In the past, if dieting and exercise could not get rid of stubborn fat bulges, many patients prefered liposuction, an invasive surgical treatment. Or, they looked to radio frequency devices or infrared technology, however, these devices provided limited improvement. With innovations in technology, patients can now reduce unwanted fat bulges and enjoy permanent reduction in fat cells during a non-invasive, non-surgical method called CoolSculpting which offers remarkable results.
Created by ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc., CoolSculpting can reduce areas that are difficult to reach with exercise and dieting: love handles, lower belly fat rolls, upper belly fat, muffin top, under bra fat and back fat. It’s a remarkably effective technique that increases the contour in the body.
How is this possible? The FDA-cleared CoolSculpting works through a revolutionary technology called cryolipolysis. During cryolipolysis, literally meaning “cold induced fat destruction,” fat cells are cooled to some temperature that triggers those to be eliminated. The process is very safe: the temperature needed to destroy fat cells is more than what would affect skin, muscle and nerves. With CoolSculpting, there is no harm to the nearby structures.
Through the procedure, the physician applies a skin protecting gel pad towards the skin, and a CoolSculpting applicator is positioned within the desired treatment area. The device draws the fat bulge in, and cools down the fat to induce cryolipolysis, continuously monitoring the temperature and adjusting it as needed.
Unlike liposuction, wherein the fat cells are suctioned out of the body, the CoolSculpting treatment causes our bodies to naturally get rid of the fat cells through the lymphatic drainage system. The cells are then slowly excreted through the body over a period of the following many months.
With CoolSculpting, therapy for each fat bulge often takes 60 minutes to execute. Love handles may take two to four hours of treatment; the lower abdomen normally takes about one hour employing a special larger applicator. However, each case differs the patient/physician should discuss this prior to the procedure.
Rather than liposuction, no anesthesia is necessary for CoolSculpting. Throughout the procedure, patients can even use their telephone or laptop, read a book or watch a motion picture. The only discomfort patients may feel while undergoing CoolSculpting is a sensation of an individual pinching or squeezing the fat if the device is first placed on the skin. This usually disappears altogether in the first five minutes from the procedure.
CoolSculpting can be done within the comfort of a physician’s office. Patients go home soon after the procedure and can resume regular activities; many have been proven to work out or do yoga the same day. There may be some mild discomfort in the area of treatment; numbness is usually present afterward and can take a few weeks to settle. Extra Strength Tylenol® can be used but it’s advised to avoid taking anti-inflammatory agents for the first couple of months after the procedure.
Many patients start noticing results the moment three weeks following the CoolSculpting procedure. Most of the results is going to be seen at about 2 months after CoolSculpting is carried out; improvement may continue after 90 days.
In most cases, your skin is elastic enough to contract following the treatment. However, it’s essential to know that in case loose skin is the main cause of the bulge, then CoolSculpting alone will never treat the condition – a surgical procedure for instance a tummy tuck may be needed.
Many patients ask if you have a need to start out a brand new diet or exercise routine after CoolSculpting. There is certainly not. It’s recommended that patients maintain the same program they did prior to the procedure to ixpetw how much they weigh.
Most people need only one CoolSculpting treatment; however, repeat treatments can be performed after 3 months if additional lowering of the fat bulges is desired. Coolsculpting Before and After Photos show the results of coolsculpting are impressive and undeniable.