The Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
5920 W. William Cannon Drive, Mesa Oaks Building Seven, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78749
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

CoolSculpting®

Even the fittest among us are often bothered by bulges of stubborn fat that stick around despite hours at the gym. CoolSculpting in Austin, Texas, at The Piazza Center is a body contouring option that’s been cleared by the FDA to reduce these fat deposits without surgery – revealing a slimmer, more refined silhouette that you can enjoy indefinitely. You can target your midsection, thighs, or even a double chin with our range of treatment applicators.

At The Piazza Center, we believe that beautiful results are enhanced by leading a healthy lifestyle. Our aim is to help you achieve your cosmetic goals and desires. If you live in or around Austin and CoolSculpting interests you, request an in-person or virtual consultation online, or call or office at (512) 288-8200.

How Do They Compare?

CoolSculpting, Liposuction & Tummy Tuck

 CoolSculpting®LiposuctionTummy Tuck
What it DoesRemoves fat from the midsection, back, “love handles,” or thighs (20% to 25% fat reduction with each treatment)Removes larger volume of fat from the abdomen, back, flanks, thighs, calves, arms, neck, or elsewhereRemoves excess fat and skin from the abdomen and tightens ab muscles (great after pregnancy or weight loss)
Surgical or Non-surgicalNon-surgicalSurgicalSurgical
AnesthesiaNoneGeneralGeneral
Procedure Time1 to 3 hours, depending on the areaAbout 2 hours, depending on the area2 to 3 hours
Procedure LocationIn our officeStonegate Surgery CenterStonegate Surgery Center
Recovery TimeNone1 to 2 weeks1 to 2 weeks
Back to High-Impact ExerciseImmediately3 to 4 weeks6 to 8 weeks
Results AppearAfter 2 to 4 monthsAfter 6 to 12 weeksAfter a few months
Cost$$$$$$$
CoolSculpting®
What it Does
Removes fat from the midsection, back, “love handles,” or thighs (20% to 25% fat reduction with each treatment)
Surgical or Non-surgical
Non-surgical
Anesthesia
None
Procedure Time
1 to 3 hours, depending on the area
Procedure Location
In our office
Recovery Time
None
Back to High-Impact Exercise
Immediately
Results Appear
After 2 to 4 months
Cost
$$
Liposuction
What it Does
Removes larger volume of fat from the abdomen, back, flanks, thighs, calves, arms, neck, or elsewhere
Surgical or Non-surgical
Surgical
Anesthesia
General
Procedure Time
About 2 hours, depending on the area
Procedure Location
Stonegate Surgery Center
Recovery Time
1 to 2 weeks
Back to High-Impact Exercise
3 to 4 weeks
Results Appear
After 6 to 12 weeks
Cost
$$
Tummy Tuck
What it Does
Removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen and tightens ab muscles (great after pregnancy or weight loss)
Surgical or Non-surgical
Surgical
Anesthesia
General
Procedure Time
2 to 3 hours
Procedure Location
Stonegate Surgery Center
Recovery Time
1 to 2 weeks
Back to High-Impact Exercise
6 to 8 weeks
Results Appear
After a few months
Cost
$$$

Your CoolSculpting Procedure

At The Piazza Center, CoolSculpting is performed right here in our office, and it doesn’t require anesthesia. Once you arrive and sign in, a member of our staff will lead you to a private treatment area, where you can make yourself comfortable. Many patients bring books, magazines, or their tablets to read, browse the Internet, or catch up on work during their treatments.

Once you’re ready, Dr. Piazza or a qualified member of our medical team applies a cool gelpad to your skin to help regulate the temperature during treatment. Your practitioner then applies the CoolSculpting device to the treatment area. CoolSculpting is effective on the following parts of the body:

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  • Abdomen (belly fat, belly pooch, love handles, muffin top)
  • Flanks (love handles, spare tire)
  • Thighs (saddle bags)
  • Under the chin (double chin)

There are different treatment applicators that we use for different areas. If you want to treat a “pinchable” bulge of fat, common on the abdomen and flanks, we choose the applicator that uses suction to draw up a bulging area of fatty tissue into a specially shaped treatment head. Using cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting targets and chills only fat cells, leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. In order to be effective, the targeted fat must remain at a sustained low temperature. We tell patients to plan for about an hour per treatment area. During this time, you’ll feel suction as your unwanted fat is pulled into the device and then a sensation of intense cold, which soon dissipates as the area becomes numb.

If you want to treat an area of “non-pinchable” fat, common on the outer thighs, we use the slightly different CoolSmooth™ applicator. The process is very similar, except there is no suction with this applicator. Instead, it has cooling plates that are placed flat against the skin. These treatments produce a similar numbing sensation and equally effective results, but they take 2 to 3 hours per area.

Real Patients. Real Stories

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Find out what it's like to be a patient of The Piazza Center. Review the stories and "after" photos of some of the plastic surgery patients who've shared their experiences with us.

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CoolMini for a Double Chin

For both men and women, having a double chin is a common aesthetic concern. The accumulation of fat just below the chin — called submental fat — is a stubborn nuisance that can detract from your overall attractiveness. People who want a stronger profile come to The Piazza Center, one of the first practices in Austin to offer the special CoolMini treatment applicator.

