Since it entered the market in 2010, CoolSculpting has become a household name in aesthetics. Its rapid rise to popularity quickly changed the landscape of body sculpting treatments and made what once seemed like a space-age beauty solution — eliminating stubborn body fat without surgery — a real and accessible option. The concept behind CoolSculpting, called cryolipolysis, still sounds a little like science fiction. Cryolipolysis essentially involves cooling fat cells until they become irreparably damaged, after which the body naturally eliminates them.
The concept of “freezing away your fat” understandably raises a few eyebrows. Clients frequently wonder whether the treatment really works, and they are curious to know more about the kind of results that CoolSculpting can produce.
The short answer is that CoolSculpting consistently offers a noticeable reduction in body fat for clients with many different concerns and body types. Cryolipolysis is a technique developed by some of the world’s leading doctors and scientists in the medical aesthetics field, and years of studies and observation have proven CoolSculpting effective. There’s a little more to it, though — there are some things that clients can do to maximize their results, and some factors that will influence the way each person responds to CoolSculpting treatments. If you want to learn more about the CoolSculpting experience and possible outcomes, this guide is for you. For personalized answers to your questions, you can schedule your CoolSculpting consultation in Jacksonville, Florida, at Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa.
How Should I Prepare for CoolSculpting?
Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are in overall good health, with clearly delineated pockets of stubborn fat that they want to reduce. Examples include love handles, fat “saddlebags” on the outer thighs or a bulge on the lower abdomen. CoolSculpting can also be used on the backs of the knees, under the chin and on the upper arms.
While you won’t need to do anything in particular leading up to your procedure, it’s a good idea to implement healthy lifestyle tactics as soon as you know you are interested in CoolSculpting. It’s important to note that CoolSculpting is designed for fat reduction, not weight loss. It works best for body fat that is slow to respond to diet and exercise efforts, rather than overall areas with excess fat. Losing as much body fat as possible with diet and exercise ahead of time will ensure that your treatment targets exactly the areas you want. Additionally, you’ll want to keep up with a health and fitness regimen after your treatment, so putting those best practices in place ahead of time will make it easier to maintain your results later on.
What Is The Treatment Like?
CoolSculpting treatments are quick and comfortable. There’s no surgery, incisions, injections or any invasive techniques involved. Your provider will apply a protective gel to the area, and then attach the CoolSculpting device which uses a suction-like action to isolate a section of fat. Clients can simply relax with the CoolSculpting device over the area while the treatment takes effect.
You may feel some pulling, pinching or intense cold at first. This will fade quickly as the area becomes numb. CoolSculpting sessions typically take between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the area or areas to be treated. Afterward, you may have some temporary redness, swelling, bruising or tenderness which resolves in the days following your session. You can return to all usual activities, including exercise, as soon as you feel comfortable.
How Long Until I See Results?
Results from CoolSculpting gradually become visible as the body adjusts to the treatment. First, the frozen fat cells lose essential functions and go through a natural process called apoptosis, or cell death. The body recognizes the non-functional cells as a waste product, and implements systems that break them down and remove them. As fat cells are eliminated, the treated area visibly shrinks in size, improving the contours of your body with a level of precision that can’t be achieved through fitness efforts.
Most clients see their best outcomes between three and four months after each session; at this point, the average CoolSculpting client has experienced a 20-25% reduction in fat in the treated area. Visible results become apparent in as little as one month after treatment, with continued improvements as the weeks pass. Clients may choose to have multiple treatments scheduled a few months apart. Completed results are achieved approximately four months after your final session.
How Long Will My Results Last?
CoolSculpting results can last a lifetime; after all, the treatment helps you shed fat via natural processes. The body does not produce new fat cells very quickly, so once your CoolSculpting treatment eliminates some of your cells, they won’t grow back anytime soon. Additionally, long-term studies have shown that areas treated with CoolSculpting tend to store less fat over time and are often the last place to gain fat if your weight fluctuates.
However, the best and longest-lasting results are achieved when CoolSculpting is used to supplement a diet and exercise regimen. The fat cells that remain in the treated area can become enlarged without proper fitness efforts, which will result in regrowth of stubborn fat pockets. CoolSculpting is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle, and it cannot prevent you from gaining weight or more body fat in the future. It is up to you to make the most of your results and maintain your new physique in the years to come.
CoolSculpting consistently offers our clients beautifully contoured body sculpting results, without the risks or commitment required from liposuction or other surgery. It is a proven safe and effective option for eliminating the stubborn fat that so often interferes with confidence and body image. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman, are expert providers with the artistic eye and talent required to shape your body to perfection. Visit the Clayman Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa for a CoolSculpting consultation to find out if non-invasive body sculpting is the right solution for you. Call us at 904-388-6110 today.