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Coolsculpting & Non-Invasive Fat Removal
Aesthetic Surgery & Dermatology of Cherry Creek
Dr. Adrienne Stewart, MD - Denver, CO



When Dr. Stewart decided she wanted to offer a solution to patients who were having trouble losing stubborn fat, she investigated a variety of modern technologies available for noninvasive fat reduction. While at one time Dr. Stewart did actual invasive liposuction, many patients would regain fat in odd locations, which did not meet Dr. Stewart’s aesthetic standards. She wanted a procedure that would be noninvasive but effective and longlasting. The CoolSculpting procedure from Zeltiq was the answer. It is as painless as possible and offers patients visible results after only a few weeks, and with no down time. With Zeltiq CoolSculpting, patients can literally sculpt their bodies into their ideal shape without surgery. You can get rid of stubborn fat areas, including love handles, muffin tops, or any other area on the body with at least an inch of pinchable fat.

You can get the body you deserve through science that works. It is safe and effective. The science was developed by renowned Harvard University scientists, Dieter Manstein M.D. and R Rox Anderson, M.D.

Coolsculpting is a great option for non-invasive fat removal, but it is far from the only option. Dr. Stewart’s office is a complete body center, offering a variety of effective treatments for fat loss. If a patient doesn’t qualify for Coolsculpting, or looking to combine effective treatments for a specific result, Dr. Stewart also specializes in Vanquish and Ultrashape.

Common Questions About Coolsculpting

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What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, targeted approach to removing fat cells from the body. Years ago, researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine noted that lipid rich fat freezes at about 54 degrees, while the rest of the body’s flesh does not freeze until approximately 32 degrees. That meant that fat could be frozen without damaging the non-fatty areas of the body. CoolSculpting involves a vacuum device that envelops a targeted fat zone, extracting heat from the area until it reaches a temperature of 54 degrees. At this point, the targeted fat cells—the body’s lipid rich fat cells—begin a process known as apoptosis or cell death. About 30% of the fat cells in a given area die, and these are the stubborn cells that often refuse to give up their lipids even under heavy exercise and dieting. The debris from the dying cells is eliminated through the body over an 8 to 12 week period, after which point patients will begin to see the results—smooth skin and less fat.

Are CoolSculpting results permanent?

The fat loss results of CoolSculpting are permanent, but patients can regain fat if they are unable to control their weight. However, the lipid rich fat cells removed during your treatments will not return.

Where is CoolSculpting available?

At Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek, Dr. Adrienne Stewart specializes in offering CoolSculpting treatments for patients with a variety of fat loss needs. Make an appointment today for a consultation and begin taking steps toward achieving the body you deserve.

With CoolSculpting, where does the fat go?

CoolSculpting cultivates the natural process of apoptosis, or cell death, in targeted lipid rich fat cells. Over an 8 to 12 week period, the body eliminates the dead cells, as it does during the natural aging process. There is no excess waste, or any extra material to be disposed of.

Who does CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an advanced, non-invasive technology offered by aesthetic specialists, such as Dr. Adrienne Stewart. A quick consultation with Dr. Stewart will help you determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.

What does CoolSculpting feel like?

A typical treatment involves several hours of fat removal. Dr. Stewart has purchased two machines to lessen the time needed to complete the treatment, and often two areas can be treated at nearly the same time. The initial suction in the machine is a strange sensation for some, and occasionally patients experience discomfort for the first 10 minutes of the procedure. After that, the area numbs and any discomfort tends to go away. Most patients read, talk on the phone, use their computers, or watch DVDs during the procedure. Treated areas can be tender for a few days and are usually a little numb for 4 to 6 weeks.

How does CoolSculpting work?

This simple but revolutionary technology was developed by Zeltiq, born from the simple observation that kids who ate a lot of popsicles often had dimpling in their cheeks. This was determined by scientists to be from a loss of fat due to the overexposure of cold from the popsicles. The same phenomenon was observed in female horseback riders who rode on cold saddles in the winter, resulting in dimpling and loss of fat in their buttocks.

Researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine noted that lipid rich fat could be frozen at about 54 degrees, while the rest of the body did not freeze until approximately 32 degrees. This meant that lipid rich fat could be frozen without damaging the non-fatty areas of the body.

CoolSculpting is a state-of-the-art treatment developed from this discovery. It involves a vacuum device that targets and envelopes a specific fat zone, extracting heat from the area until it reaches a temperature of 54 degrees. At this point, the targeted lipid rich fat cells begin a process known as apoptosis or cell death. Roughly 30% of the stubborn fat cells in that area are eliminated. The debris from the dying cells is passed the body over an 8 to 12 week period.

How long does it take to see results?

Patients will notice their clothing fits better about four weeks after the procedure. Men often notice they take an extra belt hole or two to tighten their belt. The maximum loss is usually achieved by 12 weeks.

Is CoolSculpting safe?

Some patients worry about the fact that the fat cells actually die as a result of the procedure. It should be noted that apoptosis is natural cell death, in this case encouraged by the freezing temperatures, but CoolSculpting is ultimately a non-invasive procedure. Over 650,000 treatments have been performed with the CoolSculpt Cold Lasers without any significant problems.

What is Vanquish ME?

Vanquish is an effective, non-invasive fat removal option for patients targeting unwanted fat around the abdomen. The Vanquish device uses safe radio frequency technology to target and eliminate subcutaneous fat cells. Patients sit in a comfortable chair while the device safely targets specific trouble areas. After only 4–6 treatments, patients have lost two to four inches of unwanted fat.

What is Ultrashape?

Ultrashape is an FDA-approved, virtually painless fat-loss option. The device employs ultrasound waves to target and eliminate unwanted fat. There’s zero recovery time, so you can get back to your daily life right away, feeling more confident than ever before. Dr. Stewart specializes in administering Ultrashape treatments, and can help you decide if this fat loss option is the right one for you.

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