Have you been putting in all the work to achieve your dream body but are still struggling with a few stubborn bits of fat? Sometimes not even the most rigorous exercise and dieting can shake the last few pounds standing between you and the figure you’ve always wanted. But with CoolSculpting, you can safely and effectively destroy fat and look more sculpted and toned. If you’re in Cincinnati, OH, The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center can get you feeling more gorgeous in no time.
Do You Get Permanent Results From CoolSculpting?
Amazingly, the results of CoolSculpting are permanent, as many fat cells are destroyed during the treatment. Since fat cells don’t develop after adolescence, patients don’t need to worry about them growing back – once they’re flushed out of the body, they’re gone for good.
This is what makes it the number one non-invasive fat reduction method in the world. Those interested in treatment, however, must be willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle to achieve the best, longest-lasting results. To decide if CoolSculpting is the right option for you, it’s important to understand how it works. Read on to learn more.
What Is CoolScuplting?
This is a non-surgical treatment that eliminates excess fat from the body using the power of controlled freezing. The cutting-edge technology freezes fat cells under the skin, which either shrinks them or destroys them. The result is permanent fat removal across the body, giving patients a more contoured physique. This treatment is optimal for those who are close to achieving their cosmetic goals and are seeking the final step to get there.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment was discovered by Harvard researchers several years ago, who noticed that after children ate frozen popsicles dimples would develop in their cheeks. That led them to the realization that fat cells can be destroyed by freezing temperatures, and they could apply the same technique to adults in cosmetic treatments. This is done through cutting-edge technology called Cryolipolysis.
This FDA-approved technique involves controlled cooling of the skin in areas chosen by patients to eliminate the fat cells under it. Because fat cells yield to freezing temperatures much quicker than other cells, they can be destroyed while the surrounding skin cells and blood vessels remain intact. This makes it a highly popular treatment for those looking to contour their bodies without surgery.
In the course of treatment, cells lose the fluid that was stored inside them, which makes them contract and shrink down. The fluid that was stored inside is released and gradually reabsorbed by the body. Eventually, it’s flushed out through the metabolic process. Then the fat is gone for good! Fat cells are left smaller, and up to a quarter of them are destroyed completely.
Why Do People Seek Out This Treatment?
Stubborn fat can affect anyone, regardless of age, genetics, weight bracket, or lifestyle. The body collects fat to use as a source of energy, so it doesn’t naturally want to get rid of it. This is why even the most intense workouts and meal plans don’t always make a difference when it comes to burning away fat. It’s also almost impossible to do “spot reduction”, AKA targeting very specific parts of your body such as a flabby stomach. This can be incredibly frustrating for those who have worked hard to achieve the dream bodies and are falling short just before the finish line.
This treatment is so popular with so many people because it offers a solution to this problem. It allows patients to finally reach their cosmetic goals, or maybe just target some areas they’ve always felt self-conscious about, and leave them feeling more confident.
How Is This Treatment Performed?
The CoolSculpting device, which is a cooling applicator, is placed over the area that the patient has chosen to be treated. It then holds on to the bulge of skin and secures itself using light suction. Once in place, the device will slowly drop to a cold temperature, which cools the fat cells under the skin until they crystalize and either fall apart or shrink down.
Patients may initially experience slight pressure and notice the device getting colder, but this quickly subsides and many people find the treatment relaxing. Many patients even bring a book or a tablet along, or even fall asleep! Cycles generally last for about 35 minutes but can last up to an hour and 15 minutes. It depends on the individual and the areas they’re targeting, as some fat can be thicker in certain areas. The treatment is so time-efficient that it can be slotted into even the busiest schedule.
Once the applicator is removed, the treated skin will begin to thaw. While some clinics offer massages to help break up the tissue and help fat cells be reabsorbed, at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center we recommend following treatment with Z wave. Z wave is a photoacoustic treatment that can break up tissue and cells far more effectively than a massage. In the period following treatment, the fluid released from the fat cells will be absorbed the body, and eventually, leave through excretion.
What Areas Can This Treatment Be Applied to?
