What Is CoolSculpting® and How Does It Work?
Change what you see with CoolSculpting®
Sometimes diet and exercise just aren’t quite enough to trim your body’s problem areas. We all know the problem spots and we’ve even named them. Love handles, double chins and flabby underarms can be difficult or impossible to target at the gym, and no matter how much kale you eat, that extra fat near your belt line feels like it just refuses to go away.
In your journey to a slimmer you, CoolSculpting® is your answer to tackle those problem areas that diet and exercise can’t reach.
What is CoolSculpting®?
Years ago, Dr. Dieter Manstein and Dr. R. Rox Anderson of Harvard Medical School made a simple observation — kids who often ate popsicles had dimples. It was a rather simple observation that sprung a rather amazing discovery — the cold of the popsicles was eliminating the fat cells in kids mouths, leading to dimples.
To take that one step further, Manstein and Anderson had discovered that fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than the other cells around, meaning cold can pinpoint and eliminate fat cells while not harming the surrounding cells. Genius.
CoolSculpting® is the baby of Manstein and Anderson’s research. Scientists took that research and developed a treatment that easily, quickly and permanently eliminates fat cells from the body. By isolating specific problem areas and targeting only the fat there, CoolSculpting® allows patients to finally get rid of those problematic areas that diet and exercise just can’t seem to reach.
How does CoolSculpting® work?
What many people don’t know is that there’s a difference between weight loss and fat reduction. In typical weight loss programs (including regular diet and exercise), you’re only reducing the size of your fat cells, not the number of them. With CoolSculpting® on the other hand, you’re reducing the number of fat cells.
If you’ve dieted and lost weight in the past only to have that weight sneak back once your diet was over, that’s because those cells were only ever reduced and could easily swell again once your normal eating routine resumed. Eliminating fat cells altogether means that even once your CoolSculpting® procedure is finished, those cells won’t come back, won’t swell and will stay gone.
This works thanks to a little process called cryolipolysis. This process happens when cold is used to pinpoint and target specific fat cells in order to freeze them, kill them and kick start the metabolic process into riding them of your body. This is the process that CoolSculpting® utilizes in order to permanently eliminate fat cells from your body altogether.
Over the course of the following weeks and months, your body begins to metabolize and eliminate those dead fat cells, thinning your fat layer and producing a more sculpted you.
What’s the CoolSculpting® Procedure?
Everyone’s body is different so every CoolSculpting® treatment is different. Each CoolSculpting® patient starts off with a personalized consultation with a trained Courted team member to 1) see if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting® 2) discuss areas for treatment and 3) design your treatment plan. It’s important to note that CoolSculpting® isn’t a weight loss treatment, so the ideal candidate is at or close to their ideal weight and just struggles with those few pesky areas.
The procedure starts by applying a gel pad to the desired area. Then, the CoolSculpting® applicator is attached and pulls the fatty area into the applicator cup. As the name suggests, controlled freezing is then delivered to the targeted area and begins freezing fat cells. The cold sensation can be a bit jarring to some, but it typically dissipates after five to 10 minutes as the area numbs.
During the procedure, you’re free to read, work, nap, stream TV shows or do whatever you would normally while sitting in a chair. Once you’re finished, you’re immediately able to go directly into your next activity and get back to your life because unlike liposuction or other surgical body sculpting procedures, there’s no recovery or downtime with CoolSculpting®.
Does CoolSculpting ® Work?
Immediately following your first CoolSculpting® treatment, your body will begin to metabolize the dead fat cells, and over the course of the following weeks, you can start noticing a reduction in fat in the areas that you treated. The best results usually show up around a month to three months after your treatment works as your body fully metabolizes and eliminates the frozen fat cells.
Patients of CoolSculpting® usually start noticing that clothes fit better, jeans look more slimming and lumps are smaller within the first few weeks after treatment.
Check out some of the testimonials from former patients and learn more about the proven results of CoolSculpting®.
Have more questions about how CoolSculpting® works?
The CoolSculpting® experts at Courted are here to answer all your questions and are ready to get you started on your CoolSculpting® journey. Stop by Courted at The St. James or call us at (703) 239-6910 to schedule your CoolSculpting® consultation today.