One of the most popular body contouring treatments in the world is CoolSculpting, a revolutionary treatment that literally freezes unwanted fat from your body. This treatment can help you slim your shape and feel more confident about your body. At Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, IL, we know that it can be frustrating to hit a roadblock with those last few pockets of stubborn fat. Learn more about this non-invasive body contouring treatment today before you schedule your treatment.
How Many Times Can You Get CoolSculpting?
Like many other non-invasive body contouring treatments, it will take several treatments to achieve your desired results with this fat-freezing system. While it’s difficult to predict how many treatments you will need to achieve your desired results, you can generally expect to need one to two treatment sessions per area you are treating.
If you are treating multiple areas or very large areas, you will likely have between three and six appointments to achieve your ideal results. We can give you a better estimate of your treatment timeline when you begin your treatments. Treating a localized area, such as only the abdomen, will usually result in fewer treatments overall.
How Frequent Are Your Treatments?
Usually, your treatments will be spaced about one month to two months apart to give your body enough time to naturally eliminate fat cells that are frozen by this treatment. Appointments spaced this far apart allow for better accuracy in estimating your final results. Your second appointment will usually be an assessment of where your results are and determine how many treatments are necessary to achieve your desired results.
Will You Need Treatments in the Future?
Even though some patients complete their recommended number of treatments, they like to return for additional treatments if they feel more fat in a particular area can be reduced. This is usually only necessary if your desired treatment location is more resistant to removal than other areas of your body. If you make an appointment for additional treatments, one of our skin experts will assess whether or not additional treatments are necessary, or if your body requires more time to eliminate treated fat cells.
Are Results Permanent?
The results of this treatment can certainly be permanent if you take care to manage your body weight. Fat cells that are destroyed with this treatment will have no way of returning since fat cells cannot come back after they have been destroyed. However, lingering fat cells that may not have been treated are fully capable of expanding to store more fat. This is a big part of why good weight management is essential to maintain your CoolSculping results.
What Is Good Weight Management?
Your weight can fluctuate for a variety of reasons. The weight of the food you have eaten, water retention from high-salt intake, and the time of day you take your weight are all very common factors that will affect how much you weigh day to day. This is why it’s perfectly normal for your weight to bounce five pounds up or down throughout the week.
Women may have a bigger challenge in tracking consistent body weight due to hormones. During the menstruation cycle, women may begin to retain water one to two weeks before a period begins, which can be identified by the feeling of bloating. After a cycle, the water weight will vanish. Women who are managing their weight may have more accurate results about three to five days after their period ends.
Why Time of Day Matters
The time of day you take your weight should be consistent since you won’t get the same weight results in the morning as you would in the night. In general, the best time to take your weight is in the morning after you have gone to the bathroom; your morning weight is more evenly distributed than your evening weight, which may also factor in the water you’ve had or the food you’ve eaten.
What Should You Expect From Treatment?
Your treatment appointments will usually take 30 to 60 minutes for each session, but treatment times can vary depending on how many areas you are treating. During your treatment, special applicators will be placed on your skin to emit the cooling energy. The treatment is very comfortable – in fact, many patients nap, read, or browse the internet during their treatment.
You will not need to make any special preparations for your treatment. Please arrive wearing loose, comfortable clothing and have something to entertain yourself during your treatment. Do not apply any lotion, oils, or perfume to the treatment areas.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, you are free to return to work or any of your other normal daily activities. It’s a good idea to engage in light to moderate exercise after your treatment to encourage better fat elimination. Activities such as walking, jogging, swimming, and yoga are all good options. Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced meal after your treatment. You will not have any activity restrictions.
How Soon Can You See Results?
You will be able to see the results of this treatment fairly early, usually within three to four weeks of your first treatment. Your results will continue to improve as you have more treatments or as more time passes to allow for the treated fat cells to be discarded. Many people will see final results within only a few months, particularly if they exercise throughout their treatment and continue to work out after their final appointments.
What Are the Benefits of CoolSculpting?
On top of being able to reduce body fat by about 20% in any treatment area, there are considerable benefits of this treatment. For example, many people will be able to eliminate a few pounds of body fat with this treatment, along with dropping one to three pant sizes after final results have developed. Although this treatment isn’t for weight loss, the amount of fat reduction you can accomplish can make the results of this treatment striking. Other benefits include:
This treatment is very comfortable. Most patients will feel a moderate cooling sensation on the skin during their treatment. The treatment applicators are designed to conduct cold energy without harming the surface of the skin, so overall the treatment is very low risk for qualified candidates. Because this is a non-invasive treatment, patients will not need to worry about scarring or long recovery periods, either.
The most traditional body contouring treatment is liposuction, a surgical procedure that literally sucks unwanted fat from your body. However, liposuction may not be possible for patients with unique health concerns who may not be healthy enough to withstand general anesthesia. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, does not require any anesthesia, so it is generally a good option for most people.
Versatile Treatment Areas
This body contouring treatment can be applied to virtually any area of the body. Usually, this treatment is used on larger areas of unwanted fat, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and arms. This treatment has additional smaller applicators that can be used on smaller areas of the body, such as the chin, the back, or other areas of unwanted fat. Please be sure to discuss all of your trouble areas during your consultation so we can create a treatment plan that will allow CoolSculpting to address all of your aesthetic concerns.
Many Good Candidates
Most adults are considered good candidates for this treatment, particularly adults who are committed to maintaining a healthy weight. The best candidates for this treatment are within 20 pounds of their goal weight and have a healthy BMI. It’s best if you are near your goal weight before you have this treatment because this treatment will not help you lose a significant amount of weight. Potential patients also should not be pregnant or planning to be pregnant, since pregnancy will undo the results of this body contouring treatment.
Get the Body of Your Dreams
Try as you might, exercise and diet may not be adequate to remove unwanted pockets of fat, particularly on the abdomen, the underarms, and the thighs. Fortunately, a treatment like CoolSculpting can help you achieve the body of your dreams with only a few short treatments. Contact us at Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, IL to schedule your consultation today. We look forward to helping you reach your aesthetic goals.