Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology
Board Certified Dermatologist located in Columbia, MD
If you have areas on your body that just won’t reduce even when you diet and exercise, CoolSculpting® could be for you. This revolutionary cooling system, developed by ZELTIQ Aesthetics Inc., reduces fat and is available from expert dermatologist Cheryl Bansal, MD at Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology in Columbia, Maryland. For more information about how CoolSculpting can help you slim down, call the office or book an appointment online.
CoolSculpting Q & A
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared fat-freezing technology. It reduces stubborn fat without surgery or other invasive measures.
The procedure is based on the science of cryolipolysis. During a session, precisely controlled cooling is delivered to gently and effectively target fat cells beneath your skin. These fat cells then freeze and die, so your body can naturally eliminate them through its natural waste-removal systems.
What areas can be treated with CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is effective on many of those stubborn areas that just won’t shrink, even with precise dieting and exercise strategies. These include:
- Chin or the submental (below the chin) area
- Underneath the buttocks (banana roll)
- Flanks (love handles)
- Bra and back fat
- Upper arm
Dr. Bansal consults with you to evaluate your aesthetic goals and customize a CoolSculpting treatment plan to help you achieve them.
CoolSculpting is not for comprehensive weight loss. You should be close to a healthy weight to benefit from the procedure.
What should I expect during a CoolSculpting procedure?
During your 35- to 75-minute procedure, CoolSculpting, Dr. Bansal or a member of the team applies a gel pad and applicator to the areas to be treated. The CoolSculpting applicator sends controlled cooling to the target area while you relax and read or watch a movie.
You could feel some pulling, mild pinching, intense cold, stinging and cramping during treatment. Most patients tolerate the treatment well and find these sensations fade after a while as the treatment areas numb.
Does CoolSculpting have side effects?
You might have temporary redness, swelling, bruising, or tenderness following CoolSculpting treatment. If you have your chin treated, you might experience the sensation of fullness in the back of the throat. These symptoms all resolve within a few days or weeks.
You don’t have to take any downtime following CoolSculpting treatments. You can go back to work or other daily activities following a session.
When will I see results from CoolSculpting treatments?
You could notice changes in the treated areas as soon as three weeks following a CoolSculpting session. Optimal results appear in about eight weeks and your body continues to flush out destroyed fat cells for four to six months following treatment.
To learn how CoolSculpting can help change your physique without surgery, call Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology or book an appointment online.
Dr. Cheryl Bansal, MD FAAD
Dr. Bansal founded Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology in 2011. She is a board certified dermatologist specializing in medical, cosmetic, pediatric, and surgical dermatology. She pursued her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her residency in Dermatology at Georgetown University, serving as Chief Resident in her final year. She is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Bansal’s office also provides cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, Dermal Fillers, IPL®, Viora Reaction® for skin tightening, microneedling, laser treatments, medical-grade peels, microdermabrasion and CoolSculpting®. Dr. Bansal has a specific interest in body-contouring procedures. Dr. Bansal takes the time to make sure your experience with our office is one of satisfaction and education. Dr. Bansal will be overseeing the procedure team and performing individual consultations. It is Dr. Bansal’s mission that you leave our office feeling confident and pleased with your individual care plan.
Dr. Andy Mattai, MD
Dr. Mattai is a board-certified psychiatrist with a strong interest in obesity medicine. He has utilized psychotropic medication and various psychotherapies to treat individuals struggling with weight loss as well as the side effects of somatic medications. His work with such patients has led to an appreciation of the potential role of body-contouring as a modality to reduce unwanted fat. Dr. Mattai will be assisting with CoolSculpting® consults and will be providing oversight for those receiving the procedure. He is certified in Coolsculpting® Treatments by Allergan, Inc.
Jinyoung Lee, RN
Jinyoung (Jin) Lee is a licensed Registered Nurse, board certified through the Maryland Board of Nursing. She is a Howard County local. She graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelors in Nursing in 2019. Her nursing experience includes acute care at University of Maryland Medical and University of Wisconsin - Madison and intensive/intermediate care at University of Maryland Shock Trauma. She knew aesthetic nursing was her calling when she struggled with adult acne for years and was told by her dermatologist that there is only one way to treat it. However, by joining the providers at Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology, she has taken a holistic approach in treating skin conditions and would love to help you achieve your goal. She is bilingual, fluent in English and Korean.