Burning unwanted fat is hard, especially when you are trying to look as good as possible for an upcoming important event. However, fat loss isn’t just hard because it requires a massive amount of discipline and time. At ALC Med Spa in Gurnee, IL, we offer CoolSculpting because fat loss requires luck.
Without professional help, luck is required to achieve your ideal contours because you can’t spot-reduce fat. Today, we’re discussing everything you need to know about freezing unwanted fat cells away so you can feel as confident as possible.
CoolSculpting FAQs Answered
How Many Times Do You Need To Get CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting, sometimes referred to as cryolipolysis, is a highly advanced fat removal technique. Everyone who receives this treatment has one thing in common. They all want to conveniently and painlessly freeze away excess fat to finally achieve the body they have been working towards for years.
However, everyone comes in with a unique physique and unique aesthetic goals. Therefore, there is no standard treatment plan. Depending on your body fat distribution and the improved physique you are trying to achieve, you may need to receive between one and six treatment sessions.
What Is Cryolipolysis?
Cryolipolysis is an FDA-approved fat removal technique. Research has shown that it is an effective way to eliminate subcutaneous fat that is unresponsive despite a healthy diet and regular exercise. Even better, it is non-invasive and not painful at all.
This innovative treatment works by cooling the adipose tissue in the treatment area to 41 degrees. Since the surrounding muscle and skin tissues are water-based, they cannot be damaged until they cool to 32 degrees. Therefore, there is no risk of skin or muscle damage during this treatment.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
Your Initial Consultation
The cryolipolysis process involves two essential steps. The first step in this process is coming in for your initial consultation During your initial consultation, we will discuss your aesthetic goals and evaluate your problem areas. After we’ve determined you qualify for this treatment, we will customize a treatment plan that will allow you to accomplish all of your aesthetic goals.
Any number of areas can be treated with this device because there is a wide range of applicator sizes. For example, there are applicators designed for the treatment of large areas like your back. There are also applicators designed for the treatment of small areas like your chin. Moreover, two applicators can be used at the same time so unwanted fat can be removed symmetrically from such areas as your flanks, hips, thighs, buttocks, chest, or arms.
Your Treatment Session
It is highly advisable to wear comfortable clothes when you come in for your appointment. In other words, don’t wear anything too tight. Once your scheduled appointment time has arrived, you will recline partially in a private treatment room and we will apply a protective gel pad and the applicator to your targeted treatment area. Once activated, the applicator will cool the targeted area until your adipose tissue cells have been cooled to 41 degrees.
The only thing you need to do is relax. Since the applicator cools the region gradually, there is no need for any type of anesthetic. You will feel the treatment area cool continuously until you notice it is numbed completely from the cold. Typically, people read, nap, game, or catch up on e-mails during their pain-free fat removal session. Once your treatment is complete, you can get back to your typical routine.
How Soon Can I See the Results of My Treatment?
Your body starts working to flush out the destroyed adipose tissue immediately. However, it can take between one and three months for this process to finish. Nevertheless, you may start seeing improvements in your treated areas just a few weeks after your session. The speed at which you see your final results depends on how efficient your lymphatic system is.
Which Areas Can I Target for Treatment?
As mentioned previously, you can use cryolipolysis to target virtually any region of your body. However, you need to come in for your initial consultation to ensure there is enough subcutaneous fat for removal in an area of concern and you don’t have too much subcutaneous fat. Here are some of the areas most commonly targeted for treatment:
- Backs of the knees
- Bra fat
- Inner, outer, and upper thighs
- Lower back
- Upper abdomen
- Lower abdomen
- Upper arms
How Many Areas Can Be Treated?
Many areas of concern can be treated safely and effectively during a single convenient fat removal session. We will let you know how long you should expect treating each area to take once we have evaluated your current body fat distribution and cosmetic goals. Once you have that information, we will help you schedule one or two sessions to help you conveniently achieve your goals depending on your schedule.
On average, fat removal sessions take between 30 to 60 minutes from start to finish. Nevertheless, your appointments may take closer to 90 minutes depending on the number of areas you’re targeting in a single session, how large those areas are, and how much subcutaneous fat needs to be removed from each area.
How Much Fat Loss Can I Expect?
Typically, people lose between a fifth and a quarter of all of the fat cells in a targeted area. However, more importantly, you will lose inches from your targeted regions, your clothes will fit more comfortably, and you’ll feel more confident in your favorite outfits. It is also possible that you will need to go shopping for smaller clothes.
Weight loss following your treatment is a poor gauge of success due to how significantly your weight can fluctuate due to water retention. The best ways to measure your success are to compare progress pictures, measure yourself with a soft measuring tape, and consider how your clothes feel when you wear them.
How Long Can I Expect My Results To Last?
The results of CoolSculpting are considered permanent due to the unique nature of fat cells. Unlike every other type of cell in your body, fat cells can’t be regenerated. Once you’re 25, you will never grow another fat cell. However, it is still important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after your treatment is over.
The 75 to 80% of fat cells that aren’t removed during treatment can still expand to store extra fat if you eat too much. Ideally, you should eat nutritious, reasonably portioned meals and perform at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You may be considered a good candidate for CoolSculpting if you can’t burn fat from your areas of concern despite diet and exercise. Also, you may be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle after your course of treatments is over.
Finally, you need to be in fairly good health and have realistic expectations about the results of this treatment to qualify. If you have a medical condition that makes you extremely sensitive to the cold, like Raynaud’s disease, this is not the ideal treatment for you.
Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss
To reiterate, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results to qualify for this treatment. For example, you need to understand that this is not a weight loss treatment. Rather, the scope of this treatment is to remove stubborn pockets of subcutaneous fat. It cannot be used to eliminate visceral fat. During your initial consultation, we will advise you on the results you can realistically expect based on your body fat distribution.
Can I Seek This Treatment if I Plan To Become Pregnant in the Future?
The ideal candidate for this treatment has no plan to become pregnant in the future. This is because pregnancy often results in fat gain, and it is possible that your treated regions will expand with fat. If this happens, you may be able to lose the fat after your pregnancy. However, it is also possible that you will need a touch-up session to restore your ideal results.
Discover Whether Cryolipolysis Can Help You Achieve Your Desired Contours
CoolSculpting may be able to help you freeze away unwanted subcutaneous fat in just one to six convenient treatment sessions. Reach out to us now at ALC Med Spa in Gurnee, IL to schedule your initial consultation and discover whether cryolipolysis can help you achieve your desired contours.