COOLSCULPTING FOR STOMACH

Coping with excess body fat is never easy; when extra chub is located in the abdominal region, it can take a toll on your self-esteem. Unfortunately, the main area in which the body tends to store the most fat is the one that bothers us the most: the abdominal area and stomach.

If you struggle with belly fat, you’re not alone. Based on waist circumference measurements, abdominal obesity was found in approximately 59% of U.S. adults in recent years. Aside from abdominal fat being the most dangerous of fats –– as it surrounds internal organs thereby increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other deadly health concerns –– belly fat is unflattering and the primary area that both men and women of various ages want to address with cosmetic procedures. At Skinly Aesthetics, they can do just that with the help of CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting belly fat is FDA approved and allows patients to freeze, destroy, and eliminate stubborn subcutaneous belly fat. Using cryolipolysis technology, fat cells localized around the abdominal region are effectively eliminated, diminishing subcutaneous belly fat without the need for liposuction or surgical intervention. This non-invasive treatment is surging in popularity as an effective, low-risk fat reduction procedure.

Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive method to remove stubborn abdominal adipose tissue ideal for patients with minimal but pinchable and noticeable belly fat. The fat in your midsection will be visibly decreased within 1 to 2 months following your initial treatment with zero downtime. This treatment is best performed by a board certified plastic surgeon who has an excellent understanding of the anatomy around your gut, and who can safely and effectively treat your stomach area. 1 to 4 sessions may be needed to achieve the desired aesthetic of your midsection.

WHAT IS COOLSCULPTING?

If you struggle with excess fat, you may be looking at lots of different body contouring treatments. In place of higher risk surgical intervention, there are many minimally or non-invasive methods out there for eliminating pesky, unwanted fat. CoolSculpting is often considered to be the gold standard of these non-invasive treatments, an FDA-approved method that delivers efficient and low-risk fat removal in a quick and easy way.

CoolSculpting is also known as cryolipolysis, or fat freezing. Using a variety of applicators in different shapes and sizes, overabundant fat cells in the subcutaneous layer are frozen and metabolized by the body. This can lead to a reduction of 25% of fat in the affected area after just one session. CoolSculpting is not intended as a weight loss procedure, but it does target stubborn, hard-to-eliminate pockets of fat.

Coolsculpting for stomach

HOW DOES COOLSCULPTING WORK?

Exercise, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes, can do a lot in terms of weight loss. However, despite our best efforts, many of us still have a hard time getting rid of extra chub in certain regions of the body –– particularly the stomach. It can often be tricky to reduce fat cells in the subcutaneous region of the body –– that is, just below the skin. That’s where cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, comes in handy.

Through the use of chilled applicators, CoolSculpting targets adipocytes (fat cells) on certain regions of the body. Because these types of cells are more susceptible to cold temperatures, this process freezes them and provokes apoptosis (the destruction of cells). This non-invasive intervention triggers the body’s inflammatory response, causing its macrophages to digest the frozen fat cells. Within a few weeks, the destruction of these cells leads to visible fat reduction.

COOLSCULPTING IS A CLINICALLY EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR BELLY FAT

While having a healthy amount of fat around the belly is normal, a body fat percentage that exceeds 28% for women and 18% for men is considered unhealthy. This is particularly true if the fat is localized around the abdominal region. Too much belly fat is often associated with bad habits and unhealthy diet; however, there are a variety of factors that may contribute to your stubborn belly pudge including the following:

  • Lifestyle – belly fat is often the unpleasant result of a sedentary lifestyle and a caloric surplus. Yo-yo dieting may also cause stomach fat as our bodies store as much fat as possible around our abdomens to protect vital organs when it goes into starvation mode.
  • Medical conditions – Jiggly fat around the belly is often correlated with underlying health conditions such as diabetes or hormonal imbalances, causing our bodies to store fat along the midsection.

CoolSculpting eliminates belly fat at a subcutaneous level right below the skin of the abdomen through cryolipolysis. During this process, a vacuum applicator is applied to the hard-to-lose fat bulges around the waist, bringing underlying belly fat to freezing temperatures causing it to crystallize and die

For the 1 – 3 months following, your body will gradually metabolize the targeted fat cells, leaving you with a leaner waistline and 25% reduction in overall abdominal fat. This outlook has been proven by various studies and boasts high patient satisfaction.

