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Say goodbye to love handles, belly fat, and other areas of isolated fat in your arms and thighs without surgery, all thanks to CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq. At the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center, plastic surgeons Dr. Bradley Bengtson and Dr. Ryan Mitchell are pleased to bring CoolSculpting® to Grand Rapids, Birmingham, and Detroit area patients who are looking for a nonsurgical alternative to removing stubborn areas of fat. With CoolSculpting®, you can say hello to a thinner, more toned you!
The FDA-approved CoolSculpting® device can permanently destroy fat cells by selectively freezing them with cool energy. This revolutionary new body contouring treatment for men and women precisely targets the stubborn fat you want to lose. It is the coolest, most innovative way to lose love handles, muffin tops, spare tires, and other isolated pockets of fat that seem impossible to get rid of with diet and exercise alone, all in the matter of a lunch hour! The Bengtson Center also offers ďDual-Sculpting,Ē using two CoolSculpting® machines simultaneously to decrease your treatment times in half!
With CoolSculpting®, our Grand Rapids, Birmingham, and Detroit, Michigan, patients typically see a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area after just one visit, but you may appreciate even more fat reduction with additional treatments. Two sequential treatments at 3- to 6-month intervals are recommended. Unlike traditional liposuction surgery, CoolSculpting® is non-invasive, with no needles, no incisions, no need for anesthesia or pain medications, and no recovery time! View the Bengtson Centerís gallery of before & after CoolSculpting® patients.
Details & FAQ
Itís called stubborn fat for a reason! No matter how dedicated you are to eating well and exercising, you may have stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to weight loss and exercise. If so, youíre not alone. In many patients, itís virtually impossible to lose that muffin top, those love handles, and the isolated pockets of fat that we were previously relegated to either live with or remove surgically.
CoolSculpting® has changed the game, and our Grand Rapids patients are taking advantage of this exciting new technology. Hereís the skinny: developed by Harvard scientists, CoolSculpting® is a patented, clinically proven procedure that freezes fat cells without damaging the skin, blood vessels, or nerves. Thereís no knife, suction hoses, needles or lasers. Immediately after CoolSculpting® treatments, most of our Grand Rapids, Birmingham, and Detroit patients get back to and on with their busy day.
Typically, our patients see a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area after just one visit. You can lose even more with additional appointments, and often two treatments are recommended at 1- to 3-month intervals. What does that mean? Simply put, your clothes start fitting better and you look better in a matter of weeks-improvement that is enhanced even more with diet and exercise. Over the following few months, your body will naturally eliminate the destroyed fat cells, leaving you feeling more like yourself again. Itís totally non-surgical, FDA-cleared, and thereís usually no downtime whatsoever-unless you consider reading a book or checking email during your appointment as downtime. How cool is that? What's more, you donít need to take pills or supplements, and as long as you maintain your weight with normal diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable.
Why Choose the Bengtson Center?
We are proud to be the recent recipient of CoolSculpting's Premier Crystal Award, the highest level available for CoolSculpting® Practices! This is the result of an extensive process of physician and staff training, quality assurance monitoring, and validation by the makers of CoolSculpting®, and treating hundreds and hundreds of patients. This certification ensures you are in great hands with the most experienced staff performing CoolSculpting® procedures in West Michigan. In addition, the Bengtson Center has recently added a second CoolSculpting® machine for your convenience and comfort. Have those inner thighs, muffin tops, or love handles sculpted at the same time. Better yet, schedule two procedures and come with a friend or your spouse. Trust your CoolSculpting® treatments to an experienced medical team at the Bengtson Center: a CoolSculpting® - DulaSculpting Center of Excellence!
What will my CoolSculpting® results be?
Typically, each CoolSculpting® treatment results in a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment is complete, you can attain further reductions with additional appointments, resulting in even more fat loss. Some patients, though, find that one treatment fully addresses their goals. During your consultation for CoolSculpting® at our Grand Rapids office, Dr. Bengtson or Dr. Mitchell will discuss and design a plan that suits you best. We are currently studying and following patients with Vectra 3-D imaging to specifically determine actual volume loss of fat with this technology.
Brad Bengtson, MD, FACS
What happens during the CoolSculpting® fat reduction treatment at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center?
You and your team of CoolSculpting® experts first select the area(s) to be treated. Our CoolSculpting® Specialist will position the device on the selected area of the body and then draw the bulge up between two cooling panels. You will feel a firm pull and pressure, enough to ensure the selected tissue will be cooled most efficiently. An hour or so later, depending on your needs, you will be able to go home, out to dinner, your childís soccer game, or back to work.
What does the CoolSculpting® treatment feel like?
As the cooling goes to work in the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This quickly dissipates. Patients can then enjoy watching a movie, reading a good book, working on their laptop, or even taking a nap during their treatment.
Can I return to normal activities after my CoolSculpting® treatment at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center?
Yes you can. That is whatís so cool about CoolSculpting®. The procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely. Often patients return to work after the session is over.
When will I see results?
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, but you will experience the most dramatic results after two months. Your body will continue to flush fat cells for 4 to 6 months after treatment.
What are the risks?
This is a very safe procedure. There have been no reported cases of skin injury to date. A common side effect is temporary numbness. Since this is quite common, a clinical study was conducted and showed that the nerves were not injured. Numbness goes away after a reasonable period of time. Since the fat is released, some have questioned whether this fat load in the blood and lymphatic system could cause harm. Again, extensive clinical research has shown that this is no concern. Your body is perfectly capable of handling the slow, steady release of fat, just as it does when we eat a meal. Occasionally some patients experience short-term tingling or mild pain, but this typically resolves in a few weeks.
Can it be repeated?
Yes. Since a percentage of fat is removed with each treatment, additional treatments will be expected to give you better results. Most people do 1 to 3 treatments, separated by 1 to 2 months. Multiple, repetitive, technician-dependent procedures are not required, and this technology is not painful.
Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting®?
The better question might be who is not a good candidate! If you are obese, gaining weight, not in control of your weight, or pregnant, this is not appropriate for you at this time. A lifestyle change is needed. The best candidates are within 25 or so pounds of their ideal body weight and have isolated bulges of fat. The lower belly and flanks are perfect examples. The nature of the device does not allow treatment of large areas without considerable time and expense.
Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?
No supplements or pills are required, and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after the CoolSculpting treatment. It's as though they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew by taking even better care of themselves.
Are the results permanent?
When you have your CoolSculpting® treatment, the affected fat cells are eliminated. As long as you maintain your weight with your normal diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable and you have your body back.
How much does CoolSculpting® cost at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center?
The price for CoolSculpting® varies, depending on your areas of concern, the number of treatments needed and your ultimate goals. The Bengtson Center team of experts will assess you in person to help estimate the cost and suggest areas of treatment.