Summer is on its way, and as anyone who is building their ideal beach body knows, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of having resistant body fat in certain areas. This is fat that never seems to budge no matter how many workouts you do or how much weight you lose overall. If you feel like you’re running out of time and it’s still impossible for you to get the physique you want, there are cosmetic treatments that can help. Liposuction is one option, but patients who don’t want surgery can choose non-invasive fat-freezing instead. Along with the standard CoolSculpting® procedures, there’s now a new, advanced body contouring technology available: CoolSculpting® Elite. Our Portland-based Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery team recommends this leading-edge technique for patients who want to shed more fat in less time, without having to plan for recovery after a more involved procedure.

So how does the classic treatment compare to the new technology?

CoolSculpting® Legacy

CoolSculpting® removes “pinchable” subcutaneous fat from several common problem areas on the body, including the submental (under chin) region, male chest, arms, abdomen, flanks (where love handles develop), the “bra roll” area (front and back), under the buttocks (banana rolls), inner thighs, and outer thighs. The treatment works by freezing fat cells so that the body can gradually break them down.

CoolSculpting® Elite

Much like standard CoolSculpting®, Elite reduces fat in a single treatment area by 20 to 25 percent. It can be used on the same areas as traditional CoolSculpting®. Both treatments are non-invasive and require virtually no downtime. The main advantage of CoolSculpting® Elite is that you can treat twice the amount of resistant fat in the same 35-minute cycle.

The machine is designed with C-shaped applicators and covers up to 18 percent more surface area. It has dual applicators that are used to treat different areas at the same time, so you can freeze a larger amount of fat with faster results. The new system is also quieter than the traditional CoolSculpting® Legacy machine, meaning that it’s easier for patients to relax and take a nap, check their emails, or watch movies while they’re waiting. It’s more comfortable for patients, the cooling effect is enhanced, and there’s a lower risk of side effects.

Ready to start body contouring treatments this spring? We can advise you on everything you need to know about fat freezing procedures. Find out more about what CoolSculpting® Elite is like at The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery by calling us at 503-882-0124. You can also complete a contact form to request a consultation.