You have likely seen the results that people are getting from non-invasive body sculpting treatments. It is amazing to see the before and after pictures that doctors or individuals post of themselves after these kind of treatments. It seems as if the fat just disappears. While it may seem like magic, there is real science behind each of body sculpting treatment. One of the most popular treatments that individuals are turning to is CoolSculpting®. If you have unwanted fat on your body, you may be wondering if visiting our West Palm Beach clinic and having this treatment performed is right for you.
One of the concerns that many of our clients have is that their treatment session is going to be extremely time-consuming. They may wonder if they have to do a lot to prepare before the treatment and if they also have to take a lot of time to recover afterward. We are excited to tell you that you have to put almost no effort into getting fantastic results from this treatment.
How Long Does a Session Last?
Each treatment session that we have with our clients is different. We feel that customizing treatments is going to give each of our clients the results that they are looking for. The amount of time that you will be in our office for a treatment session is going to depend on the area of your body that will receive treatment and how many areas you would like to treat during each session. The shortest sessions are usually about 35 to 40 minutes.
In some cases, multiple machines can be used on one individual during the same session in order to reduce the time that it takes to perform the treatment. It is safe to say that you will be here for under an hour. This includes the consultation and the treatment session. Unless you have serious health issues or concerns that would take a while to address, you should not expect to be here for that long. The consultation is designed to make sure that this is the right solution for your unwanted fat. The doctor will ask questions about your health history and about the goals that you would like to accomplish with our treatments.
If it is determined that this is the right solution for you, the treatment session can begin right away. After looking at the areas where you have unwanted fat, the doctor is going to use a marker to determine exactly where the device should be placed on your skin. Of course, we will remove these marks as soon as the treatment is over.
The doctor or a technician will then get you situated in a comfortable position where you can have the treatment performed. The way you are situated will depend on the area that you are about to have treated. If you are going to have belly fat treated, it is likely that you will be able to sit in a reclined position in a comfortable chair. If you are having back fat or fat on your buttocks treated, you may lie flat on your belly when the treatment is being done.
In most cases, the device is put in place for about 35 to 40 minutes. You will feel a cold sensation as soon as the device starts to work. You will also feel a massaging sensation as the device moves around the fat. In under 10 minutes, the area will be completely numb. The fat cells will be frozen. You do not need to worry about feeling an uncomfortable sensation during the treatment. Most of our clients tolerate it well. Since your skin will be numb, you will be able to just relax as the treatment is being done.
Some of our clients feel so comfortable when the treatment is being performed that they actually go to sleep. This is something that is especially easy to do when parts of your backside are treated. You are welcome to bring along a book or an electronic device that you can use during the treatment. You can use the time to catch up on emails, watch a TV show with a headset, or read.
This treatment has been approved by the FDA to be used on visible fat bulges on the multiple parts of the body. It can be used to get rid of fat under the chin and jaw line. It can also be used to get rid of back fat, fat underneath the buttocks, abdominal fat, and fat on the thighs. It can even be used on the upper arms.
This is not a treatment that requires any downtime. You do not need to worry about going home to rest and recover afterward. Or you do not need to worry about hiding away from the world until the area that received treatment looks a little better. You may have a bit of redness or tenderness in the area that received treatment, but this will go away on its own in a short amount of time. Some decide to return home after having this treatment done under their chin because they are worried about the bit of irritation the others may see. While you may decide to do this, you are not required to do so.
As you can see, reaping the benefits that come from CoolSculpting® requires very little on your part. In most cases, clients do not need to do anything to prepare. They are in our office for about an hour. And then they do not have to worry about anything after the treatment. They just go about their normal life.
When Will You See Results?
You are going to see a change in the area anywhere from one to three months after the treatment has been performed. It is common to see the final results about five or six months later. After a couple of months, you may determine that you would like to have more fat removed. It is possible to schedule additional treatment sessions a couple of weeks after the first one.
