4 Questions to Ask Your CoolSculpting® Specialist
If you want to reduce fat from your body then contact Assure Wellness Group, where our professionals are experienced in the procedure of coolsculpting. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Chesapeake VA, Glen Allen VA, Alexandria VA, and Jacksonville NC.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is the brand name of cryolipolysis, a non-invasive body contouring technology that uses extreme cold to disassemble fat cells and help reduce unwanted pockets of fat. A special device is placed on top of the skin in the area to be treated, which releases temperatures that are cold enough to freeze fat cells, effectively destroying them. Skin, muscle and nerve tissue freeze at lower temperatures than fat, so these tissues are not harmed.
During the procedure a CoolSculpting® gel pad and applicator are attached to the area to be treated for about an hour. The vacuum device draws in the fatty tissue and then the temperature gradually gets colder and starts to freeze the fat cells inside. Since it is a low-risk, non-invasive procedure patients can read, answer emails or watch an episode of their favorite show while the device is working and, after a quick massage to help with the numbness and slight swelling following the procedure, can return to their daily activities.
CoolSculpting® was first approved by the FDA in 2010 and is considered a safe and effective alternative to liposuction for reducing fat bulges on the abdomen, hips, inner and outer thighs, back, upper arms, beneath the buttocks (known as banana rolls), and under the chin. Treatments take between 35 minutes to an hour to complete, and studies have shown that a fat reduction of up to 25% is typical per treatment, with most patients satisfied after 1 to 2 treatments.
As CoolSculpting® is a cosmetic procedure it will not address the underlying cause of excess fat and is not a treatment for obesity or weight loss. Someone with a metabolic condition that causes weight gain or has an unhealthy lifestyle may see the fat return. CoolSculpting® destroys existing fat cells – which will be gone permanently – but new fat cells can appear which is why a healthy lifestyle is crucial in maintaining the results achieved from the treatment.
What Should I Expect After A CoolSculpting® Treatment?
As CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure it involves little to no recovery time and most people are able to resume their normal day-to-day activities straight away. Side effects, if any, are minor – there may be slight redness or soreness in the treated area – and are typically gone within a few weeks. Initial results may be noticeable within three weeks of the procedure and the body will continue to expel the fat for up to six months after the initial treatment. Since CoolSculpting® focuses on specific areas of the body, further treatment is not usually necessary unless it is to target a different area.
How Long Does It Take to See Results From CoolSculpting®?
In most cases, you will see a reduction in fat within three weeks of a CoolSculpting® treatment with the most dramatic results appearing between four to six months later. As long as a healthy diet and lifestyle are maintained the final results should be permanent as the fat cells destroyed in the treatment will not return and the fat contained in them will have been expelled permanently from the body. People often need more than one treatment to achieve their desired results and further CoolSculpting® sessions can be scheduled to help them achieve and maintain their new body.
How Does the Body Get Rid of the Fat after CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® kills the fat cells in the parts of the body that are frozen and within a few weeks of treatment, these dead fat cells are broken down naturally by the body’s lymphatic system and processed as normal body waste through the liver.
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