Are you trying to sculpt the body of your dreams but you just can’t seem to lose those last few pounds? It can be incredibly demoralizing to engage in vigorous exercise and to eat a healthy diet only to fall short of your aesthetic goals. CoolSculpting was developed for people in that very situation. At Gold Skincare Center in Nashville, TN., we understand your desire for a fitter, more sculpted physique and provide a number of treatments that provide excellent results.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that helps you get rid of stubborn, unwanted fat and smooth and sculpt the treatment area. People often falsely believe that body sculpting requires surgery in order to be effective. Fortunately, that’s not the case; it’s possible to achieve your cosmetic goals without having to undergo invasive surgery.
CoolSculpting is a treatment that permanently reduces unwanted pockets of fat via a biological process known as cryolipolysis, a process that kills fat cells through cold temperatures.
Are You a Candidate for Treatment?
You’re Near Your Weight Loss Goal
Make no mistake: CoolSculpting treatments will cause you to lose weight as the fat cells are eliminated. However, the treatment isn’t designed to help people who have a significant amount of weight to lose in order to meet their goals. Patients who want to lose a considerable amount of weight will need to do so through diet and exercise before they are able to undergo treatment.
You’re in Good General Health
Your general health is the most important factor to consider before moving forward with treatment. Though the treatment is non-invasive and involves a very short recovery period, you still need to be healthy enough to go through with it. Make sure to discuss your full medical history with your provider – especially if it involves any ailments of the skin.
Don’t worry about sharing your full medical history with your provider, even if you have some pre-existing issues. There are very few conditions that would disqualify you as a candidate for surgery.
What Are the Benefits?
It Can Spot-Target Fat Reduction
When losing weight the traditional way through diet and exercise, you will lose fat over your whole body, resulting in a thinner, smaller you. But what if you don’t need to lose weight over your whole body? What if you only have an issue with your belly or flanks? Diet and exercise won’t do much for one specific area, but CoolSculpting will.
The treatment is targetable by nature. Many patients have one or two areas they would like to treat, though the treatment has been approved for several areas of the body. You can have every area treated, though you will probably need to schedule multiple sessions to treat all of them if they aren’t in close proximity to one another.
It’s Less Expensive Than Surgery
To be fair, CoolSculpting isn’t the only thing that can provide targeted fat reduction – you can achieve similar goals with liposuction. However, not only is liposuction much more invasive than CoolSculpting – it’s more expensive, too. With liposuction, you have to add in the cost of the surgery itself, but anesthesia, operating room fees, medication fees, and more.
It’s Great for People With a Busy Schedule
Sometimes the only thing holding someone back from reaching their cosmetic goals is the time commitment involved. Traditional surgeries require a fair amount of downtime to heal, and not everyone has the free time to invest in a multi-hour procedure, let alone the time it takes to recover.
Cryolipolysis treatments take an hour at most per area treated, with many being able to be treated in 35 minutes or so. Not only can you pop in and out for treatment, but you also don’t even have to stop running your errands or returning to work afterward.
It Can Treat Multiple Areas
A lot of patients worry needlessly over whether or not their specific needs can be met with treatment. These patients are always happy to know that the treatment has been FDA-approved for a number of areas, including:
- Upper arms
- The area under your buttocks
- Bra bulge
- Flanks/Love handles
- Under the chin
These are the areas where stubborn fat deposits tend to accumulate, and the treatment is able to effectively address each one.
It Offers Real Results
The reason you’re looking to undergo treatment is that you’re dissatisfied with certain parts of your body and you want to sculpt the physique of your dreams. Treatment would be nothing if it wasn’t effective.
During the 2010 clinical trials, treatment had already begun to show great success among participants. In the ten years since it has been approved, thousands of patients have been able to undergo body sculpting treatment through a method that has yielded positive results for years.
How Long Before You See Results After Coolsculpting?
You’ll begin to notice results as early as 4 weeks after treatment, though the most common time frame is between 4 and 8 weeks. The good thing is that fat loss can continue up through the 12th week after your treatment. Once you’re able to accurately gauge your results in regards to your cosmetic goals, your provider may suggest additional or alternative treatments.
