Sometimes, it feels like all the cardio, push-ups, and sit-ups in the world won’t eliminate that last bit of stubborn fat hanging over your problem areas. You’ve tried exercise, diets and proper nutrition but still can’t seem to regain your body’s former glory. That said, you’re not completely out of shape, and needles and surgical procedures such as liposuction seem much too drastic for your situation.
Here’s one more option: CoolSculpting – a non-invasive treatment that targets and eliminates stubborn fat cells with a patented cooling technology known as Cryolipolysis. And, because it’s non-invasive, there’s little to no downtime.
How CoolSculpting Atlanta Works
CoolSculpting is performed in a doctor’s office, generally under supervision of a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. In a single hour-long session, CoolSculpting targets and cools the treated area so that the fat cells turn from a liquid to a solid state, a process known as crystallization. (This process is similar to what happens when a bowl of warm soup is put into the refrigerator — the fat separates, congeals and hardens.) Once fat cells are crystallized, they shrink and later can be naturally discharged from your system. Because lipids and fat cells crystallize more quickly than normal cells, CoolSculpting technology is able to target only your fat cells while preserving the integrity of the surrounding cells and tissue. Over the course of the next few weeks, patients naturally and safely discharge the damaged fat cells from their systems through the body’s natural metabolic process. (Patients will not notice the fat cells being eliminated through the liver.) As the cells leave, the treated area will shrink in size, causing patients to lose weight and giving them a more sculpted appearance. No surgery, no needles, no downtime.
During treatments, the CoolSculpting device is placed on the patient’s body, gripping the bulge of unwanted fat (using a unique vacuum applicator) between two cooling panels. Once the panels are positioned on the skin, patients will feel a sharp cooling sensation, similar to what one may feel when experiencing the cold temperature of an ice pack over bare skin. After five to 10 minutes, the sensation should become less intense as the skin begins to numb. This is the CoolSculpting technology in action. On occasion, patients may experience tenderness, redness, numbness, bruising, tingling, swelling, cramps and itching in the targeted area. These side effects are all temporary.
Depending on the specific area treated, patients may be asked either to sit or lie down during the procedure. Each treatment lasts an hour and can easily be completed during one’s lunch break. During this time, many people choose to read, watch a movie, work on their laptops or even take a short nap. Ideal candidates for the CoolSculpting treatment are men and women who seek minimal fat reduction and are opposed to undergoing surgery for fat removal. CoolSculpting should not be used as an alternative to living and eating healthfully.
Results are gradual. Many patients begin to observe a reduced amount of fat covering the treated area around three weeks after their initial treatments, with the most noticeable changes occurring roughly two months after the CoolSculpting procedure. Because the body continues to pass the dead fat cells four to six months after treatment, patients should experience the full effects of the treatment around that time. CoolSculpting has consistently produced measurable results for patients seeking to lose fat from specific problem areas such as “man boobs” or the leftover weight from pregnancy. After the treatment has run its course, the average patient has experienced a 20 to 25 percent reduction of body fat in the targeted area. Patients who combine CoolSculpting with a consistently healthy diet and lifestyle should experience stable, sustained results.
What to Expect After Your CoolSculpting Procedure
After the procedure, the treated area may be red and irritated for several minutes to several hours. Because CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive procedure that requires minimal to no downtime, many patients are able to return to daily activities such as work and exercise immediately after treatment. Some patients, however, report increased sensitivity to the targeted area, with the most intense pain occurring between four to 14 days post procedure. To reduce the possible pain experienced after treatment, some patients opt to wear compression garments such as Spanx® and girdles, and to treat the area with ice packs. (Because Cryolipolysis technology relies on the body’s inflammatory process to discard damaged cells, patients must NOT take anti-inflammatory medications to ease the pain. However, non-anti-inflammatory, over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol are perfectly acceptable.) If the pain persists longer than this, contact your doctor immediately.
Roughly four days after the patient’s initial CoolSculpting treatment, the cooled fat cells begin to die, a process called apoptosis or programmed cell death. Once apoptosis has begun, the damaged cells will shrink, until they are gradually digested by the body and removed through the liver. At roughly three weeks after the treatment, patients should start seeing results, with the most drastic results becoming apparent after about two months. The body will continue to eliminate dead fat cells up to four to six months after treatment, at which point most patients will have experienced, on average, a 20 to 25 percent reduction of body fat cells in the area treated.
After the procedure, patients are not required to use diet pills, exercise excessively, or go on strict diets. With continued exercise and healthy dietary habits, patients’ body-fat loss results should be sustainable. In fact, after receiving a single CoolSculpting treatment, many patients report a renewed sense of self-confidence and an increased enthusiasm for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
CoolSculpting Atlanta FAQ:
Is CoolSculpting safe?
