If you’ve tried responsible dieting and exercise, but are still struggling with stubborn bulges of fat, you might consider a body sculpting procedure.
CoolSculpting is gaining popularity — in fact, over two million procedures have been administered worldwide. The treatment lessens the amount of fat cells in the body by around 20 to 25 percent and is a non-surgical and entirely safe process. So, how exactly does it work?
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting refers to a process called cryolipolysis, in which very low temperatures are used to destroy fat cells. While fat cells minimise during a regular weight loss plan of diet and exercise, the amount of fat cells in the body actually remains the same. This means that the cells can continue to grow if you gain weight again in the future.
CoolSculpting, on the other hand, actually processes and destroys fat cells so that they will not move to other areas of the body. When the treatment is applied, the fat cells freeze and die, causing them to break down. Over time, the fat cells are naturally (and permanently) eliminated from the body.
The procedure can be performed on a number of areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, love handles, arms, back, buttocks, and chin.
How does the process work?
Cryolipolysis is essentially the breakdown of fatty tissue caused by very cold temperatures. When cold is applied to the cells, fat is gradually destroyed, while the other tissues, as well as the surrounding nerves and muscles, are left intact. For months after the treatment, fat cells are filtered out of the body as waste. Here’s how it works — CoolSculpting targets and cools fat cells to temperatures that trigger their natural death. Because lipids and fats crystallise faster than normal cells, there is no damage to nerves or other tissue. Over the weeks and months following treatment, the fat cells shrink and die as the body metabolises and naturally eliminates them. The body’s overall layer of fat is then significantly reduced, which results in a noticeable and measurable reduction of fat bulges in the targeted areas.
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure is performed with the use of a specially designed handheld device. A gel pad and applicator is applied to the area of the body which you would like treated, and the handheld device is moved over the skin. The applicator works by sending cold temperatures to the target area, while the handheld device administers both suction and cooling technology.
The treatment is usually painless, but in some patients, they may experience some sense of pulling or tension. You may also feel some mild stinging or a tingling sensation. Overall, it is extremely well tolerated and is often described as quite a restful experience.
What kind of results can I expect?
Because CoolSculpting is a minimally invasive procedure, there is usually no downtime after the treatment. This means that you can carry on with your normal activities immediately after your appointment. You might experience some minor skin sensitivity, redness, and bruising, but all of these side effects should subside within a few days.
You’ll start to notice the results of your treatment within a few weeks, although it can take up to three months for the full results to become visible. This is because your body will be eliminating fat cells gradually for up to six months after the procedure. Once you start to see the results, you’ll notice that bulges of fat will start to disappear, leaving you with a smoother, more sculpted-looking body. While you will not have lost weight, you will certainly look slimmer.
To have a look at some of the results we have achieved for our patients with CoolScuplting, have a look here.
If you’re interested in finding out more, or would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.