Have you tried every fat-burning fad to target stubborn fat, but can’t seem to find success? Do you want to see fat deposits in your abdomen, hips, and thighs disappear for good? If so, you could be a candidate for CoolSculpting, a revolutionary fat-freezing treatment that involves zero downtime and could help you achieve your ideal image in just a few sessions. At Lux: A Medical Spa in Bluffton, SC, we’re proud to offer our patients this modern solution to unwanted fat.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved fat reduction technique that uses incredibly low temperatures to target and freeze fat cells. During treatment, the fat cells are chilled to approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the optimal temperature for causing the crystallization of the fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissue.
Once the fat cells are frozen, they die and are removed by the body’s lymphatic system over a period of several months. You can watch your areas of concern become smoother, flatter, and more contoured before your eyes thanks to this effective treatment.
This treatment is an excellent choice for most patients due to its non-invasive nature and zero downtime recovery. The treatment process is comfortable and even relaxing for the majority of patients, and treatment can be personalized to address your unique needs over time. Best of all, the safe destruction of the fat cells in the target area delivers permanent results. This means that with a balanced, nutritious diet and regular activity, you can maintain your new body for the rest of your life!
Which Areas Can Be Treated?
At our practice, we offer both the traditional and petite CoolSculpting devices. This gives us the flexibility to effectively treat several key areas where fat may accumulate.
Perhaps the most commonly treated area is the abdominal region, where muffin tops and fat deposits keep you from feeling at home in your own skin. Fat naturally sits in the abdominal area and, for the majority of patients, it is nearly impossible to target through diet and exercise alone.
As you grow older, your metabolism may slow down, making it even more challenging to get rid of residual fat. This treatment can directly treat fat pockets in the abdomen and is effective at any age, giving you a reliable treatment for that unwanted muffin top.
The hips can quickly accumulate fat due to pregnancy or rapid weight gain. Many patients find that dieting and targeted exercise are unable to deliver the results they desire.
However, this fat-reducing technology includes a specially shaped applicator that can easily fit the hip area to maximize fat-freezing and create the contour you want in a few easy appointments.
Some patients find partial success toning their thighs and decreasing residual weight through exercise. However, stubborn fat will often remain in this area and may impact your self-esteem and satisfaction with your appearance.
This treatment can reduce unwanted fat without impacting the muscle or tissue in your thighs, allowing you to finish toning your thighs to match your ideal image.
Many patients find themselves unhappy with the size or shape of their buttocks due to excess fat. This fat-freezing treatment can help shape and tone the buttocks to appear rounder, smoother, and more symmetrical by destroying fat cells to contour the area.
Just a few months after your final appointment, you could see dramatic changes in your figure thanks to this treatment.
Our newest addition to the CoolSculpting product family is the CoolAdvantage Petite™, which is a smaller version of the original applicator. This device is specially made to treat the upper arms, where residual fat can make your arms appear larger than they actually are.
A fat-freezing session can reduce the circumference of your upper arms and achieve new contour and tone, restoring your confidence in your appearance.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Each patient’s experience varies, and our doctor will recommend a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you during an initial consultation. However, the average patient needs between 1-3 treatments in total to reach their cosmetic goals in any area of concern.
Follow-up appointments are typically scheduled 3-6 months after your last session after final results become visible.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Fat cells are more likely to expand than multiply, which is why this treatment is so effective. By destroying excess fat cells, CoolSculpting reduces the overall number of fat cells in the body. This means that if you can maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise, your remaining fat cells will not expand or multiply in your areas of concern. Because of this, you could enjoy permanent results from your treatment sessions.
How Does This Treatment Compare to Other Fat Reduction Options?
The weight loss and fat reduction industry offer thousands of various medications, treatments, and procedures designed to help you create your ideal image, but many of these options are ineffective or even dangerous. In order to lose weight, following a balanced diet and exercise regimen under the care of your doctor is the proven method to shed pounds.
However, residual fat often remains even after you’ve reached your target weight. There are several fat-reduction treatments available that claim to address this common issue, but each comes with its own associated risks and downsides.
