Who’s an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting? In general the best prospects are women and men in pretty good shape who want to get rid of fat pockets that stubbornly remain no matter what they do. That’s why many of the CoolSculpting patients at our Atlanta practice who lead active lifestyles with regular exercise see such great results.
CoolSculpting isn’t a weight-loss procedure, but combining this nonsurgical fat reduction treatment with exercise and healthy eating habits is an excellent way to reach your personal appearance goals. If you’ve built the foundation of a contoured body through regular exercise, a treatment such as CoolSculpting can help you enhance the results you’ve earned at the gym.
What Is CoolSculpting?
The FDA’s approval of CoolSculpting several years ago was truly a game-changer in the body contouring field. No other nonsurgical treatment uses cold temperatures to kill fat cells, which is how CoolSculpting works. For people who want to target stubborn fat but who don’t want to undergo liposuction, CoolSculpting provides an excellent alternative.
Even better, the researchers at CoolSculpting have continually improved the technique by developing additional applicators designed to address specific areas of the body. CoolSculpting initially was limited to the abdominal area and “love handles,” but patients can now treat inner and outer thighs, upper arms, back fat, and double chins. These are all areas where fat cells tend to accumulate.
Won’t I Get Frostbite?
Some patients wonder why temperatures cold enough to kill fat cells don’t damage the skin or other tissue surrounding the fat cells. That’s a great question, especially when you hear phrases like “freeze the fat.” CoolSculpting actually works without getting cold enough to hurt the skin’s surface or other tissues because fat cells begin dying at temperatures that are above freezing.
What About Downtime?
A CoolSculpting treatment can last from 1 to 4 hours depending on the number of treatment areas targeted during a single session. If you treat the flanks (love handles) and the upper and lower abdomen, each treatment area takes about an hour to complete. Treatment of the inner thigh can take 1 hour, and outer thighs can take 2 hours. But because the treatment is non-invasive, you can return immediately to your normal daily schedule. After treatment, many patients return to work, run errands, or go pick up children from school.
When Do I See Results?
Fat cells die gradually after a CoolSculpting treatment. The body absorbs the dead cells and then naturally removes them over time. Most patients begin seeing the new contours of their bodies after about 3 weeks. Some men and women decided to get a second CoolSculpting treatment about a month after the first one to meet their goals.
Maintaining your CoolSculpting results involves staying active, continuing to follow a regular exercise regimen, and watching what you eat. If you do that, you’ll enjoy the CoolSculpting results for years to come.