As we age, our bodies change. And many of us end up with unwanted fat that seems almost impossible to lose. Sometimes, even with a healthy lifestyle of eating nutritiously and exercising regularly, stubborn fat still lingers.
While surgery may be able to fix the problem, it’s a drastic step and can be risky. Many of our patients want to lose unwanted fat naturally and just need a little help. They are often interested to hear about CoolSculpting, the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment of its kind. The technique uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat in the areas that bother you the most—and the results are lasting.
We all have a certain number of fat cells in our bodies. When we gain weight, those fat cells get bigger, and when we lose weight, those fat cells get smaller. They never actually go away. But with CoolSculpting, which was developed based on research from Harvard, we can actually eliminate fat cells by freezing them so that they die.
How It Works
When a patient is interested in fat reduction, we schedule a consultation to discuss problem areas and make recommendations for how the treatment might be best utilized. For instance, one person may want to get rid of love handles and another may want to accomplish more shapely thighs.
When the patient is ready to move forward, he or she will come in for one or more visits to undergo the CoolSculpting procedure. The treatment is non-invasive and does not require any anesthesia or down time. We simply apply a gel pad and applicator to the targeted area, and the applicator delivers controlled cooling to the fat you want to eliminate. The procedure is painless, and patients often read, nap or check email during it.
After you go home, you’ll be able to continue your regular activities but inside, those targeted fat cells will gradually begin to die and be naturally eliminated from your body. Within a few weeks, many patients begin seeing results in the way their clothes fit and the way they look in the mirror. Most people see the most dramatic results within one to three months.
Rather than focusing on weight loss, CoolSculpting is focused on fat removal. Patients who undergo the treatments may not lose weight, but they do experience a removal of fat. In fact, the number of fat cells is reduced by 20 percent to 25 percent in treated areas. And when those fat cells are removed, those stubborn bulges of fat begin to disappear as well, leaving a leaner, more sculpted body.
To learn more about CoolSculpting, contact our office at 205-871-7332.