It’s incredibly frustrating to do all the right things and not see the results you hope to achieve. Unfortunately, this is a frequent occurrence concerning diet and exercise. You can follow a healthy diet, work out regularly, and still have stubborn pockets of fat that don’t seem to budge.
That doesn’t mean you need to give up on your dreams of a sculpted body. You just need a little help. At The Skin Retreat in Little Rock, AR, we offer CoolSculpting, a groundbreaking fat-freezing treatment designed to target those stubborn areas where fat seems to hang on the longest.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an in-office fat removal procedure that received FDA approval in 2010. The process targets areas where fat seems resistant to diet and exercise. It permanently destroys fat cells in a non-invasive treatment that requires no downtime.
The ease of body contouring with CoolSculpting makes the treatment a popular option for those seeking a way to refine their figure. In only three years, the number of patients using CoolSculpting increased by 823 percent.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting uses a technique known as cryolipolysis, which applies low temperatures to the targeted area, freezing the fat cells until they die. The body then naturally removes the destroyed fat cells through the lymphatic system.
The concept of cryolipolysis developed when scientists studied frostbite. They found that fat freezes at higher temperatures than skin. CoolSculpting uses that knowledge to apply a temperature to the treatment area that freezes and crystallizes fat cells while leaving the surrounding tissue intact.
When the frozen fat cells begin to thaw over the next couple of days, the fat is liquified, and the lymphatic system naturally removes it through the kidneys.
Is CoolSculpting Safe?
Yes. The US FDA ruled CoolSculpting to be a safe and effective procedure. In addition, as of 2019, over 8 million CoolSculpting body contouring treatments have reduced stubborn fat in patients worldwide.
Furthermore, multiple studies analyzing the safety and efficacy of CoolSculpting determined the procedure to be safe and reliable with limited side effects.
Does CoolSculpting Work?
Yes. CoolSculpting treatments can remove 20-25% of unwanted fat in targeted areas. In a 2018 study, on average, patients experienced a 21.6% decrease in the thickness of their fat layer 30 days post-procedure.
Most patients undergo multiple CoolSculpting treatments to meet their body contouring goals.
What to Expect from a CoolSculpting Treatment
All CoolSculpting treatments begin with a consultation. At this appointment, we’ll discuss the areas you want to target for body contouring. Additionally, you can learn about the procedures, how many treatments we suggest for your particular needs, and the results you can expect.
Your CoolSculpting Procedure
When you arrive for your CoolSculpting appointment, we’ll make you comfortable in one of our treatment rooms. We’ll take photos of the treatment area to track your progress before, during, and after your CoolSculpting sessions.
Next, we outline the treatment area and apply a gel pad to protect your skin before using the applicator. Then, you can lie back and relax as the CoolSculpting machine gets to work. You’ll feel a light suction and cold for the first ten minutes until the treatment site becomes temporarily numb.
Most patients spend their 35-75 minute treatment time reading, answering emails, watching TV, or taking a nap. The length of treatment depends on the area targeted.
When your session is complete, we remove the applicators and gel pads and massage the site for a couple of minutes to help break up the fat cells and foster their removal.
CoolSculpting requires little to no downtime, and patients resume their busy schedules after treatment.
The body’s natural process of removing fat from the treatment area takes time, so the results are not immediate. Most patients begin seeing results one month after their CoolSculpting session, with full effects taking up to six months.
If your goals require more than one CoolSculpting session, you can return six to eight weeks later for your subsequent treatment.
5 Essential Facts About CoolSculpting
It’s essential to know all the details of any aesthetic procedure you choose, even the non-invasive ones.
CoolSculpting Is Not Recommended for Weight Loss
Weight loss and body contouring are two different goals. Patients who choose CoolSculpting for body contouring may lose two to five pounds of body fat. While this is still significant, patients considerably outside their goal weight will benefit more from other weight reduction procedures.
CoolSculpting Treats Several Body Areas
The FDA approved CoolSculpting to treat more body areas than any other body contouring procedure. The treatment areas that can benefit from CoolSculpting include:
- Submental fullness (double chin)
- Submandibular (under the jawline) area
- Flanks (love handles)
- Upper arms
CoolSculpting can reduce fat in almost any area where you can “pinch an inch.”
CoolSculpting Is a Permanent Solution
The fat cells destroyed through CoolSculpting are gone forever, making CoolSculpting a permanent fat reduction solution. However, the fat cells remaining can still expand, adding bulk throughout the body if you gain significant weight. As a result, CoolSculpting offers permanent results for those who can maintain a healthy weight.
Multiple Sessions Are Common
The number of CoolSculpting sessions you undergo depends on your body contouring goals, the treatment location, and your skin condition.
While you can reduce 20-25% of your fat in the treatment area in just one session, you may choose to have several areas of your body reduced. You may also have an area where the fat is particularly resistant.
Schedule your CoolSculpting in Advance of Big Events
If you’re body contouring before a big event, like a wedding, or a dream vacation, you’ll want your CoolSculpting procedure at least three months in advance for visible results.
Reshape Your Body with CoolSculpting
It can become frustrating and de-motivating when you’ve worked hard and not seeing the results in the mirror. CoolSculpting at The Skin Retreat in Little Rock, AR, offers a non-invasive way to remove stubborn fat permanently without downtime.
Learn what CoolSculpting can do for you when you schedule your consultation with our expert team.