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The Ultimate Guide to CoolSculpting in 2021
If you’ve been trying to lose fat through diet and exercise, but haven’t achieved your goals, CoolSculpting may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. This FDA-approved procedure can help you remove stubborn bulges of fat from your body. But how does this procedure work? What are the side effects? In this guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about CoolSculpting.
What is CoolSculpting?CoolSculpting, sometimes referred to as body sculpting, is an FDA-approved treatment that removes stubborn fat safely and effectively. This procedure is often used for fat bulges around the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, love handles and the buttock. If you are seeking to remove unwanted fat that is non-responsive to any regimens of diet and exercise, CoolSculpting can be used to selectively target those isolated areas of fat without any pain. Above all, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that offers you the benefit of little to no recovery time while delivering long-lasting results. At most, you may feel a slight numbing sensation in the treated area, but it only typically lasts a couple hours or days.
How does CoolSculpting work?During a typical CoolSculpting procedure, intense cold temperatures are delivered to your treatment area(s) to cause subcutaneous fat cells to die permanently. Subcutaneous fat is targeted because it is the type of fat that hides your muscle growth and shape, resulting in a distorted figure. Freezing away this fat will visibly reduce the appearance of unwanted bulges. If you have areas with pinchable pockets of fat, removing the subcutaneous fat with CoolSculpting will visibly improve your body shape. How does this work? The extremely low temperature used in CoolSculpting breaks up the fat cells underneath your skin and crystallizes them. Over the next few weeks, your body is able to naturally eliminate the dead fat cells on its own (and for good). With the use of cooling cups, CoolSculpting will target one specific area of fat without disturbing or affecting surrounding tissue. This technique will give you results for your specific needs. The infographic below shows visually how CoolSculpting works.
Cryolipolysis vs. CoolSculptingIf you are doing your research or checking out the article we linked above, you may be wondering, “what is cryolipolysis?” Cryolipolysis is the medical term for CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is an FDA-approved brand name for a cryolipolysis procedure. The prefix “cyro” means extreme cold while “lipolysis” means the breakdown of fats. Put together, cryolipolysis means “freezing fat”. In other words, there is no difference between CoolSculpting and medical-grade cryolipolysis. One is simply the medical term while the other is a name-brand.
CoolSculpting vs. EmSculptCoolSculpting and EmSculpt are both popular body contouring procedures and both offered at our medical spa. What are their differences? EmSculpt is a procedure used to build muscle and sculpt your body through high-intensity electromagnetic therapy. A single EmSculpt session can stimulate thousands of muscle contractions, which tones and strengthens your muscles. In contrast, CoolSculpting freezes and rids fat with extreme coldness. While EmSculpt can reduce fat cells, CoolSculpting is the top procedure for non-invasive fat reduction on the market. For more information on CoolSculpting and EmSculpt, check out the videos below. Coolsculpting and EmSulpt can be very complimentary in achieving customized results for your body. Our spa specializes in offering both therapies to maximize your appearance.
CoolSculpting Treatment AreasAreas of the body that can be treated with CoolSculpting are areas with subcutaneous fat. In other words, CoolSculpting is often used to remove pinchable fat from your abdomen, hips, thighs, back, buttocks, chin, and small areas of your legs and face. Here we will provide a specific list of problem areas that can be treated with CoolSculpting:
- Chin: Around and underneath your chin.
- Upper arms: Anywhere along your triceps and biceps or smaller problem areas, such as pockets of fat near your underarms.
- Abdomen: Belly pouch, muffin top, unwanted pinchable rolls or fat in the waist area
- Back: Areas that are particularly sensitive to undergarments and cause bulges around them, such as “bra fat.”
- Flank: “Love handles,” or excess fat that clings on to your lower waist and the sides of your body
- Hips: Fat that contributes to love handles around the bottom of your torso, but above your thighs.
- Thighs: Both the inner and outer thighs can be targeted.
- Knees: Patches surrounding the front or back of your knees.
- Buttocks: Areas that are are malleable enough to make contact with the CoolScultping device, which usually cause a saggy buttock look, or “banana rolls.”
CoolSculpting Before and After GalleryCoolSculpting before and after pictures demonstrate the results real patients have seen. Because your treatment is customized for your body, your results may be different than the results shown in these galleries.
CoolSculpting Stomach Before and AfterThis before and after gallery shows the visible results CoolSculpting can have on your stomach. If you are looking to rid stubborn lower abdomen fat, take these real patient results into consideration.
CoolSculpting Banana Rolls Before and AfterThese before and after pictures show how CoolSculpting can be used to visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite and saddlebags, while shaping and tightening the appearance of the buttock. This is a great alternative to Brazilian butt lifts.
CoolSculpting Love Handles Before and AfterExcess fat on both the love handles and flanks can be visibly reduced with CoolSculpting. Check out this before and after gallery for real patient results.
What is the difference between traditional CoolSculpting and CoolSculpting Elite?
- Faster results with less treatments,
- Enhanced fat removal,
- and more comfort during the treatment.
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Am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting?
- First, you must have small pockets of fat that are non-responsive to exercise. CoolSculpting will be most effective at visibly reducing unwanted fat in stubborn areas, but will only remove about 25% of the fat. Therefore, this procedure is most helpful for individuals who are not obese. During your initial consultation, you can discuss your goals with your practitioner and they will help you assess how beneficial CoolSculpting may be for you.
- Second, you must have enough pinchable fat in the area that you want to treat. Why is this important? CoolSculpting will target fat directly underneath your skin. If you can pinch and pull your fat without disturbing muscle or larger tissues underneath, the fat in that area is definitely treatable! If you feel like you are pinching muscle, then you probably do not have enough fat and CoolSculpting will not give you visible results. Your practitioner will help you determine whether your target area(s) are viable.
- Third, you must be in good health. While Coolsculpting is a safe and non-invasive procedure, you should notify your practitioner of any health concerns or conditions you might have.
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2. Cool-Sculpting: Optimizing Total Fat Loss During Cryolipolysis Publisher: Cornell University Publication date: May 19, 2019
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5. Does Cryolipolysis Lead to Skin Tightening? A First Report of Cryodermadstringo Publisher: Aesthetic Surgery Journal Publication date: August 1, 2014
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