COOLSCULPTING FOR ABDOMINAL FAT REDUCTION PROCESS

If you’re curious about what your cryolipolysis procedure will look like, here’s a quick breakdown. Before your actual treatment, you will have a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg. During this appointment, you will discuss your medical history to confirm that you are a suitable candidate for stomach fat cooling. Dr. Schwarzburg will also determine the size and number of applicators needed to cover your abdominal region for optimal results.

There is no preparation needed before getting your belly fat CoolSculpting session. On the day of your appointment, your stomach will be sanitized and the selected stomach applicator will be outlined using a skin-safe marker for ideal placement. Dr. Schwarzburg will apply a protective gel membrane on the abdomen to protect your skin from frostbite. Once the handheld applicator is set in place, the machine will be turned on to grip the belly fat using vacuum suction. The cold temperatures will freeze the fat cells, killing them off within 35 – 45 minutes.

The CoolSculpting will be followed by a brief massage in the treated area of the abdomen. There is no aftercare and you can resume normal activities immediately after fat freezing your belly chub. You will likely need anywhere from 2 to 4 applicators to cover the entire abdomen, meaning that the total duration of your treatment may last up to 4 hours if you want full coverage.

WHAT WILL MY COOLSCULPTING STOMACH BEFORE AND AFTERS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY TREATMENT?

Before CoolSculpting your stubborn abdominal adipose tissue, you will have unflattering pouches of fat in your upper and/or lower stomach. After your fat cooling treatment, these fat pockets around your gut will be reduced or fully eliminated, giving you a huge confidence boost and allowing you to finally shamelessly slip into your favorite cocktail dress or pair of pants without having to worry about your now gone “happy belly”.

The results of this procedure are permanent. Once the abdominal adipose tissue is frozen and processed naturally through the lymphatic system, your muffin top is permanently eliminated. However, this does not mean that you won’t be able to gain new weight, which is why it is so important to be prepared to commit to a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain your newly sculpted stomach.

NUMBER OF FAT FREEZING SESSIONS NEEDED FOR STOMACH

It takes approximately 1 to 2 months after your cryo session for the fat cells that were frozen around your stomach to be metabolized by the body and for results to be visible. At this point you and Dr. Schwarzburg can decide whether or not you need an additional session to achieve the waistline that you want.

While some patients are completely satisfied after just one session, some wish to see more dramatic results. For patients who want to see a greater reduction in belly fat, they may need a total of 1 to 4 rounds to achieve optimal results around the abdominal region.

DOES COOLSCULPTING FOR LARGE STOMACHS WORK?

Cryolipolysis can work on a stomach of any size, though it works best on patients with minimal pinchable belly rolls. If you are the ideal candidate for belly fat freezing, then yes, CoolSculpting works! Several clinical trials have demonstrated and confirmed the safety and efficacy of CoolSculpting along the abdominal region.

If you are heavily overweight or obese with a larger stomach, you may CoolSculpt your abdomen using several CoolAdvantage Plus applicators to cover the entirety of the stomach, though visible results will take multiple sessions and will require an overall lifestyle change to become evident and to be maintained.

COMPARING COOLSCULPTING TO LIPOSUCTION TO REMOVE BELLY FAT

When it comes to the stubborn pouches of belly fat, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive option to effectively eliminate smaller fat bulges around the stomach.

Liposuction, on the other hand, is an invasive surgical procedure which results in a more drastic change for patients who have a lot of belly fat. Liposuction is used on patients with significant abdominal fat and involves surgical restrictions and a lengthy downtime. For patients with more significant abdominal fat, liposuction might prove more effective. This would otherwise require several applicators and CoolSculpting sessions to address. However, liposuction also comes with more risks and side effects, as well as lengthy downtime. 

CoolSculpting is preferred amongst patients applicable for the treatment with hard-to-reach minimal abdominal fat due to its painless, non-invasive nature and the additional benefit of zero downtime. 

WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure used to eliminate fat. Using a cannula –– a thin metallic tube — inserted into the body, a plastic surgeon removes excess fat cells in specific areas during the operation. Many find liposuction to be a good option when it comes to getting rid of a large amount of fat; however, this is an invasive procedure that comes with a longer list of side effects, risks, and significant downtime. Non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures like CoolSculpting are often safer and more choice for those who do not want surgery.

WHICH IS BETTER FOR BELLY FAT: LIPOSUCTION OR COOLSCULPTING?

If you are struggling with weighing the different fat reduction treatments out there, it’s best to have a discussion with your physician about all the pros and cons. Liposuction and CoolSculpting are both popular methods of fat removal; however, they differ heavily.

While liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that involves a higher chance of adverse effects, CoolSculpting is a much more low-risk, non-invasive procedure. Liposuction also involves greater aftercare and downtime; Coolsculpting, on the other hand, is a quick procedure that necessitates no downtime at all.

While liposuction can often remove a more dramatic amount of fat from a large area instantly, this can often result in loose skin occurring; skin laxity is not a risk when undergoing CoolSculpting. There are also a lot of other risks and side effects associated with liposuction that you can avoid with non-invasive cryolipolysis.

While the choice is yours to make, CoolSculpting is more convenient, safer, and efficient for a lot of patients. This is likely why 89% of patients view their CoolSculpting treatment favorably, and 82% of them who have it recommend it to their friends.

DOES CRYOLIPOLYSIS TIGHTEN SKIN ON THE BELLY?

Many patients aren’t just worried about excess fat. They also have trouble with an abundance of lax skin around the abdomen. Just like stubborn bunches of fat, loose skin can be extremely bothersome and nearly impossible to get rid of through exercise. If you have this issue, you might be wondering if CoolSculpting can help tighten excess skin.

Unfortunately, fat freezing does not tighten loose skin on the stomach. However, because the Coolsculpting belly results develop gradually, you will not be left with loose skin as your body has time to adjust to its change in size. Compare this to the after-effects of liposuction, where large accumulations of fat are abruptly removed, leaving many patients with saggy skin. Other treatments, such as Fraxel laser or Secret RF microneedling, 

Fat freezing around the abdomen does not result in 6 pack-like abs. While the abdominal fat eliminated may make already existing abs more prominent, if your abdominal muscles are not strong or activated, then you will have to either train your core muscles or work with alternative procedures such as CoolTone and EmSculpt; these are designed to train your abs for you, and are often paired with belly CoolSculpting.

COMBINING FREEZING STOMACH FAT WITH OTHER TREATMENTS TO SHAPE YOUR BODY

If your dream body feels within your reach, it’s natural to want to go the extra mile to make it a reality. To this end, abdominal cryolipolysis can be paired with a variety of treatments to shape your body and tighten your abdominal region. Some patients opt for Kybella injections to eliminate smaller areas of fat around the waist that wouldn’t fit additional applicators to fully reach their goal aesthetic.

CoolTone and EmSculpt are also used on the abdomen and use electromagnetic energy to contract your abdominal muscles for you, leaving you with tighter abs and an overall more attractive waist. Skin tightening treatments such as Fraxel laser and Secret RF microneedling can be used to tighten loose skin around the abdomen and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, should your transformation be based on a postpartum “mommy makeover”.

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your skin, you may also want to look into Sculptra, Thermage, or QWO injections for cellulite removal and skin firming. This can help plump the skin and repair certain damage caused by age or environmental factors. If you’re interested in any of these additional treatments, talk to Dr. Schwarzburg for a better perspective.

THERMAL TREATMENTS TO TIGHTEN THE SKIN

People who deal with an abundance of belly fat also often fret about skin laxity. Especially if you’ve already put in work to lose weight, struggling to reduce excess skin around the stomach can be frustrating. While there are surgical option to have this skin removed, you can also look into non-invasive procedures –– for example, Thermage.

Thermage is a skin-tightening method that uses radiofrequency technology. WIthout any surgery, incisions, pain, or downtime, this is a convenient way to tighten and smooth loose skin in the stomach, arms, thighs, face, eyes, and knees.

