Sometimes, fat can accumulate in areas where diet and exercise either prove futile or too slow in acting. After all, diet and exercise as body contouring techniques require a great deal of patience in order to be successful. Sometimes you want more immediate results. Many times, patients turn to procedures such as liposuction in order to address problematic areas. But surgery isn’t for everyone. Sometimes patients are wary of going under the knife, and sometimes patients simply want other options. A novel, procedure known as CoolSculpting is offering patients a way to achieve some body contouring results without the need for surgery.
CoolSculpting essentially works by using cold to its advantage. It turns out that your skin has a much higher tolerance for cold than does the fat in your body. CoolSculpting uses suction in combination with cold to bring that fat closer to the surface of the skin and then freeze it and eliminate it. The added benefit of the cold is that it numbs the skin, meaning that generally CoolSculpting is quite low on the discomfort scale. That means that CoolSculpting is a great way to lose the appearance of a few pounds without the need for surgery or for intense diet and exercise routines.
Generally, CoolSculpting procedures are excellent when it comes achieving subtle results. But those subtle results can make a big difference when it comes to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and even to your quality of life. Generally, your CoolSculpting session will begin with a consultation with your cosmetic or plastic surgeon. During this consultation, you will discuss your desired outcome: how do you want to look when your CoolSculpting is over? Depending on the course of that conversation, your CoolSculpting session may be scheduled immediately or for a later date. It’s important to note that most CoolSculpting sessions take around an hour or so to complete, so patients should be prepared for that, and some patients may require multiple sessions.
CoolSculpting works by combining cold and suction. A hand piece, guided by a practitioner and aided by computer imaging, does a great deal of the work. The hand piece provides suction and cold. The fat is forced by the suction to be near the skin, and that’s where the cold does its work. The fat is then subjected to the cold, and the cell walls around that fat then begins to break down. In most cases, patients will feel only mild discomfort, as the cold will simultaneously numb the skin.
Some of the benefits of CoolSculpting include the following:
CoolSculpting results tend to be subtle. Liposuction or weight loss surgery will, of course, generate more dramatic results, but they will also require a significantly longer recovery period. The chief advantage of CoolSculpting is that it does not require that recovery period. Results will begin to manifest after several weeks, and in that period, most patients begin to feel slimmer and firmer in the treated areas. This is a great procedure for patients who notice certain bulges or bumps that they would like to eliminate or reduce. After several weeks and up to a couple of months after the procedure, patients will be able to see results. In fact, most CoolSculpting patients are generally thrilled with the overall results. Many patients, in fact, seek out CoolSculpting in the months leading up to summer in order to achieve their best possible beach body.
In most cases, CoolSculpting is used in conjunction with diet and exercise routines that are already established or in place—though this is not always the case. A wide variety of patients seek out CoolSculpting for a wide variety of reasons, so if you have questions about this procedure, your best bet is to seek out your local, highly qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon and schedule a confidential consultation.
You can learn more about this nonsurgical body contouring procedure by reading our articles at Modern Body Contouring.
With CoolSculpting, you can expect to see optimum results in roughly 2 months.
CoolSculpting results will usually last for at least six months, depending on diet and lifestyle.
CoolSculpting usually operates at a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius.