What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting® is a fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. Utilizing the CoolSculpting device, this process is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical treatment to reduce and eliminate this type of stubborn fat.

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What Does FDA-Cleared Actually Mean?

You might be wondering what the catch is. What do we mean when we say CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared? Fortunately, with CoolSculpting there is no catch, and we can proudly stand behind the quality and integrity of the CoolSculpting procedure.

Here is exactly what we mean when we say CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared:

“The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll) and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not a treatment for weight loss.”

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

During your treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to the targeted area. The CoolSculpting applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat. The CoolSculpting procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.

Fat cells that are frozen during the CoolSculpting procedure gradually die off and leave the body through the body’s natural elimination process. That’s why the results are long-term.

Is Coolsculpting A Surgical Procedure?

No, CoolSculpting is not a surgical procedure. There are no needles, blades, or bandages. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure designed for body contouring.

How Does A Treatment Work?

When you are ready for a CoolSculpting treatment, we clean the skin and apply a specialized applicator which is designed to fit the size and shape of the area we are treating. Gentle suction draws the pocket of fat into the applicator. After making sure the applicator is secure we turn on the cooling and your treatment begins.

How Long Does A CoolSculpting Treatment Take?

Treasure Valley Dermatology is using the latest applicators for the CoolSculpting machine. The advanced technology with these newer applicators allow us to perform treatments in 35 - 45 minutes.

Does CoolSculpting Hurt?

CoolSculpting is not painful. You will feel some mild tingling or pinching in the area as the machine initiates the suction and cooling features. These sensations are temporary and subside for most patients within the first 5-10 minute.

When Will I See Results?

The best results with CoolSculpting will occur after completing all of the treatments recommended during your free consultation. Every body is different and we take the time to customize each treatment plan according to your specific goals. Each treatment can lead to a 25-30% reduction of fat cells in the area. Initial results will be visible in 30-60 days. The peak results will be seen about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Am I a Candidate For CoolSculpting?

Most patients are a candidate for CoolSculpting, that’s why it is such a great treatment! We like to say “If you can pinch and inch” then you are a candidate for CoolSculpting. It is important to remember that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss technique, and only works for fat that is below the skin (subcutaneous fat), and not for deeper fat around your internal organs. Patients who are physically active have the best results with CoolSculpting, but nearly anyone can benefit. There are a few medical conditions that may exclude a patient as a CoolSculpting candidate, but these are rare and will be addressed during your consultation.

How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Last?

CoolSculpting leads to a permanent reduction in fat in the area that is treated, which is why it is such a revolutionary treatment. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after CoolSculpting. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle before and after your treatment, you’ll see permanent results. If you eat poorly and don’t exercise you can still gain weight and your results may be difficult to see.

Why Should I Have My CoolSculpting Treatment Through Treasure Valley Dermatology?

Treasure Valley Dermatology is one of the few aesthetics centers in Boise where your procedures are supervised by a board certified dermatologist, Dr. Dustin Portela. Only dermatologists and plastic surgeons receive years of training in cosmetic procedures during their rigorous residency programs. This level of expertise is critical when it comes to your health.

Many offices in Boise offer cosmetic treatments including CoolSculpting, but are supervised by nurse practitioners or physicians without formal cosmetic training. Many patients have come to Treasure Valley Dermatology after complications or being displeased with their results elsewhere. As an educated consumer you owe it to yourself to select a practice with the highest level of expertise.

How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?

CoolSculpting is an affordable treatment for the permanent reduction of fat. Every body type is unique and we can help personalize a treatment to meet your goals. CoolSculpting offers permanent results for less than the cost of liposuction without all the risk of general anesthesia, swelling and bruising, and recovery time. If needed, we also have customized financing solutions through CareCredit or GreenSky patient solutions.

How do I Schedule a CoolSculpting Consultation?

Are you interested in the difference that the CoolSculpting treatment can make for fat-reduction in your stubborn fat areas or skin-tightening in the submental area under your chin? Well, good news, because scheduling a CoolSculpting consultation with Dr. Dustin Portela and the team here at Treasure Valley Dermatology is simple and easy!

We will provide a comfortable atmosphere to discuss your treatment goals, discuss expectations for the CoolSculpting treatment, and make decisions regarding a treatment plan going forward.


So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us here at Treasure Valley Dermatology today to request your CoolSculpting consultation. You will be happy you went with the Boise CoolSculpting option with the physician advantage.

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