Sometimes, no matter how much time you dedicate to your health and fitness goals, your genes won’t let your body lose those last few stubborn pockets of fat. This can result in frustrating bumps and bulges that can linger in places like the hips, flanks, abdomen, or buttocks. Even if you’re at or near your goal weight, a protruding love handle or belly pooch can keep you from feeling completely confident.
CoolSculpting® is a type of non-invasive body contouring that freezes fat cells to get rid of them. There are no incisions or sutures, no anesthesia, and no recovery time required. Some refer to this treatment as a kind of non-surgical liposuction.
CoolSculpting® was one of the first non-surgical fat reduction methods developed, and it continues to be one of the most popular due to its proven effectiveness and simplicity.
CoolSculpting® uses a handheld tool that is placed over the area of fat you want to treat. The device targets your fat cells with a technology called cryolipolysis, or fat-freezing, in which your fat cells are cooled to a point where they sustain damage and cease to function.
After treatment, your body recognizes the frozen fat cells as a waste product. The dead fat cells are then removed by your body’s natural waste disposal processes, thereby eliminating the treated fat.
CoolSculpting® treatment sessions are typically completed within an hour.
To achieve optimal results, some patients choose to have multiple treatment sessions in the same area.
Treatments should be spaced about three weeks apart.
There is no downtime needed after CoolSculpting®. Since your CoolSculpting® procedure does not use anesthesia, you are free to drive yourself home. Additionally, patients can return to work and other obligations immediately after treatment.
Some patients experience the rare side effects of soreness, bruising, or swelling in the target areas for a week or so after their treatment. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or TYLENOL®.
Even if you are experiencing CoolSculpting® side effects, you can still participate in strenuous activities, such as exercising and sports.
CoolSculpting® results can take some time to develop since the procedure works with your body’s natural processes to reduce fat. Most patients report noticeable results around three weeks after their treatment. These results will continue to develop over the next three months.
For more information, read our blog about CoolSculpting® results.