Body sculpting, also known as body contouring, refers to a cosmetic treatment which sculpts the body’s contours into a more aesthetic shape through fat removal. At Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, IL, we are dedicated to staying abreast of the most advanced cosmetic treatments so our clients can reap the benefits of safe, effective, comfortable treatments. Today, we’re excited to share 17 cool facts about CoolSculpting that may convince you to try the treatment for yourself.
17. Awesome Facts About CoolSculpting
1. It All Started With a Popsicle
The advent of cryolipolysis is a little more mundane than many people think. In 2005, two scientists at Harvard saw children eating popsicles to numb teething pain. They noticed that the freezing temperature of the popsicles was causing their cheeks to dimple. They realized that the popsicles were freezing tiny pockets of adipose tissue inside their cheeks. It wasn’t long afterward that a viable method of cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, was developed.
2. It Is an Excellent Alternative to Liposuction
Liposuction was the first body sculpting method ever developed. However, liposuction is an invasive medical procedure that requires people to be healthy enough for a medical procedure, have enough money for the procedure and have enough time to take off from work and daily responsibilities to undergo the procedure.
With CoolSculpting, there are no scalpels or sutures. There is no uncomfortable swelling and there is no pain. Even better, the results are just as dramatic.
3. It Can Reduce Localized Fat Deposits By a Quarter
One of the reasons CoolSculpting is so popular is the results are so dramatic. In fact, a single treatment session can remove, on average, 25% of localized fat stores. Moreover, treatments can easily and safely be repeated in the future if you’re not quite satisfied with the results or you find you need to treat a different area.
4. It Requires No Downtime
Liposuction can remove between 10 and 12 pounds, or five to six liters, of liquid and fat in a session. However, it requires expensive anesthesia, weeks of downtime and a commitment to taking antibiotics regularly during recovery.
With CoolSculpting, there is no downtime whatsoever. There are no surgical drains or three-layer body wraps. There are no compression garments that must be worn for weeks on end. After body sculpting with CoolSculpting, you can go straight back to your daily routine.
5. It Is Not a Weight Loss Treatment
One of the most common misconceptions we hear about CoolSculpting is that it is right for weight loss. This simply isn’t the case. In fact, to be a good candidate for this treatment, you should be within 30 pounds of your goal weight. You just won’t get the results you want otherwise. The best candidates are within 10 to 15 pounds of their ideal weight and feel confident that they can maintain their goal weight in the future.
6. It Can Treat Virtually Any Part of Your Body
One of the coolest facts about CoolSculpting is it can be used to remove excess fat from virtually any part of your body. Some clients have trouble with small problem areas, like behind the knees, under the arms or under the chin. CoolSculpting makes a smaller, specially shaped version of their original handheld device to treat such areas.
Larger areas, like the back, abdomen or chest can easily be treated with the original CoolSculpting device. But the benefits don’t stop there. There is now a technique known as DualSculpting. DualSculpting involves the use of two handheld CoolSculpting devices to treat two regions simultaneously. This is ideal if you’re targeting two sides of your body, like your flanks, inner or outer thighs or upper arms.
7. It Is an Easy Treatment
Many clients will a little anxious before treatment because they don’t know what it will feel like. As your treatment begins, you will feel the cold produced by the CoolSculpting device. You will also feel a gentle tugging as the suction device works to break up the localized fat deposits.
As treatment progresses, the treatment site will be numbed by the cold and you won’t feel a thing. Depending on the size of the area being treated, you can expect your treatment to be over in 35 to 60 minutes. Many of our clients enjoy taking a nap, reading a book, watching a TV show or playing a mobile game during treatment to pass the time.
8. It Is Absolutely Safe
In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the CoolSculpting device for the safe and effective reduction of abdominal and flank fat. Since then, the FDA has approved it to treat the thighs, upper arms, back fat, bra fat and buttocks fat. Over seven million CoolSculpting treatments have been performed worldwide and there have been no reports of significant side effects.
9. It Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Get Pregnant Later
Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing wrong with receiving CoolSculpting before you are done having children. People are often concerned that the effects of the treatment will be reversed with pregnancy. However, the results of CoolSculpting are permanent. Once the fat cells are frozen, they die. Once they die, they are absorbed into your lymphatic system and broken down via deoxycholic acid. Then, they are flushed out in your urine like dietary fat.
