CoolSculpting in New York City
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CoolSculpting in New York City

By choosing CoolSculpting by Coolspa New York City in order to get rid of those irksome love handles and meet your body sculpting needs, you’re opting for the only non-surgical, FDA-cleared fat reduction treatment that has been proven to be safe and, most of all, effective. The CoolSculpting technology is based on a true scientific fact: fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than the surrounding tissues. Once frozen under a controlled cooling method, the fat cells underneath your skin will begin to die, while the other cells from the treated area will remain unharmed. In a matter of weeks, you will be able to see the amazing results.

The procedure itself is pretty transparent. You need to schedule an appointment where your health provider will consult you in order to determinate a treatment plan based strictly on your specific goals and body contouring needs. While in treatment, your technician will apply a protective gel pad on the targeted area after which the applicator does the job by supplying vacuum pressure and cooling. The CoolSculpting session can last from one to three hours and once completed, you can return to your normal activities without worries and little, if any, discomfort. Side effects may include numbness, bruising, swelling, stinging or tingling, but these are all temporary.

This is a perfect method for those who are having a hard time with stubborn fat, but please remember that it is not an alternative for fast weight loss and it’s not targeted towards obese people. Always schedule a consultation with your CoolSculpting provider and he or she will make the right decision for you and will determine if you meet the necessary requirements to go through this revolutionary guaranteed results treatment.

CoolSculpting by Coolspa is a technique that cools fat deposits down to the point that the fat cells die and the fat is naturally removed by the body. The advantages of the CoolSculpting technique are:

  • Average fat reduction of 20% for good candidates
  • No surgery or incisions
  • No anesthesia necessary
  • Little to no discomfort
  • No down-time
  • No scarring
  • FDA cleared
CoolSculpting is not for everyone, but 96% of appropriately-selected patients (those with visible fat bulges,) see results, with an average fat reduction of 20% in treated areas. To learn whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, please schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David P. Rapaport.

How CoolSculpting Works

The CoolSculpting machine utilizes an applicator that is placed on the bulge that is to be treated. The applicator pulls the fat bulge between its panels, and then precisely cools the tissue. The goal is Cryolipolysis: the destruction of fat cells with cold. Scientific studies have shown that fat cells are more susceptible to destruction by cold than the other cells around them. To take advantage of this, the CoolSculpting device is designed to reduce the temperature in the fat bulge to the point that fat tissues are subtly damaged, but the rest of your tissues, including your skin, blood vessels, and nerves, are not affected.

A person’s number of fat cells and their location is fixed and doesn’t change from early in life. Once fat cells are killed, they never come back, so when a bulge is treated, whether by liposuction or by Coolspa, the results are truly permanent.

CoolSculpting is recommended to treat bulges in the:

  • Belly
  • Love handles
  • Upper and lower back
  • Male breasts (gynecomastia treatment)
  • Inner and Outer Thighs
  • Arms

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

On September 8, 2010, CoolSculpting was FDA-cleared as safe for use in reducing fat deposits. However, the system was approved over a year earlier for cooling skin and other tissues to reduce damage and discomfort during laser and other dermatologic procedures. The CoolSculpting system is based on technology that has been FDA-approved and in use since at least 1990, and a number of studies have been conducted to ensure that the procedure:
  • Does not harm the skin in treated area
  • Does not harm the nerves in treated area
  • Does not change the structure or sensitivity of nerves in treated area
  • Does not raise the level of cholesterol and fat in the blood
And of course you avoid any of the potential complications of surgery, plus you have no downtime, no scars, and you see visible results.

CoolSculpting Recovery

One of the best things about CoolSculpting is that the recovery time is minimal with no downtime! Patients are free to return to normal activity or go to the gym immediately after treatment. While there will be a sense of numbness in the treated area, this will resolve predictably in about 2 to 4 weeks. There is sometimes a small bruise caused by the suction, resembling a hickey, but most commonly there is no bruise at all, and the pinkness of the skin caused by the cold resolves fully in a matter of hours. Because recovery is so easy, CoolSculpting is truly a procedure that can be “squeezed” into a busy schedule and does not need to interfere with other aspects of one’s life. We have treated people who have arrived directly from the airport, and people about to appear in public; it’s that simple.

