Dr. Sarah Mess has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.
CoolSculpting® is an exciting new FDA-cleared procedure that freezes stubborn fat with controlled and targeted cooling. Dr. Sarah Mess is the first plastic surgeon in Maryland to offer CoolSculpting® and one of the few to offer DualSculpting®. With two systems we can treat two areas at the same time, which cuts your treatment time in half! The practice has completed over a 1,000 treatments and is busier than ever as more patients from the Washington DC, Baltimore, and Columbia, Maryland areas discover the benefits of this natural and healthy way to remove stubborn fat.
CoolSculpting® Fat Removal
Fat freezes at a higher temperature than skin, muscle and surrounding tissue and this is the core science behind CoolSculpting®. It sounds too good to be true, but the results are real and undeniable. CoolSculpting®’s Treatment to Transformation (T2T) allows us to truly sculpt a new you by targeting stubborn fat to produce liposuction like results with no needles, no surgery, and no downtime. Dr. Mess has the newest Cool Advantage and Cool Advantage Plus applicators, so we can pick the best applicator for you and use two machines to DualSculpt® and complete your treatment in a fraction of the time!
Best Candidates for CoolSculpting®
The ideal candidates for CoolSculpting® are people in general good health that are within 20-30 lbs of their target weight that have at least one inch of fat they can pinch. The next time you go to a Ravens or Orioles game look around you….. a lot of Marylanders are CoolSculpting® candidates.
Nearly everyone accumulates pockets of fat over time and these become more difficult to get rid of as we get older. Work, children, life, ESPN and the couch all get in the way of getting and keeping our ideal figures. Problem fat doesn’t care where you work or if you are a man or a woman. The good news is, neither does CoolSculpting®.
CoolSculpting® is successful on larger patients as well, but patients who are more than 30 lbs above their target weight will likely require more treatments to achieve the best results.
What’s the difference between CoolSculpting® and Liposuction?
Patients that have visceral fat (think of the stereotypical beer gut) are not ideal patients. If you have a large stomach, but it’s hard as a rock we will need to look at other options to help achieve your goals, but if you can pinch and inch, or two, or more…. CoolSculpting® may be just the answer you have been looking for. A safe and natural way to lose your unwanted fat on your abdomen, flanks, thighs, bra rolls, back, double chin and other problem areas. If you can pinch it, we can CoolSculpt it!
Alternative Procedures to CoolSculpting®
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure done to remove excess skin from the abdomen. Separated muscles can also be repaired. Tummy tuck surgery is best for patients who have skin laxity and excess fat after weight loss or pregnancy.
Liposuction removes fat through small incisions using a hollow tube and a vacuum device. This treatment can be used on many areas of the body including the arms, back, abdomen, and thighs.
Using electromagnetic energy, Emsculpt® causes the muscles in the treatment site (typically the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs) to contract, toning and strengthening the muscles while also eliminating fat.
Before & After Photos
Age: 21-29 Treatment Package: Multi-Site Abdomen and Flank Treatment (10 cycles) Location: Abdomen & Flank Photos: 4 months post treatment
Age: 63 Applicator: CoolCore Treatment Package: 2 cycles Location: Lower abdomen Photos: 3 months post treatment
Age: 67. Treatment Package: 3 CoolCore cycles & 2 CoolMax. Location: Abdomen Photos: 3 months post treatment
Age: 18-24 Applicator: CoolMax Treatment Package: 1 cycle Location: Lower abdomen Photos: 2 months post treatment
The Right Applicator and the Right Plan
Coolsculpting is a great body sculpting alternative procedure, which freezes your fat in half the time with the new Cool Advantage applicators! We have the latest applicators available so you can treat a typical area in 30 minutes. This is half the time of the older applicators.
The CoolMini applicator was introduced following the 2015 FDA clearance for treatment of submental fat. The CoolMini treats double chin fat and other small areas such as the bra roll. It’s an exciting option for people looking for a non-surgical way to target double chin fat. CoolMini treatments take only 45 minutes to complete!
The CoolSmooth applicator was introduced in April of 2014. This “flat” applicator is designed to treat non-pinchable areas of fat such as inner and outer thighs. CoolSculpting received FDA clearance for fat reduction of the thighs in the spring of 2014, so don’t be thigh shy anymore!
The Cool Advantage applicator uses a variety of profiles to give you the ideal treatment. Straight or curved profiles allow for customized treatment plans targeting stubborn fat. Cool Advantage treatments are complete in 30 minutes.
Cool Advantage Plus
The Cool Advantage Plus is the largest of the applicators. It can treat approximately 2.5X the area of the other applicators. It is most often used to treat and debulk the stomach area, but it is also well suited to other areas, particularly on larger patients. Cool Advantage Plus treatments take only 45 minutes!
