Love handles are far from lovable. However, they're an unfortunate reality for many men and women. In the past, people frustrated by love handles and other areas of unwanted fat had few options. If diet and exercise couldn't reduce fat deposits in such difficult areas, the only means of improvement was surgery. But surgery is an option that isn't for everyone. We offer an effective solution in CoolSculpting® to Lancaster, Harrisburg, and surrounding area women and men who would like to get rid of love handles and bothersome bulges on other parts of their body, without surgery.
As a reflection of their commitment to leading-edge techniques, Stratis Gayner Plastic Surgery was the first plastic surgery practice in Pennsylvania to offer this innovative new treatment to patients in the state and beyond.
To understand how CoolSculpting® destroys fat, it is important to understand how fat cells work—and the limited effects dieting and exercise have on them.
A balanced diet and exercise are essential to a healthy lifestyle, and are our first line of defense against unwanted fat. But while these measures can improve the size of fat cells, they cannot actually make them go away. This is often why those stubborn little pockets of fat, such as love handles and back fat, can remain even on the fittest of individuals, despite their best efforts.
The only way to get rid of fat cells is to physically eliminate them, and this is exactly what CoolSculpting® does. Based on the principle of Cryolipolysis® (a portmanteau of "cryogenic," "lipid," and "lysis") or "fat freezing," the CoolSculpting® device safely delivers precisely targeted and controlled cooling to a temperature of about 39° F to safely freeze the fat cells of the pocket, while leaving all other non-fat tissues in the treatment area unharmed. The fat cells in the treated areas are more vulnerable than skin and other tissues and can be destroyed by the freezing temperatures. These cells crystallize and die. Over time the body processes these dead cells and flushes them out, leaving a more sculpted and toned area.
It is important for patients to understand that CoolSculpting® is simply a body contouring treatment designed to reduce diet and exercise-resistant fat in isolated pockets on the body. It is not to be used as a cure or treatment to combat overall excess weight or obesity and will not result in significant weight loss.
While the fat cells that CoolSculpting® destroys are physically eliminated from the body, existing fat cells can still store fat and increase in size. The results of CoolSculpting® are long-term, and can be permanent if the patient is also committed to sustaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
*Patient results may vary.
The areas for treatment that CoolSculpting® can improve include:
After a thorough consultation, you will work with Dr. Stratis to determine which parts of the body you'd like to target. During the CoolSculpting® body contouring procedure in Harrisburg, cooling panels will be placed over the area to be sculpted. The treated area will be drawn in between the two panels as the machine applies a vacuum suction to draw fat into its mouthpiece. As the CoolSculpting® begins its work and starts to freeze the area, an intense cooling sensation is felt at first, but patients adjust to this quickly and the rest of the procedure is spent in relative comfort. A staff member will monitor your progress throughout the treatment session.
While patients can read, work on their laptop, or even take a nap, CoolSculpting® does its work. The carefully aimed device initiates the Cryolipolysis® process to selectively destroy fat cells. The cells destroyed during a CoolSculpting® treatment session are gradually removed through the natural elimination process of the body. Because Cryolipolysis® is so targeted and the temperature is set to the specific freezing point of the fat cells, the skin and other tissues in the treatment areas are not damaged.
Each CoolSculpting® treatment session is between one to three hours long, during which most patients experience little to no discomfort.
Patients may return to their usual activities immediately—there is absolutely no downtime required after a CoolSculpting® treatment session.
While there may be some redness, tenderness, swelling, or tingling in the treated areas, these are temporary side effects that resolve on their own within a few hours (although some of the redness may take up to two weeks to fade away).
The results from CoolSculpting® appear gradually, beginning to show approximately three weeks after the treatment session, with full results appearing after two months. Under some circumstances, an additional treatment may be necessary after several months to achieve the best possible results.
Cleared by the FDA for non-surgical fat reduction, CoolSculpting® can reduce the fat layer by 20 percent on average. The treated fat cells are destroyed, so long-term results may be achieved. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise will help ensure that your newly sculpted and toned look lasts for as long as possible.
Just as fat cells are vulnerable to the cold, they are also impacted by heat. During your consultation for fat reduction at our Harrisburg location, you may also want to ask Dr. Stratis about SculpSure®, another non-invasive body contouring treatment that uses laser energy to heat and melt away fat.
While CoolSculpting® and SculpSure® are gentle and effective ways to lose inches, these temperature-based treatments cannot achieve the same results as liposuction or a tummy tuck surgery, and take a certain period of time to gradually take effect and display the final results.
Liposuction provides more dramatic, immediate improvement. The surgical procedure can also be used to treat areas that are not appropriate for CoolSculpting®.