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CoolSculpting®

Reduce unwanted fat without surgery in Honolulu with this liposuction alternative.

CoolSculpting® is an innovative, non-invasive procedure for fat reduction that uses advanced, patented, tissue cooling technology to gently target and eliminate fat cells without damaging the skin. CoolSculpting is an amazing treatment our Honolulu patients choose to gently reduce fat in targeted areas of the body. This is done without needles, incisions, anesthesia, or pain medication. Dr. Ching was the first in Hawaii to offer this FDA-cleared procedure for fat reduction without surgery.

Find out if CoolSculpting is right for you and your body. Contact us today for a personal, confidential consultation with Dr. Ching and his staff.

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“I was surprisingly comfortable throughout the entire procedure; I even took a short nap.” L.B.

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Areas Improved

We currently offer CoolSculpting to reduce fat in these common areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Lower Back
  • Waist

CoolSculpting Advantages

CoolSculpting offers the following advantages over surgical procedures such as liposuction:

  • Non-surgical. No incisions, scars, or needles are used.
  • No recovery time. You may resume normal activities immediately, including work and exercise.
  • Safe, comfortable and convenient. You can read, listen to music on headphones, work on your laptop computer, or simply relax during the procedure.
  • Short treatment time. You can have a treatment on your lunch break!
  • Noticeable results. You may see results in as little as three weeks.

Visit Dr. Ching’s CoolSculpting FAQ page to learn more about this procedure.

The Science Behind CoolSculpting

The CoolSculpting procedure was discovered by dermatologists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. CoolSculpting utilizes the non-invasive cooling of fat cells to induce lipolysis (breaking down of fat cells) without damage to the skin. The result is a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat. A non-invasive applicator is attached to the targeted procedure area to cool the underlying fat tissue, while protecting the skin. The cooled fat cells undergo apoptosis (controlled disappearance of cells) and are gradually eliminated, reducing the thickness of the treated fat layer.

What to Expect During & After Your Procedure

Once we have determined you are a candidate and the desired areas of treatment are selected, an applicator will be positioned on your body. The device will then draw up the skin between two cooling panels. The sensation is merely a firm pull and pressure- enough of a pull to ensure adequate exposure to the tissue. During the procedure, you’ll feel a cold sensation which soon dissipates. A single treatment area takes approximately one hour.

Immediately after your CoolSculpting procedure, the treated tissue may look or feel stiff. This is completely normal and will disappear within approximately 10 minutes. The treated area will then be red for roughly 20 minutes after the applicator is removed. The gentle vacuum pressure can cause bruising and tenderness to the touch and if this occurs, it typically resolves within a few weeks. A temporary mild redness may occur in the treated area lasting for a few minutes to a few hours. The redness can vary in each patient and more severe or persistent redness will gradually improve after a few days. You may also feel a temporary lack of sensation in the treated area for up to eight weeks after treatment.

In the following weeks after your procedure, a gradual reduction in the thickness of fat layer will begin to take place. On average, each CoolSculpting procedure results in a 20 to 25% reduction of fat in the treated area. This results in a noticeable, measurable fat reduction in as little as three weeks with full results in two to four months.

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