The physicians at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery were the first in the mid-Atlantic and DC Metro area to offer CoolSculpting, a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment that reduces unwanted fat bulges. In fact, the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery participated in the first clinical studies that led to the FDA-approval of the device for long-lasting fat reduction in the abdomen and flanks. Our extensive experience and ability to treat more than one body area at a time gives us the ability to customize a treatment plan to maximize results in each individual.
Coolsculpting technology has been a game-changer for our patients. In less than an hour, those who eat well and exercise regularly can finally get rid of those stubborn pockets of fat. This means no one needs to go through life feeling frustrated with their body. – Dr. Tina Alster
I can wear a bikini for the first time in over a decade since getting rid of my post-baby belly fat with Coolsculpting!” - Amy B.
Those who have unwanted fat in targeted areas.
35-60 minutes per area. Multiple areas can be simultaneously treated.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULT:
Early results 3-4 weeks after treatment. Continued clinical improvement for 3-6 months.
HOW LONG IT LASTS:
Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.
The science behind CoolSculpting, called Cryolipolysis™, was developed by dermatologists at Harvard Medical School. Their research demonstrated that fat cells are naturally more sensitive to the effects of cold. By using advanced tissue cooling technology, CoolSculpting destroys fat cells through a controlled cooling process leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed. In clinical research performed at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure resulted in a noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in targeted areas without the need for needles, incisions, anesthesia, or recovery-time. After a virtually painless procedure, clinical improvement is evident within 2 to 4 months. Additional treatments can be performed to attain additional fat destruction. After the treatment, normal activities can be resumed immediately– there is no recovery time. Fat reduction with no cutting, no needles, and no recovery? How cool is THAT?
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE?
The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specially 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. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas, including under the chin, they’d like to get rid of. Request a one-on-one consultation with a CoolSculpting physician who will 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. Create a customized treatment plan, in person, with your physician that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.
HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION? HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Your CoolSculpting physician 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. You and your provider may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals. Many people read, check email, or even take a nap during their sessions.
WHERE DOES THE FAT GO?
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. 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?
In the USA, the CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen, and flank. As the #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure and with millions of CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment.
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, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or cold agglutinin disease. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
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. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
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 doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.
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.
If you are interested in a non-invasive treatment to achieve noticeable, natural-appearing fat reduction, please schedule a consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C. today.