In Charlotte, NC
We all have trouble areas that just won’t go away, even with good diet and exercise. CoolSculpting at our Charlotte, NC plastic surgery center is a popular, nonsurgical method of removing pockets of fat to provide a smoother, shapelier contour with no recovery or downtime needed.
How CoolSculpting Works
CoolSculpting works by safely and effectively freezing stubborn areas of fat using precise cooling temperatures. During your CoolSculpting session, the cooling process, called Cryolipolysis®, is monitored by one of our qualified staff. As the fat cells die, they are absorbed by the body and gradually eliminated during the weeks following treatment. Because fat cells are more vulnerable to cold temperatures than other cells, the surrounding tissues are left unharmed.
Are You a Candidate?
CoolSculpting is effective for treating specific areas of fat and is not a weight-loss treatment. In general, good candidates for CoolSculpting are men and women who:
- Are close to their goal weight
- Have localized areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise
- Have good skin elasticity
- Want to avoid surgery
How You’ll Benefit
CoolSculpting has helped countless patients gain improved body contours. With one CoolSculpting procedure, as much as 25% of the fat cells in the treatment area will die and be eliminated from the body.
CoolSculpting can be used effectively on many different areas, including:
- Inner and outer thighs
- Bra fat
- Under chin fat
A Personalized Experience
Your first step will be a consultation with Dr. Augenstein. He will take adequate time to discuss your goals, explain the CoolSculpting procedure, and create an individualized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. If more extreme fat reduction is necessary, he may recommend liposuction instead.
At the beginning of your CoolSculpting appointment, we will prepare your skin with a pre-treatment wipe that helps regulate your skin’s temperature during the procedure. We then place the CoolSculpting applicator over the treatment area, and the device begins the cooling process. Typically, the device stays on for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
During a CoolSculpting session, patients typically feel minimal to no discomfort. No anesthesia or pain medication is required. Patients often read magazines, check up on email, or even nap during treatment.
Following your appointment, you can immediately return to your normal daily activities. In fact, many patients schedule their CoolSculpting appointments on their lunch breaks and return to work right after. You may experience slight redness, swelling, or itchiness on the treated areas, but this will resolve quickly.
After a few weeks, you will notice that your treated areas begin to shrink. This improvement will continue over the course of 2 to 3 months. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can enjoy the results of your treatment for many years.
Yes, many of our patients schedule a few treatments to target multiple areas. Additionally, you can treat the same area more than once. Some patients only need 1 session per treatment area, while others may require 2 or more visits for optimal results.
A follow-up visit should be scheduled with our office 2 to 4 months after your procedure to assess your improvement and discuss if additional treatments are recommended.
Cellulite is caused by bands of fibrous tissue that pull the skin from below, causing dimples to form. Typically, fat can exaggerate the appearance of cellulite. Thus, CoolSculpting may help reduce the look of cellulite, but it is unlikely to eliminate it.
Although CoolSculpting does help patients reduce fat, most don’t see significant change on the scale. CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment; it is for people who are already close to their ideal weight. It is meant to sculpt the body by smoothing out pockets of fat. We encourage our patients to think of their results in terms of inches instead of pounds.
Each of these choices will be explained thoroughly and discussed during your consultation.
What Our Clients Say
“Adam C. Augenstein, MD is down to earth, very modest, and personable. He is extremely attentive to details and has the utmost consideration when operating and caring for all his patients so all experience the highest-level care and safety.”
“Phenomenal facility, staff, and Adam C. Augenstein, MD was amazing! He listened to my concerns and created the game plan for treatment. He made me feel as though my concerns mattered and he wasn’t trying to just sell me on more surgery.”
“I love my plastic surgeon! Adam C. Augenstein, MD is top notch! I am so happy with my legs, even with the swelling! I went in on February 9, 2016, after a year of back and forth wondering if I should or not, but I finally did it and I am thrilled!”