Are you one of the millions of Americans who has spent untold time dieting and exercising only to still be stuck with unwanted fat deposits and bulges? These problem areas can seem near-impossible to deal with without surgery. At least, until recently. The development of CoolSculpting is a game-changer for women and men looking to shape their body to their liking. It’s a non-invasive procedure that can be completed at the Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health in Scottsdale, AZ over your lunch break.
This isn’t a gimmick or a fad. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment that works. Over four million people have chosen this route to rid themselves of unwanted fat, and around 82% of them would recommend it to a friend. In this article, we’ll explain what CoolSculpting is, how it works, and how long it takes to achieve your desired results.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a form of body shaping that uses cold to freeze away fat cells. It’s a non-invasive treatment for targeted fat reduction that’s renowned for its natural-looking results. It is important to note that it is not a substitute for exercise and healthy eating, nor can it replace surgeries such as a gastric bypass. It is cosmetic and focused only on limited areas of the body, specifically the thighs, flanks (or “love handles”), and stomach. The buttocks, lower chin, and back are also good candidates for this kind of body sculpting treatment.
How Does It Work?
But how does it work? The thought that just an hour or two of treatment can help flush away unwanted fat might sound like a miracle, but it’s pure science. The reason that “problem areas” are a problem is because bodies generally have a set number of fat cells. This number evens out during adolescence and early adulthood, and once you have your fat cells, it’s hard to get rid of them.
They can grow as a body fills them with excess nutrients or shrink as those nutrients are used up. This manifests as weight loss on the body. Still though, the number of cells stays roughly the same, which is why some areas of the body are much more difficult to tone than others.
This is what makes CoolSculpting such an effective technique. Fat cells freeze at a slightly higher temperature than their surrounding tissue, so by carefully calibrating cooling plates that are placed on the skin, we can freeze fat cells without freezing anything else.
Once frozen, the fat cells die off and are flushed out by the body. This entire process is called “cryolipolysis.” By getting rid of the cells themselves, this form of body sculpting offers quick, painless results. In fact, people who undergo this form of body sculpting treatment can expect to see a fat reduction of up to 25% in the targeted area after just a single visit.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
To prepare for this body sculpting treatment, we will first apply a gel to the treatment area. Then, using a handheld device with applicators that look a bit like the end of a vacuum cleaner nozzle, we deliver controlled cooling to the targeted zone. This process will take a few minutes to complete. Once the applicator is in place and the cooling is being applied, all you have to do is lean back and wait.
During the Treatment
If you’re worried about pain, you’ll be happy to know that clients report some pressure as the area of treatment is prepped with the plates, but once the cold plates are in place, the area goes numb. You can read, take a nap, or even get some work done on your laptop. The plates must remain in place for about one hour for each area of treatment. If you’re only treating one area, you can expect to be in and out in a little over an hour.
What Is an Area of Treatment?
“Area of treatment” is defined as being about the size of your hand. Therefore, one flank could be categorized as one area of treatment, while the lower abdomen would be classified as two. Only one area can be treated at a time, so if you want to treat your whole lower abdomen or both flanks, it would take about two hours. This time will fluctuate based on the person and the area being treated. Some people choose to undergo multiple treatments in one visit, while others make repeat visits until all of their desired areas have received treatment.
You can also opt to make a return visit to have areas treated again, although each visit should be spaced apart by ninety days or more. Many people choose to do this to improve their outcomes even more.
Do I Need to Prepare for My Treatment?
Because this form of body sculpting is 100% non-invasive, there isn’t much you need to do to prepare yourself. There’s no fasting or minimum water requirement or anything like that. We would suggest you bring something to entertain yourself while you undergo the treatment, be it a book or some work or whatever else you may choose. Physically though, all you need to do is get to our office.
What About Recovery Time?
Because CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment, you’ll be able to walk out of our office and drive yourself right back to the office if you so choose. You can expect some redness in the treated area thanks to the applied vacuum pressure and cold, but you’ll be able to resume your normal activities more or less immediately after leaving our office.
The treated area will take some time to warm back up, though. Doctors urge patients to resist the urge to speed that process up; your body will warm itself naturally, so applying a hot towel to the area is unnecessary. Because the skin is often numb for a bit after the procedure, trying to warm yourself up may also result in unintentional burns. Just be patient and your body will take care of it for you.
How Long Until I See Results?
It will take a bit of time for your body to start flushing the treated fat cells out. You can expect to begin noticing results between three weeks and one month after the initial treatment. After three to four months your results will be quite visible, and you may continue to see improvements for weeks after that. The amount of time it takes to see results depends upon the person and the area treated. The important thing to remember is to be patient; while the CoolSculpting treatment itself is quick, the results are not instant. Do not be discouraged if it takes some time to see the change you want; it’s coming.
One interesting thing about this kind of body sculpting is that it won’t leave skin loose like much faster-moving weight loss treatments can. Because your fat melts away over the course of weeks and months, the skin around it has time to reshape and mold itself to your body’s new contours. You’ll see no loose skin, stretch marks, or unsightly blemishes when all is said and done.
What Makes a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
CoolSculpting is not the right choice for anyone who wants to lose weight for medical reasons. It is a cosmetic treatment the helps people who undergo it gain confidence in their bodies by getting rid of problematic fat deposits that have proven resistant to diet and exercise. So how can you know if this body sculpting treatment is the right one for you? If you tick some or all of the boxes below, you’re a great candidate for this kind of treatment.
You Are Sick of Stubborn Fat
Sometimes, no matter how many situps you do, miles you run, and carb-free meals you eat, you just can’t rid yourself of a stubborn fat deposit. You could be in perfect shape and at your target weight and still have problem areas that seemingly nothing can cure.
That’s where this kind of treatment comes in; it will rid you of fat in problem areas, once and for all. If you’ve tried exercise and have a generally good diet, this treatment is something to consider.
You Are at or Near Your Target Weight
Typically, people who undergo this body sculpting treatment lose around 25% of the fat from the treated area. It’s more than enough to make a visual difference, but this is not the kind of treatment anyone looking to lose twenty or thirty pounds should consider as a weight-loss option.
If you are interested in this treatment but still working toward your target weight, it is best to consult your physician and discuss alternative weight loss options. He or she can help you reach your goal weight, at which time body sculpting will be a more viable option for you.
You Are in Overall Good Health
This kind of body sculpting is completely non-surgical and non-invasive, but it is still a medical procedure. As such, it is recommended for people who are in good overall health. Be sure to let us know about any chronic conditions or other health concerns you may have before undergoing treatment.
You Still Have Enough Fat to Treat
While being near your target weight is important for undergoing this treatment, you’ll also need some actual fat to treat. Generally, if you can grab and pinch an inch of fat from the area you want treated, there’s enough there for a treatment to work its magic.
You Are Looking for a Non-Surgical Alternative to Liposuction
While liposuction may provide more instantaneous results than this treatment, it also requires surgery and far more downtime. If you don’t want to undergo surgery or have discussed liposuction in the past but ruled it out for other reasons, this might be the right option for you. You won’t have to take any considerable time off work, there’s no anesthesia or other preparation, and you’ll be able to completely avoid surgery.
You Are Not Pregnant or Thinking About Becoming Pregnant
While there are no studies indicating that this kind of body sculpting has an effect on pregnancy, becoming pregnant changes the body in some significant ways. The results may not be what you want them to be post-pregnancy, and new fat deposits may appear. As a result, the impact of your treatment may end up not being visible. If you are considering having children, it may be best to wait until after to undergo treatment.
CoolSculpting might seem like one of those things that’s too good to be true: an FDA-approved, non-invasive, quick, and easy way to get rid of unwanted body fat? It’s real though, and if you’re looking for a way to finally get rid of those problem areas it might be the right option for you. Give the Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health in Scottsdale, AZ a call to learn more and find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment!