The Difference Between CoolSculpting® Elite and Traditional CoolSculpting

Sometimes, traditional diet and exercise can’t get rid of stubborn fat. Even after you lose weight, you may still find fat pockets under your chin or on your arms that don’t seem to budge. CoolSculpting® is a procedure to freeze and destroy unwanted fat cells. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical option used to remove the stubborn fat that still lingers despite your best effort. It allows you to target this fat by freezing the cells away.

Dr. Praveen Buddiga, founder of BUDDIGA Skin Aesthetics Med Spa, is a leading expert in skin conditions, allergies, and immunology. He is highly sought after across Central California and offers CoolSculpting to patients.

Now, Dr. Buddiga is enhancing the services in his office by offering the best-in-class technology CoolSculpting Elite to patients. This is the latest system in the CoolSculpting legacy and provides a more effective experience to patients. Learn more about CoolSculpting Elite to see if it is right for you.

What is Traditional CoolSculpting?

Traditional CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat-removing procedure. Fat cells are more sensitive to the cold than other cells in the body. CoolSculpting puts this sensitivity to work by freezing fat cells without harming other skin tissue. The fat cells freeze and die off, which means they will never return or move to other parts of your body. Your immune system collects the dead cells and removes them from the body through your waste.

When it first launched, CoolSculpting was the only FDA-approved treatment to reduce fat using cooling technology. It is the world’s first non-surgical “permanent” fat reduction system and is completed with the use of an applicator pen. Dr. Buddiga works to address specific areas of your body that you hope to target for fat reduction.

During the procedure, you may experience pulling, tugging, mild pinching, aching, or intense cold in the treatment area. However, as your skin becomes numb, these sensations usually fade. Many patients actually enjoy the CoolSculpting process and are able to relax during treatment.

This procedure was first available in 2010 and continues to grow in popularity. CoolSculpting is used in 80 countries worldwide and continues to be studied for its effectiveness in reducing the appearance of fat. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss program, it’s a fat removal procedure.

What is CoolSculpting Elite?

In April 2021, the developers of CoolSculpting introduced CoolSculpting Elite, an updated system that provides an optimized experience and delivers even better results. The developers at CoolSculpting created an entirely redesigned applicator and system that works much in the same way as traditional CoolSculpting. However, the new Elite model is more effective, allows for dual treatment, and creates a more relaxing experience for the patient.

People who experience the CoolSculpting system will notice a significant difference in CoolSculpting Elite. Dr. Buddiga is thrilled to offer this option to patients.

CoolSculpting Elite vs. Traditional CoolSculpting: Treatment Differences

The developers at CoolSculpting carefully developed the Elite system based on feedback from patients and doctors. They took the patients’ experiences into consideration as well as the applicator usage by doctors and plastic surgeons. The result is a better treatment option that drives even more impressive results.

Why Elite Is a Better Choice
  1. CoolSculpting Elite removes 20-25 percent of total fat in a single treatment. This is a significant increase from the 18-20 percent used in the original model.
  2. The applicator is more comfortable. The Elite applicator is C-shaped to align with the body’s curves. This is different from the standard U-shape used before.
  3. The applicator covers 18 percent more of the skin’s surface, which means larger treatment areas can be covered in less time. This leads to faster procedures and less discomfort.
  4. The CoolSculpting device has the ability to use two applicators at the same time, which is ideal for patients who have multiple areas of body fat to target.
  5. Patients enjoy less discomfort in the overall experience. The device is quieter and more comfortable when it is used. Patients can relax and won’t feel as much pinching throughout the process.

Through these improvements, the developers at CoolSculpting Elite have created a product that targets more fat in one appointment. This drives better results while also helping patients experience less discomfort and faster procedures.

How CoolSculpting Elite Works

CoolSculpting Elite is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure. There is no downtime after your appointment and minimal aftercare. This means you can return to work after your appointment or make plans with friends after you see Dr. Buddiga for your CoolSculpting Elite session.

During the procedure, Dr. Buddiga will target key areas of your body. He will use the applicator to bring your body through a calibrated cooling process. This makes the fat cells colder and colder until they eventually freeze. The rest of your skin tissue can handle the cold and will not be affected.

Dr. Buddiga may numb the target area if it is sensitive. However, this isn’t required. Patients often describe the feeling of CoolSculpting Elite as a pinching sensation that can feel cold.

After the procedure, make sure you drink plenty of water and increase the amount of fiber in your diet. You can do this by eating more fruits and vegetables in your meals. Dr. Buddiga may also ask you to increase your water and protein intake before the procedure, to make sure your diet increases your chances of keeping the fat off.

How Many CoolSculpting Elite Sessions Do I Need?

You can start to see results from your CoolSculpting efforts within one session with Dr. Buddiga. However, the majority of patients need at least two CoolSculpting Elite sessions to complete the procedure. In some cases, you may need to attend three or four sessions depending on your goals.

While most patients only need two CoolSculpting Elite with Dr. Buddiga, you should plan for at least three total appointments. Dr. Buddiga will want to meet with you first to discuss your fat removal goals and to go over a treatment plan. He is here to answer your questions and to make you feel comfortable with the process.

While CoolSculpting Elite offers a dual applicator experience to work on multiple areas at once, you may need separate appointments for different areas. This allows Dr. Buddiga to focus on priority areas, while preventing you from getting overwhelmed during the treatment process.

Is CoolSculpting Elite for Me?

CoolSculpting is most effective for people who are within 20 pounds of their ideal body weight. Because this is not a weight loss program, it cannot replace a healthy diet and exercise program to help you shed pounds. Instead, this procedure targets fat stubborn fat calls that linger even when you live a healthy lifestyle. If you are close to your weight loss goal or have stubborn fat that is hard to lose, CoolSculpting Elite may be for you.

CoolSculpting Elite has been approved by the FDA to treat fat deposits in nine key areas in the body. These are places where fat can remain even after you work to lose weight and build muscle. These are also areas that are difficult to target in workouts. The nine key areas are:

  • Under the chin
  • Under the jawline
  • Inner, outer, and frontal thighs
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks or love handles around your waist
  • Fat that gets pushed out from under your bra
  • Back fat
  • Underneath the glutes (known as the banana roll)
  • Upper arms

Because each person’s body is different, fat presents itself in different ways. For example, someone who is otherwise toned in most of their body may have some excess fat under their chin, giving them the appearance of an unwanted double chin. Other people might not be able to reduce fat in their upper arms, no matter how much they improve their diet and exercise.

When you meet with Dr. Buddiga, talk to him about the concerns you have with your body, and walk him through your personal goals with CoolSculpting Elite so he can target your ideal areas.

Make an Appointment With Dr. Buddiga

If you think you might be a good candidate for CoolSculpting, or simply want to learn more about this revolutionary procedure, contact Dr. Buddiga for your comprehensive consultation. He is happy to answer all of your questions and discuss the CoolSculpting Elite process in greater detail. Dr. Buddiga’s goal is always to help you feel good about yourself so you can navigate the world with confidence. Request a consultation today and start your CoolSculpting Elite journey.

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