How Long Will the Results Last?
Everyone has a specific amount of fat cells in their body, the number of which typically depending on your genetics. When gaining weight, you don’t create new fat cells – the ones you already have got bigger. When you lose weight, the opposite happens; your fat cells get smaller.
Cryolipolysis works by using cold temperatures to kill and permanently reduce the number of fat cells in whichever area(s) you’ve chosen to treat. Once the cells are dead, they don’t come back; therefore you will permanently change the shape of your body. It should be noted that if you gain a significant amount of weight, it may alter the look of the treatment area as your remaining fat cells inflate.
How Can You Maximize Your Results?
The treatment has been proven to be exceptionally effective at treating a variety of areas around your body. You can possibly improve your results post-treatment by taking the following steps.
Massage the Area
Once your session is complete, your provider will massage the area for about two minutes. Massaging the targeted area helps further break down fat cells and can improve your results by up to 60%. Sometimes you can continue the massaging at home to ensure you achieve the best results possible.
One of the best ways to maximize your results from any treatment or procedure that eliminates fat is to eat a healthy diet. Avoid foods high in sugar/starches.
Instead, you should focus on eating fresh fruits and vegetables and meats. The best time to begin eating a healthy diet is before your treatment, however, though some patients prefer to wait until after to change their diet.
Engage in Regular Exercise
A healthy diet in conjunction with regular exercise is great for you whether you’re undergoing cosmetic treatments or not. It burns fat, improves your mental health, and helps you sleep better at night.
If you already exercise regularly, try stepping it up a little bit and improving your overall health and fitness level. It will help keep the targeted area lean and fit.
Consider Additional Treatments
Many patients are so satisfied with the first treatment that they don’t feel that they need more. Some who prefer more dramatic results can elect to undergo another treatment to further reduce the fat cells in their targeted area.
If you choose to undergo more than one treatment, you don’t have to target the same area as before. You can achieve more comprehensive results by combining treatments. For example, you can pair it with laser hair removal, skin tightening treatments, and a whole lot more!
Meet Dr. Gold
Dr. Michael H. Gold is the founder of Gold Skin Care Center, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa, The Laser & Rejuvenation Center, and Tennessee Clinical Research Center. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine.
Dr. Gold is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who oversees a combination of medical and surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, aesthetic services, and research endeavors. When you work with us, you’re able to take advantage of Dr. Gold’s years of experience and prolific accomplishments. We make it our goal to send our patients home happy and satisfied.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does It Affect the Surrounding Tissues?
A big concern among patients is how well the surrounding tissues fare in the targeted area. Cryolipolysis does not harm surrounding tissues in any way other than a mild feeling of coolness or cold during treatment.
Believe it or not, fat cells do not respond well to cold temperatures when they are directly applied through the skin. Fat cells have a much higher freezing temperature than your surrounding tissues, meaning the treatment device does not need to cool your skin to the point where your surrounding tissues would be affected.
How Is It Done?
During treatment, your provider will attach the applicator to the area you want to be treated. The applicator works by extracting heat from the fatty tissues under your skin. A gentle applicator cup uses vacuum suction to keep the targeted area in place.
What Happens After Treatment?
Once your treatment session is complete, you’ll schedule a follow-up appointment with your provider to review your results and to speak with you about any further treatment, if necessary.
As mentioned, you’ll want to follow a healthy lifestyle and engage in regular exercise. There are no specific diets you’ll need to follow.
Can It Treat a Double Chin?
There aren’t very many places on your head that will benefit from treatment. Your double chin, a.k.a. submental fat deposits, can be. The treatment can be applied beneath your chin to quickly and efficiently remove the fat and rid you of your double chin.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment for removing stubborn pockets of diet and exercise-resistant fat. It has been approved by the FDA since 2010, and can be used on a variety of places around your body including, but not limited to, your arms, thighs, back, abdomen, and love handles.
If you’re dissatisfied with your appearance or you’re having trouble losing fat in very specific areas, you may be a candidate for treatment. To speak with an aesthetic professional about your options, call Gold Skincare Center in Nashville, TN at 615-461-5006 to schedule an appointment.