Losing weight and achieving your aesthetic goals can be difficult when you hit a weight loss plateau. It happens all too often that people trying to permanently lose weight through diet and exercise will eventually hit the limits of what they are capable of doing by themselves. When it comes to that point, it’s time to ask for help. At Radiant Reflections in Hattiesburg, MS, we’re confident that Cool Sculpting is the remedy for your weight loss frustrations.
Do You Lose Weight When You Do Cool Sculpting?
There is a common misconception that Cool Sculpting treatments will help you freeze those final few pounds right off your body. But that’s not actually the case. This treatment doesn’t cause you to lose weight because it’s primarily a body contouring treatment. While this treatment will create the illusion that you’ve lost those final few pounds, your true bodyweight won’t change
Why not? Because the purpose of this treatment is to reduce a small amount of fat, usually between 20% and 25%, from the designated treatment areas. While this may seem like a large number, the truth is it’s only a fraction of your total body weight – a small enough amount that the loss is negligible to your actual body weight. Of course, you could still lose some weight after your treatment, but any weight loss you experience can’t be attributed to the treatment itself.
Body Contouring vs Fat Reduction Treatments
In the world of cosmetic treatments, there is a fine distinction between body contouring and fat reduction treatments. In the same way that a rectangle can be a square but a square can’t be a rectangle, a fat reduction treatment can be a body contouring treatment, but a body contouring treatment is not necessarily a fat reduction treatment.
The purpose of body contouring treatments is to create a specific shape for the body, which can be done by molding body fat, tightening skin, and enhancing muscle definition. Fat reduction treatments, on the other hand, can contour the body by removing significant amounts of fat, but their primary goal is to reduce body fat for the purpose of weight reduction. This is usually why fat reduction treatments are more invasive than body contouring treatments.
How Much Fat Can You Diminish With This Treatment?
When you think about it, even though 20% to 25% of fat reduced on the body doesn’t sound like a whole lot, it can have a greater impact on your appearance than you might think. Ideally, patients who use this treatment have a normal BMI with an adequate amount of body fat in designated treatment areas, usually around 30%; for these patients, who are already slimmed down from weight loss, the removal of 1/4th of their body fat makes a great impact on their overall appearance.
This is why patients who pursue this treatment can expect to slim the size of their waist by at least 1 pant size, or the equivalent of 1 to 2 inches around the waist and other treatment areas.
Will These Fat Cells Come Back?
No. Once fat cells are destroyed, they are incapable of coming back or reforming on the body. This is because we are all born with a certain number of fat cells in our bodies and unlike other cells in our bodies, we can’t develop new fat cells. Once fat cells are gone, they are gone for good, which is why this treatment is considered permanent.
How Can You Maintain Your Results?
Permanently destroying fat cells does not prevent the storage of new fat. Because there will still be some fat left on your body, the possibility of regaining lost weight is always there if you eat poorly. This is due to the fact that the fat cells which remain are capable of swelling and stretching to continually accommodate new fat storage for energy. This is particularly true of adipose fat, or the fat on your body that cushions your organs and bones, and is also the most difficult type of fat to lose.
So, what can you do to maintain your results? There are actually a few conscious lifestyle choices you can make to ensure your results will last for as long as possible. Some of these methods for maintaining your results include:
Weight Control Exercise
Exercise is an important part of maintaining your goal weight, and it’s especially important that your exercise routine is consistent. The best way to maintain your weight through exercise is to ensure that you are doing cardiovascular exercise within your “weight control zone”, or the range of your heart rate that is associated with the most efficient burn of calories and fat.
For most adults, the “weight control zone” is between 120 and 140 beats per minute. Ideally, you should sustain this heart rate for a total of 30 minutes a day, or at least 3 hours a week, in order to maintain your goal weight. Some exercises that fall into the “weight control zone” include dancing, jogging or walking, swimming, and bicycle riding.
Monitoring your diet and eating healthily is also essential for maintaining your results. Trendy fad diets are not always the best way to go, since everybody has a different body composition and some of those fad diets could tell your body to store fat instead of burning it. For that reason, the best diet to maintain your weight is usually the most basic.
