The world of cosmetic beauty treatments has come a long way since the clandestine days—where it was only available to the wealthy and celebrities. Not only has access changed, but our understanding of the complexity of the way we view our bodies has also evolved. Fortunately, gone are the days of the negative stigma of cosmetic beauty treatments! Today there are more treatments available for all, regardless of budget.

Most people, at one time in their lives, have wanted to improve something about their body. If you’ve ever wondered how to lose fat and keep it off, we’ve got great news for you! Coolsculpting® is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. Let’s take you through the different aspects of the procedure, and you can decide if Coolsculpting®: results right for you.

What Is Coolsculpting®:  Exactly? 

You may have experienced the frustration of living a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and daily exercise without seeing the fat in certain areas melt away. If this sounds familiar, Coolsculpting® results may be the answer to your prayers!

Coolsculpting® is a carefully regulated cooling process for reducing body fat in certain areas, particularly where exercise and diet have proved ineffective. These areas may include your chin and jawline, thighs, abdomen, hips, underarms, behind your haunches, or beneath your upper arms. The procedure is not lengthy or invasive—each appointment is only 45 minutes—and has minimal recovery time once completed. Cryolipolysis, as it is also known, makes use of a suction-based device to target the specific region of fat. From that stage, the fat tissue cells are then deep-frozen, which allows them to separate from your living tissue and processed by your lymphatic system, and discharged naturally.

The only requirement is that the amount of fat in the zone you are targeting is sufficient for the adhesion process. The application tool quickly numbs any nerves in the skin surrounding the area, making the procedure relatively painless—although cold at first. The most uncomfortable stage follows soon after, as the frozen fat is then eased from the area by briefly massaging it.

What are the Coolsculpting® Results, and Are They Permanent?

From one procedure alone, your Coolsculpting® results may not be permanent. It is recommended to undergo two or even three treatments in larger areas such as Coolsculpting® on the stomach. This will ensure that the reduction is more effective. It will not, however, prevent the regrowth of new fat cells in the same areas. So, if you aim to lose fat and keep it off, it is best to boost your metabolic rate with a healthy diet and exercise once you have recovered. Coolsculpting® results will vary from patient to patient, and any weight you gain after the procedure could very well happen in the exact areas you treated, so be aware of this.

Only once your body has recovered and properly adjusted, which is up to approximately three to six months after your second treatment in a particular area, are you liable to achieve the optimal Coolsculpting® results of 20-25% fat reduction. Patience is the key—this is not about a quick fix or instantly gratifying procedure, but a mild fat reduction treatment that is highly effective and helps you avoid the old nip and tuck.

Which Areas are Best for Coolsculpting® Results?

This is completely dependent on the particular region of the body being treated. For smaller areas, there simply may not be a sufficient mass for the applicator to effectively adhere to. In these situations, it may be more effective to use an injection-based treatment like Kybella, which usually also requires two or more treatments in any area to yield more permanent results.

Coolsculpting® for double chin can be one of the more intrusive areas to treat due to the proximity to your throat. Therefore, it is essential to give careful consideration to what you are comfortable with before you undergo Coolsculpting® for your chin. At First Impressions Rejuvenation Clinic, we recommend Belkyra™ treatments to reduce double chins over Coolsculpting® for this reason.

As a treatment, Coolsculpting® is effective for a more subtle redefinition of difficult areas. It is not a miracle vanishing solution or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. These areas include Coolsculpting® for arms and Coolsculpting® on the chin, where you may have a concentration or deposit of fat tissue cells that other treatments can’t remove.

What is a Coolsculpting® Treatment Like?

Overall, the treatment is very relaxed and hassle-free. Patients can use their laptops or other mobile devices, watch films, or even take a nap during the procedure. The initial tingling and chills from the suction and cold soon become numb, and the first phase of the process is relatively painless. Immediately after the application is finished, the newly frozen fat mass is massaged out.

The surface of the skin is still numb from the cold, but the pressure from this massage is felt internally, which can feel strange. You may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, tingling, aching, or cramping at the treatment site. Following the procedure, there can be some mild discomfort.

What is the Timeframe of the Procedure?

It is suggested that you allow between three and six months after your final treatment session before you can make a clear assessment of your Coolsculpting® results. You might see no difference at all within the first four weeks, as the fat reduction only reaches its height at roughly eight weeks post-treatment. Keep in mind that the Coolsculpting® results from your first treatment session in a particular area may not be very significant at all, and each session will require a minimum duration of between six- and eight-weeks recovery time.

From up to around twelve weeks after your final treatment session, your skin will become smoother, as any inflammation or swelling will be gone by this stage. These timelines will vary, depending on the patient and area of the body being treated, as well as whether this is an initial or repeated treatment session in a given area.

Are There Risks Involved?

Since Coolsculpting® is a non-surgical procedure, which can be performed in a 45-minute session without being too invasive on the patient, the risks are relatively low indeed. As you might experience with liposuction treatment, the possibility of resulting contour inconsistencies is a factor to consider. The applicator may provide an extremely straightforward treatment procedure for the fat reduction treatment, but it is not nearly as precise as what is achievable through surgery.

There is also a chance that the numbed nerves that were frozen in the process can remain that way for several weeks after the treatment. Any swelling or inflammation is minor, with no risk of any wounds or bruising.

As will many types of cosmetic treatments, when they become widely used, so too will the offers of cheaper, non-FDA approved versions of the procedures, promising similar results. It is essential to check the medical professional’s credentials administering your treatment and ensure they are using approved Coolsculpting® applicators. The risks of using counterfeit treatments are considerable, as they can cause frostbite, as well as lasting damage to the surface of your skin.

How Much Does a Coolsculpting® Treatment Cost?

Your treatment price will depend on how many applicators are used, as the procedure may involve more than a single applicator per session to target the area correctly and ensure effective fat reduction. It can also be dependent on the patient’s body type and which area is being treated, as fat may be found in different concentrations. In order to achieve a more defined and precise result, a patient may require one larger and two smaller applicators.

Coolsculpting® treatments are usually charged per applicator used, and therefore packages are offered by most specialists. Typically, the larger the treatment site, the more applications will be needed. To determine your treatment cost, simply book a consultation to discuss your fat loss goals with our experienced practitioners. On a budget? Yes, we get that! That’s why we offer payment plans. We aim to help everyone live their happiest, most confident life!

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve learned about the Coolsculpting® results you could experience, your next decision should be where you’d most like to see fat loss. If you aren’t sure, we’d be happy to assist you in making the best decision for you. Your First Impressions Rejuvenation Clinic practitioner will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision of where to begin. To get started, book your consultation today. Coolsculpting® is a hassle-free fat reduction treatment that is sure to positively change your self-image and confidence.