Are you tired of the effort it takes to get rid of stubborn, unwanted fat? When it comes to your weight loss goals, it can seem exhausting to continue focusing all your efforts on diet and physical activity. Fortunately, there are options out there to help you in your weight loss journey. You might have heard of the household name liposuction, but do you know about CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a cosmetic procedure performed in medical clinics like dermatology offices. Like liposuction, it reduces fat from targeted areas on the body such as the face, stomach, thighs, abdomen, arms, and chin. These areas are often the most problematic for those trying to lose excess weight and can be tough to target specifically without a procedure to help.
A non-invasive medical procedure, CoolSculpting -- also called cryolipolysis -- helps remove excess fat cells from underneath the skin without having to undergo surgery. Utilizing a special tool, CoolSculpting works on fat cells, with patients experiencing a 20-25% reduction in the targeted fatty areas over time.
Generally speaking, fat cells develop during childhood, either expanding or shrinking later on during adulthood. However, even adults who have lost their baby weight may experience these “pockets” of fat cells that remain. These stubborn areas can hinder weight loss efforts and contribute to self-consciousness.
During a CoolSculpting procedure, a trained provider uses specialized applicators and cryolipolysis technology to remove the energy from these stubborn fat cells. This process cools them, as the applicator uses a vacuum seal to gently pull the targeted tissue into a cup fitted with two cooling panels. As the fat cells lose their energy through the cooling process, they begin to shrink and eventually die.
The body continues to remove these dead fat cells throughout the weeks following the procedure. Fatty tissue slims over time, and most patients typically see measurable results within two to four months of receiving a CoolSculpting procedure.
CoolSculpting is non-surgical with limited side effects. What makes it such a popular option is that no matter where the fat is located or how many different areas are treated, the procedure is fairly quick with little to no downtime. Often, patients may resume their daily activities immediately following a CoolSculpting procedure. If side effects do occur, they primarily consist of some minor bruising or swelling, which should subside quickly.
CoolSculpting is also popular compared to other treatments that involve lasers and radiofrequency, which can damage the surrounding tissue. Patients should be fairly fit to receive the CoolSculpting procedure. It’s important to note that CoolSculpting should not be used as a sole weight loss tool and best works by supporting you in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Since it’s a highly targeted treatment, you should still rely on traditional weight loss habits of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Interested in learning more about CoolSculpting as an aid to your weight loss efforts? Vanguard Dermatology offers this procedure in our offices. If you’re in the greater New York City area, contact us today for an appointment, and we can determine whether you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting.