Body contouring treatments are now very popular, and for good reason. Quick, non-invasive methods of melting away stubborn pockets of fat can give people the body they’ve always wanted without the need for downtime. At Laser Health Works in Midland, Ontario, we offer one of the most popular body contouring treatments out there: CoolSculpting.
This FDA-approved treatment provides a quick, painless method for getting rid of stubborn body fat, and it’s so effective that you might think it’s too good to be true. Let’s consider how and why it works, and how long you can expect to wait to see results.
How Does CoolSculpting Body Contouring Work?
The Science of CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting is a body contouring treatment that uses the power of cold to effectively freeze away fat. It is 100% non-invasive and so quick you could get it done over your lunch break and be back at work with no one the wiser. But how does controlled cooling help to destroy fat?
It all comes down to the unique properties of the body’s fat cells. The number of fat cells in the body stays relatively steady once it’s established in adolescence and early adulthood. When we gain weight, our fat cells expand to store more excess nutrients. When we lose weight, those cells contract. That’s why stubborn fat pockets tend to be very difficult to get rid of: the fat cells aren’t going anywhere, they’re just shrinking. The CoolSculpting technique actually kills fat cells.
This works because the body’s fat cells freeze at a slightly higher temperature than their surrounding tissue. By applying tightly controlled cold temperatures to the area of treatment, our practitioners can cause the fat cells to freeze, crystallizing and killing them, with no damage to the skin or surrounding tissue. This method is called “cryolipolysis.”
What Is the Treatment Like?
When you visit our location for a CoolSculpting treatment, our practitioners will ensure you’re comfortable before applying the CoolSculpting paddles to the area you want to be treated. Using suction, the CoolSculpting device isolates the area of treatment and applies cold to it for the duration of the treatment. You’ll feel a suction sensation, and your skin will quickly go numb thanks to the application of cold. People who undergo the treatment describe it as initially odd but not painful.
Once the paddles are applying cold to the area of treatment, all you have to do is wait. Once the treatment is finished, you’ll be able to walk out and go right back to your normal day, with no downtime required.
How Fast Does CoolSculpting Work?
The CoolSculpting treatment itself can take as little as thirty minutes for one area of treatment. All you have to do is sit or lie still, so you can read, watch an episode of your favorite TV show, or even get some work done while you wait.
The speed with which you’ll see results is a more difficult question to answer because the answer will be different for each individual person. Your body will naturally process the dead fat cells and eliminate them, but it takes a bit of time to do so.
Some people will begin to see results in as little as three weeks, while others need up to three months to see a change. Improvements will continue over time, too, as your body continues to work to eliminate the dead cells. When all is said and done, you can expect a 20-25% reduction in fat in the treated area.
Who Is CoolSculpting for?
It’s important to keep in mind that this form of body contouring treatment is not for weight loss. It’s a cosmetic treatment for those who want to rid themselves of stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to diet or exercise. If you want to lose weight for medical or personal reasons, you should speak to your physician and formulate a plan. That said, CoolSculpting is a great treatment for anyone who fits the following criteria:
1. At or Near Ideal Weight
Body contouring treatments may eliminate fat, but that doesn’t make them weight loss techniques. People who are overweight and want to shed pounds will not get the results they’re looking for from CoolSculpting. If you are in good shape and at or near your ideal body weight, CoolSculpting can help you get rid of the last little bits of body fat that won’t respond to your regular diet and exercise routine. For those who already have a healthy lifestyle, this treatment can help them look as healthy as they feel.
2. Don’t Want Surgery
Liposuction is still a popular fat reduction procedure, but it’s invasive and requires downtime. If you’ve ruled out surgical options and are looking for a safe, effective, and quick alternative, CoolSculpting is an excellent option.
3. Have Reasonable Expectations
One CoolSculpting treatment on stubborn belly fat isn’t going to suddenly reveal a six-pack. This treatment averages a 20-25% reduction in fat in the treated area over time, so it’s important to remember that while your results will be noticeable, they probably won’t turn your problem areas into rippling muscle. Some people choose to have more than one treatment to maximize their results.
CoolSculpting may take a few weeks to yield visible results, but those results are impressive. If you’re looking for a safe, painless, non-invasive way to melt away stubborn body fat, call us at Laser Health Works in Midland, Ontario to set up a CoolSculpting consultation.