When it comes to losing excess fat for good, it can feel like your body is actively working against you. You can take steps to see that number lower on the scale through an active and healthy lifestyle, but still, those bothersome problem areas refuse to slim down despite your best efforts. Often times, these stubborn pockets of fat are the result of factors outside of your control— such as your genetics, hormones and body type— making it challenging to get rid of regardless of how healthy and physically fit you are.
If you are looking for an effective way to shed those localized regions of fat on the abdomen, thighs, back or other areas, CoolSculpting by Zeltiq may be the treatment you’ve been waiting for. This noninvasive fat reduction procedure leaves no scars, requires no anesthesia and is virtually pain-free; meaning you can achieve the slim body you’ve been working towards without anyone knowing you’ve had any work done.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a game-changing new fat reduction technology that uses controlled cooling to reduce the total number of fat cells from your problem areas safely and effectively. Fat cells are far more sensitive to cold temperatures than any other cells in the body. CoolSculpting works it’s magic by targeting these fat cells and cooling them to the degree that damages them irreparably without harming the skin or surrounding tissues.
The fat cells targeted during your CoolSculpting treatment will be processed and eliminated gradually by your body over several months to reveal your sleek new contours. This one-of-a-kind treatment isn’t just effective— it’s FDA-approved and supported by several clinical studies to destroy fat cells in the body without the need for surgery safely. Despite being a new technology, CoolSculpting has become the number one nonsurgical procedure for fat reduction worldwide.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
Both men and women alike have a set amount of fat cells in their body that becomes established sometime during their adolescence. Contrary to popular belief, when you lose weight or “burn fat,” you are not actually altering the number of fat cells in your body. Your fat cells shrink and expand as you lose or gain weight, in turn, causing your body to shrink or expand as well. CoolSculpting is not considered to be a weight-loss treatment, but rather, a fat reduction treatment. This means that while CoolSculpting can help you to eliminate fat from your figure, it will not significantly change your current weight.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting?
Coolsculpting is an ideal solution for men and women who are troubled by the appearance of isolated areas of fat on their figure but are otherwise healthy and fit. The best candidates for this treatment are patients who are at or within a reasonable range of their goal weight since CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment or a solution for obesity. If you have stubborn fat you simply can’t shake, CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared to remove fat cells from the following regions:
- Side flanks or “love handles”
- Inner and outer thighs
- Upper arms
- Submental fat or “double chin”
Additionally, it is essential that you have enough fat on your body for the CoolSculpting device to adhere to. A good rule of thumb is that if you can pinch or grab the fat in your desired treatment area, you should be an ideal candidate for the treatment. During your initial consultation at Eminence Medical Aesthetics our providers will assess your body, goals and areas of concern to determine your eligibility for the procedure.
How Much Fat Will I Lose?
The exact amount of fat you will lose will depend on several factors and will vary from patient to patient. However, clinical studies have shown that a single CoolSculpting treatment can reduce 20 to 25 percent of the fat cells in your treated area. While some patients may benefit from multiple treatments to achieve the results they are looking for, the fat cells that are eliminated during each procedure will never return once destroyed. During your CoolSculpting consultation at Eminence Medical Aesthetics, your provider will help you to establish a personalized treatment plan as well as how many treatment sessions you will need depending on your goals.
Is CoolSculpting Painful?
For most patients, CoolSculpting treatments are virtually painless but may cause slight discomfort for the first few minutes of your procedure. When the CoolSculpting applicator first begins to drop in temperature, you will experience sensations of intense cold in your treatment areas until the region becomes numb from the chilly temperatures. Most patients find the procedure to be both comfortable and tolerable after the first five to ten minutes.
What to Expect From Your CoolSculpting Treatment
When you arrive for your CoolSculpting appointment, you will be placed in a seated position or lying down on your back for the duration of your treatment. First, one of our expert providers will place a gel pad directly over your treatment region to serve as a protective barrier between the CoolSculpting device and your skin. Next, the CoolSculpting applicator will be placed over these protective pads and the focused cold energy will be applied.
As the CoolSculpting device adheres to your skin, you will feel the temperature start to cool-off and mild sensations of tugging or pulling on the skin’s surface. These sensations are generally considered manageable by most patients and will subside as soon as your tissues have numbed from the cold. The duration of your treatment can last anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes depending on the size and location of your treatment area. During this time, you are free to kick back and relax as the treatment works to freeze the fat cells in your targeted trouble spots.
Is There Any Downtime Needed?
When your CoolSculpting treatment is finished, the applicator will be detached, and your provider will perform a gentle tissue massage on your treatment area to help break apart the fat cells and enhance your final results. As a noninvasive treatment, there is no downtime required afterward, so you can resume your normal daily activities immediately, including working out or strenuous exercises. You may experience some redness, soreness, numbness or bruising immediately after your treatment; however, these symptoms will generally subside within a few hours.
When Will I See Results?
While the results of your CoolSculpting treatment will not be instantly apparent, they will gradually improve over time as your body works to eliminate the treated fat naturally. Many patients will begin to see some noticeable improvements to their figure after about three weeks from their initial treatment. After about two months, your most optimal results will be revealed, and your body will continue to process and eliminate fat cells and improve in appearance for four to six months after your CoolSculpting appointment.
The tone and definition you achieve with CoolSculpting is intended to be long-lasting; however, it is essential that you remain committed to a healthy and active lifestyle to maintain your new shape. Any future weight gains can impede upon your CoolSculpting results and cause the remaining fat cells in your body to expand. Some patients may benefit from two to three treatments in their problem areas to achieve their desired results.
Stubborn fat tends to stick around despite eating right and exercising regularly. If you are ready to banish your trouble spots for good and sculpt the body you want without invasive surgery or downtime, CoolSculpting is a safe and highly-effective solution. To learn more about CoolSculpting and whether it is an ideal solution for you, contact Eminence Medical Aesthetics in Princeton, NJ at 888-983-2649 to schedule your consultation today.