Are you looking for a little help shaping up your body? Does the idea of freezing away fat through a series of non-invasive treatments sound appealing? CoolSculpting is an easy way to get rid of unwanted fat, and it can be used anywhere on the body. This versatile treatment is one of the many services offered by ALC Medspa in Gurnee, IL.
CoolSculpting relies on external panels that deliver controlled cooling to the parts of the body you want to target. This approach to treatment, known as cryolipolysis, kills the fat cells but doesn’t harm the skin or other tissue. The body’s lymphatic system then flushes those fat cells out over several months. One of the great things about this treatment is that it allows you to get rid of the extra curves you don’t like and keep the ones you love!
How Does Treatment Work?
During your treatment, we’ll position a treatment panel over your area of concern and turn the machine on. You may feel cool temperatures and a gentle tugging sensation as the applicator does its work, but patients generally experience no discomfort. You’ll be able to watch TV, check your email, or nap during your session. We’ll even offer complimentary wine, food, and other beverages for you to enjoy.
But don’t get too comfortable–depending on the size of your treatment area and the applicator we use, your session could be over in as little as 35 minutes! After a CoolSculpting session, we often massage the treatment area, which is a way of separating tissues that may have become stuck together by the cool temperatures.
Does This Treatment Work All Over the Body?
This treatment does work all over the body, from the thighs and hips to the abdomen, upper arms, back, neck, and under the chin. Applicators of different sizes can be used for this treatment, adding to its flexibility. It’s not unusual for a patient to seek treatment for one part of the body and then come back to have another area of concern addressed.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of treatments needed to achieve each patient’s cosmetic goals varies, but it’s not uncommon for an individual to schedule two or three sessions that are scheduled a month or more apart.
What’s the Recovery Like?
This treatment does not involve anesthesia, stitches, or downtime. You’ll be able to return to your job and your regular schedule immediately after your treatment with no restrictions.
CoolSculpting FAQs: What You Should Know
Curious about this simple, convenient way of busting fat? Here’s what you should know.
It Noticeably Slims Down Problem Areas
This treatment can reduce fat in the area of concern by up to 24%, which is enough to noticeably slim down a trouble spot. It’s a great option for patients who are already in pretty good shape but who need help toning down an area or two that have resisted diet and exercise.
It’s hard to target a specific part of the body with a traditional weight loss plan because you can’t control where you’ll lose the pounds. But this approach to body sculpting gives you control over your silhouette and allows you to shape up just the spots you want. Once you’ve finished treatment, your body will appear leaner, fitter, and more sculpted.
You’ll Need to Be Patient About Your Results
We know you’ll be eager to see your results, but this approach to body contouring requires a little patience. This treatment relies on the lymphatic system to naturally dispose of those destroyed fat cells, a process that can take two or three months. So while you’ll likely see some improvement fairly soon after your appointment, your full results will develop gradually.
Patients like the slow onset of results because it’s similar to the way a successful weight-loss plan gradually improves your body. That means your results will look natural and you’ll never suddenly look like you went and had a cosmetic treatment.
You Won’t Be Left With Loose Skin
There’s nothing more irritating than working hard to lose weight and shape up your body, only to be left with loose, sagging skin. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that happening with this treatment system.
Although you’ll get great results from this type of body contouring, the actual amount of fat that is removed will be small enough that it won’t leave you with sagging skin. And because the improvement in the body will take place gradually, your skin will easily be able to conform to the body’s new shape.
You Won’t Have to Worry About Maintenance Treatments
This treatment allows you to say goodbye to unwanted fat forever. It permanently destroys fat cells and escorts them from your body. This means you won’t have to worry about follow-up treatments. You’ll want to keep up with your diet and exercise routine because this body contouring system won’t prevent you from gaining weight down the road, but there won’t be any other special steps you’ll have to take.
It’s Not for Cellulite
This approach to body contouring is not generally marketed as a cellulite treatment. But when combined with Body FX, another body shaping treatment our practice offers, you can tackle cellulite and more aggressively shed unwanted fat.
Body FX, which was originally developed as a cellulite treatment, combines radio frequency, deep tissue heating, and suction to get rid of fat and smooth and tighten skin. Many patients use Body FX to enhance their CoolSculpting results, and if you’ve got cellulite in your treatment area, this treatment combination may be particularly helpful to you.
