Where can CoolSculpting® be used?
Everyone has a problem area they wish they could snap their fingers and fix. Most of us have a few! Luckily, CoolSculpting® can be used on multiple areas of the body to help you achieve the slim, sculpted physique you want. In the U.S., CoolSculpting® is approved for non-surgical fat reduction of the submental area (double chin), upper arms, inner and outer thighs, abdomen, flanks (love handles), and underneath the buttocks. It can also be used to reduce the fat that bulges around your bra straps.
CoolSculpting® is ideal for patients who are in good general health, near their target weight, and tired of trying to shed stubborn body fat. Because pregnancy changes the body so much, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should wait until they are done having children to receive CoolSculpting®.
Before and After Coolsculpting®
Fat Reduction vs. Weight Loss
One of the most common questions people ask about CoolSculpting® non-surgical fat reduction is, “How much weight will I lose?” The truth is, you may not lose any weight at all – but you will look thinner. That’s because there’s a difference between losing fat and losing weight.
During our teenage years, the number of fat cells in our bodies becomes fixed. No amount of diet or exercise can cause us to lose fat cells, and overeating won’t cause more fat cells to appear. Our fat cells become bigger or smaller as we gain or lose weight while the total number of fat cells remains the same.
With CoolSculpting®, we’re actually able to reduce the number of fat cells in targeted areas. During treatment, a controlled cooling technique freezes fat cells, causing them to collapse and die off. In the weeks following CoolSculpting®, the dead fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. You may not see the number on the scale change following a CoolSculpting® treatment, but your clothes will fit better and you’ll feel more confident in your own skin.
What can I expect from a CoolSculpting® treatment?
Before your CoolSculpting® treatment, you’ll meet with a member of our medical staff to discuss your goals for reshaping your body. During this one-on-one consultation, you’ll have an opportunity to look at your body from different angels and focus on the areas where you want to reduce fat. From there, we’ll design a customized treatment plan that will give you the best results.
At your CoolSculpting® treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to the treatment area. As the applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat, you’ll likely feel intense cold. You may also feel a slight pulling or pinching sensation as fatty tissue is suctioned into the applicator cup. These feelings fade within the first 10 minutes of your treatment as the area goes numb. For the remainder of the procedure, you’ll be comfortable enough to read, listen to music, work on your laptop, or even take a nap. The entire treatment takes about an hour from start to finish.
After your CoolSculpting® treatment, you’ll feel relaxed and may experience a slight tingling sensation as the treatment area is massaged. Since CoolSculpting® is non-surgical, most patients are able to return to their normal activities right away.
The incredible fat blasting effect of CoolSculpting® isn’t visible immediately after treatment, but the results are worth the wait. In the weeks following your procedure, the destroyed fat cells will leave your body and you’ll notice a difference in how you look. Full results become apparent three to four months after treatment. To maintain your results, it’s important to continue to exercise and diet. While destroyed fat cells won’t grow back, remaining fat cells can get bigger and affect your results.