CoolSculpting at Dr Riopelle's office
What sets us apart?
CoolSculpting is non-invasive fat removal by freezing the fat. The CoolSculpting Device kills the fat cells by selectively freezing it, and the body metabolizes and removes the fat over the next 3 months. When it comes to fat removal there are no greater experts than Dr. Jeffrey Riopelle and Donna Riopelle.
3 reasons why you should see us for this procedure:
First, did you know that Dr. Jeffrey Riopelle and Donna Riopelle did many of the original studies for Zeltiq, the maker of CoolSculpting, long before the device was released for general use. In fact we worked with Zeltic on CoolsSculpting even before Dr. Mathew Abram who is credited by Dr Oz as the pioneer. Zeltiq found Dr. Abram later because they wanted the Harvard name behind their device. Dr and Donna Riopelle were intimately familiar with how CoolSculpting worked right from the start. Why were they selected by Zeltiq to do the studies? Dr. Jeffrey Riopelle and Donna Riopelle are foremost experts in the Bay Area on fat removal, having done over 3500 liposuction procedures using various techniques. They have also treated hundreds of patients with many other non-invasive fat removal techniques which are all offered by our practice.
Dr. Riopelle's office was the initial primary research site in developing CoolSculpting. We treated and evaluated over 100 patients for Zeltiq and Dr. Riopelle is credited with research in Zeltiq's published studies. Dr. Riopelle also evaluated the pre and post results for Zeltiq of patients treated with CoolSculpting so he has great knowledge of what works and what does not work. This knowledge allows Dr. Jeffrey Riopelle and Donna Riopelle to design the best possible CoolSculpting program to get you the most optimal results possible, and to evaluate when CoolSculpting will work and when there is a better option.
Second, in our practice, only Dr. Jeffrey Riopelle and Donna Riopelle decide exactly where the fat will be removed and mark the places the device will be placed to remove the fat. In most practices a technician with little firsthand experience of fat removal marks the patient for device placement. We feel strongly that these markings should be performed only by experts in fat removal, because the marking is the single most important factor affecting the final results. If these marks are off by even half an inch, the device can create divots, bumps, and uneven fat removal. Through their years of experience removing fat, including their direct work as researchers for Zeltiq, Dr. Jeffrey Riopelle and Donna Riopelle have the best possible knowledge to place the markings optimally and get you the best results.
Third and very importantly, we perform skin tightening along with fat removal when necessary. One problem with fat removal alone is that it can sometimes leave the skin loose and sagging. As we age the skin has less ability to bounce back and tighten and look good. This phenomenon is especially true in patients over 35 and in any woman whose skin has been stretched out with pregnancy. Therefore included in our treatments we offer specific targeting procedures to tighten the skin for anyone who we feel may need this tightening. There is no extra charge for this important part of the treatment, and in most cases it can be done right along with the CoolSculpting treatment so that there are no extra treatments needed. Also since it takes 3 months to see the results of CoolSculpting, if one wants faster results for an event or vacation, special fat reduction can be added as well for a small extra charge, which gets rid of some fat very quickly.
*These are the listed FDA-cleared areas: under the chin, upper arms, bra fat, back fat, abdomen (stomach, tummy, belly, pooch), flank (love handles, spare tire), underneath the buttock (banana roll) & inner/outer thigh
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is the coolest, revolutionary new way to lose those annoying bumps and bulges of stubborn fat without surgery. Created by Harvard Scientists, this unique technology freezes fat cells and causes a reduction of body fat. Fat freezing lets you easily get rid of the unwanted fat around your tummy, waist, arms and thighs in a non-invasive way. Even the fat that refuses to go away with diet and exercise can be effectively reduced with CoolSculpting. The result is a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat bulges.
Unlike most other methods of fat removal, the CoolSculpting procedure is totally non-invasive. That means no needles, no incisions, no surgery, and best of all: no downtime. Sit back and relax, read your favorite book, work on your laptop, or watch Netflix on our huge flat screen TV and let the CoolSculpting machine do all the work in getting rid of your unwanted fat. The entire procedure takes an hour and does not even need anesthesia or pain medication.
Is CoolSculpting Safe?
CoolSculpting is safe, effective and FDA-cleared. Most importantly, it works. Results look natural and can be seen as early as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results after one to three months. Most people only need one treatment session to get back into those skinny jeans. What’s more, there are no pills or supplements. And as long as you maintain your normal diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable.
Is CoolSculpting right for you?
Unlike a lot of other fat reduction procedures, CoolSculpting takes very little time and is pretty simple to fit into your daily life. After your CoolSculpting treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day. Each treatment lasts one hour – the same time you might spend at the gym. So you can easily fit your appointment into a lunch break. Call us today to schedule your consultation and get your body back.
How is the CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure different from other fat reduction procedures?
Fat reducing treatments that use laser, heat, and even surgery to remove fat can actually destroy other tissue in the area by burning, destroying or removing non-fat cells. This requires downtime and days off work or school for your body to heal. The great thing about CoolSculpting is that it freezes the fat cells without burning, destroying or damaging any of the other tissues nearby. The fat freezing process only kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Your healthy skin cells and tissues do not get harmed. No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once the fat cells are frozen, they get crystallized and are naturally eliminated from your body. A few months later, and you’ll be enjoying the body you once had.
Is There a Difference Between CoolSculpting and Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure. That means it requires anesthesia, several incisions, and recovery time. The CoolSculpting procedure is totally non-invasive. There are no needles, no incisions, and no downtime involved with CoolSculpting. Since liposuction involves surgery, there are also risks and complications involved. Infection of the incision sites and fluid buildup can contribute to less than desirable results with liposuction.
On the other hand, CoolSculpting is safe and low risk. Some people may experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolves completely on its own. Since there is no downtime associated with CoolSculpting, you can resume your normal activities immediately after your treatment.
CoolSculpting is safe, effective and FDA-cleared. Most importantly, it works. Results look natural and can be seen as early as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results after one to three months. Most people only need one treatment session to fit back into those skinny jeans. What’s more, there are no pills or supplements. And as long as you maintain your normal diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable.
What will the results be?
Many clients are satisfied after one treatment. However, during your consultation, we can discuss a treatment plan that will meet your specific treatment needs.
What happens during the treatment?
During your consultation Dr. Riopelle will determine if CoolSculpting is appropriate for you. We will then start the treatment by choosing the most suitable fat freezing device and placing it on the area of your body which will result in the most fat loss. Once activated, it will draw the excess fat up into its cooling panels. The sensation is a firm pull and pressure – enough of a pull to make sure the selected tissue will be cooled most efficiently. Then, you just sit back and relax as we freeze the fat away. An hour or so later, depending on your needs, you’re done.
Can I return to normal activities after the procedure?
CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Some people may experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely. In fact, many of our clients return to work after their treatment session is over.
When will I see results?
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after one to three months. Your body is still getting rid of the fat cells and will continue doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.
Are the results permanent?
During CoolSculpting, the treated fat cells are permanently eliminated from the body. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, long-term results should remain stable.
Can I get CoolSculpting if I am pregnant?
The CoolSculpting fat freezing treatment has not been studied in pregnant patients. We do not recommend having CoolSculpting done during your pregnancy. However, we have seen excellent results with CoolSculpting in women who have just had their babies and are having difficulty losing their pregnancy fat with diet and exercise alone. It is an excellent way to get rid of your post-baby belly!
I’m ready to freeze my fat, how do I get started?
Call us today to set up your consultation with board-certified surgeon Dr. Michael Riopelle, and find out if CoolSculpting is right for you. Dr. Riopelle will see if you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.