CoolSculpting San Diego & La Jolla Specialist – Dr. Tom Pousti


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CoolSculpting Treatment

San Diego/La Jolla Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti now provides CoolSculpting treatments for removal of unwanted fat. Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CoolSculpting smoothly cools undesired fat cells in the body resulting in a painless, controlled eradication of fat cells. The CoolSculpting method is based on science performed by the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Research determined that fat cells are more vulnerable to cold temperatures and when introduced to these cold climates are effortlessly and permanently demolished. Beginning weeks after the cooling application, the cooled fat cells initiate the process of solidifying the fat cells without destroying surrounding tissues, eventually causing the cells to shrink and disappear naturally. Gradually as the cells diminish, the depth of the fat layer will be reduced.

Before and After CoolSculpting Procedure Photos

Different from other techniques of fat loss, CoolSculpting excludes the use of needles, anesthesia or pain medication, recovery time or restrictions, and surgery. Throughout the treatment, controlled cooling is administered with a non-invasive applicator to an area intentionally targeting fat cells. As the procedure is initiated, vacuum pressure draws tissue into an applicator cup between cooling panels. The vacuum pressure may cause sensations of deep pulling, tugging and pinching in the area being treated. The procedure can take one to two hours depending on the area(s) being treated. Undeniable Results are seen with one treatment but for more dramatic effects you may wish to have additional treatments performed. Results are sometimes visible within three weeks following your treatment, but full results will be noticeable within two to four months.

Our CoolSculpting room provides a calming atmosphere so patient’s are able to relax during their non-invasive procedure. The patient above was “recovering” from a surgical procedure and proceeded to have CoolSculpting performed on her abdominal area.


The Procedure

The patient can relax during the CoolSculpting Treatment, which is about an hour per area.

Immediately after the hand piece is removed from the treated area. The area will be cold, red, and raised.

Manual Massage after the hand piece is removed helps achieve better results by involving more fat cells.

Patient Testimonial:

Dr. Pousti,

I wanted to personally thank you for a wonderful experience that I had in your office during my CoolSculpting procedure. The entire experience was first class. The office staff were very friendly, warm, and knowledgeable about the procedure that I was about to receive.

Past the front office, the time you took to explain the procedure to me, your calmness, and confidence really put me at such a relaxing state that I actually took a 40 minute nap during the one hour procedure.

Upon completion of my procedure, everything was normal. I had all sensations in the area of the procedure and no discomfort whatsoever. In fact the same evening I was at the gym doing my regular exercises. Once again, thank you so much for the wonderful experience that received in your office from yourself and your staff.

Best Regards,
Tony K.

What to Expect After the Procedure & FAQ

1. Which patients are the best candidates?

Ultimately, ideal candidates are active and are at or near their goal weight, but are unable to get rid of stubborn fat with diet and exercise. They should be concerned with specific areas that include stored fat, not concerned with their entire body, but do not consider surgical procedures a solution. The CoolSculpting method is not intended as a weight loss solution.

2. How does the applicator deliver cooling to the fat cells?

The applicator gently holds tissue in the applicator cup grasped between two cooling panels, resembling a vacuum, while extracting body heat from underlying tissue. The skin is monitored through sensors, linked to the control console, built into the machine that control a consistent cooling procedure pattern and provide constant feedback to the physician.

3. How long will my results last?

Patients show full results six months after the CoolSculpting treatment and are expected to last about as long as results from invasive fat cell removal surgeries such as liposuction.

4. Are there any side effects after the treatment?

As a non-invasive procedure, the CoolSculpting treatment allows for immediate return to normal daily activities with no restrictions. Immediately following the treatment, the area may appear red anywhere from the first few minutes to the first few hours, but this is completely normal along with minimal localized bruising which usually disappears within a few weeks. Some patients may feel a numbing sensation to the treated area lasting up to 8 weeks.

5. What happens during the treatment?

The first step is consulting with a physician and selecting an area(s) to be treated. The applicator available in small, medium, or large, will then be placed on your skin, while the device begins firmly pulling up the skin between the two cooling panels. Once the bulge is obtained in the applicator, the device will continue a sucking motion in a constant rhythm for about an hour or so when the procedure is complete. Immediately following the treatment, your skin may feel stiff and transient blanching (temporary whitening of the skin) may appear.

6. What does the treatment feel like?

The first few minutes can be somewhat uncomfortable as the cooling sensation takes affect, but usually diminishes. Many patients find it beneficial to read, take a nap, or browse their phones during the treatment. Rarely, you may experience tingling, cramping, or aching which usually subsides within a few minutes.

CoolSculpting Pricing Information

1 Large Area $1,500

2 Large Areas $2,700 ($300 off)

3 Large Areas $3,800 ($700 off)

1 Small Area $750

2 Small Areas $1400 ($100 off)

3 Small Areas $2000 ($250 off)

Medium and Small Applicators

most areas require 2 sites (left side and right side), treated over 2 hours

Individual Treatment $750

Package of 2 sites $1,400 ($700 each)

Package of 4 sites $2,700 ($675 each)

Best Value

Package of 8 sites $4,400 ($550 each)


What we offer


Pousti Plastic Surgery
8851 Center Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 91942
Phone: 619-466-8851
Fax: (619) 466-8858
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