BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwired - Jul 10, 2013) - Dr. James Vogel, a board-certified plastic surgeon, knows that many of his patients desire to rid themselves of fat without the necessity of surgery and extended recovery times. With that in mind, Dr. Vogel says he is excited to add CoolSculpting® to the lineup of body contouring procedures at his private practice.
CoolSculpting® is a noninvasive procedure from Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc. This FDA-approved procedure is designed to reduce pockets of fat that have collected in areas such as the flanks, the abdomen, the back, and other regions. CoolSculpting® utilizes an intense cooling process during which a patient's excess fat cells are targeted, broken down, and then filtered out by the body's natural processes. Many of Dr. Vogel's patients who are good candidates for CoolSculpting® use the procedure as an alternative to liposuction.
Dr. Vogel says the major advantage of the CoolSculpting® process is the ability to improve contour and reduce fat without the need for surgery or long recovery times. CoolSculpting®'s cooling process (cryolipolysis) gently cools the patient's targeted lipids and fat cells to the point of crystallization. Eventually, the targeted fat cells shrink, gradually becoming digested and then ultimately filtering out of the body through the liver. Dr. Vogel, a board-certified plastic surgeon, says that the procedure can often be a very effective technique for non-surgical fat reduction in patients who may not need liposuction to achieve their goals.
CoolSculpting® usually takes 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the size of the areas being treated. Dr. Vogel says procedures for patients who prefer a more aggressive contouring to treat several body areas in a single session will take somewhat longer. However, he says CoolSculpting® involves no incisions or needles, and many patients often pass the time during treatment reading a book or just relaxing. After the procedure, patients typically do not require downtime and can resume their normal activities immediately. Some of Dr. Vogel's patients opt to visit his practice for a second CoolSculpting® session to maximize their results.
Dr. Vogel believes the key to achieving satisfaction with the CoolSculpting® procedure is having realistic goals and expectations. He says patients should begin to notice the results from the procedure after 1-2 months. Over the course of three months, as the patient's body continues to filter out the treated fat cells, Dr. Vogel says patients should continue to see the results improve.
Overall, Dr. Vogel feels that CoolSculpting® has expanded his plastic surgery practice's fat reduction treatment options for individuals who want a quick return to normal daily activities with no postoperative downtime.
About James E. Vogel, MD, FACS
Dr. James Vogel is a board-certified plastic surgeon, and has been voted a "Top Doctor in Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Dr. Vogel earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed his plastic residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancement options at his practice include body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Vogel is available for interview upon request.