CoolSculpting® is a popular procedure worldwide, offering a non-surgical option to reduce fat. Research finds that the treatment can safely improve body contouring, with high patient satisfaction rates. While CoolSculpting can help you achieve your ideal body physique, you’ll want to continue a healthy lifestyle to maximize those results. Learn more about CoolSculpting and how it works by reading below and visiting our page on CoolSculpting.
How CoolSculpting Works
CoolSculpting works by using controlled cooling to target and eliminate stubborn fat cells. The procedure is an innovative and non-surgical fat reduction process based on the scientific principle of cryolipolysis, where fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than skin.
CoolSculpting providers will use a “cold applicator” device that applies precise cooling to your targeted area of the body, causing fat cells to freeze and crystallize without harming surrounding tissues. Once crystallized, they undergo a natural cell death process called apoptosis.
Over the following weeks and months, your body’s immune system gradually eliminates these dead fat cells, leaving you with a more sculpted and contoured appearance. The treated fat cells are permanently removed, offering long-lasting results.
CoolSculpting can effectively reduce fat in various areas of the body:
- Abdomen: The procedure can target stubborn belly fat and help you achieve a flatter tummy.
- Love handles: You can also appreciate reduced excess fat on the sides of the waist.
- Thighs: CoolSculpting can treat both your inner and outer thighs to provide a more proportionate shape.
- Upper arms: The treatment can reduce fat in the upper arms to give them a slimmer appearance.
- Back: CoolSculpting can also address back fat for a smoother overall appearance.
- Under the chin: The procedure can target under your chin, or the submental area, to eliminate a double chin and give you a more defined jawline.
- Bra fat: Reduce fat pockets around the bra area and enhance upper body contouring.
- Buttocks: You can also treat the area beneath the buttocks to improve your overall body proportions and shape.
- Male chest: CoolSculpting can reduce excess fat in the chest area to create a more masculine chest contour.
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved and a noninvasive alternative to procedures like liposuction. The treatment doesn’t require incisions, anesthesia or downtime, making it a popular option for people seeking fat reduction without surgery. You can appreciate a safe, well-tolerated procedure and return to regular activities immediately after the session.
What to Expect From a CoolSculpting Procedure
CoolSculpting is a safe procedure typically conducted in a single appointment. Once complete, you can appreciate minimal discomfort and no downtime. Here’s what to expect:
First, you’ll want to schedule a consultation with a certified CoolSculpting provider. During this visit, you should discuss your body goals and areas of concern. The provider will determine if you are the right candidate for the procedure based on your medical history and other factors.
Personalized Treatment Plan
If your provider deems you a good candidate for CoolSculpting, they will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They’ll determine the key areas to target and the number of sessions required to get your desired results.
Here’s what a typical treatment session will look like:
- You’ll comfortably sit or lay down.
- Your provider will place a gel pad and applicator on the targeted area of your body.
- The applicator will deliver controlled cooling to your fat cells beneath the skin, initiating the natural elimination process.
- You might experience a chill initially, but the sensation will subside as the area becomes numb.
A typical CoolSculpting session can last from a half hour to one hour, depending on the targeted area. Your provider can also treat multiple locations in a single appointment, and you can read or relax during the procedure.
CoolSculpting results can vary depending on the person. Within three weeks to a few months, your body will naturally process and eliminate the fat cells treated by CoolSculpting. You might see noticeable changes as soon as three weeks post-treatment, with desired results appearing within two to three months after the procedure.
Additional Sessions if Needed
Depending on your desired outcome and the initial results, you might opt for more CoolSculpting sessions to further enhance the treated areas.
6 Benefits of CoolSculpting
You can experience so many benefits of CoolSculpting when you opt for this innovative procedure. From its noninvasiveness to its permanent and natural results, there’s a reason the treatment is so popular worldwide.
It’s crucial that you choose a reputable CoolSculpting provider to get the best possible results. You should also follow their post-treatment instructions to maximize the benefits and maintain your results for the long term.
1. Comfortable Procedure
While clients might experience a cold sensation during CoolSculpting, the area gradually numbs in a few minutes. Many clients feel comfortable enough to read, work on their laptops or even nap during sessions. You can appreciate a comfortable, quiet environment throughout the procedure as you sit or lie down throughout the process.
2. Safe and FDA-Approved
As stated, CoolSculpting is a safe and FDA-approved treatment for fat reduction. Additionally, since it is noninvasive, you don’t have to worry about scarring or anesthesia risks. The treatment has undergone extensive research and clinical testing to ensure its safety and effectiveness, providing clients peace of mind.
3. No Downtime
Another fantastic benefit of CoolSculpting is that there’s no downtime. Unlike surgical fat reduction procedures, CoolSculpting doesn’t involve incisions, anesthesia or a recovery period. After treatment, you can return to your regular activities immediately.
4. Permanent Fat Reduction
CoolSculpting provides permanent fat reduction. The targeted fat cells are crystallized during the treatment and gradually eliminated by the body’s natural processes over several weeks and months. Once these fat cells are gone, they do not regenerate.
One study found that of 1,000 people who underwent the procedure, fat in the treated areas was reduced by about 25% on average. The treated fat cells are gone for good, and as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the results should be long-lasting.
5. Gradual, Natural-Looking Results
CoolSculpting results week by week are gradual, allowing your body to eliminate treated fat cells naturally. The slower process ensures the transformation appears natural and subtle, avoiding sudden and artificial changes to your appearance.
6. Boost in Confidence
CoolSculpting can improve your body contours and eliminate stubborn fat. Many people who undergo the procedure have struggled with fat pockets for years that won’t go away with a healthy diet or exercise. Working hard and never achieving the desired results can be frustrating, but with CoolSculpting, you can permanently take care of those areas and feel more confident in your body.
How to Maximize CoolSculpting Results
While CoolSculpting can help you achieve a slimmer, more defined figure, you’ll want to take good care of your body to keep those results. Here’s how to maximize CoolSculpting results and have the best experience possible:
1. Get Massages From Your Provider
Massaging the treated area after your CoolSculpting procedure can enhance the natural elimination process. Massaging the site can improve lymphatic drainage and aid in breaking down fat cells in the body. This post-treatment care can help you achieve more pronounced and smoother outcomes.
Only allow your provider to massage the area immediately after treatment, as they can provide the correct and safest technique. Adding massages to your post-treatment routine can complement the effects of CoolSculpting and contribute to a more successful fat reduction journey.
2. Stay Active
Staying active is crucial for maximizing your CoolSculpting results. Exercise can help you burn calories and maintain your healthy weight, ensuring the treated areas remain sculpted and toned. Being physically active also promotes better well-being and can improve circulation. By exercising, you can complement the effects of your treatment and enjoy long-lasting, enhanced outcomes.
A combination of cardio and strength training is ideal, as cardio burns calories and can help you maintain your weight, while strength training builds muscle and can make your body look more toned. You might alternate between cardio and strength training days, with at least one weekly rest day.
3. Eat a Balanced Diet
Like exercise, eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential to maximize your CoolSculpting results. A nutritious diet supports your overall health while complementing your newly sculpted body. Remember to eat various fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. These foods can provide essential nutrients that aid your body’s natural fat metabolism.
Additionally, a balanced diet can help manage weight and prevent the regrowth of fat cells in treated areas. By adopting a healthy eating pattern, you enhance the effects of CoolSculpting and promote your slim figure with long-lasting results.
4. Consider Multiple Sessions
You might also consider getting additional sessions to maximize your CoolSculpting results. Depending on your goals and the treated area’s size, multiple sessions can provide even more fat reduction and enhance your body sculpting.
Additional treatments will target different areas or refine previous results for a more customized outcome. The noninvasive nature of this procedure allows for flexible scheduling without downtime.
5. Avoid Taking Anti-Inflammatory Medicine
Following treatment, providers will recommend that you refrain from taking anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen or high-dose aspirin, for at least a week. That’s because these medicines can suppress the inflammatory response, which is how fat cells are eliminated after treatment.
6. Manage Your Expectations
It’s essential to manage your expectations and know that you won’t see results from CoolSculpting immediately. You’ll likely notice changes in a few weeks, though others might not see them for longer than that. Having realistic expectations can help you appreciate the gradual and natural-looking improvements that occur from this procedure over time.
While CoolSculpting provides significant results, individual responses can vary. By setting realistic goals and consulting with a qualified provider, you can better appreciate the transformative effects of CoolSculpting and achieve your desired look.
Here are our answers to common questions and concerns our clients often have about the CoolSculpting procedure:
1. What Are the Potential Side Effects?
Some clients might experience mild side effects after CoolSculpting, such as:
- Temporary redness
- Numbness or tingling
- Mild discomfort in the targeted area
These side effects are typically mild and resolve on their own within a few days to weeks. Rare side effects can also occur. You should avoid CoolSculpting if you have paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria or cryoglobulinemia.
2. When Will You See Results?
Most clients notice results as quickly as three weeks after treatment. You can expect to see more dramatic changes after two months, but your body will continue to flush the fat cells for up to four to six months after treatment.
3. How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Last?
CoolSculpting offers permanent fat reduction. Once the treated fat cells are eliminated, they are gone for good, and you can appreciate a more sculpted, contoured physique. However, as noted, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent new fat accumulation in the treated areas and maximize your results.
Working with a provider who can create a plan based on your unique body shape and aesthetic goals can provide the best outcome.
4. How Do You Choose a Qualified Provider?
It’s crucial to choose a qualified provider for safe and effective treatment. Look for providers that are certified to perform CoolSculpting and have experience performing the procedure. Read reviews and ask for before and after photos to determine their expertise.
5. Who Is a Suitable Candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is ideal for people with localized areas of stubborn fat resistant to diet and exercise. It’s essential to recognize that the procedure is not a weight loss solution but a targeted fat reduction treatment.
If you struggle with stubborn fat pockets despite living a healthy lifestyle, you may benefit from CoolSculpting. The procedure is not an obesity treatment, and you should ask your provider whether CoolSculpting is right for you.
6. Is CoolSculpting Safe?
CoolSculpting is considered a safe and FDA-approved procedure for non-invasive fat reduction. It has been extensively researched and clinically tested to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
The non-surgical treatment doesn’t involve needles, incisions or anesthesia, reducing the risk of complications associated with surgical procedures. While safe, you must have CoolSculpting performed by a qualified and experienced provider who can carry out treatment properly to maximize results and minimize potential risks.
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CoolSculpting is a safe, innovative treatment that can help you feel slimmer and more confident whenever you look in the mirror. Experience the transformative benefits of CoolSculpting® with Berman Skin Institute.
Our expert team is excited to help you feel great about your body. We offer a safe, comfortable and non-surgical option for permanent fat reduction. We combine our expertise with ColdSculpting’s cutting-edge technology to personalize your treatment plan and address your needs and goals.
Trust our experience in providing outstanding results, and let us guide you through your body contouring journey. Take the first step toward a more confident you — schedule a consultation with us today.