FAT REMOVAL AND BODY SHAPING USING COOLSCULPTING
A lot of people find it extremely difficult to lose stubborn fat. They even subjected themselves to rigorous exercise routines and diet, but all to no avail.
Love handles, belly fat, back fat, saddlebag thighs, spare tires, etc. are usually products of genetics and don’t come about on their own. Getting rid of fat from those areas was only possible via surgical procedure or cosmetic surgery called liposuction.
This invasive method of fat removal was costly, so only the well-to-do could afford it. It was also a risky procedure which could go south in several unpalatable ways.
But thanks to recent advancements in technology, you can lose whatever stubborn fat you have in almost any area of your body. This is possible through the new and innovative non-surgical procedure known as CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure deals with the non-invasive elimination of stubborn fat that resists all effort through exercise and diet. This tried-and-true non-surgical substitute developed by Harvard scientists employs a process that targets and cools or freezes excess fat cells in any given area of the body.
The fat cells undergo crystallization and then die off, and patients will naturally eliminate them from their bodies. This will, in turn, bring about a natural-looking and noticeable reduction or body shaping.
At the end of every CoolSculpting procedure, the treated area has more or less twenty percent reduction of fat. It is safe and extremely effective.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting involves the use of an innovative fat-reduction and fat removal procedure that is called cryolipolysis. This term means freezing those fat cells that have stubbornly refused to go. Fat cells are sensitive to cold and crystallize at 4ºC.
It begins by targeting the problem area with a handheld CoolSculpting device or applicator and a gel pad. This applicator supplies deep cooling energy to the layer of fat beneath the treatment area and makes the place numb. This will help to reduce any discomfort or pain during the procedure.
The applicator stays in place for approximately one hour. During this period, you may experience nothing more than intense pinching or suction sensation. This is as a result of the inflammation via the cryo of the applicator. The goal is to freeze the fat cells in the problem area without causing any harm to either your skin or the tissues around the place.
Then the applicator is removed from the area after which a vigorous massage ensues. The cryolipolysis process creates “ice crystals” at deep below the problem area. The only way to dispel the “ice crystals” is through vigorous massage for a few minutes.
The massage destroys and crushes the “ice crystals” and the stubborn – but now pliable – fat. Your body begins to eliminate these fat cells while naturally metabolizing a few of them. Your skin adjusts over time, and you will be joyful with the results of a new and sculpted “you.”
What Can CoolSculpting Treat?
The CoolSculpting technique is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for body shaping or contouring. It is perfect for treating problem areas such as:
- Upper arms
- Love handles
- Back fat
Do CoolSculpting Treatment Work for Body Shaping?
CoolSculpting can aid body shaping, though the effectiveness depends on two criteria:
- The target area the patient wants to treat must have pinch-able fat
- The skin tone of the patient must not have too much laxity or excess skin.
Patients that meet these standards are excellent candidates for this procedure.
If you are also looking to minimize or tone up specific areas of your body which retain unnecessary fat, despite dieting and exercises, then CoolSculpting will work for you.
Are CoolSculpting Treatments Expensive?
The price for undergoing CoolSculpting procedure depends mainly on the areas you intend to target, the number of treatments you will need and your final goal.
Most patients opt for treatments that covers multiple areas of their bodies to achieve their objectives.
For belly and thigh areas, the cost of CoolSculpting ranges between $1,200 and $1,600 respectively. The typical price for this treatment on love handles is around $700-$1,400.
Treating the butt area will cost you nothing less than between $700-$800.
What Should I Do Before CoolSculpting Treatment?
Your physician is in the best position to advise on what to do and what not to do before your CoolSculpting treatment. However, the following are some of the things you must do before the day of your CoolSculpting treatment:
- Keep away from supplements or medications such as fish oil, aspirin, etc. These medications have blood thinning attributes which can make you susceptible to inflammation or bruising.
- Do not damage the skin around the target areas for CoolSculpting treatment
- Eat healthy foods before your CoolSculpting procedure Do not tan the skin around the target areas for treatment
- If you are a smoker, you shouldn’t smoke for approximately one week before your CoolSculpting session.
Here are the things you should do on the day of your CoolSculpting treatment
- Ensure that you wear comfortable and loose clothing. If you are female, you should wear a bra and underwear
- Eat a light meal before showing up for your session
- Bring a change of clothes in case the gel that is applied to your skin stains your clothes
- Take along your iPad, book or magazine that will occupy your attention throughout the session
- Be ready to take a few pictures of the target areas before the treatment commences. This is to help you spot the changes quickly at the end of the session
Who Can’t Have CoolSculpting Treatment?
CoolSculpting is beneficial and extremely effective, but unfortunately, it is not for everyone. It is not the right program for treating obesity or for skin tightening. It is also not the correct procedure if you have:
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
- Cold agglutinin disease
Consult your doctor before commencing the process.
What Should I Expect During CoolSculpting Treatment?
CoolSculpting procedures can take from one to more than a few hours, though this depends mostly on your treatment plan. You will not need to take or use any pain medication or topical anesthesia.
You will experience moments of intense tingling, stinging, cramping or aching. But these sensations diminish when the area becomes numb.
What Are the Side Effects of CoolSculpting Treatment?
During the procedure, you may feel some sensations of tugging, pulling, mild pinching, aching, intense cold, cramping, and stinging at the target site. Once the area becomes numb, these sensations reduce significantly.
Following the CoolSculpting process, the usual side effects include swelling, temporary redness, firmness, blanching, tenderness, and bruising. You may also experience skin sensitivity, itching, cramping, and aching. For a submental procedure, expect to perceive a sensation of fullness at the back of your throat.
These effects are not permanent and will subside within some days or weeks. You should, however, ask your doctor if CoolSculpting is right for you before undergoing the treatment.
How Many Treatments Will Provide Results?
Your CoolSculpting doctor is responsible for creating a treatment plan that is bespoke. It will be customized to fit your personal goals. The length or duration of your CoolSculpting treatment varies since it depends on the number of areas you want to treat during one visit.
The latest or state-of-the-art CoolSculpting equipment can treat one patient within 35-60 minutes, even if the patient has more than one treatment during the same appointment. A few practices employ the use of multiple CoolSculpting tools along with applicators. This makes it possible to treat various areas at once.
What are the post CoolSculpting treatment precautions?
You should eat right at all times and ensure that you keep on with your exercises.
What Are the Advantages of CoolSculpting Treatments?
Fat cells – unlike with exercise and diet – are destroyed and eliminated from the body. This implies that the same cells cannot return or become enlarged with weight gain.
Additionally, this procedure offers low risk and a natural-looking result. Your skin remains intact, which means the risk of scarring or infection is non-existent.
Disclaimer: we do not have coolsculpting at our clinic and this article is posted for educational purposes only. Oher systems that use the same cryolipolysis principal such as coolshaping is available