Liposuction is one of the most popular fat-reduction procedures today. It involves the vacuum-powered removal of fat from problem areas. While it is minimally invasive, liposuction can cause tissue damage and requires longer recovery times. Heat-based fat reduction treatments are also available, but they are not able to target fat cells as effectively as a fat-freezing treatment and may require more treatments to achieve desired results.
For patients who wish to reduce fat effectively without discomfort or downtime, CoolSculpting offers an easy treatment process and superior results.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you’re an adult man or woman who is concerned about the appearance of excess fat in your abdomen, legs, arms, or other areas, you could be an ideal candidate for this treatment. A good candidate is healthy and within 20 pounds of their recommended weight. They are also free from any medical conditions that could interact negatively with this treatment.
This treatment is not ideal for candidates who have large amounts of excess fat and is not a tool for weight loss. Instead, it is intended for patients who have stubborn pockets of fat in certain areas of the body.
This treatment is also not ideal for candidates who are currently pregnant, and it may not be recommended for patients who intend to become pregnant after treatment as pregnancy could undo the results of treatment. If you’re unsure whether this treatment is right for you, our doctor can help you determine your candidacy during an initial consultation at our office.
What Can I Expect from Treatment?
While every patient’s treatment process is unique, here’s a general idea of what you can expect when you pursue CoolSculpting sessions at our practice.
Your first appointment will be an initial consultation with our doctor, who will review your medical history and cosmetic goals to determine your candidacy for treatment.
Once you are approved, our doctor will recommend a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals and may take pictures of your areas of concern to compare to your final results. You will then be provided with any pre-treatment preparation instructions as you look forward to your first treatment.
Preparing for this non-invasive treatment is fairly straightforward for most patients. Our doctor may recommend that you avoid certain blood-thinning medications and supplements, which could cause bruising in the target areas after treatment.
You should inspect your skin in the target areas and check for any signs of infection or irritation prior to treatment. In addition, we recommend that you avoid tanning or sunburn in the target skin for at least 1 week before treatment to ensure your comfort during your session.
At the beginning of your appointment, our trained staff member will place the device applicator on the target area and activate the treatment. You may feel a cooling sensation as the applicator reaches its optimal temperature, but most patients report that there is no discomfort associated with this process.
Once the device is activated, you can sit back and read, check your phone, or rest for the duration of treatment. Depending on your cosmetic goals, our staff member may move the applicator to several target areas during your appointment, which may affect your appointment length. A normal appointment lasts 30-60 minutes.
Once your treatment is complete, our staff member will remove the applicator and provide you with instructions for your recovery period. You can return to your normal activities immediately after your appointment with zero downtime required.
One of the best parts of this treatment is its easy, no-downtime recovery period. The majority of patients can return to their normal daily routine, including exercise, as soon as their treatment is complete. Over the next several weeks, you may notice some small improvements in your areas of concern.
This is a sign that the fat cells that were treated are now being cleared out of your body by your lymphatic system. The full process may take between 3-6 months. During this time, you should notice incremental improvements in your figure and appearance as the amount of fat in your areas of concern decreases.
Once 3-6 months have passed, our doctor will evaluate your results. For some patients, 1 treatment is all they need to drastically reduce residual fat and achieve a slimmer, smoother figure. Other patients benefit from 1-2 additional treatments to continue targeting excess fat cells.
If you schedule a follow-up treatment, your treatment process will be largely the same. Our doctor will monitor your progress and may make recommendations for your diet and exercise routines to accelerate or enhance the results of treatment.
After your treatment is complete, you should notice that the amount of fat in the treated areas is significantly reduced. Your abdominal region should appear flatter and more toned, and any muffin top should be noticeably diminished. Similarly, your thighs and upper arms should be smaller and firmer due to the fat elimination process, and your hips and buttocks should be more contoured.
Contact Us to Learn More!
Don’t let stubborn fat control your health or happiness. With CoolSculpting, you can permanently eliminate fat deposits and transform your figure in as little as one easy appointment. To learn more about this exciting treatment option, contact our team of experts at Lux: A Medical Spa in Bluffton, SC, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you!