How Many Inches Can I Lose With This Treatment?
The results of this treatment system can vary depending on the area of the body being treated and the scope of fat reduction the patient desires. But studies have shown that this approach to body contouring can reduce fat by up to 24%. For patients who are in relatively good shape, but who need help resolving a stubborn area or two, this is enough of a fat reduction to produce noticeable results. Many individuals can lose several inches from their bodies with a series of treatments. Once we’ve met with you and evaluated your area of concern, we can give you a better idea of the results you can expect.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
This treatment is part of a class of new non-invasive body contouring systems that work in various ways to destroy patches of unwanted fat. Some treatment systems rely on heat or radiofrequency energy to destroy fat. CoolSculpting, the number one non-invasive fat reduction treatment, relies on cool temperatures to kill fat cells without harming the surrounding skin, tissue, and muscle. Although most of the targeted fat cells will be destroyed during your treatment, it will take several weeks for the body’s lymphatic system to dispose of them.
Will It Help Me Lose Weight?
Patients who undergo this treatment don’t generally lose very much weight, but their body still takes on a sleek, lean, sculpted look once those problem spots are gone. This body contouring treatment is a great way of tackling stubborn fat deposits that can be impossible to get rid of through diet and exercise alone.
If you’ve been dieting, you know there are certain fat deposits that are usually the last to go, the hardest to get rid of, and the first to come back if you slip up even a little. This treatment is ideal for patients who are within 20 to 30 pounds of their ideal weight and are committed to a healthy lifestyle but need help tackling that last problem spot or two.
How Soon Will I See My Results?
Because it takes time for the destroyed fat cells to fade from the body, your results will appear gradually during the month or two after your treatment. Many of our patients appreciate the gradual onset of their results because it gives them time to adjust to the changes in their bodies. The slow onset of results, which mimics the way traditional weight loss gradually slims down the body, also means no one has to know that you underwent a cosmetic treatment.
Will It Help With Loose Skin?
This treatment can’t address loose, sagging skin that has developed as a result of pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or the aging process. If loose skin is your primary concern, we can talk with you about other ways of addressing it. However, you can rest assured that this body contouring treatment won’t create sagging skin as it whittles away your unwanted fat.
The small amounts of fat CoolSculpting tackles usually are not large enough to leave excess, sagging skin behind, and the gradual way in which your results develop will give your skin plenty of time to conform with the body’s new shape.
Is This Treatment a Permanent Solution?
Yes. This treatment gets rid of unwanted fat for good. It won’t prevent you from gaining weight in the future, though, so eating healthfully and exercising regularly will be the best way of maintaining your overall figure going forward.
What Happens During Treatment?
This is a completely non-invasive treatment. Your skin won’t be pierced or stressed, and most patients are able to relax and unwind during their appointments. As we move the applicator over your area of concern, you’ll feel the cool temperature, and you may also feel a gentle suctioning sensation and light pressure. But you won’t experience any discomfort. In fact, we’ve outfitted our treatment room with a heated mattress and big-screen TV with Netflix. You’ll be able to relax in comfort as we reshape your body!
We typically end treatments with a gentle massage of the target area, which is a way of loosening up tissues that may have become rigid and stuck together because of the cold. Most treatments take no more than an hour, and afterward, you’ll be free to get right back to your regular schedule with no restrictions. You’ll even be able to exercise that same day. The skin in the treatment may initially appear flushed, but that will subside quickly.
How Many Sessions Should I Schedule?
We recommend a series of at least two or three sessions for most patients, although if you’re seeking a modest fat reduction in a small area, a single appointment may be sufficient. We’ll make a more specific recommendation after evaluating your area of concern. We advise patients to schedule their treatments at least one month apart to allow the body to go through the process of disposing of the destroyed fat cells.
Which Parts of the Body Can Be Treated?
This treatment can be used to get rid of unwanted fat all over the body. Applicators are available in several sizes, which increases the versatility of this treatment. The hips, thighs, flanks, abdomen, back, neck, and upper arms are all common treatment areas. This technology can even be used to get rid of the fullness that sometimes develops beneath the chin, or the extra fat that can build up along the bra line.
How Does It Compare to Liposuction?
Liposuction has been used for years as a way of eliminating fat from all over the body. But because liposuction involves making small incisions in the skin and suctioning out fat through a tube known as a cannula, it tends to be a more invasive and involved treatment that requires several days of recovery. The advantage of CoolSculpting is that it is a more gentle treatment that requires no recovery time, making it easy to fit into a busy schedule. It offers results that can be less dramatic than liposuction, but for a healthy individual looking to get rid of those last couple of stubborn areas, it’s an effective option.
Is There Any Danger of Frostbite?
Although this treatment relies on cool temperatures to freeze fat cells to death, there is no danger of frostbite. The cool temperatures are carefully regulated through the applicator, and they are not low enough to harm the skin.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes. This treatment was approved by the FDA in 2010 and has been widely and safely used in the years since. It has been proven over and over again to be safe and effective.
Will My Results Appear Natural?
One of the key advantages of this treatment system is the natural results patients enjoy. During your initial consultation, we’ll talk with you about the degree of fat reduction you wish to achieve, and we’ll design a custom treatment plan that accomplishes your goals. And because your results will develop gradually, you’ll never look as though you suddenly went and had work done. You’ll simply look as though you’ve been taking great care of yourself: which you have!
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
The best candidates for this treatment are active, healthy individuals who need a little help in tackling small, stubborn areas. Patients like the fact that this body contouring system allows you to target the precise area that needs to be slimmed down. That’s something that’s not possible with a traditional weight loss plan, which gives you no control over where the pounds are lost.
The best patients also understand the treatment process, can be patient about their results, and are realistic about the expected outcome. When you come to talk to us, we’ll help you decide if this is the right treatment for you.
Can I Have More Than One Area Treated?
Yes. It’s common for patients to come to us seeking treatment for more than one area of concern. We can design a treatment plan for you that addresses all of your concerns. Some patients also opt to have one part of the body treated initially and then return down the road to have another area addressed.
Will This Treatment Help With Visceral Fat?
No. This treatment does not get rid of visceral fat, which is the fat that lies beneath the muscles and wraps around the internal organs.
What About Cellulite?
CoolSculpting is not marketed as a solution for cellulite, which develops when fat builds up around the fibrous bands that run between the skin and the underlying muscles. The accumulation of fat puts pressure on those bands, causing them to tug at the skin from beneath and creating a dimpled effect on the skin.
Although this body contouring treatment gets rid of unwanted fat, it usually doesn’t get rid of enough to resolve cellulite. But if cellulite is your primary concern, we can talk with you about other treatments to address it.
Does This Treatment Work for Both Men and Women?
Men and women tend to have different types of fat, and they store them in different places on their body. But CoolSculpting is convenient and effective at getting rid of unwanted fat on both male and female bodies. Whatever your age or gender, talk to us about this treatment and whether it can help you get the results you’re looking for.
How Can I Get Started?
The best way to get started is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. John Miller, our staff physician. Dr. Miller will review your medical history, talk with you about your cosmetic concerns and goals, and help determine if this treatment system will best meet your needs. He’ll also make recommendations about the number of treatments you’ll need. After that, it’s just a matter of scheduling your first appointment.
Take the First Step Today
Are you ready to reshape your body and take inches off of your figure? We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area, and a series of convenient, painless treatments at our practice is all it takes to achieve the silhouette you’ve been working toward. Call InjectAbility Clinic in Torrance, CA and schedule your complimentary CoolSculpting consultation today.