Let’s consider the worst-case scenario. You have CoolSculpting performed once on your abdomen. You now have 25% fewer fat cells in your stomach. You put on fat during your pregnancy. Even if you store some of that fat in your abdomen, there are fewer fat cells to expand full of fat.
10. It Shows Results in Four Weeks
There are numerous downsides to liposuction. One of the biggest ones is that it can take six to eight weeks to see the results of the procedure due to the extensive nature of the swelling. Since there is no swelling associated with CoolSculpting, you will see the results of treatment as soon as your body has eliminated the dead fat cells. For some people, this can be as few as four weeks.
11. It Only Targets Fat Cells
Another downside to liposuction is it targets both fat cells and liquid. Therefore, you may experience more initial volume loss with liposuction. But a great deal of that volume is not fat. CoolSculpting targets fat cells exclusively. Moreover, the suction device doesn’t just break up fat cells. It also isolates them so only the fat cells are frozen. This means there is no risk of damaging surrounding tissue during treatment.
12. It Is Completely Discreet
Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of people knowing they’ve had “help” achieving their dream body. With CoolSculpting, nobody has to know you received treatment.
First, because there are no incisions, there are no scars after treatment. Second, it takes your body time to process and eliminate the dead fat cells. Therefore, it will look to all your friends and family like you’re reducing fat from your trouble spots naturally through discipline and hard work.
13. It Can Benefit Men and Women
Body sculpting is not just for women. Men can benefit from CoolSculpting just as much as women can. For example, CoolSculpting is often used as an alternative to breast reduction to treat gynecomastia. Men also suffer from the same insecurities about their flanks, backs and abdomens as women.
14. It Is a Great Treatment for Nearly Anyone
If you are not obese, there is an excellent chance that you are a good candidate for treatment. While most clients are at least 19 years of age, CoolSculpting can be used on people 18 and younger if referred by a physician and accompanied by a parent. Moreover, you don’t need to meet strict standards of health. The only medical conditions that may disqualify you from candidacy are rare ones which make your body extremely sensitive to cold.
15. It Often Only Requires One Treatment
If you really hate your trouble spot, you may feel like a 25% fat reduction just won’t cut it. However, you may be surprised by how dramatically your aesthetic improves with just one CoolSculpting treatment session.
Most of the time, clients only come in for several treatment sessions if they are targeting several large areas. Typically, we only see clients come in for a second or third treatment session for the same area if they have significant abdominal adipose deposits.
16. It Makes Your Clothes Fit Better
Losing an inch off your waist usually requires a weight loss of 8.5 pounds because the volume of fat cells throughout your body are reduced. In other words, even with an aggressive weight loss regimen of losing two pounds a week, it will take over a month before your clothes start to fit better. With a less aggressive weight loss approach, it would take you nine weeks to start to see changes in your body.
With CoolSculpting, you don’t need to lose several pounds of fat because you’re already at a healthy weight and your trouble spots are targeted with laser precision. If you can’t fit into your skinny black jeans anymore, CoolSculpting will eliminate your banana rolls with ease. If the top of your stomach pudges over your shorts, in as little as four weeks you can enjoy a flat abdomen and feel confident rocking a crop top during those sweltering Tinley Park summer days.
17. It Can Be Combined With Other Treatments
Not all of us have maintained a healthy weight our entire lives. If you were obese and are now a healthy weight, you probably have significantly lax skin. While CoolSculpting can remove that last bit of stubborn fat to reveal your hard-earned muscles to the world, loose skin can make confidence hard. Luckily, CoolSculpting can be combined with other aesthetic treatments, like BTL skin tightening, to truly perfect your aesthetic.
BTL skin tightening is a non-invasive alternative to such procedures as an arm lift, facelift or thigh lift. This versatile treatment can safely and effectively tighten loose skin and treat cellulite just about anywhere. The most commonly targeted areas are the:
- Bra roll
- Banana rolls
- Lower back
- Upper arms
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With just one short CoolSculpting treatment, wardrobe woes will be a thing of the past and you will feel comfortable and confident in that little black dress or those dress blues gathering dust in the back of your closet.
If you’re ready to change your body and self-confidence for the better, body sculpting may be just the treatment for you. To determine if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting, contact the professional aesthetic experts at Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, IL today to schedule your initial consultation.