We all do our best to make healthy choices. Leaner proteins, less sugar and regular workouts help us stay fit, but sometimes we can’t shake that last bit of weight and meet our fitness goals. If your best efforts have left you feeling frustrated by unsightly bulges that don’t respond to diet and exercise, then CoolSculpting at Advanced Aesthetics may be the extra push you need to shed those lingering pounds.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an advanced body contouring technique that freezes unwanted fat, eliminating up to 25 percent of targeted cells in treatment areas. It is an effective, noninvasive alternative to other fat-reduction procedures such as liposuction and tummy tucks. The fat-freezing technology is effective because fat cells in the body are more susceptible to temperature extremes than the surrounding skin and tissue. They will sustain damage from the freezing technology (called cryolipolysis) and be naturally expelled over the next several weeks. Because fat freezes at higher temperatures than other parts of the body, this procedure is safe and leaves nearby skin and tissues unharmed.
How Long do The Results Last?
After your CoolSculpting treatment, results will begin to develop a few weeks after the procedure. You should notice a visible fat reduction in three to four weeks, but dramatic improvements will be seen about eight weeks following your treatment. At this point, about 90 percent of targeted fat cells will have been removed, but for some, results can continue to develop for six months. If you have multiple areas to treat or are targeting a broader region, you may need additional treatments for optimal results. CoolSculpting can be safely repeated in the same area with procedures spaced about three weeks apart.
Since CoolSculpting technology destroys targeted fat cells, the results will be permanent. Once fat cells are removed, they can’t migrate or regrow. This does not mean, however, that you can’t regain weight; it’s still important to maintain a healthy diet with good habits and regular exercise. CoolSculpting is best used in unison with a healthy lifestyle and is most effective at removing small-to-moderate amounts of fat from stubborn areas. It is not meant to be used as a replacement for diet and exercise, but rather as that extra nudge to help you reach your fitness goals.
How is CoolSculpting Different From Liposuction?
CoolSculpting is a unique body contouring procedure because unlike other treatments, it doesn’t involve surgery and has no recovery period. CoolSculpting is different because it:
- Doesn’t require surgery
- Is noninvasive
- Delivers permanent results
- Requires no downtime or recovery
- Produces few to no side effects
- Delivers results with more comfort and no anesthesia
CoolSculpting is done with an external applicator that delivers cold temperatures to the areas of fat you want to eliminate. The tool applies a vacuum or suction effect and you may notice some numbness, but the procedure is relatively painless and each treatment only takes about 30 minutes. There is no need for incisions, anesthesia or pain relief.
Liposuction, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure that uses a hollow tube (called a cannula) to remove unwanted bulges through suction. This is done by making small incisions to insert the cannula so that it may siphon out fat from the targeted areas. Although minimally invasive, liposuction is done under anesthesia and requires a recovery period of about three days. A return to strenuous activity such as exercising may take up to three weeks following a liposuction procedure.
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is another surgical body contouring procedure that differs from CoolSculpting. A tummy tuck is used to create a slimmer abdominal contour by removing excess skin and fat from the area and tightening the stomach muscles. This procedure commonly addresses a protruding, sagging tummy, loose skin and stubborn belly fat. Unlike CoolSculpting, tummy tucks are an intensive abdominal sculpting option that requires a longer recovery period of two to six weeks.
What Does CoolSculpting Feel Like?
For most patients, CoolSculpting is a painless experience with low discomfort. Our innovative CoolSculpting tool creates a gentle vacuum effect as it applies freezing temperatures to the areas of fat you wish to eliminate. Patients report feeling some tugging or pulling as suction is applied, along with light pressure, numbness and cold. Areas such as the abdomen are more sensitive and may be more susceptible to experiencing unpleasant sensations. If you do feel any discomfort, it usually subsides as treated areas become numb. Although you may require several sessions, each CoolSculpting procedure lasts about 30 minutes. Treatment time may vary depending on your aesthetic goals and the size of the area you want to address.
After the treatment, side effects will be minimal and temporary. Common side effects may include bruising, swelling, tenderness and itchiness at the treatment site. These can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications and no downtime is needed.
Who is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a tool that can help many reach their fitness goals, but the procedure does have limitations. CoolSculpting is ideal for healthy patients who are at or near their ideal weight and is best used for those who wish to remove a moderate amount of fat from stubborn, problematic areas. It’s also important for patients to have reasonable expectations; CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment and shouldn’t be used to remove large amounts of excess fat. Ideal patients are those who:
- Have healthy, active lifestyles
- Are at or near their weight loss goals
- Have targeted areas of stubborn fat
- Want to avoid more invasive, surgical procedures
- Have goals and expectations that are reasonable
- Understand CoolSculpting is not a shortcut
- Are patient and realize that results will develop for eight weeks following a treatment
Although CoolSculpting is generally safer than other body contouring options, it’s still important to consult with one of our board-certified physicians before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.
At Advanced Aesthetics in Atlanta, we understand that it can be difficult to get into shape. If you are feeling frustrated by pockets of stubborn body fat that won’t seem to go away, we offer a wide selection of body contouring services to help you reach your goals. With over 75 years of combined experience in aesthetic procedures, our board-certified cosmetic surgeons are experienced at providing CoolSculpting treatments that will help you feel your best. The satisfaction of our patients is our highest priority when creating a body contouring plan right for you. With convenient locations in Fayetteville, LaGrange, McDonough and Newnan we are here to help you reach your aesthetic goals. Contact us today at 770-461-4000 to schedule your complimentary consultation!