It is possible to lose anywhere from 20 to 25% of the fat in a specific area after one treatment. Of course, you can lose even more fat from a specific area if you have multiple treatments done.
The technical term for fat freezing is cryolipolysis. This is the science that CoolSculpting® takes advantage of. When fat cells are brought down to a temperature where they freeze, they die. The body responds to this by removing them in a natural way. Many people appreciate the fact that this process happens gradually because the results are more subtle. If you do not want others asking you if you had a body contouring treatment performed, you will like the way that this treatment makes it look like you are losing weight through diet and exercise.
This treatment has been through multiple clinical trials that have shown it to be safe. As we mentioned, it has been approved by the FDA to be used on fat located right under the skin. In fact, it has been cleared by the FDA to be used on nine different parts of the body. It is also effective. Once the fat cells have been damaged through the freezing process, they cannot return.
Many clients wonder if this is a permanent treatment. Yes. Since the frozen fat cells cannot return, you will enjoy the fact that you will be slimmer immediately after the treatment and more resistant to gaining weight in certain areas in the future. However, this does not mean that you cannot gain weight in areas that have received treatment. As we mentioned above, you should expect fat in specific areas to be reduced by about 20 percent after one treatment session. This means that 80 percent of the fat cells are still left in place. If you do not want those fat cells to grow, you need to live a healthy lifestyle. You need to engage in exercise on a regular basis and consume healthy foods.
It is good for our clients to be aware of the fact that this is not a treatment that is designed to help individuals lose weight. In order to lose weight all over the body, a person needs their fat cells to shrink. This is what happens when a person diets and exercises. CoolSculpting® will make certain areas of the body look more contoured and attractive.
Think of a person who is dealing with unwanted belly fat. This person likely lives a healthy lifestyle and exercises regularly. They dream of being able to show their abs off at the beach or at the lake during the summertime. However, no matter how active they are or how healthy they eat, they have stubborn belly fat. Individuals in this circumstance would benefit greatly from this treatment. They can reduce their belly fat by freezing it away. It will be much easier for those six pack abs to show through after the belly fat has been reduced. While this will be amazing for individuals who are close to a healthy weight and live an active lifestyle, it would be disappointing for a person who has a lot of weight to lose. Individuals who are 20 to 30 over their ideal weight may not qualify for treatment.
Another situation where CoolSculpting® can help a person is if they feel like their clothing does not fit well or certain styles do not fit their body well. Think of a woman who is dealing with a lot of upper arm fat. She may be slim in other parts of her body. However, wearing jackets or fitted dress shirts is uncomfortable. After having this treatment performed, her arms will be much more slim. They will look more defined and more attractive.
Learn More about Your Candidacy for Treatment
This treatment is not likely going to be the best solution for individuals who are dealing with loose skin and unwanted fat. If you have loose skin on your body that is making you feel self-conscious and unattractive, you may do better with a skin tightening procedure. You may even turn to surgery.
Think of a person who at one time was obese but is down to a healthy weight now. They may have certain areas of their body where they have unwanted fat they would like to get rid of. But in addition to the fat, they also have loose skin. This treatment will get rid of the unwanted fat. However, since the skin is not addressed as well, the person may feel unsatisfied with the results. In cases like this, surgical skin tightening procedures may be a better option.
This is a perfect treatment for individuals who live a busy lifestyle. As discussed above, there is so little required of you to get such amazing results. There is no preparation and no downtime. You will likely only be in our office for about an hour if you choose to have just one treatment session. If you have been working hard to get the body of your dreams but have not been seeing the results you were hoping for, you can schedule a consultation during a lunch break or while during errands.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
West Palm Beach residents have seen for themselves how effective CoolSculpting® can be. If you are interested in getting rid of unwanted fat with this treatment, please feel free to make an appointment with Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery. At our convenient location in Wellington, we would be happy to set up a meeting where you can discuss your concerns with our doctor and find out if the treatment is right for you. This device can help to get rid of unwanted fat from many parts of your body, even getting rid of your double chin. Contact us today to set up your consultation!