The Cool Petite was designed specifically for arms, bat wings, and other small treatment areas. It’s the perfect size for areas that trouble us the most.
VECTRA® 3D Imaging
Our office utilizes VECTRA® 3D Imaging to provide a high-resolution, three-dimensional simulation of how your results may appear. During your consultation with Dr. Mess, your preferences and goals will be discussed to determine which procedures can achieve your desired results. You will have multiple photos taken from various angles, and the images are then transferred to our computer system. Using these photos, a three-dimensional model is created, and your simulated procedure results are added to display the expected outcome. This process allows a visual aspect for more accurate treatment plans and procedure result estimates.
Dr. Sarah Mess uses Zeltiq’s Treatment to Transformation (T2T) protocols in her Columbia, Maryland practice. During your consultation we will review your goals and evaluate your body type to see if you are a candidate and see what treatment or combination of treatments will best achieve your goals.
CoolSculpting® is unlike any other fat reduction treatment on the market today. The science behind it is proven. Dr. Mess and her staff have extensive training and years of experience with the technology. You can be assured that you are receiving the right advice, treatment plan, and applicator when you choose CoolSculpting® with Dr. Sarah Mess.
Preparing for CoolSculpting®
Wear comfortable clothing on your procedure day. A typical cycle takes about a half hour to complete. You can get up between treatment cycles but you will need to plan on staying put for 30-45 minutes at a time depending on the applicator, so plan accordingly. Bring something to read, schedule your conference call (yes, people have done it) or enjoy Netflix on our big screen. That’s it. Show up, dress comfortably, and relax.
The CoolSculpting® Treatment
All CoolSculpting® treatments are performed at Dr. Sarah Mess’s office in Columbia, MD. During the procedure you will either sit or lie down depending on what areas are being CoolSculpted. At the start of the treatment we will mark the areas being treated and a gel pad will be applied to the area. This protects the skin and provides lubrication to help get a better draw in the applicator.
When the applicator is applied you will feel a slight vacuum as your fatty tissue is drawn into the applicator. The new applicators are much more comfortable than the original applicators. In 5-10 minutes the area will become numb. There may be some tingling or aching, but these sensations typically subside in the first 10 minutes.
After approximately 30 minutes the cycle will be complete. The vacuum will be turned off and the applicator removed. At this point you should have a “frozen stick of butter” where the applicator was. This area will be massaged to help regain sensation and speed recovery.
What is the CoolSculpting® Treatment?
Immediately post procedure the treated area will appear red…..and it will be cold! Some patients report tingling and stinging in the treatment area while others experience dulled sensation. These symptoms normally resolve themselves within a few hours to days, but they can last for several weeks after treatment.
CoolSculpting® recovery symptoms are usually well managed with a combination of over the counter medications and ice…..Yes, ice. It may seem counter intuitive, but the initial treatment for most injuries is to ice and elevate the area, and your CoolSculpting® treatment just injured a considerable amount of fat cells throughout the treatment area.
Results From CoolSculpting®
Some patients see results in as little as three weeks, but most see the best results after two to three months and final results are achieved after about four months. We encourage patients to compare the results of CoolSculpting® to Liposuction, and a Tummy Tuck. These are all effective treatments, but each provides different results. With the right treatment plan patients can achieve liposuction like results without surgery or down time. As good as CoolSculpting® is however, it’s not a Tummy Tuck. Of course you can’t watch a movie, join a conference call, get a Botox touch up, and then head straight to your daughter’s soccer game right after a tummy tuck, but CoolSculpters can. That’s part of the beauty of the treatment. It allows you to live your life without putting your life on hold.
How much does CoolSculpting® cost and how long does it take?
CoolSculpting® costs are based on the applicator and the number of cycles you choose. As a starting point patients should budget 2,000 to 4,000 for their initial treatment package, but you may want more applicators. It really depends on how many areas you want to treat and how big of a reduction you want. The good news is that larger packages qualify for significant discounts off the per applicator price, so be sure to ask our staff how to take advantage of our T2T packages. A package of 10 or more applicators offers the best results at the lowest costs. Another factor to consider is time. Naturally, patients want to maximize results and minimize downtime. Dualsculpting® combined with our new Cool Advantage applicators drastically reduces treatment times for our patients. Through preferred T2T package pricing and shorter treatment times, we offer the best value to our patients.
Patients should discuss their goals during the consultation and see what package is best suited to achieve their personal goals. Our T2T package pricing is very competitive.
You are welcome to visit our Coolsculpting® before and after page to see some of Dr. Mess’ patients’ from Washington DC and Columbia, MD results. These patients have graciously allowed us to use their results on the website. Additional photos can be seen in the office during your CoolSculpting® consultation.
Dr. Mess is a board certified plastic surgeon and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). She is dedicated to providing her patients the results they desire and the care and safety they deserve.
Please call (410) 910-2350 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sarah Mess today.