While diet and exercise are essential for good health and looking good, many of us find that our fitness efforts aren’t showing the results we desire. Unfortunately, with age the body’s metabolism slows down, and calories affect our body’s outline more and more as the years add up. Often, we go to the gym to work and sweat, but we realize our body will not respond like when we were young. And although we limit our food intake and watch what we eat, stubborn fat bulges persist in all the wrong places.
You know about Liposuction, but the prospect of having surgery doesn’t work with your current lifestyle. The ideas of incisions and recovery are not appealing, so you look for an alternative. Coolsculpting is an advanced body contouring procedure which is non-surgical, painless, and you can receive treatment while catching up on work, reading a book, or watching Netflix.
What CoolSculpting Is
CoolSculpting is a body contouring procedure designed to eliminate stubborn fat pads in target areas which prove unaffected by diet and exercise. The procedure is comfortable, non-invasive, and requires no downtime. CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling technology to isolate and destroy stubborn fat cells which cause problems with your figure.
It is an effective way to shape your body. Although the results are not immediate, your body will flush unwanted fat naturally in the weeks following treatment. As your body expells the unwanted fat from the target area, your body will have a leaner and firmer appearance.
As the name indicates, CoolSculpting freezes targeted fat cells without affecting adjacent tissue or the skin surface. It requires no surgery or downtime and results are possible after one session. However, some patients may need more than one visit to reach their desired body contour.
What CoolSculpting Isn’t
CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment. It was designed to deal with the stubborn fat which fitness and nutrition plans struggle to eliminate. Patients who seek to improve their body contour with CoolSculpting should be close to their normal or goal weight to ensure the best results.
This body contouring procedure finishes what your fitness routine started. It is a complement to your exercise routine and nutritional plan to achieve the youthful body you desire.
For patients looking to lose massive weight, they should consult with a medical practice specializing in weight loss or a bariatric surgeon.
How CoolSculpting Works
CoolSculpting uses the advanced technology Cryolipolysis, which centers on the science to prove cold can destroy fat cells without damaging adjacent tissue like skin or muscle. The treatment distributes controlled cooling to destroy fat cells beneath the skin.
These fat cells crystallize and then die. Your body will naturally flush the dead fat, leaving you with an outcome of a more sculpted and toned body.
The word Cryolipolysis is a derivative from the Greek roots cryo translated cold; lipo – fat; and lysis –loosening. Cryolipolysis is used in cosmetic medical practices exclusively in CoolSculpting branded devices.
The Cryolipolysis process involves the controlled application of cooling temperatures to 5 degrees Celsius to -11 degrees Celsius for the localized, non-invasive reduction of fat cells. It aims to recontour the shape of certain body parts. This degree of exposure to cooling causes the death of subcutaneous fat cell tissue, without any damage to the overlying skin or surrounding tissue.
Cryolipolysis has little risk and is considered a safe and effective treatment resulting in a reduction of near 25% at certain targeted areas. As an aesthetic treatment, Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive substitute for liposuction.
The CoolSculpting Process
First, we place a roll of the target area between two panels which lowers the temperature until the fat dies. The session typically lasts thirty minutes per area. The procedure is painless, with many patients streaming movies, reading a book, or taking a nap during their session.
We can tailor Coolsculpting to your individual goals and unique body shape. Multiple sessions may be necessary to treat multiple areas. However, different areas can be treated during one session as well. We customize your CoolSculpting treatment plan to meet your goals and budget.
The process is simple. After identifying the problem areas, we attach the device and let the technology sculpt away the unwanted fat.
What It Feels Like
There is a unique sensation with the CoolSculpting procedure. Initially, you will feel intense pressure and cold which fades quickly. Then you will settle into a comfortable, calming experience where you can kick back, relax, and take a nap if you wish.
You may feel some pinching, tugging, or pulling during the treatment session. Afterward, there may be some temporary discomfort like stinging or numbness. You may also experience some redness, bruising, or swelling. These are all temporary and mild. You may return to work right after the procedure.
