Millions of Americans are frustrated with the appearance of stubborn body fat. It collects in places like the belly, thighs, and butt, and sometimes no matter how well you eat or how many miles you run it just won’t go away. That’s why we offer modern methods for body sculpting at Grand Spa in Dallas, TX. One of those treatments, CoolSculpting, has the power to melt away stubborn body fat in mere weeks, and all without any downtime.
This increasingly popular body sculpting treatment purports to literally freeze away stubborn body fat. It might sound like magic or an impossible promise, but it’s actually highly effective and backed up by science. But how and why does it work?
Body Sculpting With the Power of Cold: How It Works
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, FDA-approved body sculpting treatment that uses the application of carefully controlled cold temperatures to freeze and destroy stubborn fat cells. That’s right: it literally freezes away your body fat. It works thanks to a combination of modern technology and body science.
Properties of Fat Cells
Fat cells have a couple of unique properties that most other cells in the human body don’t. First and foremost, they are very difficult to create or destroy. In fact, the number of fat cells in the human body stays roughly the same once we exit adolescence. Rather than producing new fat cells when we gain weight and shedding them when we lose weight, the existing fat cells simply expand to store more fat or shrink as the body metabolizes the fat inside them.
That’s why sometimes, no matter how many crunches you do, you just can’t get rid of belly fat: those cells are still there, and they can only shrink so much. A body sculpting treatment like CoolSculpting, though, has the power to kill them outright. Because it’s so difficult for the body to create new ones, those fat cells are gone for good.
Why CoolSculpting Is Effective
You might be wondering how CoolSculpting can freeze fat cells without also giving you frostbite or freezing muscles and other tissue. It works because of the other unique property of fat cells: they freeze at a higher temperature than their surrounding tissues. By carefully controlling the application of cold temperatures, we can penetrate the skin and freeze fat solid without damaging any of the surrounding cells. Those frozen, crystallized fat cells are too damaged to survive, so as they thaw they die off and the body eliminates them naturally.
What Treatment Is Like
Fast and Convenient
A CoolSculpting treatment is non-invasive, which means there’s no cutting or needles of any kind. It’s also quick compared to invasive body contouring options. The amount of time it takes varies depending upon whether you’re having your belly, thighs, butt, or a different area treated, but it can take anywhere from one to three hours. With no recovery downtime necessary, you could conceivably undergo a one-hour CoolSculpting treatment over your lunch break and be back at work before anyone is the wiser!
The treatment itself uses a specialized CoolSculpting device manned by one of our healthcare professionals. The device consists of an applicator and two paddles. Our professional will use the applicator to apply suction to the area of treatment while the paddles apply cold temperatures to the area. The suction pulls the fat cells closer to the surface so they can be frozen more effectively. The device is then moved slowly along the targeted area until all of the area has been treated. Depending on how much fat is present and how large the area is, this can take anywhere from one to three hours.
People who have had the treatment report that it doesn’t hurt so much as it feels odd. And because we’re dealing with very cold temperatures, the treatment area is soon numbed. You can read a book, watch your favorite show on your phone, or even get some work done while the treatment runs its course. When it’s finished, you can walk right out of our office and go back to your daily routine.
FAQ About This Treatment
Do I Need to Prepare for My Treatment?
Unlike invasive cosmetic surgeries, there’s no need to fast or otherwise prepare your body for a CoolSculpting treatment. The only preparation is your initial consultation, during which you’ll discuss your goals with one of our professionals and learn more about the treatment and how it works.
When Will I See My Results?
The results from CoolSculpting are not instant. The frozen fat will take a couple of hours to thaw; once that happens, the fat cells destroyed by the treatment are still present. It takes the body time to break them down and flush them out of the area. Most people will begin to see their initial results about three weeks after their treatment. Typical results become visible after two or three months. The fat-flushing process can continue for up to six months post-treatment though, so you may continue to see small improvements for months.
The good news is that these gradual results are about the same speed as you get from diet and exercise changes. You’ll be toning at a natural rate rather than looking suddenly as if you’ve had work done.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
While most areas of treatment and most people will only require one treatment, there are exceptions. If you want to have a large area or many areas treated, it might require return visits. For example, if you want both the inner and outer thighs on both legs sculpted, you’ll probably want to do it over two sessions.
