What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical, noninvasive fat-reduction treatment that originated with a novel discovery. In 1970, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that fat cells in the cheeks died when one frequently sucked on frozen popsicles. This discovery went largely unaccounted for until, many years later, doctors revisited the idea and named it cryolipolysis. In 2010, the research and development into cryolipolysis culminated in the FDA-approval of the CoolSculpting device. CoolSculpting uses freezing temperatures to break down fat cells without affecting the skin or surrounding tissue.


Results only after 1 treatment. Patient received CoolSculpting on the abdomen & under the chin. 

Meet Buba, our CoolSculpting & Body Contouring Specialist

Hi, my name is Buba Lund! I’m the CoolSculpting and Body Contouring Specialist here at WEPS to help you become the person you most want to be. I am lucky to have worked as a Medical Assistant with Dr. Ruff who trained me and shaped what I know today. He recognized my passion and eye for sculpting. So... I was sent to train at CoolSculpting University and became licensed CoolSculpting Specialist. As a mother of three: a boy, a girl and a Frenchie, I started to struggle with the way I look. Every patient who comes to me I treat as if I am the patient. I like to motivate, stay in touch and develop very personal relationships with my patients. Good energy, power of positive thinking and little help from me, will get you where you want. You can email or call to schedule a free consultation. I am at your service. See you soon!

"I have had a fantastic experience with West End Plastic Surgery, especially my CoolSculpting consultant, Buba. The staff members are always polite and attentive, and their facilities are beautiful. My CoolSculpting experience was easy and effective, and I found Buba was always supportive and encouraging in our appointments. I would gladly recommend West End and Buba to anyone looking for CoolSculpting or other body contouring procedures." - Glen

CoolSculpting vs. Diet and Exercise

Many people mistakenly believe that cryolipolysis is a weight loss solution. There is no evidence to suggest this is remotely true. Cryolipolysis is intended for cosmetic improvement. A CoolSculpting treatment can achieve visible improvements but does not offer any positive health benefits. This is because treatment removes only subcutaneous fat, not the visceral fat that is associated with health concerns such as insulin resistance and high cholesterol.

What CoolSculpting can do is expedite the elimination of unwanted fat in problem areas that do not respond as expected to healthy lifestyle habits. CoolSculpting, diet, and exercise go together to create the best chance at improving body contours.

CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction

Before fat freezing therapy, liposuction was the primary method of fat-reduction available. The results that are achieved with CoolSculpting and liposuction are similar. Both treatments can permanently eliminate stubborn fat from various parts of the body. Neither is intended for weight loss. Likewise, neither can improve the appearance of loose skin or cellulite.
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Where CoolSculpting stimulates the natural elimination of fat, liposuction extracts fat through a small tube. This technique requires patients to receive some form of anesthesia, either local or general. Being a surgical procedure, liposuction generally incurs a recovery period of at least a few days. Patients experience bruising and swelling but can also see improvement relatively quickly. Because CoolSculpting does not involve incisions or the insertion of a surgical instrument beneath the skin, bruising and swelling are very uncommon. However, it does take several weeks to see appreciable improvements.

Both CoolSculpting and liposuction are considered very safe.

What areas can you treat with Coolsculpting?

Fat freezing treatment is commonly used on fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. Areas treated include the abdomen, under the buttocks, thighs, bra and back areas, upper arms, and the chin.

Who is a candidate for CoolSculpting treatment?

Many adults are good candidates for CoolSculpting treatment. Those that are near their ideal body weight and have good tissue elasticity achieve the best results. Skin elasticity is what allows the skin to “bounce back” after being stretched. When skin is very loose, reducing fat in the area may make laxity appear more prominent. CoolSculpting patients are ideally committed to ongoing health and wellness and understand that the results they achieve can last many years with good weight management habits.

How does CoolSculpting work?

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Cryolipolysis works by sucking body tissue up into an applicator of two cooling panels. These panels expose fat cells to extremely cold temperatures. This could be likened to the way a child may such their cheeks in when eating a popsicle. By exposing fat cells to freezing temperatures, CoolSculpting targets them for destruction.

Fat cells grow crystals and die off over two to three months. The body’s immune system then picks up the destroyed cells and evacuates them through the lymph system. Studies have shown that this fat-reduction method can reduce from 18 to 25% of fat from an area in one treatment.

What should I expect after CoolSculpting treatment?

There is typically no downtime needed to recover after CoolSculpting treatment. Patients may experience stinging, tingling, and cramping in the treatment area. Nausea may also occur. These normal side effects start to diminish right away. However, numbness that affects the treatment site can last up to three weeks, resolving gradually up to that point.

When will I see CoolSculpting results?

It takes a few weeks after fat freezing treatment for crystals to form in fat cells and for those fat cells to be targeted by the immune system. Patients may begin to see a change in contour as early as two weeks after their treatment. Improvements continue to improve for up to 12 weeks.

How many treatments are necessary?

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The results of a single CoolSculpting session can reduce fat in the treatment area by up to 25%. The full extent of fat-reduction is typically not seen for 3 to 4 months. However, we can estimate how many treatments you may need by consulting with you about your goals and evaluating the amount of subcutaneous fat you have in the area you wish to target.

We have treated many people using CoolSculpting and have the necessary experience to assist you in getting the sculpted body you want.

What are the risks of the procedure?

Being a nonsurgical, noninvasive treatment, CoolSculpting enjoys a high success rate coupled with minimal risk. The most common side effects are lingering numbness and tingling in the treatment area. These sensations can be prolonged in some patients. Though uncommon, there is also a risk of fat cells growing, rather than shrinking, in response to freezing temperature. This condition can be corrected with liposuction.

Schedule Your CoolSculpting Consultation Today!

Interested in learning more about our CoolSculpting procedure? Email Buba, our CoolSculpting and Body Contouring Specialist, at [email protected] or give us a call 202-785-4187 to schedule your consultation today! West End Plastic Surgery serves Washington, D.C. and all nearby areas.


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