Is CoolSculpting Right for You?
Do you have unwanted pockets of fat your fitness regimen can’t touch? Are you close to your ideal weight and relatively healthy? Does your skin have good elasticity? Answering yes to any of these questions makes you a good candidate for CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting is an aesthetic treatment for patients who are working toward a tight and firm body but need help reaching their goal. Stubborn fat is common with men and women, especially as their age increases and their metabolism slows down.
It is a great procedure to sculpt the abdomen, buttocks, love handles, and back, giving the patient a body which they can be proud of.
But understand – Coolsculpting is not a weight loss procedure but a body contouring treatment. We suggest our patients be within ten pounds of their normal weight to achieve the best outcome.
CoolAdvantage for the Upper Arm
The CoolAdvantage Petite is the newest member of applications for the CoolSculpting technology. This advanced innovation resolves upper arm fat deposits in just 35 minutes. CoolAdvantage comes with two interchangeable attachments tailored to treat the unique contour of the upper arm.
The subtle structures of the upper arm make it a challenging area for fat reduction. With the CoolAdvantage Petite Applicator, the upper arm responds beautifully, and patients treated with this innovation are extremely happy with the results.
CoolSculpting can resolve the difficult arm fat problems. The CoolAdvantage Petite Applicator is advanced technology which eliminates upper arm fat safely and effectively.
- The only FDA approved fat removal procedure for the upper arm.
- Able to help more people because the upper arm is the third most troubling area.
- A non-invasive and safe treatment which requires no downtime.
Results are just like traditional CoolSculpting with the patient noticing improvement within four to six weeks, continuing to improve for four months. Many cosmetic professionals believe upper arm fat to be the most difficult to remove by diet and exercise.
CoolSculpting is effective in shaping parts of the body most commonly afflicted with stubborn pockets of fat. These include:
- The Abdomen
- The Thighs
- Bra Rolls
- The Buttocks
- The Flanks
- The Back
- Under the Chin
- The Upper Arm
Results You Can Expect
Most of our patients see a 25% reduction in fat in their treatment areas. Although not a weight loss treatment, CoolSculpting results will make you look firmer, longer, and slimmer.
The procedure is fast and comfortable, leaving minimal redness and numbness which subsides in a few hours. The process includes attaching a CoolSculpting applicator to your target areas and letting the technology work while you watch television, read a book or take a nap.
Results are permanent, with fat cells not able to regenerate. Although you can still gain weight after treatment, your body contour will not change in the treated area; it will just become bigger.
For Men Also
Eliminating unwanted fat using CoolSculpting is not just a solution for women, but for men as well. Most of our male patients are targeting their chest or abdominal areas, when the Gynecomastia or Liposuction surgeries are not an option for their current lifestyle.
Trying to achieve a chiseled physique through diet and exercise can prove difficult when stubborn fat does not cooperate. CoolSculpting can also help men achieve their body contouring goals quickly and efficiently.
How Long is the Treatment?
The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville will help you create a tailored treatment plan customized to your desired outcome. The duration of your CoolSculpting treatment depends on how many areas we include during each session.
Normal procedures last between 35 minutes to an hour with some patients addressing more than one area with the same session. Many patients schedule multiple treatment sessions to address different body parts with each session. We will work with you according to your schedule and aesthetic goals.
CoolSculpting Recovery and Side Effects
Coolsculpting requires no downtime and patients may return to their normal routine right after treatment. There may be some redness in the treatment area, but this is temporary and should subside within a few hours.
Mild effects like soreness, bruising, numbness, and swelling are common, but also temporary. Any effects you may experience should resolve within a week.
There is no need to take medications or supplements following CoolSculpting treatments as it is not a weight loss program. Also, no lifestyle changes are necessary but many of our patients are motivated to remain fit to maintain the results they worked hard to attain.
When patients do gain weight after treatment, they gain it evenly throughout their body, not just in the treated areas.