Every holiday season, many of us struggle with the same temptation: food. We indulge on so many delicious holiday treats, not to mention drinks and feasts, with friends and family. On top of that, most of us have a lot to do around the holidays, making staying fit and slim even more of a struggle. It’s hard to fit in a workout when you’re shopping, wrapping, driving, flying, and enjoying. Even if you resist most of the pies, cakes, and cookies that surround you, pounds can still creep up during the winter months. If you’re noticing a little more “padding” than usual, the good news is that there are some great options for battling the holiday bulge. CoolSculpting is the perfect solution for people with busy schedules who want a sleeker physique after the holidays.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a revolutionary, non-invasive cryolipolysis treatment for subtle body contouring. Traditional liposuction requires surgical incisions to access unwanted pockets of fat. CoolSculpting requires no anesthesia or recovery time since it works by freezing the fat externally without incisions. The body then naturally disposes of the unwanted fat gradually over a period of weeks. It’s a great option for stubborn areas of fat that haven’t responded to diet and exercise—areas of fat that can become more obvious throughout the holiday season!
Here’s what CoolSculpting isn’t. CoolSculpting, while very effective for resolving isolated “problem areas”, isn’t a good option for weight loss. It’s designed for subtle body contouring and helping patients overcome those few extra stubborn pounds. With that said, most people see great results after just a couple of treatments, and they can see about a 20-25% fat reduction in treated areas. If you’ve got a belly “pooch”, love handles, or another problem area, CoolSculpting could help you make that stubborn fat a thing of the past!
The CoolSculpting Experience
So how do CoolSculpting treatments work? Each session only lasts about an hour, but if you want to have more than one area treated, each area will take an additional hour. The good news is that the treatment is comfortable enough that you won’t need anesthesia. You can even watch movies or read during your sessions.
A protective gel pad will be used to protect your skin from the CoolSculpting device before the treatment begins. The unwanted fat is pulled between two panels so only the problem areas are treated and the appropriate fat cells are destroyed. Then, you can relax and let the device do its work. Some patients are happy with the results of one treatment, but you can do a series of sessions for even better results. You can get back to your busy life and even exercise right away. There’s no downtime whatsoever. Side effects are mild and shouldn’t impact your everyday activities.
Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
Even though CoolSculpting can give you great results, it’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle. It can certainly be part of a healthy lifestyle by allowing you to overcome stubborn fat, but it can’t substitute for diet and exercise. Patients who see the most benefit from CoolSculpting are at or near their goal weight. They eat a healthy diet (aside from a few holiday indulgences) and they exercise regularly. This not only helps ensure good results from CoolSculpting, it helps you to maintain them. You are a good candidate for CoolSculpting if you are ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and want to get rid of that stubborn fat once and for all.
Start the New Year Off Right
Once the holidays are over, reality tends to set in, and we start making our resolutions for the New Year. That’s when we all pledge to work out and eat better after our holiday indulgences. Why not add CoolSculpting to your resolutions for 2018? While you should still stay committed to a healthy lifestyle, CoolSculpting at Hillelson-Whipple Clinic could be just what you need to reach your goals. January and February are the perfect times to think ahead to swimsuit season and shed the extra inches from the holidays. New year, new you! Our skilled and compassionate staff is standing by to answer all your questions about CoolSculpting in Richmond, VA. Call 804.290.0060 today to schedule your consultation.