A healthy, balanced diet and an active lifestyle are considered to be the pillars of traditional weight loss methods and getting the toned and trim body you want. But sometimes, despite your best efforts, stubborn pockets of fat are simply unshakable due to factors outside of your control. Your genetics, hormones, and body type all play a role in the way your body stores excess fat; and unfortunately, even those who are physically fit and at their ideal weight can struggle with relentless fatty problem areas.
At Bazzi Plastic Surgery, we are thrilled to offer our patients and community CoolSculpting— the world’s number one nonsurgical fat reduction treatment. CoolSculpting harnesses the power of cryolipolysis, meaning it freezes away the fat cells in your problem areas for good using controlled-cooling technology. Fat cells are much more sensitive to cold temperatures than the skin or other cells in the body. This allows CoolSculpting to safely and effectively eliminate the number of fat cells from your areas of concern without surgery or downtime.
What Benefits Can CoolSculpting Provide?
The innovation of CoolSculpting technology allows patients to effectively reduce the volume of stubborn fat from a targeted region of the body without invasive surgery, anesthesia or downtime. CoolSculpting is FDA-approved to treat the following common areas of concern:
- Back or bra fat
- Side flanks or “love handles”
- Inner and outer thighs
- Upper arms
- Submental fullness or “double chin”
What Happens During a CoolSculpting Treatment?
CoolSculpting treatments are entirely customizable and are tailored to each patient’s unique concerns and goals. Once your treatment areas have been determined, a protective gel pad will be placed over your targeted region to provide a barrier between your skin and the cooling panels used to cool down your fat cells. You will feel a slight pulling or tugging sensation as the CoolSculpting applicator adheres to your skin, as well as the cold temperature of the cooling panels.
After about 5 to 10 minutes, your treatment area should feel completely numb from the cold; at which point you are free to relax, watch tv or even sleep for the remainder of your treatment. Most CoolSculpting treatments take between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of your treatment areas. After the applicator is detached, a brief tissue massage will be performed to break up the crystallized fat cells and further enhance your results, after which you can immediately resume your normal daily activities.
What Results Can CoolSculpting Achieve?
The sculpted results of your CoolSculpting treatment will emerge gradually over time as your body works to flush out the treated fat cells. Most patients will start to see noticeable changes to their figure in as little as one to three months after their treatment, with their most optimal results observed after six months. While some patients may require multiple CoolSculpting treatments to achieve their desired results, each CoolSculpting session is clinically proven to eliminate 20 to 25 percent of fat cells from your targeted areas.
The fat cells treated during your CoolSculpting will never regenerate, so you can expect long-lasting improvements after your procedure so long as you lead a healthy lifestyle. Future weight gain can alter or even reverse the sleek new contours you achieve, so it is essential that patients maintain a stable weight for their results to endure.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
As a non-invasive and nonsurgical body contouring treatment, there is downtime necessary after your CoolSculpting appointment. Patients are free to resume their normal day-to-day activities, including working out, as soon as they leave our office. While you may experience some minor redness, bruising, soreness or numbness immediately after your CoolSculpting treatment, these symptoms will generally resolve within a few hours or days depending on the size of your treatment area as well as the extent of your treatment.
Is CoolSculpting Right For Me?
CoolSculpting is an ideal treatment for both men and women who are within a healthy weight range but are plagued by the appearance of stubborn bulges of diet-resistant fat. CoolSculpting isn’t intended as a weight loss solution or a treatment for obesity, so you should not get CoolSculpting if you have a substantial amount of weight to lose or struggle with maintaining a stable weight. If you are within 30 pounds of your goal weight and are dedicated to a healthy and active lifestyle, CoolSculpting may be right for you.
If pesky pockets of fat are standing in the way of your ideal body or self-confidence, CoolSculpting can dramatically enhance the sleek contours of your figure and help you shake stubborn trouble spots for good. Our providers at Bazzi Plastic Surgery are CoolSculpting-certified and have received highly specialized training at CoolSculpting University to help you achieve the best possible results from your treatments.