Maintaining a slim, attractive body with diet and exercise is a very difficult endeavor. If you skip a couple of workouts or eat rich meals when you are on a vacation, you can easily gain pockets of stubborn fat on your body. Fortunately, you don’t have to give up desserts and spend all of your leisure time at the gym to have a contoured, attractive physique. At Metro Dermatology in Elmhurst, New York, we can use CoolSculpting to sculpt your body and permanently reduce your unwanted fat.
How Many Times Do You Have to Do CoolSculpting for It to Work?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved contouring method that uses powerful cooling technology to freeze away fat cells on targeted locations on your body. This treatment is extremely effective, and it works much more quickly than many other cosmetic treatments and beauty techniques.
A Better Way
Many skincare products take months or even years to achieve positive changes in your appearance. Similarly, certain cosmetic techniques will only produce results after you receive multiple treatment sessions.
Fortunately, this body contouring method does not have this drawback, and you will see improvements in your unwanted fat after you receive one cooling treatment. In fact, clinical studies show that one treatment can remove up to 20% to 25% of the fat cells in your target area.
A Customized Process
Since this technique is very effective, you may be happy with your improvements after you receive a single body contouring treatment. That said, it’s also common to need a couple of treatments to reach your aesthetic goal. For example, if you are targeting a larger amount of fat on your stomach and back, you will probably need several sessions to reduce the unwanted fat in these areas.
Planning Your Treatment Schedule
You will have an initial consultation before we begin to contour your body. During this meeting, we will carefully analyze the pockets of unwanted fat that you would like to address with this treatment. We will use this information to determine how many treatments you will need to reduce the fat in your chosen locations.
Where Can This Treatment Be Applied?
This treatment can be used to reduce fat in nine locations on your body. In particular, we can use this technique to eliminate fat on your back, upper arms, and abdomen. In addition, we can treat excess fat in your bra area, under your buttocks, and on your thighs. We can also remove pockets of fat that appear along your jawline and underneath your chin.
How Does This Treatment Freeze Away My Fat?
This treatment uses a process known as cryolipolysis to eliminate fat cells from your body. Although this process sounds complicated, cryolipolysis is actually just a scientific term that is used to describe the process of using cool temperatures to freeze fat.
Since your fat cells will freeze at a lower temperature than other cells in your body, we can use this technique to eliminate fat without harming your skin and other tissues. During your treatment, we will put your unwanted fat into an applicator. This device will gently lower the temperature of your fat cells until they crystallize and die.
Once your fat cells have died, your body’s immune system will remove them from your treatment area. This process usually takes a couple of months to complete. As you shed these dead cells, your treatment area will become firmer and more contoured.
What Should I Expect During My Body Contouring Treatment?
If you are afraid of needles, incisions, or general anesthesia, don’t worry. We will not cut into your skin or give you anesthesia during this non-invasive treatment.
Cooling Your Fat Cells
We will begin the treatment process by putting a gel pad on your target area. This pad will protect your skin during the cooling process. Next, we will place your fat into the cooling applicator. You may feel gentle tingling or pinching sensations as the applicator treats your fat cells. These sensations will decrease as your skin adjusts to this process. This cooling process is very comfortable, and you can read a book, listen to music, or simply relax while we freeze away your fat cells.
Massaging Your Treatment Area
Once we have treated your fat cells, we will remove the applicator and quickly massage your treatment area. Massaging this area will help your fat cells respond to the cooling technology and allow you to achieve more beneficial results from your treatment.
Returning to Your Schedule
This body contouring method has no downtime, and you can return to your usual schedule as soon as your appointment is complete. For example, you could drive yourself home immediately after we finish your cooling treatment. That said, we may advise you to avoid drinking alcohol for the next several days.
Clearing Away Your Fat Cells
During the next couple of months, your body will remove your dead fat cells from your target area. Although you can follow your usual schedule while your body completes this task, you should stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet. Taking good care of yourself will improve your results and sense of wellbeing during the fat removal process.
Is This Body Contouring Method Safe?
Many scientific studies have shown that this body contouring technique is a safe, reliable way to reduce unwanted fat. Further, this is a very popular fat reduction method, and healthcare professionals around the world have performed more than seven million of these cooling treatments.