Absolutely. Developed by Harvard scientists, CoolSculpting is a patented, FDA-cleared procedure that has proven to be a safe and effective option for reducing unwanted fat bulges in problem areas. In September of 2009, CoolSculpting was awarded a CE mark, and it has been used in Europe and Canada as an effective, fat removing procedure. Unlike other fat-eliminating procedures that require laser, surgery or sonic waves, CoolSculpting is able to target only fat cells while keeping the surrounding tissue intact. This is possible because lipids and fat cells freeze more quickly than normal cells, allowing them to quickly crystallize and prepare for elimination. CoolSculpting is the most natural way to shed that last bit of stubborn fat from one’s body.
Does CoolSculpting involve surgery?
No. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that involves a cooling technology known as Cryolipolysis to freeze and shrink the body’s unwanted fat cells, a process known as crystallization. (This process is similar to the way butter hardens when cooled.) Once crystallization occurs, the body, in a process known as apoptosis, easily and naturally flushes the damaged fat cells from the system. No knife, no needles and no anesthesia are necessary. Instead, CoolSculpting relies on the body’s natural metabolic processes to shed unwanted fat.
How long will it take for me to see the effects of CoolSculpting?
Patients should begin seeing results as quickly as three weeks after initial treatments and will see the most noticeable results roughly two months after the procedure. Fat cells will continue to be discharged from the system four to six months after treatment; and, with continued exercise and proper nutrition, patients should see the full effects around that time. After a single treatment, most patients experience a 20 to 25 percent reduction in the layer of fat targeted by CoolSculpting.
How many CoolSculpting treatments do I need?
CoolSculpting patients begin to see noticeable results after a single visit. On average, one treatment yields a 20 to 25 percent decrease in fat cells in the targeted area. After the initial CoolSculpting treatment and elimination process is complete, patients are free to reevaluate their goals for weight loss and seek subsequent treatments, if necessary.
Am I an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is ideal for people are within 10 to 15 pounds of their target weight and have already tried exercising and watching what they eat but need that extra push to help them reach their ideal body weight, shape and size. Ideal candidates have one or more stubborn problem bulges that they’d like to get rid of. CoolSculpting is not an ideal weight-loss method for those who are obese or in need of dramatic weight loss. To learn more about CoolSculpting and whether it’s right for you, please consult with your doctor.
How much does CoolSculpting cost?
Prices of CoolSculpting treatments vary depending on specific areas targeted and the number of treatments necessary to reach a patient’s weight-loss goals, typically ranging from $600 to $1500 per individual treatment.
Are the effects of CoolSculpting lasting?
With regular exercise and proper nutrition, patients should be able to sustain the results of CoolSculpting treatments. Moreover, many patients who undergo treatment report a renewed sense of motivation and revitalized vigor for exercise, proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Can I schedule the CoolSculpting procedure during my lunch break?
Most likely, yes. Unlike surgical weight-loss procedures or ones that use sonic waves or laser to extract fat cells, each CoolSculpting treatment lasts one hour and requires minimal to no down time. Because the procedure is completely non-invasive, most patients are able to return to daily activities such as work and exercise immediately after treatment.
What should I expect during the procedure?
Depending on the targeted area(s) in question, patients may be asked either to sit or lie down during treatments. The doctor will then place the CoolSculpting device on your body, positioning the two cooling panels to clasp and pull the targeted bulge using a special vacuum applicator. During the process, patients feel an intense coolness, similar to what one may feel when placing an ice pack over bare skin. Feeling should subside in five to 10 minutes, once the treated area has become numb. This sensation is the CoolSculpting machine at work, freezing and crystallizing unwanted fat cells. The entire procedure lasts roughly an hour. Once finished, a nurse or CoolSculpting technician may come in to massage the treated area.
Does CoolSculpting have any negative side effects?
CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive and generally requires little to no downtime. Side effects are typically mild and subside after the first five to 10 minutes of the procedure. However, some patients may experience short-term discomfort including tenderness, redness, numbness, bruising, tingling, swelling, cramps and itching. Some patients report increased sensitivity to the targeted area between four and 14 days post procedure. These side effects are all temporary.
If I experience pain, can I take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication?
Because Cryolipolysis technology relies on the body’s inflammatory process to discard damaged cells, patients must stay away from anti-inflammatory medications for the duration of the fat cell-elimination period. However, non-anti-inflammatory, over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol are perfectly acceptable. To mitigate the pain, patients may wear compression garments (such as girdles and Spanx) and treat the area with ice packs. If negative side effects persist longer than the anticipated time frame, contact your doctor.
Can CoolSculpting get rid of my muffin top?
Yes. Cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting’s patented cooling process, targets the fat cells in specific areas of the body, crystallizing them so that they can naturally be passed from the system. Popular areas for fat cell elimination include love-handles, thighs, muffin tops, under arm fat, bra bulges, “man boobs” and the leftover pouch from pregnancy.
What do real people have to say about this procedure?
People who try CoolSculpting in Atlanta report a boost in confidence, renewed enthusiasm for a healthy diet and lifestyle, and an increased satisfaction in their bodily appearance.