Here’s how it works — similar to CoolSculpting, an applicator is applied to the targeted area. Instead of cold temperatures, however, Thermal treatments send radiofrequency energy wavelengths to heat the internal layer of skin, which are then absorbed by the tissue. Through this controlled damage to the region, shrinkage occurs as a result of water molecules separating from fibrous protein. Provoking the body’s natural healing process also promotes the production of collagen –– the protein in the body that supports strong and healthy skin structure.

Over the course of a few months after your treatment, your body’s healing process will result in firmer, more appealing skin. Without significant side effects or downtime, this procedure is convenient and helpful to many.

CAN COOLSCULPTING ELIMINATE BELLY FAT?

Belly fat can be removed using CoolSculpting technology, designed to reach the fatty deposits stored directly underneath the skin around your abdomen. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wish I could freeze away my belly fat,” well, you can! CoolSculpting is recognized as the gold standard for non-invasive tummy fat reduction. The cryolipolysis process works to destroy and digest fat cells, freeing you from their unwanted presence around the stomach.

HOW MUCH BELLY FAT CAN I EXPECT TO LOSE WITH COOLSCULPTING?

Each session is designed to permanently eliminate 25% of subcutaneous abdominal fat. With each consecutive session, your belly pooch will be reduced by an additional 25%. These expectations can be backed up by patient experience; studies show a reduction in the thickness of fat in certain areas of the body that ranges from 39.6 cc to 4.5cm several weeks after treatment. 

WHICH COOLSCULPTING APPLICATOR IS MOST EFFICIENT TO TREAT THE ABDOMINAL REGION?

The most common applicators used on the stomach area include CoolAdvantage and CoolAdvantage Plus. However, there are a variety of applicators to suit different shapes and sizes of tummy bulges, perfect for achieving any effect a patient desires.

CoolAdvantage Plus

CoolAdvantage Plus is recommended for covering larger areas of the body. If you want to target a majority of the abdomen, you can do so with a CoolAdvantage Plus applicator, which takes around 45 minutes.

CoolCore

The CoolCore applicator is most often used to address diamond shaped areas, such as the flanks, or love handles, around the waist and back. Treatment with a CoolCore applicator lasts around 35 minutes.

CoolPetite

Some parts of the body are harder to pinpoint with larger applicators. In these cases, the CoolPetite applicator is best used. It can be used to treat smaller love handles or patients with little amount of fat. Like the CoolCore, this will take about 35 minutes.

CoolSmooth

Finally, the CoolSmooth applicator is a non-vacuum option for areas of the body not suited for any kind of suction treatment. This includes the periumbilical abdomen, thighs, and back. 

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH COOLSCULPTING?

Side effects from stomach CoolSculpting are minimal and rare. Some people may experience a bit of bruising, numbness, or slight redness after your session, but these effects are temporary and resolve on their own within two weeks. 0.1% of patients notice late-onset pain about 14 days after the procedure, but this is only temporary.

The most notable side effect which only occurs in less than 1% of patients is characterized as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. in which the treated area of your abdomen actually becomes larger, rather than smaller. You may be familiar with this phenomenon as it was the unfortunate result of celebrity Linda Evangelista’s stomach CoolSculpting. 

HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT SWELLING AFTER FAT FREEZING?

The non-invasive nature of CoolSculpting means that it is a low-risk procedure that generally doesn’t present any adverse effects. However, some patients do experience mild swelling after their session. This temporary swelling in the targeted area will resolve itself within a few days of your treatment.

IS COOLSCULPTING PAINFUL?

While stomach cryolipolysis is generally painless, you may feel some minimal discomfort, tingling or stinging during the first few minutes as your fat begins to freeze, all of which subside once the belly fat is frozen and numb. Some patients report late-onset pain around 2 weeks after their session, but this discomfort typically  goes away on its own.

DETERMINING IF YOU ARE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR STOMACH COOLSCULPTING

If you are consistent with a balanced diet and exercise regimen and are struggling to get rid of that extra bit of fat around your stomach (still within 20lb – 30lb of your ideal weight), then CoolSculpting your abdominal area could be a great option for you. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are some considerations.

If you have cold agglutinin disease, cryoglobulinemia, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, you should not get a fat freezing procedure. While CoolSculpting is non-invasive, there are some contraindications for fat freezing the stomach which can be found here.

