CoolSculpting at our Burlington practice has become a favorite for men and women on the go who want to get rid of stubborn bulges without having to put their lives on hold for invasive surgery or a long recovery period. If this sounds like you, CoolSculpting could be a great fit.
CoolSculpting doesn’t require you to take too much time out of your busy schedule; however, the results can take several weeks to appear, which is why September is a great time to schedule your first CoolSculpting session.
What is CoolSculpting?
Developed by 2 Harvard scientists, CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical, noninvasive procedure that freezes away localized pockets of fat using a revolutionary technology called cryolipolysis. During CoolSculpting, we apply cold energy outside the skin to target and freeze the fat cells beneath the skin. Because fat cells are more vulnerable to cold than other tissues, the surrounding cells are left unharmed. The body eventually eliminates the frozen cells naturally.
Does fat come back after CoolSculpting?
The number of fat cells in an adult’s body is typically fixed, which means that when we gain or lose weight, we don’t gain or lose fat cells. Rather, our existing cells get bigger or smaller. The only way to actually reduce the number of fat cells is through nonsurgical procedures such as CoolSculpting or surgical options such as liposuction.
Who should CoolSculpt?
The best CoolSculpting candidates are adults who are at or close to their ideal weight but are bothered by small, localized pockets of fat that remain despite diligent diet and exercise.
During your CoolSculpting consultation, we will evaluate your areas of concern and help you decide whether this treatment is right for you. You can also learn more about who benefits most from CoolSculpting treatment in this related blog post.
Does CoolSculpting hurt?
Most patients find CoolSculpting to be a completely tolerable treatment. First, we invite you to make yourself comfortable in our private treatment area. Many patients bring books or laptops to read during treatment. Some patients even nap during their sessions.
Once you get settled, a member of our team will apply a special gel pad to the targeted area to protect your skin and evenly distribute the cold energy. Then, the applicator is applied over the gel pad, and you will feel an intense cold sensation. After a few minutes, the area will become numb and any discomfort will subside.
How should I prepare for recovery?
Typically, each session takes about an hour, and you can return to your normal daily activities immediately after. That’s right—no downtime whatsoever. The treated area may be slightly red or swollen, but these symptoms are not typically severe enough to prevent you from going back to work, exercising, or running errands. In fact, many patients schedule sessions during their lunch breaks.
When will I see results?
Your results will gradually develop over the next few months as your body naturally eliminates the fat cells. Often, patients who schedule treatment during September see noticeable results by the holidays.
How much belly fat can CoolSculpting remove?
In the treated area, you can expect a total fat reduction of about 25% after 1 treatment.
Can I get more than 1 treatment?
Many people are satisfied with their results after a single treatment, but some patients opt for additional treatments. These follow-up sessions will optimize your results, and you’ll be able to enjoy dramatic improvement by the time the next swimsuit season rolls around. The experienced medical professionals here at Cosmedica will help to create a customized CoolSculpting regimen for you and your lifestyle.
If you want to learn more about CoolSculpting and you’re in the greater Hamilton and Burlington area, request a consultation online or call our office at (905) 631-6288.