Will I Need to Receive Maintenance Treatments to Stop My Unwanted Fat From Returning?
If you’re looking for an efficient, low-maintenance way to improve your appearance, this treatment is likely to be an ideal option for you. Unlike many other cosmetic treatments, this body contouring method creates permanent changes in your body. After the cooling technology freezes your fat cells, your body will flush them out of your target area.
Although you will not regrow these particular fat cells, this treatment cannot stop you from gaining unwanted fat in the future. You can preserve your contoured physique by adopting healthy habits after your treatment plan is complete.
Will This Treatment Tighten My Skin?
The FDA has approved this treatment for the purpose of tightening sagging skin under the chin. In addition to improving the skin in this area, this treatment may firm skin on other locations of the body. For instance, a scientific report noted that several people who used this treatment to reduce fat on their abdomens or flanks developed tighter, firmer skin in these areas.
That said, this treatment is usually used for fat reduction purposes. If you are primarily focused on firming your skin, you may prefer to receive one of our skin tightening treatments. For example, Ultherapy is a completely non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to firm your sagging skin. We can use Ultherapy to firm the skin on your neck, brows, and chin. This treatment can also reduce wrinkles on your upper chest.
Can I Use This Contouring Method to Improve My Body After Pregnancy?
Pregnancy takes a toll on your body, and it’s normal to have unwanted fat on your stomach, thighs, and other locations after you give birth. Further, you will probably struggle to find time to exercise while you are caring for your child.
This body contouring method is an excellent way to reduce these pockets of fat and regain your pre-pregnancy body. That said, you will need to be fully recovered from childbirth when you receive this treatment. Your doctor can tell you when it is safe to receive this body contouring treatment after pregnancy.
Can I Use Ice Packs to Freeze Away My Fat?
Some people believe that they can use at-home techniques to freeze away their fat. For instance, these people might try to replicate the effects of this treatment by applying ice packs to their target areas.
This technique will not work, and you should not try to freeze away your fat on your own. In many cases, the ice packs will not cause your target areas to reach sufficiently low temperatures to freeze your fat cells. Further, applying ice packs to your skin for long periods of time can cause you to develop frostbite and other issues.
When you receive this body contouring method from a professional healthcare provider, they will use a sophisticated applicator that is able to lower the temperature of your fat cells without freezing your skin and other tissues. Further, professionals will protect your body by monitoring the temperature of your skin throughout the treatment process. As a result, professional treatments are much safer than at-home techniques.
Can I Use This Treatment If I Am Overweight?
Although this treatment is very good at reducing unwanted fat from targeted locations on your body, it is not designed to be used as a weight-loss method. Accordingly, you are likely to achieve the best results if you are a healthy, active person who is close to your goal weight.
If your Body Mass Index, or BMI, is too high, you will not be eligible for this treatment. In particular, you cannot use this treatment to reduce fat on your thighs, abdomen, and other areas of your body if your BMI is over thirty. You cannot use this treatment to eliminate fat under your chin and on your jawline if your BMI is over 46.2.
Can I Use This Treatment If I Have a Health Condition?
Since this treatment is completely non-invasive, you are likely to be a good candidate for this fat reduction method. For instance, if you have a medical condition that prohibits you from using an invasive procedure like liposuction, you might still be able to use CoolSculpting.
That said, certain medical issues will prevent you from using this treatment to freeze away your fat. In particular, there are a number of medical conditions, such as cold agglutinin disease and cryoglobulinemia, that affect how your body responds to cold temperatures. Since these conditions can influence your body’s reaction to the cooling process, you cannot use this treatment if you have one of these health issues.
Further, certain allergies, sensitivities, and other health issues can prevent you from using this body contouring method. During your initial consultation, we will talk about your medical background and general health. We will use this information to determine whether you can safely receive this treatment.
Freeze Away Your Fat
You don’t have to give up all of your favorite foods and visit the gym every day to get the body that you’ve always wanted. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment that can freeze away your fat cells and give you a contoured, attractive look. To learn more about the benefits of this fat reduction method, contact us at Metro Dermatology in Elmhurst, New York for an initial consultation today.