Cool Off This Summer With CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting San DiegoWhile the marine layer can sometimes provide far too much cooling during our summer months here in San Diego, there’s another cooling sensation that isn’t weather related. It’s CoolSculpting, and Dr. Kearney’s been providing this non-invasive fat freezing treatment almost since it debuted in 2010.

Maybe you should greet this summer by chilling some of your fat with Dr. Kearney.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting was invented by two Harvard scientists, Dr. Dieter Manstein and Dr. Rox Anderson. The two discovered that human fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than the surrounding tissue cells. This process is called cryolipolysis. When fat cells are subjected to these freezing temperatures, an inflammatory response is triggered, and the cells gradually die and are shed by the body as they do with other cell changeover. In a treatment area, from 20 to 25 percent of the fat cells die. With the lower fat content in the area, the outer contour slims.

CoolSculpting was approved by the FDA in September 2010 for use on the flanks (sides). This started a mini revolution, as everyone wanted to lose the fat without any invasive procedures or downtime. The FDA added approval for CoolSculpting on the stomach in 2012. Since then, it has added use on the thighs, double chins, bra strap area, the upper arms, on the back, and underneath the buttocks.

How CoolSculpting is done

During a CoolSculpting session, you sit back and relax. The CoolSculpting panels are placed on the target area. They apply light suction and draw the skin and underlying tissue and fat up between two cooling panels. Then the cooling is delivered. At first, you’ll feel a sensation of intense cold on the spot, but within a few minutes that passes as the area becomes numb. Then for the remaining part of the hour, it takes for CoolSculpting to work on large areas you can read a book, watch videos, work on your laptop, even take a nap. For smaller areas such as the arms, a session takes only around 35 minutes.

After your procedure, we massage the treatment area a bit to warm things back up, and that’s it. You can go out and do what you do without any downtime!

When will your results show themselves?

CoolSculpting results are not immediate, as you would expect. The fat cells need to freeze, then die, and then be eliminated from the body. The effects start to show themselves in around three weeks, but they don’t fully show up until up to two to three months. At that point, you should see a slimmer contour, thanks to having 25 percent of the fat removed beneath the skin!

Isn’t it time you put some of your unwanted fat in a deep freeze? Call Dr. Kearney at 858-677-9352 and ask about CoolSculpting.

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After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

  • Appointments:Dr. Kearney will still be seeing a small number of post operative appointments over the next couple of weeks as well as any patients that require immediate attention or medical care, by appointment only. We are calling and emailing all patients who currently have appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks to notify them and reschedule
  • Phone: We will be working remotely and able to answer questions as well as schedule future appointments and surgeries by calling our main number: 858.677.9352. Please note, however, that we will have reduced hours over the next couple of weeks so be sure to call during these times: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours and need to speak to Dr. Kearney please call 619-270-4935.
  • Answering machine: Please do NOT leave important messages on the after hours greeting during the next 2 weeks as they may not be checked in a timely manner. Instead, we ask you to call or email during the above hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Email: We will have access to email and our patient scheduling system and will be available to check and respond to emails M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you reach us outside of these hours please allow 24-48 hours for a response. You can continue to email the patient coordinator you’ve been in contact with or simply use [email protected]
  • Virtual consultations: Can’t come in for an appointment right now? No problem! Dr. Kearney is able to offer phone consultations during the next couple of weeks. Simply email us at [email protected] or call 858-677-9352 during the above hours and we will let you know the simple steps to take.

We apologize for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and are hoping things return to “normal” as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all try to remain as positive as possible during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff