The trouble with stubborn fat is exactly that: it’s stubborn. Even with an A+ diet and exercise routine, it can be frustrating when areas that we are most concerned about (tummy, thighs, backside) don’t respond to our herculean efforts.
The sad truth is that we can’t control where we lose weight. However, noninvasive treatments like CoolSculpting can.
CoolSculpting is a medical spa procedure that uses freezing cold temperatures to kill fat cells from problem areas like love handles, saddle bags, and back fat. It works best for people who have a pinchable amount of fat (and who doesn’t?) and who live a healthy, active lifestyle.
If this sounds like you, here are a few reasons you might want to consider CoolSculpting:
It’s needle-free. Whoever said, “Beauty is pain” obviously never tried CoolSculpting. This is a nonsurgical, noninvasive procedure (that means no poking or cutting). Instead, a gel pad and applicator are placed on your unwanted fat. The fat is then chilled until it freezes and dies. Once that happens, your body removes the treated fat cells as waste. You'll see your results develop over the course of several weeks, usually with the final results appearing in 2–4 months. Take a look at these before-and-after photos.
It can be done during your lunch hour. On average, CoolSculpting only takes about 1 hour to perform. However, the treatment time may be longer or shorter, depending on the size and number of areas you want to treat. Also, some physicians have more than 1 CoolSculpting machine, which allows them to treat multiple areas in the same amount of time. This is sometimes referred to as “DualSculpting.”
It's versatile. CoolSculpting works on many areas of the body — not just the tummy. Many people use CoolSculpting to reduce fat on the thighs, back, hips, and arms. New applicators also allow you to target smaller areas that were previously more difficult to treat. According to the website of Dr. Thomas Hubbard, a plastic surgeon offering CoolSculpting in Virginia Beach, CoolSculpting now offers an FDA-approved “CoolMini” applicator. This smaller device is designed to fit under the jawline and reduce the look of a double chin.
It has no downtime. You won't have to take time off work or away from your normal life to have CoolSculpting. There's no recovery period needed, so after your treatment, you can go right back to your usual routine.
It has few side effects. One of the worst parts about having work done is looking and feeling like you've had work done. But the side effects from CoolSculpting are few and minimal. Some of the most common include:
It's long lasting. Just like with liposuction, the fat removed by CoolSculpting is gone for good. Most people can expect to lose around 20–25% of the unwanted fat cells in a treated area (which typically amounts to a few inches after multiple treatments). The fat cells never come back, however, you can still gain weight. In order to keep your results as long as possible, be sure you eat right and exercise.