COOLSCULPTING FOR THE STOMACH COST

CoolSculpting abdominal fat can cost anywhere from $600 to $10,000, depending on the size of the target area and the number of applicators and sessions needed to accomplish your desired waistline.

COOLSCULPTING THE STOMACH WHILE PREGNANT

CoolSculpting is not a good option for pregnant women. Most women notice their body undergoing significant changes during pregnancy, and may want to return to their “pre-pregnancy body” as soon as possible. However, you should avoid CoolSculpting while pregnant. The enlargement of the stomach as well as a buildup of fat is a normal part of the pregnancy process.

If you are still interested in CoolSculpting after the birth of your baby, you may look into CoolSculpting about three months after the delivery to address excess fat.

IS FAT FREEZING WORTH IT? WHY IS IT SO POPULAR FOR  THE STOMACH?

Yes! CoolSculpting is incredibly popular due to its non-invasive nature. The amount of minimally invasive procedures performed in the US has risen by 137% in the past two decades, while surgical procedures –– despite what you may believe based on certain celebrities –– have actually been declining. People are increasingly looking toward more convenient and safe alternatives to achieve their aesthetic goals.

Visceral fat in the abdominal region is notorious for being the overriding cause for chronic health conditions. However, recent studies suggest that even subcutaneous fat, best described as “pinchable” fat around the belly, could pose just as much of a threat to your overall health as visceral fat. 

Belly fat overall is very difficult to get rid of because it is used by the body as reliable energy storage. In fact, subcutaneous fat around the abdomen is nearly impossible to get rid of by natural means due to the severe, and for most people unsustainable caloric deficit needed to do so. With a wide variety of surgical options to eliminate these fatty bulges around your love handles, most of them come with a lengthy downtime, and various risks and side effects associated with the surgeries themselves. As such, CoolSculpting has grown in popularity as it is a non-surgical and non-invasive alternative to reduce or fully eliminate that resistant belly pooch.

“I need to lose weight” is a phrase that many of us have vocalized or at the very least thought to ourselves, that oftentimes refers to losing that “spare tire” or “muffin top” that loops around our waistline. Having a roll of fat bulging out of our low-rise jeans can take a huge hit to one’s confidence, whether it be on a night out, at the beach, or in any setting making you feel the need to cover up your stomach. As such, there is no surprise that so many of us seek a safe and effective solution to get rid of it, hence, the ever rising popularity of CoolSculpting for stomach pooch.

With 86% of patients showing improvement after cryolipolysis treatments, it’s easy to see why so many are eager to try it out for themselves.

KYBELLA TO GET RID OF BELLY FAT

You may have heard of Kybella injections and are wondering how they compare to cryolipolysis. Kybella is another non-surgical fat-dissolving method. It involves injecting deoxycholic acid (a molecule your body naturally produces) into the areas you want to target, thereby destroying fat cells and eliminating unwanted fat.

This FDA approved dermal injection is particularly effective when it comes to small pockets of fat that are difficult to target using a CoolSculpting applicator –– for example, areas around the buttocks or double chins. Because of this, many patients like to combine these two treatments for more extensive fat reduction.

DID COOLSCULPTING WORK FOR OTHERS?

CoolSculpting has had great results for patients in the past. After 2 months of a single treatment cycle, patients experience an average 39.6 cc of weight loss. One study found that patient satisfaction rates after a single treatment tended to be around 73%, which is higher than other, less convenient treatments that feature more adverse effects. Another study showed a  23% reduction in fat layer thickness 3 months following a non-invasive cryolipolysis treatment, as well as improvements in 86% of patients. Overall, people who have had CoolSculpting treatments tend to be very happy with the results!

WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TO GET COOLSCULPTING FOR TUMMY FAT REDUCTION?

If you are dealing with stubborn belly fat and want to lose it once and for all, then Skinly Aesthetics is your solution. Owned and operated by board-certified cosmetic physician, Dr. Schwarzburg, M.D., Skinly offers a variety of minimally invasive body contouring options that will help you get the waistline you’ve been working towards.

With over a decade of experience, Dr. Schwarzburg is well-rounded in all things cosmetic medicine and is known for his professionalism, skill, and critical eye when it comes to body contouring.
To schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, you can reach us at (212) 774-4264 or email us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.