It can be a struggle to lose those last few pounds of stubborn fat. Even with a consistent diet and exercise routine, you may not be seeing the results you want.
Fortunately, there are options to help. CoolSculpting® is a highly customizable and non-invasive procedure targeting and killing unwanted fat cells.
The number of treatments needed may vary, but the results of CoolSculpting® can be long-lasting.
What is Coolsculpting?
CoolSculpting® is a body contouring medical procedure that targets specific areas of unwanted fat without undergoing surgery. The treatment is FDA approved and works by cooling the subcutaneous fat layer (the layer of fat under the skin) to destroy fat cells.
This technology can treat several areas of the body, including:
- Chin & jawline
- Waist & hips
- Upper arm
A consultation with a CoolSculpting® specialist can provide a treatment plan unique to you and your goals.
How Does It Work?
CoolSculpting® uses controlled cooling, known as cryolipolysis, to freeze fat cells. The cooling process is designed to treat only fat cells, leaving the skin surrounding it unharmed.
Once frozen, your body’s natural processes send the dead fat cells to the lymphatic system to be filtered out as waste. The termination of unwanted fat cells can lead to lasting results.
Does Coolsculpting Have Lasting Effects?
You can start to see the effects of CoolSculpting® in as little as 3 weeks, but it can take up to 3–4 months to see full results. As your body metabolizes frozen fat cells, you will notice the treated area becoming smoother and more contoured.
Because the targeted fat cells are killed, they can’t migrate or grow back, meaning the results can last indefinitely. If you gain weight after your CoolSculpting® treatment, fat can reappear in those targeted areas. It’s recommended to follow a healthy diet and perform regular exercise to maintain long-term results.
It’s important to note CoolSculpting® is not meant to replace diet and exercise. It’s used as an enhancement to reaching your goals.
What To Expect From The Procedure
With CoolSculpting®, no needles or anesthesia are needed. A trained medical professional will take you through each step of the procedure, including a consultation, the treatment, and post-treatment recommendations.
Talking with a CoolSculpting® specialist will assess if this treatment is right for you. You may not be a candidate for CoolSculpting® if you have any cold-related conditions, loose skin, or poor tone.
A customized plan will be made by understanding your body, health history, and unique goals. Several treatments may be recommended to reach your desired outcome, depending on your lifestyle and budget.
Once a plan is created, treatment can begin. You will be seated or lying down in a comfortable chair while the applicator administers cooling to the target area. Different sized and shaped applicators may be used to carefully sculpt the body.
You may feel pressure from the applicator as well as an intense cold sensation. This can feel tingly or numb. Typically a CoolSculpting® treatment can last 1-3 hours. The size and amount of areas needed to be treated can affect the time it takes.
The majority of patients experience little to no discomfort and can return to their regular daily activities following the procedure, but some common side effects include:
- Skin sensitivity
Aftercare is essential for seeing long-term results. Following recommendations from a CoolSculpting® specialist, along with a healthy lifestyle, can help eliminate your unwanted fat permanently.
If you have tried other methods to lose fat and aren’t seeing results, CoolSculpting® could be the answer you’re looking for.
CoolSculpting® has been shown to reduce fat by 20–25% in the targeted treatment area. The procedure is gaining popularity in the United States, seeing an increase in treatments by 823%.
It is important to talk to your doctor or schedule a CoolSculpting® consultation to see if this treatment is best for you.