Coolsculpting to Treat Fatty ‘Trouble Spots’ After Weight Loss


At Dr. Moma’s clinic, we utilize the most cutting-edge tools to help our patients look and feel their best, including losing unhealthy body fat through diet, exercise, and therapy.

One of the common issues that our weight loss patients have is that, once they’ve lost the weight, they often have lingering “trouble spots” —  fatty deposits in the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, around the jaws, and in other regions of the body that won’t go away.

Let’s explore how Coolsculpting can remedy those fatty deposits for sleeker, slimmer body contours.

How does Coolsculpting work?

As proponents of this technology often say, Coolsculpting is science, not magic. Coolsculpting literally freezes fat cells via a process called cryolipolysis.

Respected medical provider Cleveland Clinic explains:

“Cryolipolysis, commonly referred to as fat freezing, is a nonsurgical fat reduction procedure that uses cold temperature to reduce fat deposits in certain areas of the body. The procedure is designed to reduce localized fat deposits or bulges that do not respond to diet and exercise.”*

It’s important to understand that cryolipolysis is not itself a weight loss therapy. Rather, it aids patients who lose weight by eliminating hard-to-treat fatty deposits for a more natural, healthy body composition.

Coolsculpting is proven to freeze away fat cells in the following body parts:

  • submandibular (under the jawline)
  • submental (under the chin)
  • upper arm
  • thigh
  • abdomen
  • flank
  • bra fat
  • back fat
  • underneath the buttocks (sometimes called “banana roll”)

If you’ve gained and subsequently lost weight, you know that these areas can be “problem spots” where fat lingers even after you’ve successfully lost fat in other areas.

Coolsculpting has full FDA approval and extensive clinical evidence to support its use

The FDA has fully approved Coolsculpting to freeze adipocytes in the areas of the body we have discussed previously.

Coolsculpting performs exceptionally well in clinical studies as a safe and effective complementary therapy to accompany weight loss:

Cryolipolysis is considered to be both safe and effective, with a high patient satisfaction rate of up to 73% after one treatment… Cryolipolysis is safe for all skin types, with no reported pigmentary changes, and is safe for repeated application.”

What is the Coolsculpting procedure like?

Here are the main things to expect during Coolsculpting therapy:

  • The clinician places a gel pad on the treatment site to protect the skin.
  • The fat bulge is suctioned into the applicator.
  • The patient feels a gentle pulling sensation, as well as itching or mild burning. These sensations subside as the skin becomes numb within 5-10 minutes.
  • Treatment for one area generally takes about an hour.
  • The applicator is removed and the clinician massages the site briefly to assist in fat cell breakdown.

Coolsculpting results (before and after)

Patients are often astonished at their improved body composition (meaning the distribution of fat throughout the body) following therapy.

Who should not receive Coolsculpting therapy?

Some patients with underlying health conditions should not receive Coolsculpting therapy, such as:

  • cryoglobulinemia
  • cold agglutinin disease
  • paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
  • recent surgery
  • pre-existing hernia

At Dr. Moma’s clinic, patients are thoroughly screened to ensure they are receiving therapies appropriate for them based on their physical exam and medical history.

Here are some real-life before-and-after photos of the Coolsculpting work Dr. Moma has done for her patients:



Are there any side effects to Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting does come with some side effect risk – the overwhelming majority of them being mild and temporary:

  • redness
  • cramping
  • swelling
  • aching
  • blanching
  • bruising
  • tenderness
  • firmness
  • tingling
  • stinging
  • itching
  • skin sensitivity
  • sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment

Receiving therapy from an experienced provider like Dr. Moma significantly lessens the risk of side effects from Coolsculpting.

Contact Weight Loss and Anti-Aging Expert Dr. Moma

Contact Dr. Sylvienash Moma, DNP for more information about Coolsculpting services in Colorado Springs. Dr. Moma specializes in aesthetic medicine (making you look younger) as well as anti-aging healthcare to make you feel as young on the inside as you look on the outside.

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