Lose Fat Without Surgery in Grand Rapids
CoolSculpting® at Grand Rapids’ Bengtson Center is a fast, reliable, and proven way to reduce fat all over the body without surgery! Want to learn more? What do you have to lose—aside from those exercise-resistant inches and bulges?
Know The Basics
- CoolSculpting® is nonsurgical: There are no incisions or sutures to deal with after a session.
- The Bengtson Center has four machines that cut treatment times in half, making fat-reduction a convenient procedure perfect for your lunchtime break!
- Fat can't stand up to cold the way other tissues can—which means only fat cells are targeted by a CoolSculpting® session, leaving surrounding tissues unharmed.
- Many patients see the results they want after one treatment, but multiple sessions can be scheduled as necessary.
- CoolSculpting® is ideal for stubborn pockets of fat that will not yield to even the strictest of diets and exercise regimens.
- Always committed to his patients and their results, Dr. Brad Bengtson leads a team of experienced Aesthetic Experts, including Medical Assistant Alicia, who attended CoolSculpting® University to become an elite technician offering the highest level of results and service!
From Popsicles to Cryolipolysis® to CoolSculpting®
Years ago, scientists at Harvard University observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples on their cheeks. The scientists—Dieter Manstein, MD, and R. Rox Anderson, MD—realized that the popsicles were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells.
The idea that cold can target fat cells—without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue—was the insigh
Fat Reduction in Grand Rapids, Michigan
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Bradley Bengtson invites his patients to say goodbye to love handles, belly fat, and other areas of isolated fat in their arms, thighs and even their chin without surgery, all thanks to CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq. With CoolSculpting®, you can say hello to a thinner, more toned you!
What is CoolSculpting®?
The FDA-approved CoolSculpting® device can rupture fat cells by selectively freezing them via energy extraction, which cools them. This revolutionary body contouring treatment for men and women precisely targets the stubborn fat you want to lose. We believe 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, with a session that lasts no longer than a lunch hour! The Bengtson Center also offers “Dual-Sculpting,” using two CoolSculpting® machines simultaneously to cut your treatment times in half!
Why Choose the Bengtson Center for CoolSculpting®?
The Bengtson Center team is continuously learning, updating, and improving available treatments, seeking to give patients the best service with the most advanced technology available. We’ve found that that commitment yields results in the form of satisfied patients, but also in industry recognition: We are proud to be the 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®, as well as our record of treating hundreds and hundreds of patients. This certification highlights the most experienced medical staff performing CoolSculpting® procedures in Grand Rapids.
Everything you need to know about CoolSculpting®
Fat Reduction vs. Weight Loss
It may be confusing to hear that reducing fat is not the same as losing weight. It's all about what happens to fat cells. After dieting and weight loss, fat cells get smaller, but the number of fat cells stays the same. When weight is gained, fat cells get bigger. The CoolSculpting® fat-freezing procedure actually reduces the number of fat cells in treated areas by about 20 to 25 percent. These fat cells are naturally processed and removed by the body, so they won’t migrate to another area. And, unlike what happens with other procedures, there’s no change to fat cells in untreated areas.
What to Expect from CoolSculpting®
You and your team of CoolSculpting® providers will first select the area or areas to be treated. Our CoolSculpting® specialist will position the device on the selected area of the body, 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.
During the treatment session, the applicator’s sensors will constantly be monitoring the tissue between the panels, making automatic temperature adjustments as necessary to provide uniform results.
Typically, an hour or so later, depending on your needs, you will be able to go home, out to dinner, to your child’s soccer game, or back to work. In the following weeks, natural processes will take the dead cells from the area, leading to a noticeable reduction.*
What Will My CoolSculpting® Results Be?
Each CoolSculpting® treatment is intended to result in a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area. After being frozen, the fat cells enter what is known as an apoptotic death sequence, which unfolds over weeks or months. The method is a gentle one, with inflammatory cells breaking the fat cells down, then sending the lipids to be processed by the body’s efficient lymphatic system. As the lipids leave, the thick fat layer thins accordingly.
A medical study has shown that since this is a gradual process, with fat being slowly broken down, the loose lipids don’t negatively impact the blood or harm the liver.
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. Two sequential treatments at three-to six-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!
During your consultation for CoolSculpting® at our Grand Rapids office, our highly skilled medical team 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.
How Does ZWave Enhance CoolSculpting® Results?
Though CoolSculpting® reduces fat in an area, it may be only one piece of your slimming-down puzzle. If you're seeking a truly sleek look, you should also talk to the Bengtson Center team about ZWave, which uses radial shockwaves to maximize results and tighten skin. The noninvasive ZWave can be applied as a standalone procedure, but it's particularly effective when paired with the fat-reduction power of CoolSculpting®. The Bengtson Center is the only practice in the Midwest that offers this powerful procedure.
A massage has been shown to further encourage the breakdown of unwanted fat cells after a round of cryolipolysis. Think of ZWave's shockwave as a powered-up version of that post-treatment massage. As the energy travels through tissue, it collapses bubbles found throughout the fat structures, ultimately destabilizing them.
The radial energy also improves blood flow and stimulates the formation of new collagen, both of which give skin a more youthful glow and elasticity, as well as reduce the appearance of stretch marks and more. Weak connective tissue is strengthened, firming up skin that was formerly loose and flabby. Like cryolipolysis, it can be used all over the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, arms, and thighs.
If you're struggling with cellulite, know that ZWave can also have a positive impact on the problem by breaking apart the connective strands that pull your skin down into undesirable dimples.
The Bengtson Center team is committed to pursuing the highest level of technology possible, pairing cutting-edge treatments and advanced techniques to deliver top-quality results.
What Are the Risks?
CoolSculpting® 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 this procedure releases fat into the body, some people 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.
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.
How Long Do the Results Last?
When you have your CoolSculpting® treatment, the affected fat cells are physically removed. 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. This is similar to liposuction, which also physically removes fat cells from the body.
How Does CoolSculpting® Compare to Liposuction?
Liposuction offers near-immediate, dramatic results, considering that the unwanted fat is suctioned out of a target area in the span of a single session. The results from CoolSculpting® are definitely noticeable, but the change won't immediately stand out in stark contrast to your former figure. The cryolipolysis-based fat reduction is more gradual, but comes with few post-treatment healing requirements. Liposuction, on the other hand, may frequently be followed by antibiotics, compression garments, drainage tubes, and other items typically necessary for recovery after surgery. Dr. Brad Bengtson can speak with you during your consultation to determine which fat reduction method would best suit your individual goals, anatomy, and lifestyle.
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.
Experience Grand Rapids
Dr. Brad Bengtson and the entire Bengtson Center team are extending an invitation for you to become our patient. Whether you are from Michigan, the other side of the country, or the other side of the world, Dr. Bengtson’s expertise, experience, and high-level of personalized service and care will make the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery the right choice for you.
Brad Bengtson, MD, FACS
"Best Plastic Surgeon - Grand Rapids" Grand Rapids Magazine for the past 8 consecutive years.
Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 1996 to 2018.
Sought-after Global Speaker and Educator on all aspects of Plastic Surgery.