You are at a healthy weight; you eat a healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables. Yet, there is still a roll of fat on your abdomen. No matter how hard you workout, these things do not seem to see any improvement. In some cases, fat can prove to be more stubborn than expected, not going away on its own, no matter how well you eat or how much you exercise. Thankfully there is now a non-invasive and quick option for eliminating fat: CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting is an excellent procedure, but it’s not ideal for everyone. If you don’t have extra fat, you won’t benefit from the treatment. And if you have too much fat you won’t see the results from CoolSculpting either. Keep in mind that the treatment isn’t for losing weight. It’s to help those who have bulges of fat in areas like the back, abdomen, thighs and arms.
Your health also determines whether CoolSculpting will be right for you. You should be in good health and not have any untreated medical conditions.
Does CoolSculpting Hurt?
Most people find that CoolSculpting is not painful at all. When the treatment begins, you may feel suction from the device as it pulls on the targeted area. You will also feel the chill of the treatment, at least at first. After a few minutes, though, the area will become numb, and you will no longer feel a thing.
How Long Does CoolSculpting Take?
The typical CoolSculpting treatment takes one hour per treated area. With DualSculpting, its possible to treat two areas at the same time, using two separate devices; this cuts the total treatment time in half. To get an idea of how long your CoolSculpting session will take, add up the number of areas you want to be treated, then divide by two. This will tell you how many hours you will need to plan on.
Should I Bring a Book to My CoolSculpting Appointment?
If you love to read, a CoolSculpting session is a very good time to get caught up on a novel or to start a new series. If you’re not much of a reader, you can use the time during your session in other ways. Bring along a tablet or your smartphone to stream your favourite show or movie during treatment. You can also check your email, social media or catch up on your favourite blogs during the procedure. Some people even use the time to catch up on their sleep and take a quick nap while the CoolSculpting machine does its work.
What Happens After a CoolSculpting Treatment?
After your CoolSculpting treatment, you’re free to head back to your regular life and regularly scheduled activities. You don’t have to take any time off from work if you don’t want to, and there is no need to avoid any specific activities. The treated area might be a bit red, tender, or even itchy afterwards, but these should fade away quickly.
What Happens to the Fat?
CoolSculpting works through Cryolipolysis; a method utilising freezing temperatures to destroy unwanted fat cells. Once frozen, the cells will die away. Your body then works to flush away the dead cells, which can take a few months. Healthy tissue is not harmed in the process. Once the cells are gone from your body, they won’t return.
When Will I See Results from CoolSculpting?
You can expect to start seeing some results several weeks after your first CoolSculpting session. As your body continues to process and flush out the destroyed fat cells, results will become more and more evident. Most patients see very obvious, final results about 4 to 6 months after their first treatment.
Will I Need Additional CoolSculpting Treatments?
Since the fat is destroyed, you won’t need any repeat treatments to maintain your CoolSculpting results. However, you might benefit from having multiple treatments in the same area. For example, if you have two treatments in the abdomen area, you are essentially doubling the amount of fat you lose. Each CoolSculpting session can result in up to a 20% reduction in fatty tissue.
Will I Ever Gain Weight After CoolSculpting?
The fat you lose after CoolSculpting is gone for good. But that doesn’t mean you will not gain weight or develop more fatty tissue elsewhere. Therefore, it is important to continue with a healthy diet and to maintain a weekly exercise routine, as future weight gain is possible. If you do gain weight, any remaining fat cells in the treated area will enlarge. If you lose weight again, those cells will shrink.