Designed to fit snugly beneath the chin, the applicator is cleared by the FDA to treat small areas of fat. Treatments last about 1 hour. Unlike other procedures targeting this area, such as liposuction or KYBELLA® injections, the CoolMini is non-invasive and doesn’t require downtime.

Keep in mind that experiences vary after CoolMini treatments. You may see the desired results after a single treatment, but some patients need 2 sessions.

CoolSculpting® Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Case #218

This 45-year-old career mom was deeply concerned about the appearance of her arms. At 5 feet 6 inches, she weighed 130 pounds. Even with a commitment to healthy living, diet, and exercise, she did not like the appearance of her upper arms and called them her “bat wings”.After growing a great relationship with Dr. Piazza and... Read More
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Non-surgical treatment of abdomen with CoolSculpting®.

This 39-year-old entrepreneur, like many women, battled insecurity in the tummy region. At 5 feet 7 inches and 138 pounds, she struggled with “trouble spots” her whole life, even though she has a healthy lifestyle. As the owner of her own business, this woman could not spare any downtime from a surgical procedure.In her search... Read More
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Case #265

This 41-year-old female prides herself on a very healthy and active lifestyle. She came to our office here in Austin, Texas several times in the past for injectables and skincare treatments. It was only natural for her to visit us again for her concern of excess adipose tissue surrounding her abdomen and flank areas. What this... Read More
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Case #269

This busy 39-year-old business woman is always on the go and never seems to get any "me time". She always wanted to address some pockets of fat that had bothered her and knew that surgery was not an option for her hectic lifestyle. After coming to our office in Austin, Texas to discuss alternatives to surgical procedures... Read More
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Case #271

This is 38-year-old career woman and mother of three had always disliked the way her bra-line looked in her business attire. She started to become frustrated by having to buy specific bras to help cover the extra "fat pocket" on her upper back area. She sought out CoolSculpting because she was looking for a procedure that... Read More
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Case #221

As long as this 31-year-old working mother of two can recall, her stomach has been her problem area. She remembers as a young child calling it her "puffy belly". By the time she was an adolescent, this woman was an avid runner with long, lanky legs and arms, yet she  still had a protruding, dimply tummy. As... Read More
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Case #283

This 31-year-old stay at home mom came to our practice here in Austin, Texas to discuss the appearance of her upper back and neck areas. She so affectionately called it her “buffalo hump”. This was a diet resistant area that was difficult to hide in clothes and she knew that she could not “exercise it away”. After having twins,... Read More
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Case #282

This 48-year-old mother and career woman was concerned about the appearance of her knees. At 5 feet 6 inches, she weighed 130 pounds. Despite her commitment to healthy living, diet and exercise, the appearance of her knees were still bothersome to her when she wore shorts or skirts.This patient had been coming to The Piazza Center for various... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Following your session, the treated area will appear red and swollen. This can typically be hidden under clothes and should resolve itself within a day or so. CoolSculpting doesn’t require any downtime, and you should feel up to getting back to your regular activities, even including exercise, immediately.

Dr. Piazza Answers Common Questions

Is CoolSculpting an alternative to liposuction?

Not exactly. Although CoolSculpting and liposuction both have the same objective – reducing excess fat – CoolSculpting isn’t as versatile as liposuction. However, CoolSculpting is still an excellent option for men and women who want to reduce specific areas of fat without undergoing surgery. During your consultation, I carefully evaluate your areas of concern and help guide you to the decision that best matches your lifestyle, budget, and desired results.

Does CoolSculpting cause frostbite?

No. CoolSculpting uses a proprietary process called cryolipolysis that ensures it targets only fat cells. Cryolipolysis was developed by Harvard researchers, and its safety and effectiveness are well documented.1 Our fat cells are more vulnerable to cold than skin and muscle cells, which are completely undamaged by the low temperatures. The CoolSculpting device also comes equipped with several features to maintain a consistent temperature throughout each treatment, further maximizing its safety.

Do I need more than 1 treatment?

Although some patients may only require a single CoolSculpting treatment, it is more common to undergo multiple sessions over a period of time. Our team will work closely with you to create a custom plan that addresses your exact needs.

Meet Dr. Piazza

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rocco C. Piazza looks forward to meeting with you to help you discover how you can achieve your cosmetic goals and desires.

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Your CoolSculpting Results

The results of a CoolSculpting treatment aren’t immediate. Instead, they develop gradually over the course of a few months. By 2 to 4 months, your final results should be apparent; although experiences vary. A clinical study concluded: “Treatment resulted in a normalized fat layer reduction of 20.4% at 2 months and 25.5% at 6 months after treatment.”2 This reduction can make a world of difference in a pair of fitted jeans or a slim cocktail dress.

Once damaged fat cells are flushed out by your body, they won’t return. However, your remaining fat cells can still enlarge in relation to your diet and exercise habits. Maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is the best way to enjoy your CoolSculpting results for as long as possible.

To learn more about what the CoolSculpting process is like at our practice, read Kara’s story in her own words.

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1Avram M.M., Harry R.S., Cryolipolysis for subcutaneous fat layer reduction, Lasers Surg Med. 2009 Dec; 41(10):703-8.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20014262

2 Coleman S.R., Sachdeva K., Egbert B.M., Preciado J., Allison J., Clinical efficacy of noninvasive cryolipolysis and its effects on peripheral nerves, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: 2009; 33(4):482-488. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19296153