FAQs

Why Choose Gayoso Center for Coolsculpting for your treatment?

Since its approval in 2010 by the FDA, Coolsculpting has become the world’s #1 non-surgical permanent fat reducing procedure. Gayoso Plastic Surgery began offering this amazing technology in 2012 as a compliment and alternative to our surgical services that included traditional liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, two gold standards for surgical fat reduction. We feel that body contouring, both surgical and non-surgical, is best performed by individuals who know body contouring. Transitioning to non-surgical body contouring with Coolsculpting was a natural fit that made sense. With more than 2000 treatments in Coolsculpting alone, along with thousands of body-contouring surgical patients, Gayoso Plastic Surgery’s Coolsculpting staff, Gina Pollick and Clare Thomas, are well prepared to assess, treat and support our patients in their quest for non-surgical fat reduction. To put it simply: we know fat, we know body contouring and we know Coolsculpting®. Under the guidance, teaching and supervision of Dr. Gayoso, a board-certified plastic surgeon with 21 years of experience in body contouring, we know we can achieve beautiful results that our patients can see, appreciate and enjoy.

What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting technology uses cold to freeze fat permanently. Developed by Harvard scientists, this procedure reduces pockets of fat in trouble spots, such as the hips, abdomen, bra line area, chin and more. It can target pinchable fat and non-pinchable fat (such as that found on the outer thighs). We know that fat does not like cold and Coolsculpting technology targets fat without harming important structures such as skin, nerves and blood vessels. Most people with pinchable fat are great candidates and our team of advanced trained Coolsculpting technicians are very good about assessing you to see if Coolsculpting will work for you.

Is Coolsculpting safe and effective?

Yes, Coolsculpting is both safe and effective. Approved in 2010 by the FDA for non-surgical, non-invasive permanent fat reduction, Coolsculpting has become the worlds #1 procedure for eliminating unwanted fat non-surgically. By 2018, more than 7 million Coolsculpting treatments world-wide have been performed. We find that most patients have one or two areas of unwanted fat that bothers them. Often, these areas are not affected by exercise and can be the last area to respond to dieting.

Is Coolsculpting painful?

Although there is no downtime with Coolsculpting, meaning you can return to your normal activities immediately, there are brief periods, both during the treatment and immediately afterwards, in which there is discomfort. When the applicator is placed and after the cooling is first engaged, patients can feel cold and some slight burning for a few minutes. As the tissue becomes numb, the procedure is quite comfortable and most patients relax, sleep, watch Netflix on the high definition T.V. that we provide, or even read and do paperwork. This procedure is the perfect procedure for the busy professional who does not have time to take off work for surgery, but still wants to have an impactful procedure to help reduce areas of fat on the body. Once the treatment is complete, we do a massage for 2 minutes in order to maximize your treatment and most patients indicate that this is the least favorite time of the treatment. You can expect tenderness, swelling and maybe even bruising over the course of the first week after treatment. Numbness can last a few weeks. Most patients resume their normal activities, including exercise and work, immediately.

What does Coolsculpting cost?

There are several different applicators to fit different areas of the body. Treatment times can vary from one applicator to the other and since we tailor each treatment to the individual patient, it is impossible to give accurate costs. However, we accept all major credit cards and proudly offer Care Credit, including the 12 month-no interest option for those patients who wish to use this option. We are also active on social media, including Instagram, Facebook (Gayoso Plastic Surgery) and have monthly e-blasts to let our patients know of any specials on Coolsculpting.

Do men get Coolsculpting?

Men are the fastest growing segment of our patient population for Coolsculpting treatment. Professional men seek this treatment out as an alternative to traditional liposuction because it has not downtime. Typical treatment areas for our male patients include love handles, abdomen, chest and neck area. When considering options for your fat reduction, we encourage you to Man Up with Coolsculpting at Gayoso Plastic Surgery.

Is Coolsculpting better than traditional liposuction?

Coolsculpting differs from liposuction in that it is non-surgical with no incisions, no surgery and no downtime. Like liposuction, the results are permanent with Coolsculpting. While liposuction is a proven, surgical fat removing procedure, Coolsculpting can attain surgery-like results when you select a trained provider, such as Gayoso Plastic Surgery, that has advanced techniques to maximize each treatment. For our non-surgical body contouring patients, Coolsculpting might require more than 1 treatment per area in order to achieve results like liposuction. Both procedures have swelling and numbness that can take several weeks to subside and both procedures take 3-4 months for the final results. Some patients are not medical cleared to undergo surgery and are excellent candidates for Coolsculpting. Our job is to help you sort out which procedure is best for you.

Are there any age restrictions for Coolsculpting?

No. Coolsculpting is not an age dependent procedure. Our trained Coolsculpting technicians can assess you and determine if you are an appropriate candidate and have patients ranging in age from their 20’s to late 70’s. Our goal is to help you meet your goal and to educate you on what you can and can not expect from Coolsculpting. Coolsculpting does not tighten skin and we will be very up front with you if we have concerns that you might have skin laxity after your Coolsculpting treatment. We have patients that undergo Coolsculpting prior to their tummy tuck procedure in order to maximize their tummy tuck results.

I’m ‘skinny fat’, can I still get Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is for all body types and can help boost your self confidence and improve your appearance. We have patients that are very fit but have small areas of fat that just won’t go away with their efforts of exercise and dieting. They call themselves ‘skinny fat’. Coolsculpting works well on both small and large areas of pinchable fat.

Will I lose weight with Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is not a weight loss program, it is a fat reducing procedure. Fat cells take up space, but they don’t weigh as much as lean muscle does. We recommend that you be at your stable or goal weight. However, we have seen Coolsculpting work well on patients that might struggle with larger areas of fat, and even result in jump starting them to take better care of themselves with diet and exercise.