Are you close to finally achieving your dream body, but struggling to shed the final pockets of fat in a few critical areas? Stubborn areas of fat can be incredibly frustrating, and sometimes no amount of exercise, diet, and health shakes can get rid of them. But with CoolSculpting, you can target unwanted fat effectively and without surgery. At Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville in Jacksonville Beach, FL, we can get you looking more sculpted and slim in no time.
What Can I Expect From CoolSculpting?
This treatment is incredibly simple and efficient. Fat cells are exposed to freezing temperatures which destroy them. You don’t need to do anything except lie there while a device attached to you does all the work! You’ll likely need to come in for a few sessions, and the results appear gradually and look completely natural, making you look toned and sculpted. Read on for an in-depth look at what is involved in CoolSculpting, and how it’s a great way to reduce fat.
What Is CoolSculpting?
This is a noninvasive treatment used to contour the body by permanently destroying fat in specific areas of the body selected by the patient. It does this by safely exposing the skin to very low temperatures, which freezes the fat cells underneath and either destroys them or shrinks them down. It’s a popular non-surgical method of fat removal in areas that are prone to fat retention but aren’t responding to diet and exercise, which makes it an excellent final step for those who are close to achieving their dream body.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment utilizes a cutting-edge technology called Cryolipolysis. This FDA-approved process involves cooling the skin via an applicator, which freezes the fat cells underneath. The frozen fat cells either lose the fluid they’ve been storing and shrink down, releasing the fluid into the body, or they are destroyed completely. Over time, the body reabsorbs the released fluid and eventually excretes it naturally. The fat is now permanently gone.
Amazingly, fat cells work differently to other cells in the body and yield to cold temperatures much faster. That means that while they’re destroyed, other cells, tissues, and blood vessels surrounding them remain intact and unharmed.
How Was This Treatment Discovered?
Have you ever noticed that when children eat popsicles, they develop dimples in their cheeks after? Well, Harvard researchers noticed the same thing and wanted to figure out why. That’s when they realized fat cells that were exposed to freezing temperatures would shrink or be destroyed completely, and Cryolipolysis was born. Now it’s been used to freeze away fat for decades.
Where on the Body Can This Treatment Be Performed?
This treatment can be used pretty much anywhere on the body that is prone to fat storage. If you find pinch-able, soft fat, this treatment will likely be able to target it.
Areas that patients regularly seek treatment on include back and bra fat, flanks, under the chin, inner, outer and distal thigh, abdomen, banana rolls, and the upper arm. The motto for CoolSculpting? “If you can squeeze it, we can freeze it!”
How Does Treatment Work?
Prior to treatment, you’ll come in for an initial consultation with one of our practitioners. This is when you can tell us what areas of fat you’re looking to target, and we’ll discuss your cosmetic goals. This time also gives us a chance to go over your medical history and make sure that you’re in a suitable condition to undergo treatment. We don’t need you to do anything else in preparation.
On the Day
This treatment is performed in-house at our beautiful Jacksonville Beach facility, which is both soothing and state-of-the-art. Once you’re all settled in, a member of our expert team will use the CoolSculpting device, which is a small applicator, on your targeted area. It holds the bulge of fat and actually uses suction to secure itself. From there, it cools the area to a temperature of around 4 degrees celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit), which is the optimal temperature for freezing fat cells. Those fat cells crystalize and either shrink down, releasing the fluid stored inside them, or are destroyed completely.
Though there might be an initial cold sensation, that subsides quickly and patients say the process is very relaxing. Many bring a book or tablet to use while they’re being treated, and some even fall asleep! When we’re all finished, we’ll remove the device and massage the area, which will have become solid. The massage allows us to break up tissue and make sure everything can be reabsorbed into the body. In the period following treatment, your body will slowly absorb destroyed fat cells and fluids, and eventually, they will leave the body through the metabolic process.
The whole process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on how many target areas a patient wants to treat, and how big those areas are. Stores of fat are thicker in some areas than others, and that will require more treatment. Even at its longest, this treatment is still incredibly time-efficient and offers amazing results, so even the busiest people can fit it into their schedules.
What Is the Recovery Period Like?
