Targeted Fat Cells

People in Danville and other San Ramon Valley cities are spreading the word about CoolSculpting treatment – a nonsurgical procedure and alternative to liposuction. Maybe you’ve heard rave reviews from your friends or seen the before-and-after photos. This FDA-approved fat reduction treatment eliminates unwanted bulges without a single incision or needle.

Essential Aesthetics is one of the first clinics to offer CoolSculpting and Radio Frequency (RF) treatments to provide you with exceptional results. Request a consultation online, or us at 925.855.1773 to book your appointment.

What is


The CoolSculpting procedure works by selectively freezing fat cells using a patented technology called Cryolipolysis. Fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other tissues, allowing the CoolSculpting technology to safely deliver controlled cooling to targeted fat cells. The treated fat cells become frozen and undergo a natural cell death called apoptosis. In the weeks following your treatment, your body naturally processes the fat, leaving behind slimmer contours.

What is CoolSculpting?


CoolSculpting Experience

CoolSculpting at Essential Aesthetics is a relaxing, enjoyable procedure. Dr. Ellie Zarnegar begins by conducting a thorough consultation of your areas of concern. She will map out the treatment area and decide which applicator is the right fit for you and how many cycles you will need.

After your consultation, Dr. Ellie begins by applying cool gel pads to your skin which helps to regulate the temperature and ensures that only your fat cells freeze, not the surrounding tissues. She then will place the CoolSculpting applicator to the treatment area. The device uses gentle suction to draw the fat between 2 cooling panels.

Initially, you will feel some discomfort as the cold sets in, but the area will go numb after 5-10 minutes. The length of treatment depends on how many cycles are needed, but you may be in our Danville office for as little as 35 minutes or as long as a few hours. But don’t worry – this is your time to relax and stream your favorite shows and movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime, catch up on emails, or take a nap. Our staff will provide you with light, healthy refreshments as well.

After the CoolSculpting treatment, Dr. Ellie will begin with the RF treatment. RF energy stimulates and contracts your skin’s collagen, resulting in tightened and toned results. This combination treatment has shown to be effective in helping patients reach their goals in having a contoured and sculpted body. It also helps reduce post-treatment pain, numbness, swelling, and discomfort.


Coolsculpting Options

Essential Aesthetics is one of the few offices in the East Bay Area that has 2 CoolSculpting machines, meaning we can cut down your treatment time by treating multiple areas at once. We also have a full array of CoolSculpting applicators to treat any area and give you exceptional results!

  • CoolCore Advantage: The most used applicator at Essential Aesthetics, the CoolCore Advantage is perfect for reducing fat on the abdomen, love handles, pecks, banana roll, and bra line. It also works best to give our female patients curves and a “V-Shape” for men.
    Treatment time: 35 minutes
  • CoolAdvantage Petite: This applicators is used to reduce shorter bulges of stubborn fat in areas such as the inner thighs, arms, abdomen, and flanks safely and effectively.
    Treatment time: 35 minutes
  • CoolCurve+ Advantage: This applicator is ideal for those with a narrow frame, but suffer from stubborn fat. It hugs stubborn love handles, bra line fat, or banana rolls to give patients a reduction of fat in those areas.
    Treatment time: 35 minutes
  • CoolSmooth Pro: This applicators is used to reduce shorter bulges of stubborn fat in areas such as the inner thighs, arms, abdomen, and flanks safely and effectively. Treatment time: 35 minutes
  • CoolFit Advantage: This applicator is used to reduce longer bulges of stubborn fat in areas such as the inner thighs, arms, and abdomen.
    Treatment time: 35 minutes
  • CoolMini: This applicator targets smaller pockets of fat under the chin (double chin/submental fat), around the knees, and the armpits
    Treatment time: 45 minutes
  • CoolAdvantage Plus: The largest applicator in our collection, the CoolAdvantage Plus is usually used for patients who need to “de-bulk” the area before sculpting it. It is most commonly used on the lower and upper abdomen, and sometimes on the love handles.
    Treatment time: 45 minutes

Depending on the treatment area, prepare to spend half a day in our office.

Is a

Coolsculpting Procedure Right For You?

It’s important to note that CoolSculpting treatments are specifically designed for those who are generally in good shape but have stubborn deposits of fat that resist diet and exercise. The CoolSculpting device uses various applicators to effectively treat different areas of the body including:

  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Abdomen
  • Bra and Back Bulge
  • Flanks and Love Handles
  • Submental Fat (Double Chin)
  • Above the Knees
  • Beneath the Buttocks – sometimes called a “banana roll”


Your Procedure

Immediately after the CoolSculpting procedure, your skin will feel stiff, but this resolves after you receive the post-treatment RF massage. You can return to your normal activities right away but should expect some lingering soreness and redness.

Results can take several weeks to fully develop. You should see your preliminary outcome about 3 weeks after CoolSculpting. One session can eliminate up to 25% of fat in the treated area. While some patients are satisfied with their results after a single treatment, others opt for a series of treatments for a more significant outcome. Dr. Ellie will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your goals.

By sticking to healthy exercise and eating habits, you can enjoy the results of your CoolSculpting treatment for many years.

When Will I

See Results After CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting results are seen as early as 4 to 5 weeks after treatment with final results showing in 8 to 12 weeks. Patients may see up to a 20 to 30% reduction with one treatment but typically will need 3 treatments for optimal results. 

FAQ Answered

Who are the best

candidates for CoolSculpting?

The best candidates are men and women who are at or near their ideal weight but are bothered by small, localized pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. During your consultation, Dr. Ellie will evaluate your areas of concern to help you decide whether CoolSculpting is the right treatment for you.

How was the

CoolSculpting treatment developed?

CoolSculpting uses a unique cooling process called Cryolipolysis. This idea was originally developed by 2 Harvard scientists after they noticed that some children’s cheeks dimpled after eating popsicles. Over the course of several years, they refined the process to effectively freeze and destroy body fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue. CoolSculpting became FDA-cleared for fat reduction in 2010.


CoolSculpting Safe

Extensive research on CoolSculpting reveals that the procedure has an excellent safety record. Testing has not produced any reports of adverse systemic effects from the CoolSculpting treatment. Because the treated fat cells are gradually eliminated from the body, the liver and other vital organs are not impacted in any negative way.

What Does The

Treatment Feel Like?

Most of our patients describe the treatment as being surprisingly comfortable. Initially, there is a feeling of intense cold and sometimes a prickly sensation. The skin will quickly become numb, which diminishes any discomfort during the remainder of the treatment. Afterward, you might experience some soreness, but most people find the recovery very tolerable.

Does CoolSculpting

Help With Cellulite?

CoolSculpting is meant to treat localized fat deposits, not necessarily cellulite. Although most people think of cellulite as a fat-related concern, it is a bit more complicated than that. Cellulite is caused by bands of fibrous tissue that pull on the skin from below the surface, forming dimples and divots. Excess fat can exaggerate the appearance of cellulite, thus. CoolSculpting may help to reduce the look of it, but it’s unlikely to eliminate it. For this reason, we offer RF treatments after our CoolSculpting treatments to help tighten and tone the skin to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

How many pounds

Will I Lose Using CoolSculpting?

Although CoolSculpting does help patients get rid of stubborn fat, most don’t see a big difference on the scale. As we mentioned before, good candidates are already close to their ideal weight and lead healthy lifestyles. CoolSculpting is meant to sculpt and smoothen areas that have proven too stubborn to tone with diet and exercise alone. We encourage our patients to think of results in terms of inches, not pounds.

Are You Ready

To Transform Your Body?

Request a consultation online, or call us at 925.855.1773 to book your appointment.