Stubborn fat is annoying. Sometimes, a healthy diet and regular exercise can only do so much, and problem areas of fat remain.
CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared treatment that reduces the appearance of these areas by freezing and destroying unwanted fat cells in specific areas of the body.
Unlike other fat-reduction procedures, such as liposuction, CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment, which means no needles, no anesthesia and very little downtime.
To learn more about CoolSculpting, keep reading below as Dr. Sean Maguire of the Physician’s Center for Beauty shares what the procedure involves and how it removes pinchable fat from the body.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting uses a process called cryolipolysis, which suctions specific bulges of fat between two cooling panels and deep-freezes the fat cells. Eventually, the fat cells are destroyed and absorbed by the body.
CoolSculpting is most commonly performed on the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, love handles, upper arms or chin. The process takes about an hour to complete and is generally painless.
CoolSculpting works best for fine-tuning specific areas of the body. Patients who are twenty pounds or more overweight may not achieve the dramatic results they are looking for. But patients do need to have enough fat in the targeted area for the CoolSculpting device to adhere to.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Since CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure, most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after having the treatment. Some patients experience minimal discomfort, numbness, tingling, redness, or minor bruising in the treatment area. But these side effects usually subside quickly.
Results do not appear immediately. Patients typically start to see some changes after three weeks. But the most dramatic results usually occur after one to three months.
After having the procedure, the body continues to expel destroyed fat cells for up to four to six months. Any fat cells that are destroyed are gone for good, but patients need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to preserve their results.
CoolSculpting is effective after just one treatment. But for longer-lasting results, two sessions are recommended.
To learn more about CoolSculpting and see if the procedure is right for you, please contact our Louisville office today to schedule a consultation. During your free consultation, Dr. Sean Maguire will answer any questions you have and work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and goals.