When it comes to getting rid of excess weight, most of us have heard of the many available solutions that can help “melt” away unwanted body fat. Common fat-burning methods include exercise, customized diets, waist trimmers, and more. But sometimes, even with diet, exercise, and other approved weight loss methods, certain areas of body fat may require additional therapy. Here at the Rendon Center, for patients with troublesome areas of body fat who are unable to find complete success through diet and exercise, we offer an innovative fat loss therapy known as CoolSculpting to help “freeze” away stubborn body fat.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, award-winning body-sculpting treatment therapy that utilizes controlled cooling to target and destroy fat cells while leaving the skin surface and other bodily structures unharmed. CoolSculpting therapy is safe, noninvasive, and virtually painless, requiring no surgical incisions and allowing you to return to your normal daily activities immediately after treatment.
What is CoolSculpting Used to Treat?
CoolSculpting is used in the treatment of unwanted body fat when diet, exercise, and other weight loss methods have failed. CoolSculpting technology can be used throughout various areas of the body, mainly including the abdominal area, “love handles,” thighs, back, buttocks, arms, and under the chin. CoolSculpting therapy can also help reduce the appearance of loose or sagging skin after a chin fat reduction.
Benefits of CoolSculpting Treatment
If you are struggling to get rid of stubborn body fat, CoolSculpting therapy may be an effective treatment option after diet, exercise, and other weight loss methods have failed. Backed by numerous awards and positive media reviews, CoolSculpting offers many benefits, including:
- Reduction of stubborn, unwanted body fat
- Safe across various regions of the body
- Comfortable and virtually pain-free
- Noninvasive with zero recovery time
CoolSculpting therapy is a noninvasive procedure that takes place in the comfort of your doctor’s office. Each treatment session can be completed in as little as 35–60 minutes and involves a process known as Cryolipolysis(R) — the “freezing of fat,” usually between the temperatures of five degrees and negative five degrees Celsius.
CoolSculpting therapy begins with a one-on-one consultation with your doctor. Together, you and your doctor will discuss your personal weight loss goals, helping your doctor to develop a treatment plan that is uniquely customized to your needs. Once your doctor determines an appropriate treatment plan for you, you will return to the office to begin treatment. Treatment involves the use of a CoolSculpting applicator that is attached to a bedside machine. Depending on your treatment needs, the machine system applicator used by your doctor may vary.
Who is an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting?
Adults who are interested in spot-reducing a certain area plagued by stubborn fat may be great candidates for CoolSculpting. This non-surgical treatment may be a nice alternative to liposuction for individuals who are near their ideal body weight and want to look more sculpted. If you’ve been wondering what CoolSculpting could do for you, contact our office and schedule your personal consultation with an experienced provider.
How many CoolSculpting treatments will I need?
Some people reach their desired outcome with just one CoolSculpting treatment. Others need a series of 2 to 3 treatments. Sessions are scheduled several weeks apart, allowing sufficient time to observe the degree of improvement achieved. If, after the recommended number of sessions, you’d like to continue reducing fat in a problem area, you may schedule additional treatments as needed.
How should I prepare for a CoolSculpting session?
Some ways to make CoolSculpting more effective and comfortable include:
- Exercise regularly before your treatment begins. This will help your body shed more unwanted fat.
- Drink plenty of water (at least 64 ounces) beginning before treatment. This will support fat flushing after CoolSculpting.
- Avoid certain supplements, such as aspirin and fish oil, to decrease the risk of bruising.
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning before getting CoolSculpting. A sunburn could make treatment more uncomfortable.
What To Expect During CoolSculpting Session
To begin the procedure, your doctor will comfortably position your body based on your required area of treatment. Your doctor will then place a gel pad and the head of the CoolSculpting applicator onto the desired treatment area. The machine that the applicator head is attached to will be used by your doctor to set treatment temperature and other required settings. Your doctor may provide pillows for additional comfort, and a blanket will be placed over the treatment area to encourage the cooling effect. Once the session is complete, your doctor will gently remove the applicator along with the gel pad and wipe away any remaining residue.
Results after CoolSculpting
Final treatment results may vary from patient to patient. The best before and after results are usually visible within two to three months; however, some patients may see results within a few weeks, while other patients may require additional treatment sessions for improved outcomes. Because fat cells in adults don’t usually grow back, CoolSculpting results are permanent, but adopting healthy habits may be recommended to help maintain achieved results.
What is the difference between CoolSculpting and Liposuction?
Both liposuction and CoolSculpting remove unwanted fat from target areas on the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or the chin. Both are meant to make the body look better. Neither is intended for weight loss. Liposuction can remove more unwanted fat in a single session than CoolSculpting. The procedure works by suctioning fat through a thin, hollow tube. A short recovery period is needed to allow soreness, swelling, and bruising to resolve. CoolSculpting does not require incisions. It works with the body’s natural ability to flush damaged cells. By freezing fat cells, CoolSculpting alerts the body that certain cells are no longer viable, so the body releases them. While a natural process, this takes longer than liposuction to achieve visible results. However, there is no downtime needed to recover from CoolSculpting.
How long after a CoolSculpting treatment can I shower?
You may shower or take a bath after getting CoolSculpting. Experts suggest using warm water, not hot or cold. If soreness or tenderness occurs after treatment, you may even add some Epsom salt to a warm bath to reduce inflammation and minor discomfort. You should avoid hot showers, steam rooms, and hot tub use for 24 hours after each session. The excessive heat could irritate the treated tissue.
How long after a CoolSculpting treatment can I work out again?
Except for avoiding excessive heat like hot tubs, there are no activity restrictions after CoolSculpting treatments. You can exercise as soon as you feel comfortable. Doing so may support your body’s metabolism of excess fat.
Is CoolSculpting Painful?
CoolSculpting is typically a pain-free procedure with minimum side effects. Some patients may experience pain, aching, bruising, swelling, and other signs of injury at the treatment site lasting anywhere from a few days to a week. Overall, you will be able to return to your normal activities immediately following your treatment session.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits, cost, or other valuable information about CoolSculpting therapy, our dedicated and knowledgeable staff is available to help answer any questions that you may have.