What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive and painless treatment that uses controlled cooling to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The procedure actually freezes fat cells and destroys them, which means there are no risks of scars or other disfiguring marks.
CoolSculpting technology, as mentioned, targets and freezes fat cells underneath your skin—and then, once frozen, the cells die. Over time, your body recognizes that these cells are dead and naturally starts to remove them, leaving behind a more sculpted figure that you are seeking. One treatment generally produces visible results, and more treatments can be added, as desired, to achieve a client’s body-shape goals.
What are the different areas that can be treated with CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting treatment areas most often performed are the thighs, buttocks, arms, love handles/flanks, and stomach/abdomen, and we’ll cover those areas in this article. CoolSculpting can also be used on other areas of the body, so please contact us for a free consultation if you have any special or unique areas you’d like treated, or if you’d just like more information about any of the following most common CoolSculpting treatments.
CoolSculpting Thigh Treatment
Thigh fat is something many women, no matter how much they diet or exercise, struggle with. CoolSculpting for thighs is an effective way to reduce the stubborn fat cells that tend to gather in the inner and outer thigh areas. Known as a “sex-specific fat,” estrogen tends to send more fat cells to the thigh and buttock areas to supposedly help supply women with the extra energy they need when they are breastfeeding a child. This type of hormone-influenced fat is the most stubborn fat cell in the body.
Since spot-reduction exercises do not exist, women sadly cannot just lunge or squat away their thigh fat, which is why, for many women, inner and outer thigh fat notoriously remains diet and exercise-resistant.
This is why CoolSculpting thighs is one of the most popular treatment areas on the body, because it can spot reduce fat in specific areas. During treatment, clients can select to have inner and outer thighs treated to reduce stubborn fat without invasive surgery or lengthy recovery time.
CoolSculpting Buttocks Treatment
As many know, excess fat in the buttocks and upper thigh area can be incredibly difficult to reduce. As mentioned above, the body’s tendency to store fat in the buttocks can be frustrating, however, CoolSculpting can get rid of this hard-to-lose buttocks fat, as well.
The fat accumulated in the buttocks usually results in pesky banana rolls sitting directly under the crease of the buttocks. The term “banana roll” refers to the banana-shaped fat rolls that develop under the buttocks, on the back of the upper thigh. These rolls are unfortunately most often noticeable in a favorite pair of jeans or gym leggings. It is particularly common for women’s bodies to store unsightly fat in this area that is resistant to diet and exercise.
Coolsculpting is approved for treating these banana rolls to give the appearance of a perkier, more round buttocks.
CoolSculpting Stomach and Abdomen Treatment
Most doctors agree that excess abdominal fat is some of the most unhealthy fat because of the increased risks associated with it. Typically, waistlines larger than 35 inches for women, and 40 inches for men are considered to be a factor that increases a person’s risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Beyond it being unhealthy, many clients fear the dreaded “spare tire” or “muffin top,” yet so many struggle to reduce their waistlines to their desired size. In large part, this has to do with how our bodies choose to store fat — and unfortunately, we actually don’t have a say in the matter. As a result, the abdomen is one of the most popular body areas we treat with CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting can actually remove some of those stubborn fat cells covering the stomach, helping to reduce the bulge that’s kept a favorite pair of pants stored in the back of your closet.
Traditionally, subcutaneous fat – the kind CoolSculpting can freeze around the stomach – has been viewed as less dangerous than visceral fat. After each CoolSculpting treatment around the abdomen, the appearance of subcutaneous fat is reduced, leaving clients with a more desired appearance.
CoolSculpting Love Handles or Flanks
One of the most common complaints among CoolSculpting clients is their love handles — also described as flanks. When clients come in for their consultation, both men and women, they describe bulges at the top of their pants and express frustration that they’ve tried everything imaginable, but no amount of diet and exercise will get rid of their love handles. The flanks are one of the less complicated treatment areas we work with, but it is often paired with other treatment areas close by, such as back or bra fat, and the abdomen.
CoolSculpting can help reduce the love handles on the flanks because it actually freezes some of the fat cells to death. Getting rid of this muffin top can not only make a client’s pants fit better, but it can make them feel more confident in a bathing suit, slim fit top, or tight dress.
For many men and women, no amount of diet or exercise can adequately address stubborn arm fat. The upper arms region is one of the most difficult areas on the body to reduce this fat. Sagging skin and fat in this area is often referred to as “bye-bye arms”. This little bit of fat that hangs from our arms can be such a sore spot for many women (and even men), however, what many clients don’t understand is that arm fat is normal. Having said this, it doesn’t change the fact that many clients are not happy with the fat deposits in this part of their body. This is why so many clients are looking for something to eliminate the fat like CoolSculpting Arms treatments.
CoolSculpting is a great way to reduce flabby arm fat and get a slimmer, tighter, more natural-looking arm shape. CoolSculpting is non-surgical body contouring so, like other areas of the body, the fat is frozen, destroyed, and then expelled naturally by the body.
Like all CoolSculpting treatments, the process involves controlled cooling, so clients can expect to feel a tugging or pinching sensation, but these are typically described as not painful or uncomfortable sensations. In fact, most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities virtually immediately after CoolSculpting their arms with mild and temporary side effects, which may include redness, swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
How long does the CoolSculpting these Common Treatment Areas Take?
A session can last between 35 minutes and an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
What is the recovery time after a CoolSculpting treatment?
CoolSculpting does not deliver immediate results. The full effects of CoolSculpting generally take about 4 to 6 weeks for maximum results, when the dead fat cells are finally removed from your body naturally. The more treatments a client has, however, the quicker results will be seen.
Is there any pain or discomfort during or after a CoolSculpting treatment?
CoolSculpting is a very safe procedure. The most prominent side effects of this technique are minor and occur just around the treatment spot. The majority of side effects reduce within a few days after the procedure.
The common side effects of CoolSculpting are a pinching sensation, tenderness, minor swelling, redness, firmness, stinging, and tingling of the upper layer of the skin. Clients may experience these side effects for up to one to two weeks.
After the procedure, clients experience pain along with itching and swelling. The level of pain felt can also vary between treatment areas, with the abdomen being the most vulnerable.
Is CoolSculpting Right for You?
Yes, it may be. If you are someone that needs to lose a large amount of weight and fat, improving your diet, exercise and other, more invasive procedures will be a more effective option. However, if you are someone that needs to lose only the stubborn subcutaneous fat, then CoolSculpting is likely a better option as it is nonsurgical, noninvasive, and is proven effective in spot treatment areas.
As always, it’s best to contact our team and arrange for your free CoolSculpting consultation. We’ll be able to examine your areas of stubborn fat and determine if CoolSculpting will work for you.