CoolSculpting is a non-surgical method of body contouring that offers excellent results to the right patients. This procedure uses controlled cooling to freeze stubborn pocket of fat, destroying fat cells so they can be eliminated by the body over time. With the ability to treat a multitude of treatment areas without anesthesia, incisions or downtime, it is no wonder more and more patients are scheduling this procedure at Windward Medispa. How do you know if CoolSculpting is the right choice for you?
Fat Reduction versus Weight Loss
Like other body contouring procedures, CoolSculpting is designed to eliminate stubborn, isolated areas of fat that have not responded to your diet and exercise efforts. This procedure is not a weight loss tool. Patients that tend to see the best results are those within about 30 pounds of their target weight.
If you are at a relatively healthy weight but have not been able to eliminate fat from stubborn areas like the thighs or midsection, CoolSculpting might be the perfect option for you. At the same time, there needs to be enough fat to place into the machine in order for it to work best. It is important to discuss your concerns and goals with a physician to determine whether CoolSculpting will give you the results you are hoping for.
Areas that can be Treated
CoolSculpting is a versatile body contouring tool, thanks to new applicators in different shapes and sizes to be used on different areas of the body. This procedure can now treat the following:
- Neck and under the chin
- Abdomen and muffin tops
- Male breasts
- Hips and flanks
- Love handles
- Upper and lower back
- Inner and outer thighs
- Back of knees
Patients that should Not Have CoolSculpting
Although CoolSculpting is considered a safe and effective treatment for many patients, there are some that would not be good candidates for this procedure. For example, patients with significant skin laxity are not likely to get the results they are hoping for from CoolSculpting, since the loose skin would mar the overall outcome. Other factors that might indicate CoolSculpting is not the right treatment for you include:
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Some chronic medical conditions
- History of hernia in the treatment area
- Medical conditions affecting the lymphatic system
- A BMI higher than 34 (bodybuilders might be an exception)
Not all of these situations would necessarily disqualify you from the procedure, but they should be discussed with your physician prior to treatment to ensure the procedure you undergo is both safe and effective for you.
Results You can Expect
Results from CoolSculpting do not happen overnight. It takes time for the treated fat cells to be eliminated by your natural body processes. You will see your results develop in the weeks following treatment, as the treated area becomes leaner and more sculpted. In fact, friends and family might assume you are putting in extra hours at the gym rather than undergoing a body contouring treatment.
As your results develop, they will be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy weight after the procedure. Some patients may decide to undergo more than one treatment session to achieve even more dramatic results. As a general rule, each session of CoolSculpting will eliminate 20-25 percent of the fat in the treatment area.
Body contouring is easier today than ever before, thanks to revolutionary non-surgical treatments like CoolSculpting. To learn more about this procedure, contact Windward Medispa today at 808-797-2687.