Some people also choose to return for a second session in the same area. CoolSculpting can get rid of anywhere from 20 to 80% of stubborn fat in the treated area. If your initial treatment gets rid of 30% of the fat in the targeted area, you may choose to return and target another 30% of the remainder. Some people will return well after their first treatment for a second “maintenance” treatment in the same area.
That said, each case is unique. When you visit us for your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your goals and create a treatment plan that suits you.
Are My Results Permanent?
As mentioned above, it’s very difficult for the human body to manufacture new fat cells. This means that once CoolSculpting has destroyed your fat cells, they’re gone for good. That said, not all of the fat cells in the treated area will be destroyed. It’s possible that, should weight gain occur, the appearance of stubborn fat in the targeted area could return thanks to the expansion of the remaining fat cells.
That’s why it’s important that people considering CoolSculpting or any other body sculpting treatment be in reasonably good shape and committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. People who eat well, exercise, and maintain a steady body weight have the best chance of maintaining the look of their initial results for years to come.
Who Is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?
Well over four million CoolSculpting treatments have been administered since the birth of the treatment, but not everyone is a suitable candidate. This could be the right treatment for:
People in Good Overall Shape
It’s very important to note that CoolSculpting and other body sculpting treatments including Kybella, Emsculpt, and Sculpsure, are not weight loss treatments. While you may notice the number of the scale going down a bit, these are cosmetic treatments designed to reduce the appearance of stubborn body fat. They are not designed to treat obesity or take the place of healthy habits. If losing weight is part of your goal, you should speak to your physician and formulate a proper diet and exercise plan rather than look to treatments like these.
That said, if you are in good overall shape and at or near your target body weight, CoolSculpting might be the treatment that can help you finally put those stubborn pockets of leftover body fat to bed. An inch or less of fat in the area you want treated is a good metric to start with. People who live healthy lifestyles have the added benefit of already practicing the habits that will help them maintain their CoolSculpting results for years.
People Who Know Their Goals
CoolSculpting targets particular spots on the body to melt away fat. It’s most suited for those who have something specific in mind, like a flatter tummy or firmer thighs. If you know exactly which areas of your body you want to target through CoolSculpting, you’ll be one step ahead when you come in for your initial consultation.
People Who Have Ruled Out Invasive Surgery
Liposuction is a fantastic solution for certain people: it can remove much more fat in a single procedure than CoolSculpting can. That said, it’s also much more expensive and invasive, and it requires lengthy downtime for recovery. Even worse, results from liposuction are not visible any faster than results from CoolSculpting. That’s not due to any need for the body to flush out fat but because the surgery causes inflammation that can take weeks to subside.
As long as you are in good shape, CoolSculpting is a more targeted and affordable way to get rid of stubborn body fat. It also requires zero downtime and involves no invasive surgical techniques.
Who Should Wait to Get This Treatment?
Women Who Are Nursing, Pregnant, or May Become Pregnant
While little research has been done on the subject, the common wisdom is that CoolSculpting does not harm the fetus should a pregnant woman undergo the treatment. That said, CoolSculpting is still a body contouring treatment, and the body changes a lot both during and after pregnancy. For this reason, it’s better for women who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant to wait to have a CoolSculpting treatment.
Anyone Under 19 Years of Age
As mentioned above, the human body is still creating fat cells until the end of adolescence. CoolSculpting is a treatment designed for adults rather than young people whose bodies are still changing.
Anyone With Lymphatic Conditions
When the body clears out the dead fat cells killed by CoolSculpting, those cells are sent to the lymphatic system to be filtered out of the body as waste. If the lymphatic system is compromised in any way, whether through lymphoma or a different lymphatic condition, you should consult with your doctor before undergoing this treatment.
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A treatment that freezes body fat and then melts it away might sound too good to be true, but it works. It works so well that 82% of trial patients said they would recommend CoolSculpting to a friend. If you’d like to learn more about this amazing body sculpting treatment and how it works, contact us at Grand Spa in Dallas, TX and schedule your initial consultation today!