This treatment is used to target “subcutaneous fat”, which is soft fat that lies just under the skin’s surface that you can pinch or hold in your hands. Subcutaneous fat is highly responsive to this treatment. The most common area for fat reduction is the midsection, but there are many other problematic areas around the body. These include banana rolls (fat under the buttocks), back and bra fat area, flank, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, male chest, and a double chin.
Is There a Long Recovery Period?
This treatment, amazingly, requires almost no downtime thanks to its being non-surgical. Patients can almost always carry on with their normal routines afterward and even go back to work if they’ve had the appointment during their lunch break. You are, of course, welcome to take the rest of the day off to relax. Because this treatment is done without anesthetic, patients can drive themselves to and from the appointment if they like.
How Long Will It Take to See Results?
The results of this treatment develop gradually because the fluids from fat cells have to leave the body through natural processes. This usually takes about three weeks. The most dramatic changes, when patients notice optimal results, generally occur about two to three months after treatment. Fat fluids leaving the body pass through the liver on their way out, so liver health can be a factor in the time it takes.
Will the Results Look Natural?
Because the results do appear gradually, they’re more subtle than an overnight change. Generally, it just looks as though a patient’s body is becoming more toned and slender thanks to exercise and diet. No one will be able to tell you’ve undergone treatment unless you choose to tell them.
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
This treatment is extremely popular because it produces ideal results for many patients. In the period following treatment, patients can develop more contoured, slender bodies. This in turn leads to newfound confidence! Patients can wear whatever clothes they like and feel gorgeous as they enjoy life in Cincinnati.
Patients appreciate that this treatment destroys fat cells permanently, meaning they don’t need to worry about problem areas remerging later. The results are most effective when paired with an active lifestyle and healthy diet, so this treatment also encourages patients to look after themselves.
A lot of people have cosmetic goals that involve removing fat from their bodies but are worried about the risks involved in surgical options such as liposuction. Things like possible infections or a long recovery period can leave people looking for a noninvasive alternative. And that’s exactly what CoolSculpting is!
How Can I Maintain Results From CoolSculpting?
The results of this treatment can be permanent. What is critical for achieving the best results is patients looking after themselves following treatment. That means eating well and exercising regularly. Shrunken fat cells can increase in size again if patients don’t maintain a consistent weight, and untreated areas can obviously still gain fat, which could make your body look uneven. A healthy lifestyle will add longevity to patients’ slender, gorgeous body!
This also goes for patients expecting to fall pregnant. Pregnancy can change fat deposits in the body, which can also affect the results. It’s important to let a member of our expert team know if this is the case, and we can hold off treatment until after!
How Much Fat Is Reduced?
This treatment offers, according to studies, a 24% reduction in fat after one session of treatment. Liposuction, on the other hand, reduces between 70% and 90% of fat, but as mentioned above requires surgery. For this reason, patients may need to undergo several sessions of CoolSculpting to achieve their cosmetic goals.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
The number of treatments needed will depend on the patient’s cosmetic goals, what areas they’re looking to treat, and what their body is like. During an initial consultation with our expert staff, we’ll discuss your goals and design a plan to suit them. We generally recommend budgeting for a minimum of two sessions, but you may need as many as four. You’re also welcome to start with one session and look at the results, and then schedule more if you like.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Anyone looking at this treatment as a method of fat reduction needs to come in with realistic expectations for the outcome. This treatment is not a blanket weight-loss solution; it’s more of a tool to be used alongside diet and exercise to achieve a slender body. Candidates should be willing to maintain healthy lifestyles to keep the results lasting.
Anyone over the age of 18 may seek this treatment out, so long as they are healthy. People with preexisting conditions should note this to our staff during the initial consultation. We’ll go through your entire medical history at that time anyway, and make sure this treatment is the right option for you and your lifestyle. Ideal candidates should generally be within 20 to 40 pounds of their goal body weight. Skin elasticity can also be a helpful factor in making treatment more effective.
Are You Ready to Finally Achieve Your Dream Body?
If you’re done with the stubborn fat that’s standing between you and your cosmetic goals, then this treatment may be right for you. With CoolSculpting, you can look more toned and slim in a natural way and will leave you feeling confident. Contact our expert team at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center in Cincinnati, OH, and schedule a consultation today. We can talk about your options and get you feeling gorgeous in no time!