You might have heard about CoolSculpting and wondered if it’s really possible to freeze fat and achieve greater control of your appearance. Everyone works hard to look and feel their best. But even if you maintain a strict diet and a regular training schedule, your body can create large fat stores anywhere on your body. These stores are often unsightly, and they disrupt the lines of your body. At ALC Medspa in Gurnee, IL, we can freeze fat and help you achieve the look you’ve always dreamed about.
Can You Really Freeze Fat?
It sounds like science fiction, but CoolSculpting is a clinically proven, FDA-approved treatment for targeted fat removal. If you have stubborn fat pockets that seem to resist all your efforts of diet and exercise, CoolSculpting might be the solution for helping you to achieve complete control over your body. Remember that fat is not your enemy, and your body needs a layer of fat for good health. In the right places, fat can help enhance your overall body line and support the curves that make you look great.
Diet and exercise are effective ways of losing fat, but unfortunately, it’s very difficult to target problem areas with these methods. Our bodies are amazing biological organisms, but they are designed to be efficient for survival instead of to maximize aesthetic appearance. When your body decides to start burning fat, it doesn’t think of where it’s going to take it from. Instead, it often grabs from the fat store that is the most convenient. The result is sometimes a loss of fat in areas you want it while the unsightly fat stores remain untouched.
The Problems of Targeting With Exercise
Targeting problem areas with exercise is more effective but can still be difficult. If you have fat on your neck or chin, for example, it is almost impossible to reduce them with exercise. After all, what machine at the gym is designed to work your neck? Also, men suffering from gynecomastia have found it difficult to combat this condition with exercise. CoolSculpting is a much more effective way of removing unsightly fat deposits with a precision you cannot achieve with diet and exercise.
Liposuction has long been a popular way of targeting areas for fat reduction, but it is a surgical procedure that requires a certain amount of recovery time. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment that allows you to reduce fat with virtually no behavioral restrictions before or after your appointment. The best part about CoolSculpting is that you can receive a treatment in the morning and be back at the gym that afternoon.
Health, beauty, and fitness are most effective when you make them a routine. Your diet and exercise should become as habitual as brushing your teeth. It has often been said that the hardest part of going for a run is simply the act of lacing up your shoes and taking the first step. CoolSculpting has a huge advantage over other body sculpting techniques because it does not entail any disruption of the routine you’ve worked so hard to build.
What CoolSculpting Can Do
It is important to note that although you will lose a certain amount of weight with CoolSculpting, it should not be considered a weight-loss treatment. Studies have proven that you can expect a reduction of twenty to twenty-five percent of the fat in a target area. It is also possible to stagger treatments to maximize the amount of body sculpting in preparation for a significant calendar date or event. If you want to look your best for a wedding or a graduation, we can design a schedule to bring you the best results for your timeline.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
The underlying principle behind CoolSculpting was discovered when two doctors noticed that children who ate popsicles developed dimples. They concluded that there was something about the prolonged exposure to the cold of the popsicle which caused fat cells to be reduced. This was an exciting discovery because it was clear the operating method was safe and caused no discomfort to the children.
Since the initial discovery, the process has been perfected and refined to create a body sculpting treatment that is comfortable, effective, and convenient. Today, in as little as forty minutes, you can literally freeze fat away and create a sleeker, sexier, more beautiful body line without any undesirable consequences. Here’s how it works:
Cryolipolysis is the scientific name given to the underlying principle that drives CoolSculpting. You might have wondered how it’s possible to freeze away the fat in your body without causing any damage to the surrounding tissue. The answer lies in the biochemical structure of your body’s cells. Fat cells are predominantly oil-based, while your surrounding tissue is water-based. Although that may not sound like a significant difference, it’s important to think back to your high school Chemistry class and remember that water has some remarkable properties.
One of the miraculous properties of water is that it has a very high heat capacity. This means that water can store a lot of heat energy without changing forms. This is why it takes water so long to boil when exposed to high heat even though a piece of plastic will instantly melt and turn into a liquid under the same conditions. Because water stores so much heat energy, it must be exposed to cool temperatures for a very long time before the heat energy is removed.