CoolSculpting Cost

The cost of CoolSculpting treatment corresponds directly to the amount of treatment desired. The Coolspa complementary body contouring consultation will come with a customized treatment plan. Treatments are charged based on the number of applicator placements. Most applicators cost $750 per placement, and are on the body for one hour of computer-controlled cooling, followed by a 2-minute massage. For optimal results, we typically recommend 2 to 3 treatments of any given area, spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart. Package pricing for a series of treatments results in very significant cost savings. Patients who are interested in the most dramatic results will typically schedule 2 to 3 hours of treatment at a time. Now with four CoolSculpting machines at our flagship Fifth Avenue location, it is possible to treat two or even three spots at once, all while watching a movie, catching up on work, or even sleeping!


Coolspa is also proud to be the first practice in the northeastern United States to introduce the CoolSmooth applicator. This applicator represents an enormous advancement in CoolSculpting technology, because unlike the other applicators, which must grab the tissue and hold it inside, the CoolSmooth simply rests on the area to be treated. This allows outer thighs to be treated, as well as other fatty bulges, which may not be adequately pinchable for the traditional CoolSculpting applicator. We have thus far seen some dramatic outer thigh results and are thrilled to bring this technology to our clients. Best of all, we have TWO CoolSmooth applicators, so we can treat two spots at once!


The CoolMini applicator is a small applicator that allows for the treatment of small areas that weren’t possible to treat with a larger applicator. The CoolMini is a great option for treatment of fat under the chin. When a double chin is being treated, you may be a candidate for three CoolMini applicators – one in the center, and one on each side for 45 minutes each. Depending on the patient, they may have a mini treatment to the central area under the chin or an additional treatment on the sides just before the jawline.

Bruising is rare and the treatments are generally very well tolerated. The CoolMini applicator boasts clinically proven results with an average of 20% fat reduction, consistent with other CoolSculpting applicators. (please note: individual results may vary.) Numbness after treatment is possible, but resolves itself quickly. Results are typically seen beginning one month after treatment.

Other treatable areas with the CoolMini:

  • Area in front of the underarm
  • Area above breast in front of the underarm
  • Inner knee area or fat deposits found above and below the knee
The appropriate treatment for your specific needs will be decided at the time of your one-on-one consultation with our experienced specialist.


The CoolAdvantage is the latest innovation of CoolSculpting technology. CoolAdvantage treatments can be performed in just 35 minutes, instead of one hour. This cutting edge engineering provides faster treatment at a lower temperature while treating a larger surface area.

The CoolAdvantage Applicator may treat nearly most of your problem areas, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks/Hips/Waist
  • Inner thighs
  • Banana rolls
  • Arms
Coolspa is excited to offer both the CoolMini and the CoolAdvantage applicators, in addition to all of our other applicator designs.

CoolSculpting and Liposuction

Unlike some of the other recent advances in fat-removal technology, such as SmartLipo and VASER, CoolSculpting is not a new form of liposuction. It is a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, but it is also not a replacement. CoolSculpting has several limitations:
  • Can only treat bulges that can be pulled into machine
  • Fat reduction is not as precisely “sculpted” as it can be with liposuction.
  • Provides limited fat reduction (20% several months after a session, 40% if repeated)
  • Does not reduce skin
If you are looking to get rid of fat in the neck or calves, CoolSculpting is not a good option. People who are looking to remove a lot of fat at one time will probably want liposuction. And if you have a significant amount of excess skin, you will want to consider a body lifting procedure, such as a tummy tuck, that can get rid of skin as well as fat.

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary new technology, but it is still only a tool–not a substitute for the judgment and skill of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Someone who does not know better may recommend CoolSculpting when it will not give you the body contouring results you want.

Dr. David P. Rapaport is not only a board-certified plastic surgeon, he is a pioneer of many new surgical procedures, including BodyTite liposuction and endoscopic breast augmentation as well as endoscopic saphenous vein harvest, a procedure now commonly used in heart surgery.

To learn more about nonsurgical fat reduction with no incisions, no needles, and no downtime, please contact Dr. Rapaport to schedule your consultation.

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