You should eat in moderate portions and eat a balanced diet of whole grains, colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and dairy products. Abstaining from a diet heavy in sodium and refined sugars will help you manage the amount of fat your body has the opportunity to store. One of the easiest ways to monitor your sugar intake is to note the “added sugars” in processed foods; adults should eat between 30g and 40g of “added sugars” a day for healthy intake.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Drinking high quantities of alcohol is a fast way to regain weight because alcohol converts into sugar and that sugar are eventually stored in the fat deposits around your waist. By limiting your alcohol consumption, you are removing the opportunity to store excess fat.
Keep Stress Low
High stress is another factor for weight gain. Studies show those who lead highly stressful lives tend to gain weight more easily. Engaging in stress management techniques, including mindfulness exercises and physical exercise, can help limit your stress and balance your metabolic processes.
Get Restful Sleep
Your final method will be to maintain a normal sleep schedule. Adults need between 6 and 8 hours of sleep a day to maintain a well-functioning metabolic rate. When you do not have enough sleep or your sleep is disturbed, your body’s natural rate of burning calories for energy is thrown off balance and you are more likely to overeat and gain weight.
Why Should You Choose Cool Sculpting?
Cool Sculpting is a very attractive treatment option for many patients. For example, this is one of the most efficient and reliable body contouring treatments available to patients, and it is the only fat-freezing treatment on the market. If the novelty and success of the treatment aren’t convincing enough, other benefits of this treatment include:
This is a non-invasive treatment, so one of the main benefits is the promise of zero downtime. There is no recovery period associated with this treatment. The vast majority of patients are free to return to their normal daily activities following this treatment, including going back to work, running errands, and engaging in your normal exercise routine. In fact, light exercise for the first few days following your treatment is highly encouraged to enhance the fat-reduction process.
What Should You Do After Your Treatment?
For the first 7 to 10 days after your treatment, you will be encouraged to wear compression leggings or other compression clothing on the treatment area to help shape your body. It’s important that you stay hydrated during this time and that you eat light, healthy foods.
This is a totally pain-free treatment. At most, patients will feel a chilling sensation in the treatment areas for the duration of their treatment appointment. There is no need for anesthesia or numbing creams with this treatment, which makes it one of the safest and lowest-risk body contouring treatments available.
What You Can Expect During Your Treatment Appointment
Your treatment appointment will last for about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how many areas are being treated and how large those treatment areas are. During your appointment, the patented Cool Sculpting applicators will be placed on your desired treatment areas and you will be asked to relax for the duration of the treatment. It’s really that simple.
This is a highly diverse treatment. Unlike some other body contouring treatments, this one can be used in virtually any area of the body. While other body contouring treatments are limited to larger areas of treatment, such as the stomach, Cool Sculpting can be used in various places, including:
Quick Noticeable Results
The results of this treatment are also noticeable very quickly. While your results won’t be visible immediately, many patients start to notice an improvement in their body shape in as little as 4 to 6 weeks. These results will continue to improve over time until your final results are achieved and you are satisfied with your body shape.
When Can You See Final Results?
For most patients, final results are noticeable 8 to 12 weeks after their first treatment appointment, which means you can enjoy a slimmer and smoother body shape in as little as 2 or 3 months. This makes it very easy to plan the best time for your treatment, as well. Be sure to schedule your treatment appointments at least 3 months before any important life events.
This treatment can be a huge boost to your self-confidence. Many patients use this treatment as a way to tone up the shape of their body after weight loss. In particular, those who have lost a significant amount of weight already often have to contend with loose body fat that can’t be reduced by normal exercise. Freezing this small amount of fat off your body will boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about your appearance.
Who Are Good Candidates?
The majority of healthy adults are qualified for this treatment, provided they have a normal BMI, are at the end of their weight loss journey, and have at least 30% of body fat that can be removed on any area of the body. We will determine your qualification for this treatment at your initial consultation appointment.
Slim Your Shape With Cool Sculpting!
When diet and exercise are no longer effective for achieving your aesthetic goals, it’s time to try something else. Cool Sculpting is an advanced, non-invasive body contouring treatment that can freeze fat cells right off your body and slim your shape down. If you’re ready to finalize your aesthetic goals, please contact Radiant Reflections in Hattiesburg, MS to schedule your appointment.