The oil in your fat cells does not have the same high heat capacity as water. Therefore, it is easier to remove the heat from the fat cells through prolonged exposure to cool temperatures. The result is that by exposing targeted areas of your body to cool temperatures for a sustained amount of time, you can provoke cell death in subcutaneous fat cells without causing any discomfort or damage to the surrounding tissue. It truly is a fantastic procedure that allows you to control and sculpt the fat distribution on your body.
What Happens to the Fat?
An advantage of CoolSculpting is that it takes advantage of natural processes to ensure your body experiences almost no stress because of the treatment. Fat cells in your body die all the time, and your body already has a mechanism for removing them. When fat cells are killed through CoolSculpting, your body sets to work removing them and then expelling them naturally through waste. This process can take a bit of time, and most clients report the best results anywhere from three weeks to two months after the treatment.
Many of our clients become excited when they start to notice the effects of the treatment. Some report leaping out of bed early and taking photos so they can track their weight loss over a period of a few weeks. CoolSculpting has become so popular that many of our clients have incorporated it into their regular fitness routine. They appreciate the improvement to their aesthetic and the psychological boost they experience as they get to watch their fat melt away.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The cells that are removed through CoolSculpting are killed and do not return. However, keep in mind that if you experience another period of weight gain, you can see a return of fat in the treated areas. This is why it’s important to maintain a healthy weight and follow a regular beauty routine. Remember that the body is in a constant state of evolution, and sometimes it changes where it stores fat on its own. One example is the distribution of “baby fat” which disappears as adolescents enter adulthood.
CoolSculpting provides you with a strategy for taking control over the fat stores on your body which have proven resistant to diet or exercise. Believe us when we tell you that if you have a body feature that displeases you, you are not alone. Our bodies are miraculous, but sometimes they do not make it easy for us to look our best. With CoolSculpting, you no longer have to live with features that displease you. Now you have the power to shape yourself and achieve the body of your dreams.
The Consultation and Appointment
At your consultation, we will evaluate your medical history and help you determine if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting. We want you to be successful in this and all your beauty goals, so we’ll design a schedule that will help you maximize the advantage of this treatment. It is important to go into CoolSculpting, or any beauty treatment, with the proper expectations. Remember that CoolSculpting is not effective for massive weight loss, but if you are fit and healthy with a few body features that are resistant to removal, CoolSculpting can be the answer.
CoolSculpting is performed by applying specially designed applicators to your body. These applicators range in size from about a deck of cards to a loaf of bread. The applicators contain both a vacuum element, which brings the subcutaneous fat to the surface, and a cooling element that provokes cell death in the fat tissue. We sometimes apply a protective gel for your comfort, so it’s best to wear loose-fitting clothing. If you come in during your lunch break for work, we recommend bringing a change of clothing so you don’t get the gel on your work clothes.
The most important thing to remember is that once the applicators have been put in position, you won’t be able to remove them until after the treatment has finished. Therefore we recommend that you eat a light meal before you start and make sure you’ve used the bathroom.
What Does It Feel Like?
Our clients report that the process starts with a brief shock of cold that quickly dissipates. You can think of the effect as being similar to what you experience when you jump into a swimming pool. The water shocks your system, then you get used to it and you’re able to swim comfortably. With CoolSculpting, you’ll be seated on a cushion surrounded by pillows, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy television, a book, or your mobile device. The process is so comfortable that some clients even fall asleep during their treatment sessions.
Schedule a Consultation Today
With CoolSculpting, you no longer have to live with fat deposits that erode your self-confidence, steal your motivation, and leave you dissatisfied with your personal body image. Body sculpting allows you the power to control how fat is distributed on your body so you can achieve the look of your dreams. Contact ALC Medspa in Gurnee, IL so we can help you freeze fat and answer all your questions about this life-altering procedure.