This Is a Custom Approach
Every patient comes to us with different cosmetic goals. Some want to subtly reduce the size of their upper arms, while others want to significantly reduce the amount of fat in their abdominal area. Some patients even want multiple areas addressed. We develop a treatment plan for each individual that takes into account the area of the body they want to be treated and the amount of fat reduction they’re looking for.
You Can Kill Two Birds With One Stone
While you’re resting comfortably during your body sculpting session we can also perform a “mini service,” like a facial or a botulinum toxin injection. This is a great way to pamper yourself and get the most out of your time at our med spa!
This Is a Completely Safe Approach to Treatment
This body contouring treatment was cleared by the FDA in 2010 and has been widely used ever since. And although cool temperatures are used to kill off the fat cells, patients don’t need to worry about frostbite or any other safety concerns associated with the temperature. This body contouring system uses temperatures that are cool enough to trigger fat cell destruction, but not cold enough to damage the skin or tissue in the treatment area.
Is this Body Contouring Treatment for Me?
If you’re interested in finding out whether this treatment is for you, the first step is to schedule a consultation at our medspa. During this appointment, we’ll review your medical history, evaluate the areas you’re seeking treatment for, and talk with you about the results you’d like to achieve. We’ll determine during this session whether or not this approach to body contouring is right for you. There are several early signs that you may be an especially good candidate.
You Want a Non-Invasive Option
For many years, plastic surgery and liposuction were the primary treatment options for patients struggling to get rid of stubborn, unwanted fat. Both of those options are effective, but they also are more invasive approaches that require a period of recovery. Not every patient is a candidate for those types of treatments, and not every patient can commit to the downtime. If you’re looking for a no-hassle treatment that won’t interrupt your schedule, this approach to body contouring is for you.
You’re Looking for Natural Results
If you want to take steps to improve your body, but you’re looking for a subtle, natural improvement, this treatment may be just what you’re looking for. Because your results will develop over time, you’ll simply look as though you’ve been successfully dieting and working out. Your friends and family will never know you got a little extra help.
You’re Falling Short of Your Cosmetic Goals
It’s frustrating when you’re working out, eating right, and taking good care of yourself but your body just won’t shape up as you want it to. Sometimes genetics can keep a patient from fully achieving his or her goals. That’s where this body contouring treatment comes in. It’s a great way of pushing past those obstacles to achieve your perfect body. These treatments won’t help you shed a lot of weight, but they’ll help you get rid of that problem spot or two that you’ve been struggling with.
How Does It Compare to Liposuction?
Both CoolSculpting and liposuction can be used to get rid of unwanted fat all over the body. The primary differences between the two are the amount of fat each can tackle and the invasiveness of each approach. Body sculpting gets rid of a small amount of fat, but it’s enough to improve the patient’s overall silhouette.
One of its advantages is its non-invasive approach, which frees patients from needing a recovery period. This treatment is sometimes referred to as “lunchtime lipo” because of its ability to shape up the body through a series of appointments that can be conducted during the lunch hour.
Liposuction, on the other hand, is capable of removing a larger amount of fat and can, therefore, give patients more dramatic results. But liposuction typically involves anesthesia and a small incision, and patients usually need to spend a couple of days recovering at home before resuming their regular schedules. Because of that downtime, liposuction tends to require a bigger commitment from the patient.
Does It Differ From Other Body Contouring Treatments?
CoolSculpting is part of a class of body contouring treatments that is making it easier than ever for men and women to get the bodies they’ve been working toward. These non-invasive treatment systems work in different ways to destroy fat cells that are then flushed naturally from the body over several months. Some treatment systems use heat or radiofrequency energy, while this one uses low temperatures. Patients love the convenience of these treatments and the gradual way their results develop.
Ready to Give This Versatile Fat-Buster a Try?
Chances are you’ve heard of this approach to body contouring, but did you know that it can reduce fat all over the body? Whether you’re worried about thick upper arms, heavy thighs, or fullness under the chin, this convenient treatment system can help. What are you waiting for? Call ALC Med Spa in Gurnee, IL, and schedule your CoolSculpting consultation today!