Once you’ve noticed the stubborn fat deposits on your body that won’t respond to proper diet and exercise, it’s pretty hard not to notice them. These resistant fat cells can accumulate almost anywhere on the body, but often collect around the hips, midsection, and thighs. When liposuction was developed, it targeted these areas surgically and offered a solution for fit, healthy individuals to enhance their body contour. But liposuction can also result in skin laxity, particularly over time.
Now, thanks to the innovative technology of CoolSculpting, fat deposits don’t even need surgery to be eliminated once and for all and result in no skin laxity.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is one of the newest technologies in body contouring techniques, providing patients with incredible results in a just a short time. It also involves very little recovery time, pain or discomfort, and potential risks, especially in comparison to surgical approaches to fat removal. CoolSculpting can address the bulges, rolls, and other small pockets of fat that have settled in various locations around the body and can’t be solved with a healthy lifestyle and exercise. These spots are often referred to as love handles, muffin tops, pregnancy pooches, and even back fat, among others. They can cause body image problems as well as more serious trouble, like metabolic problems, if they remain unaddressed.
Who Is a Candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting offers the best results to patients who are in good overall physical health and live a healthy lifestyle, complete with a balanced diet and regular exercise. These prospective patients should also be frustrated with specific areas of their body where fat has collected. During a one-on-one consultation, ideal candidates can point out these exact areas that they would like to target. Because CoolSculpting is a procedure with such a short recovery time, it is not necessary that candidates be available to commit to long periods of downtime or to abstain from specific activities.
How Are CoolSculpting Procedures Performed?
The CoolSculpting procedure is performed using a special machine that is positioned at the recovery area. With the patient lying down, the machine locks on to the area, drawing the skin over the fat deposit up and in between two cooling panels. Most patients describe this sensation as feeling like firm pulling, but without pain. With the tissue held tightly between the cooling panels, the CoolSculpting device uses controlled cooling, known as Cryolipolysis, to target fatty areas and encourage the body to remove the cells. Intense cold is delivered to the fatty cells, crystallizing them. Following a CoolSculpting treatment, the body will begin to break these cells down and remove them from the body. This process typically takes two to four months to be completed, but your results will emerge slowly as more and more crystallized fat cells are removed.
What Is It Like to have a CoolSculpting Procedure?
As a first-time patient of CoolSculpting, the process might sound a bit strange at first. However, opting for a CoolSculpting procedure can help you to avoid surgery, long recovery times, painful side effects, and other potential complications. The procedure itself involves unusual sensations, such as the pulling mentioned above and the cooling feeling when the cold is applied. These intense feelings of cold are short-lived, lasting only a few minutes in each treatment area. Most patients of CoolSculpting grow used to the sensations quickly and are able to spend the time during their treatment by relaxing, napping, reading a book, or even working on a laptop. Depending on where your target areas are located, you might even be able to sit up throughout your CoolSculpting session. There is no sedation required for CoolSculpting so you will remain fully conscious.
Many patients need only one visit for an effective CoolSculpting procedure. In other cases, however, patients might require two or more sessions to reach all the targeted areas. Once completed, your treatments should yield an average 20% reduction in the fat layer of your targeted areas. Some areas need extra attention to achieve this 20% reduction, so it’s likely they will want to revisit for treatment in the same area to achieve the patient’s desired result for that body part. Multiple visits have been shown to bring the reduction average of these fat layers closer to 40%, a very drastic change visibly.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from CoolScupting?
Because there is no anesthesia, no incision, and no surgical trauma, the CoolSculpting procedure does not require any recovery at all. It is a completely noninvasive procedure that requires no healing; the only changes made are to the crystallized cells, which the body will naturally break down and flush without any intervention from you. Some patients with sensitive skin make experience some soreness, redness, or minor bruising in the treatment areas from the machine, but all of these side effects are normal and will heal on their own within a few days. There is no need to restrict your activities, take time off from work, or skip out on any travel plans following a CoolSculpting procedure. Putting in the short amount of time for one procedure will reap benefits to your body and improve your fat deposits drastically over the months following it. You don’t need to do anything but keep your CoolSculpting appointment and then go about your daily life.
Is CoolSculpting for You?
If this procedure sounds like the magic answer you’ve been searching for, the best thing to do is consult with a plastic surgeon offering CoolSculpting in his or her clinic. During this consultation, your body will be evaluated with special attention to your areas of concern. You will also discuss the procedure and your expectations for your personal results with your plastic surgeon to help determine if you’re a good candidate for this treatment.
Get started by contacting American Self Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedics to book your consultation with Dr. Ruth Hillelson, Director of Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. She has an extensive background in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, as well as a commitment to implementing the latest medical techniques and technologies. CoolSculpting is one nonsurgical technology offered at American Self that can help patients achieve their ideal body contour. Dr. Terry Whipple is the Director of Orthopaedics and Fitness at American Self, providing his patients with a range of other procedural options to help with fitness, pain management, and other health concerns. With both Dr. Hillelson and Dr. Whipple involved, American Self is a unique clinic for patients seeking procedures and treatments of all varieties. Contact their office, located at 9900 Independence Park Drive in Richmond, Virginia, by calling (804) 290-0060 to schedule your first consultation today.