CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical body contouring method that uses controlled cooling to safely and effectively eliminate problem areas of fat on the body. This innovative technique may be the perfect alternative for men and women who want to smooth troublesome fatty deposits on the body but aren’t interested in surgery or downtime involved with cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering CoolSculpting®, read on to find out if this non-invasive treatment is right for you.
Q. I’m in the process of losing weight. Can CoolSculpting® help me shed extra pounds?
CoolSculpting® is not a substitute for weight loss. The nonsurgical body contouring procedure is ideally suited for men and women who have already achieved their weight loss goals, but find they haven’t been able to lose localized pockets of fat in certain areas of the body or neck. If you reach your target weight through a combination of diet and exercise but still have stubborn areas of fat, CoolSculpting® can spot-treat your problem areas and deliver smoother, leaner contours.
Q. I’m in great shape, but my double chin makes me look fat. Can CoolSculpting® be used on the face?
Visible fat can gather under the chin, creating the dreaded double chin. This can be particularly frustrating if you are otherwise in great shape, but have diet and exercise resistant fat that lingers beneath the chin. The CoolMini™ CoolSculpting® applicator can remove the visible bulges of fat under the chin as well as contour the neck, eliminating your double chin for a more slenderized look. Depending upon how extensive your double chin is, you will see results within one to two treatment sessions.
Q. I’ve gotten down to my ideal size but I can’t lose my love handles. Is CoolSculpting® right for me?
The love handles are a popular treatment spot for CoolSculpting®. It’s unfortunately very common for both men and women to have excess fat along the sides of the waist, even after successful weight loss. CoolSculpting® uses freezing technology to permanently destroy the fat cells that cause love handles, so that you can enjoy a slimmer waistline. The abdomen and inner and outer thighs are other areas where people frequently get CoolSculpting®.
Q. I’m so self-conscious about my upper arms. Is this a spot CoolSculpting® can treat?
As we age, fat can gather in the upper arms and the skin can sag, causing what some people refer to as batwings. Women are often more affected by this cosmetic concern, and may avoid certain types of clothing in order to conceal their upper arm fat. This area is particularly resistant to diet or exercise, and fortunately CoolSculpting® can reduce fat in the upper arms for a more toned, sculpted appearance.
Q. I would definitely benefit from body contouring but am concerned about the downtime. How is CoolSculpting® different from liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure, whereas CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical treatment that focuses on destroying the fat without harming surrounding tissue. As a result, there’s virtually no downtime involved with CoolSculpting®, and you can return to your normal activities immediately following your treatment. Liposuction can create more dramatic results but involves a recovery period that CoolSculpting® does not.
Q. I’m worried about the fat coming back after CoolSculpting®. What can I do to preserve my results?
CoolSculpting® uses controlled cooling to freeze and destroy fat cells. Once fat cells are destroyed, the body cannot create new ones. This means that it’s possible to ensure that your CoolSculpting® results are long-term, so long as you maintain a stable, healthy weight. CoolSculpting® is not protective against weight gain. Men and women who engage in regular exercise and have a healthy diet are able to enjoy long-lasting CoolSculpting® results.