No matter how much I exercise or how well I eat, I still have annoying pockets of fat that I never had before I had my two kids. I’d like to have my flat tummy back, but nothing I try works. How can I make this happen, especially when I don’t have time for a long recovery?”
Does this sound familiar? At Gold Skin Care Center founded and owned by board-certified Nashville cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michael H. Gold, we hear things like this all the time. Our answer, especially if you don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure that requires a long recovery time, is CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting – A Fat-Freezing Liposuction Alternatives
CoolSculpting is fast becoming one of the most popular fat reduction therapies on the market. It’s a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that gets results without surgery or even needles, which makes CoolSculpting an attractive liposuction alternative if you can’t interrupt your busy life to recover from a surgical procedure. CoolSculpting has been approved by the FDA to remove stubborn pockets of fat that have resisted all your best efforts at dieting and exercising.
The scientific technique that melts your fat is called cryolipolysis. Cooling panels are applied to the targeted pocket of fat, which is then subjected to very cold temperatures. This freezes the fat cells within the area to the point of breaking apart into microscopic particles.
Gradual, Natural-Looking Results – Safely!
CoolSculpting results don’t happen overnight, which is a huge plus for many of our patients. If you’re like them, you don’t want to undergo a fat reduction procedure that makes it obvious you “had some work done.” If you’re already in the habit of exercising, eating right, and keeping yourself as fit and toned as possible – save for your troublesome pockets – then you’ll appreciate gradual results that look natural!
But how does this happen? Where do the dissolved fat cells go? Once they’re shattered by the CoolSculpting procedure, your body absorbs and then eventually flushes them from your body. It takes time, so although you could see results in three to four weeks, the final results won’t show for two to four months, so patience is key. As your body continues to eliminate the destroyed fat cells, you could see the continuous fat reduction for as long as six months.
On top of all that, the CoolSculpting treatment is safe. Although the fat freezing procedure is extremely cold, your skin suffers no damage because skin only freezes at lower temperatures than the fat cells do. Thus, the temperature always stays skin-friendly.
Where Do You Have Troublesome Fat?
It’s important to keep in mind that, although it is a great fat reduction treatment, CoolSculpting is not a weight loss mechanism. It should be used as a supplement to your current exercise and diet regimen. If you are excessively overweight, this procedure will not work for you.
This also means that CoolSculpting is not effective for simply removing excess or sagging skin. It is intended to help eliminate pockets of fat.
CoolSculpting could benefit you if you’re close to your ideal weight, but have areas of fatty deposits in the following areas:
- Flanks (love handles)
- Upper arms
- Back (under your bra)
Potential Side Effects
Not every Nashville patient responds the same to a CoolSculpting session. Some of our patients tell us that they feel mild discomfort rather than pain, especially at the beginning of the procedure when the cooling panel of the handheld device pulls, presses, and chills your skin. This sensation doesn’t last long, and, after that, the rest of the CoolSculpting process is painless and smooth.
Once the fat freezing procedure is concluded, the cooling panels are removed, exposing what could be an odd sight – the fat beneath the skin of the treated area has coalesced into a rectangular shape that might remind you of a stick of butter. It’s normal and, after a little massaging, it disappears.
Over the next 7-10 days, you might experience the following side effects following the fat freezing procedure:
- Pain and soreness
- Itching and tingling
You Control How Well CoolSculpting Works
If you read CoolSculpting before and after stories, you might find a common thread – many successful results come about because patients continued following proper diet and exercise routines after their treatment. They have beautiful, permanent results and a freshly sculpted body – all without surgery, painful recovery, or incisions.
Because you are unique, the number of CoolSculpting sessions you should undergo cannot be determined without a consultation with an expert cosmetic dermatologist, such as Dr. Gold. In general, one CoolSculpting session can decrease your fat by 25%. If you have no more than a couple of pockets of fatty deposits, you may need only 1-2 CoolSculpting sessions. More than a handful, and you may need 4-6 fat freezing procedure sessions every 6-8 weeks.
Got Stubborn Fat That Needs to Be Fixed? Contact Gold Skin Care Center Today!
Freezing and eliminating your fat with CoolSculpting could be the way to achieve your fat reduction goals. It is an innovative, permanent liposuction alternative that delivers fantastic results. If you think you could benefit, Dr. Gold and his staff at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville would be happy to schedule a consultation and find a solution that works for you. Contact us online or call 615.645.2314 today.