Innovative CoolSculpting is a fat cell diminishing treatment created to sculpt and mold the body by freezing tough fat without resorting to more invasive procedures. The technique employs the application of regulated cooling, also known as cryolipolysis, to freeze fat cells so they may be organically expelled from your body to create a slimmer silhouette. At our San Francisco practice led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony, we offer advanced CoolSculpting to help you realize your aesthetic goals. Schedule an appointment for more information about CoolSculpting and find out if this treatment is the right one for you.
"Dr Anthony was recommended to me, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. At my initial consultation I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions. He has a warm style, listens and works to understand each individual body and situation. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Each time I've been impressed with Dr Anthony's ability to minimize scars and hide them well. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. I'm delighted with my results which look natural and have stood the test of time well. Dr Anthony's team is excellent - Ann, Jasmine and Megan are personal and caring."- M.B. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2019
"I see Dr Anthony a couple times of year for botox on my forehead and worry lines. I do not like the lines on my forehead but I also don't want to look like I have had botox or a frozen look on my forehead. Dr. Anthony achieves the perfect balance for me by decreasing the severity of my wrinkles but not completely eliminating them for a more natural look. We started by doing some "baby botox" and have increased my amount over the last year and half. I had experience with other doctors before I started seeing Dr. Anthony and he is my favorite.I trust him and would highly recommend him, especially if you are new to botox injections."- K.D. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2019
"The best! Dr. Anthony is a stellar physician and surgeon. His approach to technique and art is truly amazing. His attention to detail(s), bedside manner and follow up is superb. His office team is attentive, smart and always available! Ann and Jazmine consistently and effectively manage your appointments, skin care, recovery and overall experience. The "team" assist you from end to end. You feel as if you are the only patient. I recently, had two procedures with Dr. Anthony. Breast reduction/lift and neck lift! His team and anesthesiologist are unmatched in the outpatient world. Their attention to YOU, procedure and policy truly put you in the best care possible as you elect surgery. There are many choices in the plastic surgery world, but know, when you have the very best surgeon and team with you and always available you are ahead of the game!"- D.P. / Yelp / Oct 29, 2019
"Fantastic surgeon who gave me a natural, beautiful result. Entire experience was top rate - he is very attentive and responsive, available for any questions, and saw me regularly for a year after my surgery to make sure all was going well. I couldn't be happier with the results which took years off and left no visible trace of his work nor any complications whatsoever. This surgeon is also an artist by training, so seems to appreciate a natural look and does not encourage more than is necessary to achieve that natural but enhanced look. Highly recommend."- L. / Healthgrades / May 31, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. James Anthony without reservation. I went to him about a year ago to address an aging neck because a physician friend of mine said he was the best. Though I had several consultations with other surgeons, none of them compared with his clear vision, his confident approach, his genuine warmth and his focused attention. Impressively, he didn't push any other procedures along with lifting the neck, saying repeatedly that he wouldn't recommend anything else be done to me (despite my not being young), whereas other surgeons pressed for additional work like face lifts or fat grafting -- things those close to me felt were unnecessary. Dr. Anthony is both a highly skilled surgeon and a life-long artist, so he understands how to preserve a natural look. He was brilliant throughout the entire process, and I and my family couldn't be more thrilled with both that process and the beautiful, natural result which has taken years off me. He is also an extremely responsive physician who provided multiple consults before surgery as questions arose, as well as regular check-ups for a year after surgery, and is un-hurried and attentive in exams. Recovery was much easier than I imagined, and his nursing staff (his surgical center adjoins his office) was wonderful -- he can send a skilled night nurse home with you. There were absolutely no complications, everything healed perfectly and much sooner than I thought, and there are no visible scars whatsoever, no puckering, no problems. This is a wonderful and highly skilled surgeon and a complete pleasure to interact with from beginning to end."- L.B. / Yelp / May 30, 2019
Although this noninvasive procedure has shown to be beneficial with both men and women of different age groups, those who will benefit the most from CoolSculpting:
- Are at or near their ideal weight
- Struggle with difficult areas of fat that don't respond to exercise and diet efforts
- Don't want or are not good candidates for more invasive procedures
- Understand realistic goals for the results of their procedure
Following your initial appointment with Dr. Anthony to organize your CoolSculpting treatments, your first procedure will be planned. During your procedure, a gel pad and CoolSculpting applicator is used on the treatment area and cryolipolysis will start. The cooling technology, delivered by the applicator, will begin to attack and paralyze the fat. You will likely experience a cold sensation at the time of your procedure, but this does not typically create pain. Since the CoolSculpting applicator uses suction to pull the targeted fat toward the predetermined treatment area, you may experience a small amount of pulling or stinging, but these will be completely normal sensations.
What to Expect
Since CoolSculpting is noninvasive, you can expect to return to your daily activities following your procedure. In most cases, patients can return to school or work immediately after their treatment. Symptoms of the treatment can include redness, swelling, bruising, stinging, and discomfort of the treated site. These symptoms are short lived and usually fade in the days after your treatment. Expect to notice results within three weeks, while you will see the most obvious and dramatic results 1 – 3 months following your CoolSculpting procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does CoolSculpting cost?
The price of CoolSculpting is dependent on the number of treatments needed and the amount of fat being removed. During your consultation, we will discuss your desired outcome to decide the best course of treatment to reach optimal results. We will also talk with you about your expected out-of-pocket costs.
How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting works by applying a controlled temperature to target fat cells in selected areas for treatment. Essentially, it freezes the fat cells until they die. The cells are then broken down by the body and released through natural functions.
Is CoolSculpting safe?
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, external treatment in which the device is applied only to the skin’s surface. With this treatment, there is no need for a recovery period. You may experience some slight redness and swelling immediately after treatment, but this typically only lasts for about a week.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of treatments needed to achieve your wanted results will be decided during your initial consultation. For some patients, only one treatment is enough, but other patients may need more treatment sessions based on the amount of fat being removed. The total number of treatments is dependent on your aesthetic goals and if there are thicker layers of fat in target areas.
Do the fat cells grow back?
While the destroyed fat cells cannot regenerate, new fat cells can form. Additionally, significant weight gain will greatly affect your results. Therefore, in order to maintain optimal results, it is important to adhere to a healthy diet and exercise routine.
No body is perfect and each of us has things we wish to change, such as specific areas of fat that will not respond to exercise and a healthy diet. Due to technological advances, it is no longer necessary to decide between dealing with the undesired fat and undergoing liposuction. Our San Francisco practice is excited to offer area residents CoolSculpting procedures to minimize sections of difficult fat without invasive procedures for a smaller, tauter body contour. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Anthony to find out if you qualify for CoolSculpting or whether a different treatment would better help you meet your aesthetic goals.