You work out. You eat well. You do crunches and plank for a minute straight and still, there are areas of fat on your body that just will not go away.
If you have that problem like so many people, CoolSculpting could be your saving grace. It specifically targets and freezes away fat cells in the areas that exercise and diet just can’t seem to reach.
But while CoolSculpting is the miracle cure for many, for some, it’s not as effective as they may hope. Before you sit under the applicator and have the cold freeze your fat away, it’s important to know if you’re a CoolSculpting candidate in the first place.
Where can you get CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting can target several areas on the front and back of your body, letting you get a sculpted look from every side. The most common areas people CoolSculpt are:
Flank (love handles or muffin top)
When you first meet with the staff at Courted and begin the process of CoolSculpting, they’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan based on your goals, desired look and budget. Depending on what those goals are, several treatments may be necessary.
Signs You’re a Good CoolSculpting Candidate
You don’t need the results right away
During the CoolSculpting procedure, the freezing cold kills cells, kickstarting the body’s metabolic system that flushes the dead cells from your body. This process is not a quick one.
If you need to see results quickly, you’re likely not a great CoolSculpting candidate as the results from treatments can take a while to visually materialize. While results can start to be seen in the first three weeks post-treatment, the full extent of the treatment can take anywhere from one to four months to really show.
You’re close to your target weight
CoolSculpting is a great way to target stubborn fat that won’t go away, but it is not a weight-loss treatment nor does it replace weight loss methods like diet or exercise.
This is because there is a difference between weight-loss and fat-loss. With fat-loss, fat cells are eliminated while with weight-loss, you reduce the size of the fat cells, meaning they can grow again as you gain weight down the line. For CoolSculpting to be the most effective, you must be within roughly 30 lbs of your goal since it can only target select areas you’re unhappy with and not your entire body.
You’re not averse to cold
It may go without saying, but CoolSculpting is cold.
During the CoolSculpting procedure, below freezing temperatures are applied to fat cells until they essentially die from the cold. If you are not a fan of the cold or have any kind of medical condition that makes cold uncomfortable or unsafe, CoolSculpting may not be for you.
Additionally, you’d be a poor CoolSculpting candidate if you have skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis or rashes in the area that’s being treated. Chronic pain and anxiety are also signs that you may have to look elsewhere to get rid of that stubborn fat.
You don’t want surgery
One of the best things about CoolSculpting is that it’s a non-invasive way to eliminate stubborn fat and requires little to no downtime.
CoolSculpting, on the other hand, has no downtime, meaning you can get back to your normal activities right away. Only on occasion does it result in minor redness or slight bruising which typically goes away within a few days.
You’re not pregnant (and don’t plan to be soon)
There haven’t been studies on how CoolSculpting physically affects pregnancy, but since pregnancy alters fat deposits and can change your body in other ways, CoolSculpting immediately before or during pregnancy isn’t the best idea.
If you have CoolSculpting done before you become pregnant, your body may change and you may gain weight during those nine months, making your time under the applicator null and void. Plus, your body and fat distribution may change drastically during pregnancy, so waiting a few months before setting your next appointment is a good idea.
Waiting until your body has settled down post-pregnancy means you have a solid understanding of where you want to focus your efforts and a higher likelihood that your results will stick.
Still on the Fence if CoolSculpting is Right For You?
Take CoolSculpting’s Am I a Candidate Quiz or stop by Courted at The St. James and speak to the experts if you still have questions about CoolSculpting. We’ll work with you to set up a personalized treatment that gets you the sculpted body you’ve been working towards. Give us a call at (703) 239-6910 to schedule your CoolSculpting consultation today!