Impressively, patients should be able to carry on with their lives immediately following treatment. The fact that there’s no downtime required is one of the reasons this treatment is so popular – unlike with surgery, where you’d need to schedule in healing time, you can head straight back to work or a dinner with friends! Anesthetic isn’t used during this treatment, so patients can drive themselves to and from their appointment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This is something that comes down to the individual and what results they’re hoping for. During our consultation, we’ll design a plan that includes how many sessions you’ll need to undergo to achieve optimal results. Some patients find their concerns have been addressed, while others might need two or three. Luckily, treatments are quick and easy, so having to come back a few times won’t be any hassle.
How Long Will It Take to See Results?
Because you’ll have to wait for fat cells and fluids to leave your body naturally, it will take a few weeks to start noticing the positive effects of treatment. Many patients notice optimal results after about three months. The health of the patient is also a factor during this time, and in particular, liver health. The fat has to pass through the liver to leave the body, so a healthier liver will move it through faster.
What Will the Results Look Like?
Patients will notice that the targeted areas are significantly more slim than they were before treatment. Patients overall find their bodies look more contoured and sculpted, and are satisfied to have gotten rid of the last pockets of fat before their dream bodies. Because of the gradual appearance of the results, they will look very natural, almost as though you worked them away with diet, exercise, and health shakes. Nobody has to know about treatment unless you choose to tell them.
The problem with stubborn fat is that can affect anyone, regardless of age, genetics, or lifestyle. Because the body collects fat as a source of energy, it goes to great lengths to retain it, which means that even the most intense workout plans and strict diets can sometimes fail to alter certain fatty areas. It’s also frustrating that spot training isn’t particularly effective and getting rid of fat. This can leave healthy people disillusioned when they’re working hard but not seeing results, and they might even want to just give up.
But with CoolSculpting, patients can overcome those final hurdles and get the body they’ve been working towards. Those who undergo treatment feel more confident and free in their bodies can enjoy wearing the clothes that make them happy and even rock a bathing suit, and enjoy feeling gorgeous and happy in their skin.
How Long Will the Results Last and What Can I Do to Maintain Them?
This treatment can remove fat permanently. That’s right, permanently. That’s because fat cells only develop in the body throughout adolescence, and then doesn’t produce anymore. Up to a quarter of fat cells are destroyed during treatment, and once they’ve left your body, they’re gone for good.
The rest of the fat cells shrink down after fluid is released. They can potentially enlarge again, but there are things you can do to keep them shrunken and maintain your results. Patients are encouraged to keep up a healthy lifestyle, which means staying active and eating well. By making sure your weight doesn’t fluctuate, you can ensure there won’t be noticeable changes occurring on those treated areas.
It’s also worth noting that if you only received treatment in certain areas, the untreated areas of your body can still gain weight. This could potentially lead to an unbalanced appearance, which is another reason why it’s important to stay consistent in your weight.
Are There Alternative Methods of Removing Fat Available?
Here at Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville, we offer some great alternative methods of fat removal if you find that this treatment isn’t quite right for you or your lifestyle. For instance, TruSculpt destroys stubborn fat using radio frequency instead of cool temperatures. During your consultation, we might discover that it’s not fat, but rather sagging skin, causing your problems, and instead, suggest skin tightening. This method involves using infrared light to heat the skin and encourage collagen production, which returns elasticity and firmness to the skin.
None of these solutions require surgery, which is ideal for those who want to remove fat from their bodies but are concerned about infection risks, or don’t have time to stop working or living their lives while they recover.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
This treatment is best suited to candidates who are close to their ideal weight. Because it targets superficial fat that’s just below the skin’s surface, it’s cosmetic rather than a weight-loss solution. It does not deal with deep visceral fat. Candidates should understand all this and be realistic about the outcome of treatment. They should also be healthy and willing to maintain an active lifestyle and a balanced diet that will keep them around the same weight that they were in at the time of treatment.
Candidates should be in good health, and any pre-existing conditions or medications should be discussed with a member of our team during your consultation. We can review all of this along with your medical history and ensure this treatment will work for you and will be safe and the most effective option for your body. Any adult over the age of 18 is eligible for a consultation.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you’re after a noninvasive alternative to liposuction that gets rid of stubborn fat, CoolSculpting may be right for you. It can leave you looking slimmer and more contoured, so you can achieve the body of your dreams. If you’re in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and ready to feel confident and gorgeous in your own skin, then contact Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville and schedule a consultation with us today. We can’t wait to hear from you!