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CoolSculpting 101: Everything You Need to Know About This Innovative Body Contouring Technique

CoolSculpting 101: Everything You Need to Know About This Innovative Body Contouring Technique

CoolSculpting reduces stubborn fat pockets that resist diet and exercise. It’s an ideal solution for individuals who are within a healthy weight range and want to rid themselves of love handles, belly fat, and double chin fat. CoolSculpting is noninvasive, fast, and safe. The treatment destroys fat cells by freezing them, leaving the skin and surrounding tissue unharmed. Once the dead cells have been eliminated, they will not return as long as you maintain your current weight.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive fat-freezing procedure that targets unwanted bulges in the belly, thighs, bra line, back, arms, and underneath the chin. It takes less than an hour per session in a doctor’s office and does not require surgery or downtime. You may experience redness, bruising, or numbness for a few days after your treatment, but these effects typically disappear. The process involves placing an applicator on the problem area that sucks up a bulge and freezes it. The suction and coldness initially cause a pulling sensation that fades to numbness. The procedure is FDA-approved for various body parts, and results can last for years with a healthy lifestyle. But, as with most cosmetic treatments, individual barometers of effectiveness will vary.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

Coolsculpting Virginia Beach relies on “cryolipolysis,” which uses low temperatures to target specific pockets of fat. The procedure freezes and destroys these fat cells while leaving surrounding tissue, muscle, nerves, and other structures unharmed. After treatment, your body naturally eliminates dead fat cells, helping you achieve a more toned figure. Additional treatments may be needed for some areas of the body to reach your goals. In most cases, a CoolSculpting session lasts between 35 and 60 minutes. After treatment, most practitioners give patients a brief massage that helps rewarm the area. You may experience short-term side effects, including redness, swelling, pain or tenderness, bruising, itching, or numbness, but these should fade within days. Many people notice results in weeks, with final results occurring after two to three months. However, remember that CoolSculpting doesn’t treat obesity and shouldn’t replace a healthy diet and exercise.

What Are the Benefits of CoolSculpting?

It’s a noninvasive treatment that doesn’t involve surgery or needles. The FDA approves it for reducing stubborn fat under the jawline, arms, belly, back, bra fat, and flanks (love handles). CoolSculpting can also be used on the thighs. The treatment is well tolerated and has no downtime. Some people experience mild discomfort and redness in the area for a few hours or days, but this will fade quickly. Most people can listen to music, work, or even nap during the treatment. Some feel a slight tugging, pulling, tingling, or pinching in the targeted area, but this sensation is temporary. The results from one treatment can be impressive, but it depends on how much you want to reduce your body fat. One person may eliminate 20% of their excess fat, while another may want more. Other noninvasive treatments may be better if you’re not getting the desired results with CoolSculpting.

What Are the Side Effects of CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that can be performed in our office. During the session, the fat cells are chilled through cryolipolysis. It causes the cells to die off and be naturally flushed out of the body. Typically, patients will notice results in as little as three weeks. However, the best results will appear after about a month and continue improving. Some people may experience minor redness, bruising, or tingling following a treatment session. These side effects are typical and should subside within a few days of the session. The ideal candidates for CoolSculpting have moderately sized areas of fat in their abdomen, flanks, inner or outer thighs, and other body parts resistant to weight loss with diet and exercise. It is not a solution to obesity.