I’m sure there are many of you out there that, despite your busy lives, are still getting out to the gym regularly and doing your best to eat a healthy diet.
Unfortunately, sometimes no matter what we do, there are still certain areas on our body that just cannot seem to tone.
It can be frustrating after all the work and effort we put in that we don’t see the results we hope for. Whether it’s still that bit of fat on the stomach or arms, or possibly a little more chin than we would like, we wish there was some miracle treatment that could target those particular areas without surgery.
Surgical Fat Removal
Fat removal through surgery has its pros and cons. Liposuction can quickly remove up to 11 pounds of fat in one session. For extreme cases, to quickly reach the desired look, surgical fat removal is the way to go.
There may be cases where fat may need to be extracted from one area of the body and injected into another like the Brazilian Butt Lift. For this case, surgery is required.
There are downtime and pain associated with surgical fat removal. The procedures themselves are generally invasive or minimally invasive depending on the desired results.
Compression garments are required for up to two months after surgery to prevent swelling in the treated area. Normal activity can commence after two or more weeks post-surgery.
Patients will also be required to take antibiotics for some time after surgery to prevent infection and possibly pain medication to maintain comfort during healing.
With downtime and discomfort being relative to the desired result, you can see why Liposuction and other surgical fat removal procedures may not be for everyone.
Non-Surgical Fat Removal…What is CoolSculpting?
Cryolipolysis also referred to as CoolSculpting, is a treatment that freezes those stubborn pockets of fat. Your body is then able to metabolize and eliminate them permanently from your body.
CoolSculpting is an excellent option for those of us who are wanting to see the results without having to resort to the possible complications and recovery time of having surgical fat removal.
CoolSculpting has also been FDA-cleared to treat many parts of the body, such as under the chin and jawline, thighs, abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and the banana roll, the area under the buttocks.
The fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than the surrounding tissue, which prevents your skin or nerves from being damaged in any way.
The treatment is entirely non-surgical and non-invasive with each session lasting no more than an hour. Most people use this time to read, get a little work done on their laptop, or even catch a nap.
Few will momentarily feel some pressure and intense cold during the treatment, and others may temporarily feel mild discomfort or numbness in the treated area afterward.
Usually, full results are seen two months after the treatment with some seeing a difference as quickly as three weeks after. And, your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to six months later.
The Targeted Transformation
The number of Coolsculpting treatments you may need depends on your desired results, but with each treatment being less than an hour and without requiring any recovery time, it’s easy to fit into a busy schedule.
During a consultation, our CoolSculpting professional helps patients assess areas of concern and their long-term body shaping goals. Those areas will be mapped out, and a treatment plan will be formed.
Considering CoolSculpting of the abdomen, there are various pockets of fat that surround the area. In most cases, you can see a diamond-shaped pattern when mapping this part of the body.
This plan would normally consist of four CoolSculpting cycles. Two or more sessions may be required to reach the desired look depending on the amount of subdermal fat in the area.
Once the area is cleared of the unwanted fat, and with continued diet and exercise, the targeted transformation can take place.
While surgery works in some cases, there is a non-invasive alternative to body contouring. If you are currently exercising, consuming proper nutrition, and looking to remove some unwanted fat in select areas of the body, CoolSculpting is “little black dress”-approved!