatment may last indefinitely.