Even though you may have kept up your workout regimen through the holiday season and early winter, and are sticking to your resolutions to stay fit, there may be a few pudgy places on your body that won’t budge. If you’re sick of skipping muffins and still fighting a muffin top, or if you have love handles that are anything but lovely, it may be time to explore CoolSculpting at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery & ERASE MediSpa.
In the past, your choices for dealing with stubborn pockets of excess fat were limited – you either covered them up the best you could, or underwent liposuction. However, because of the advancements in technology and more widely available options, you no longer have to choose between surgery or “living with” unsightly bumps and bulges. CoolSculpting offers a completely noninvasive way to eliminate fat and achieve that improved figure that you’ve been working towards, in just a few short treatments.
The Science Behind CoolSculpting
Once you reach your teen years, the number of fat cells in your body is usually fixed, meaning that while you may gain or lose weight, the actual number of fat cells isn’t affected; the existing cells simply grow or shrink. CoolSculpting relies on the science of cryolipolysis – freezing the fat cells – to completely eliminate the cells from your body.
CoolSculpting technology works through an applicator that provides precisely targeted cooling, freezing the unwanted fat cells while causing no damage to your skin or surrounding tissue. The frozen cells crystallize and die, and are gradually flushed out through the natural processes of your lymphatic system and the area from which they were, contracts.
What to Expect From Your CoolSculpting Sessions
At ERASE MediSpa, we offer several different sized and shaped CoolSculpting applicators designed to target the areas you are unhappy with and are looking to reduce. CoolSculpting has been proven to reduce fat in targeted areas by up to 25 percent, so the hourglass figure you’ve been chasing is well within your reach. The applicator we use to smooth and contour the area around your waist is the CoolAdvantage™. It features interchangeable applicator contours – the CoolCurve+ Advantage™ will diminish love handles and contour your waist, while the CoolCore Advantage™ will smooth your abdomen.
At your CoolSculpting appointment, you will get comfortable in one of our treatment rooms, and gel pads will be placed over the areas targeted for fat reduction. The pads are used for increased protection and comfort during your CoolSculpting session. The hollow-tipped vacuum applicator is then placed over the pads, and the unwanted pocket of fat is sucked into the tip. You may initially feel a tugging sensation, but as the temperature drops, the area becomes numb and the feeling subsides.
Your session is usually complete in under 45 minutes during which you can get work done or your laptop or iPad, read or take a nap, and you can immediately go back to your everyday activities. The CoolSculpting procedure is non-invasive, nearly painless, requires zero downtime, and leaves you with almost no side effects. You may have some mild redness, bruising or swelling after your treatment, but these are temporary and will resolve on their own.
Results of Your CoolSculpting Treatment
Once the fat cells have been frozen during your treatment, they die off and are gradually eliminated by your body. Because your results depend on how fast your body naturally processes the frozen cells, you won’t see your final results immediately. While you may see some results as soon as three weeks after treatment, it typically takes between three and six months for your full results to be visible. Depending on your individual needs, you will most likely need more than one treatment to get that improved contour, but that is something you will discuss with Dr. Terrasse and his medical aesthetician at your consultation.
CoolSculpting is a contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure, so while you will most likely not see a change on the scale, you will notice a tighter, more toned figure. And because the targeted fat cells are gone for good, you will be able to maintain your results through a healthy diet and weight management.
If you are frustrated by unsightly bulges that ruin the contours you’ve worked so hard for, it may be time to explore CoolSculpting at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery & ERASE MediSpa. Call our office today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation and take control of your shape.