How Long Do CoolSculpting® Results Last?
Many individuals are looking to achieve a more sculpted physique without surgery or downtime. CoolSculpting can be an ideal solution because it is non-invasive and can effectively remove stubborn fat from targeted areas.
At Cosmetic Solutions Laser & Skin Care Center, we are a trusted source for CoolSculpting treatments in Cedar Rapids, IA. We always search for the treatments that will be the most effective for our patients while requiring the least amount of downtime.
With CoolSculpting, not only is the treatment fast and the downtime short, but the results can also be very long-lasting. We will discuss the longevity of this treatment and what you can do to extend the benefits of your fat reduction with CoolSculpting.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a revolutionary non-surgical procedure that is designed to eliminate unwanted fat by freezing it. It harnesses the power of controlled cooling to target specific areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or chin. This procedure is FDA-cleared for treating several different areas.
During the process, applicators are applied to a targeted area where precisely controlled cooling is delivered. The cooling technology selectively freezes fat cells causing them to die off, while leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed. Over time, the fat cells are processed by the body, revealing a more contoured and sculpted appearance.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
Whether you are CoolSculpting your belly, chin, or another area, the process works the same. CoolSculpting uses the principle of cryolipolysis to achieve fat reduction. Fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than skin or muscles. During cryolipolysis, fat cells are brought down to a temperature that causes fat cell death, but this temperature is not cold enough to damage other tissues.
Once the fat cells are frozen by the applicator, natural cell death, called apoptosis, occurs. The cells undergo a gradual crystallization and are then broken down by the body’s natural metabolic processes.
Over the following weeks and months, the treated fat cells are moved through the lymphatic system where they are sent to the liver and kidneys and eliminated as waste. Because your body is already well-equipped for lipolysis, which happens any time you exercise or have a calorie deficit, this doesn’t put extra strain on your body.
What Areas Does CoolSculpting Treat?
CoolSculpting is an incredibly versatile treatment that can target various areas of the body where fat accumulates. Any area that has pinchable fat can be targeted, but these areas are specifically cleared by the FDA:
- Under the Jawline
- Under the Chin
- Upper Arms
- Back Fat
- Bra Fat
- Love Handles
- Under the Buttocks
At our practice, we also offer DualSculpting®, which can address more than one area of fat on your body at a time allowing for shorter treatment sessions and fewer appointments.
The CoolSculpting Process: From Consultation to Aftercare
During your consultation, we will assess your body and talk about your goals. Then we can create a customized CoolSculpting or DualSculpting plan for you that will include one or more sessions. During our treatments, we focus on your comfort. You can sit or lie back and relax while we attach the applicators. Feel free to read or watch a movie as the device gets to work.
It is common to feel a gentle suction or pressure as the applicator pulls your tissue into the device. You will also feel a cold sensation, which is sometimes accompanied by tingling, cramping, and numbness. Once the treatment is done, there is typically no downtime or recovery period needed. You will need to wait a month or more before scheduling any additional sessions.
How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Last?
After Your CoolSculpting treatment, you’ll likely start to see gradual improvements in the areas that were treated. Sometimes more than one treatment is necessary to see significant results. Everyone is different, but results can begin appearing within several weeks. Full results may take between three and six months to be seen.
The longevity of your results is often based on your maintenance efforts after the treatment. The fat reduction that takes place is permanent to an extent. The treated fat cells that are eliminated do not grow back or return in any way. However, the remaining fat cells can and will expand in the event of weight gain. Any time excess calories are consumed beyond what your body needs for energy expenditure, excess fat can be stored in these areas again.
In order to continue to maintain your CoolSculpting results, we recommend the following:
- Maintaining a balanced diet: Follow a well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins to nourish your body. Eat portions according to how much energy you are expending each day.
- Regular exercise: A regular exercise routine is often easier and more satisfying to follow after smoothing away bulges. Continue to keep your body active to keep treated areas slim and contoured.
- Hydration: Keeping your body hydrated by drinking enough water can help maintain proper body functions and aid in appetite control.
- Healthy habits: Take care of yourself through adequate sleep, lowering stress levels when possible, and avoiding smoking or excessive alcohol consumption.
Sculpt Your Body With CoolSculpting Treatments
If you want to subtly change the contours of your body without undergoing a surgical procedure, we may recommend CoolSculpting treatments. Whether you are interested in CoolSculpting your chin, your belly, your thighs, or another area, we can help you meet your goals. At Cosmetic Solutions Laser & Skin Care Center, we have appointment times available in Cedar Rapids, IA, to meet with you and discuss the treatments that are available for your unwanted fat. Call us at (319) 774-4951 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.