If you maintain good diet and exercise habits but are still frustrated with stubborn pockets of body fat, you’re far from alone. Millions of Americans have discovered that sometimes, no matter how often we go to the gym or pick the low-calorie option, that fat just won’t go away. Luckily, modern body sculpting technologies provide safe, non-invasive ways to finally get rid of stubborn body fat. One such treatment is Coolsculpting, offered at Improve Health Solutions MedSpa in Manasquan, NJ. This treatment can literally freeze away your fat. How does it work, and can it be done in a single sitting?
Coolsculpting: How It Works
Coolsculpting uses a process called cryolipolysis, which literally means “the freezing of fat.” It works by harnessing two key properties of fat cells. The first and most important is that fat cells freeze at a slightly higher temperature than the cells of the surrounding tissues. This means that by carefully applying cold temperatures to a targeted area, we can freeze only the fat cells without damaging anything else. This makes the non-invasive Coolsculpting safe for almost everyone.
The other reason the cryolipolysis process works so well is that the human body almost never produces new fat cells once we exit adolescence. It also rarely destroys them. Instead, fat cells expand when we gain weight and contract when we lose weight. This is one reason why some pockets of body fat are so difficult to get rid of. We might be in great shape, but those fat cells are still present. Coolsculpting works by freezing the fat cells and destroying them outright.
What to Expect: How Many Coolsculpting Treatments Do I Need?
This FDA-approved treatment is entirely non-invasive, which means you can walk right out of our office and go back to your daily routine when it’s finished. Unlike with more invasive treatments and surgical procedures, there’s no need for any recovery downtime. Most people still have plenty of questions about what happens after their treatment, though.
What’s Treatment Like?
A single Coolsculpting treatment takes between 35 and 60 minutes. The treatment is administered by a trained professional using a specialized device. This device consists of an applicator that applies suction to the targeted area. Once the targeted zone is isolated by the applicator, cold paddles press against it, delivering low temperatures to the tissues to freeze the fat. Most people who undergo this treatment report that while the sensation is odd at first, the area quickly goes numb. You can read a book, watch your favorite show on your phone, or even get some work done while you wait.
How Long Until I See My Results?
The results of this treatment are not instant. The frozen fat cells must first thaw, and your body needs time to remove them from the treated area and flush them out. Most people will begin to see their initial results about three weeks from their first treatment. These results will continue to develop over time as the body removes more and more destroyed fat cells, so most will see their final results around two months after treatment. Even then, results can continue to develop slowly, and some people will still notice improvement five or six months after treatment.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of cryolipolysis sessions each person needs varies for several reasons. The amount of fat present can impact the necessary number of treatments, for example. One treatment will remove between 20 and 25% of the fat in the targeted area, and for many people, that’s enough. Others choose to return to have the same area treated again.
The targeted area also has an effect on
how many treatments are needed. If you want to target both your upper and lower belly areas, for example, you may require two treatments. If you want to target the inner thighs, both can be done in a single treatment. If you want to target both the inner and outer thighs, you’ll likely need at least two treatments. The average Coolsculpting patient undergoes two to three treatments to achieve their goals. When you visit us for your initial consultation, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that works for your budget and your goals.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for this treatment are people who are in good overall shape but have noticeable bulges that they’d like to get rid of. Cryolipolysis is not a weight-loss treatment, nor is it a substitute for diet and exercise. If you’d like to lose weight for health reasons, you should speak with us about a medical weight loss plan that could work for you.
If you are at or near your target body weight and want to melt away a few bits of stubborn fat, you are probably a great candidate for this treatment. People who already lead healthy lifestyles make the best candidates not only because they are the most likely to see noticeable results but also because they are the most likely to maintain those results. While the destroyed fat cells will never return, the appearance of body fat can return in the event of weight gain thanks to the remaining fat cells. Those who don’t have to change their lifestyle to stay healthy are less likely to see this happen.
If you’re ready to get rid of stubborn fat clinging to your belly, flanks, thighs, or buttocks, contact Improve Health Solutions MedSpa in Manasquan, NJ today. We serve both New Jersey and New York City and would love to schedule your initial consultation so you can learn more about this exciting treatment.