Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa
Dr. Alan Gardner Dr. Alan Gardner

The Skinny on CoolSculpting

Q: Who is an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting?
An ideal candidate is within 10 to 15 pounds of their desired weight, but has a problem area that won’t go away with diet and exercise.

Q: What are the benefits of CoolSculpting by Zeltiq?
Unlike other fat removal procedures, this is non-invasive, so patients can reduce fat from their problem areas without the risks associated with surgical procedures. There is no anesthesia, no needles, and no downtime, so patients can return to their normal activities immediately.

Q: How is the procedure done?
We attach a non-invasive suction applicator, similar to a vacuum, to the indicated area. This applicator draws the adipose tissue and breaks down the fat cells by extracting heat, cooling the tissue, and killing these fat cells. Over the next two to four months, the body gradually eliminates these fat cells, which reduces the thickness of the fat layer

Q: Is CoolSculpting painful?
The first five minutes of the procedure can be a little uncomfortable, but not unbearable. We have yet to see a patient feel too uncomfortable.

IllustrationQ: How quickly do people see results?
Many patients see results within three to four weeks. Most patients see about 70 percent of their results within six to eight weeks, and 100 percent of their results within four to five months.

Q: Is there any maintenance or follow-up with CoolSculpting?
The results are expected to last as long as the results our patients would get from liposuction. To achieve even more reduction in fat, patients may have another treatment in the same area two to four months after their initial treatment.

Q: What should people look for in a doctor who offers CoolSculpting?
Find out if the doctor is a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. If it is not the doctor who performs the procedure, ask who will be doing it, make sure they are licensed and certified, and ask if the doctor is onsite while the procedure is being performed. Make sure you fill out a consent form, and that they ask you questions about your health, your medications, and any other medical history.

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2550 Windy Hill Road, Ste. 220
Marietta GA 30067
(770) 952-2100

Dr. Alan Gardner is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is an active member with the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Liposuction Surgery, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.