How Long Before You See CoolSculpting Results?
You can expect to start seeing results in about three weeks. Your treatment spot will begin to look smaller as targeted fat cells die and get expelled from the body. Results will continue to develop in the coming weeks and months as increasing numbers of fat cells die. The full effects of treatment will then show within several months.
CoolSculpting works by killing fat cells in a specific site. If this sounds harsh, don’t worry, because it’s not. Cellular death, known as apoptosis, is a common event within the body. It helps maintain balance; when aged cells can no longer function properly, they die so new and healthy cells can replace them.
Cells are equipped with proteases that provide exact instructions for death. Seen from the outside, this looks a little like a suicide pact in that cells are always prepared to die. But, as stated earlier, apoptosis is necessary to keep the body healthy.
During this process, the cell in question begins to shrink and then pull back from its neighbors. Its DNA condenses and splits into small fragments, followed by the nucleus, and then the cell itself. Once these loose fragments are detected, the immune system sends in a cleanup crew that consists of phagocytic cells. The dead cells are engulfed and then disposed of.
Fat Cells and CoolSculpting
Through the efforts of Harvard researchers, we know that fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than the rest of the body’s tissues. This means we can apply CoolSculpting to targeted sites without harming the surrounding cells. Your skin is also kept safe so that treatment accomplishes just one goal: to give you a trimmer physical appearance.
The process of fat cells dying, bursting, and getting swept away by immune cells takes time. It doesn’t happen immediately, which is why you’ll need to briefly wait before results develop. Don’t fret if changes aren’t visible within the first few days after treatment – as your body adjusts to fewer fat cells, results will appear.
What Are Fat Cells?
Fat is almost always seen as the enemy. But this belief keeps us from understanding that we need some fat for:
- Proper nerve function
- Storage of certain vitamins
- Immune system functions
With this in mind, CoolSculpting eliminates up to 25 percent of fat cells in the treatment site. This ensures safe therapy that removes stubborn, hard-to-reach fat but also leaves enough cells to maintain your health.
Understanding Weight Gain
Fat cells, when examined under a microscope, resemble bulbous spheres. Each has a membrane and nucleus, but its primary components are stored triglycerides. This is not to say, however, that all fat cells are created the same.
Within the body are three different kinds of fat that, depending on their color, serve different purposes: brown, white, and beige. White fat stores and releases energy; it is also that which we target when losing weight.
How White Fat Functions
White fat cells grow bigger as they take in more fatty acids, such as after a meal. In a perfect scenario, those cells release their energy stores and then shrink back in size. But this isn’t always the case, and we begin to gain weight when we consume more energy than we burn.
Without a way to release energy stores, white fat cells remain larger in size. They can grow still bigger as the cycle of eating more than we burn continues. Only as we lose weight do those cells return to smaller sizes and give us back our trimmer figures.
Why Some Fat Is More Stubborn Than Others
Not all white fat cells, however, like to release energy once it’s stored. This isn’t a design flaw, but rather a survival mechanism. The body tries to ensure its survival at all times. One of the ways it does this is by retaining fat in case it’s needed at a later time, such as during food shortages or when traveling long distances by foot.
The body, as sophisticated as it is, doesn’t recognize when fat storage becomes excessive. Nor does it understand that weight loss should occur evenly in all areas. This explains why even slim people can have pockets of visible bulges in their thighs, buttocks, or abdomen – all common places for fat to accumulate.
When Exercise and Diet Aren’t Enough
Some fat pockets stubbornly remain regardless of the time you devote to exercise and healthy eating. But CoolSculpting picks up where those habits fall short. This is because the therapy provides targeted treatment. We can apply it directly to a site and, in a very controlled manner, cool only select cells. Even exercise, as beneficial as it is, cannot provide such specific results.
To explain what we mean, consider this scenario. You have excess fat in your midsection that won’t respond to traditional weight loss techniques. You repeatedly do crunches that still don’t deliver results. The problem is that you cannot tell the body where to burn fat. Crunches will help you build abdominal muscles, but they won’t necessarily burn energy from the midsection.
CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is targeted. On the day of treatment, we attach a vacuum-like applicator to the area you specify. This at first feels a little like pulling, but it’s not unpleasant. Precise temperatures are then applied to freeze underlying fat cells. A session can last up to an hour, so we recommend bringing something with you to pass the time. Or, you can simply lie back and relax.
Thanks to the applicator, CoolSculpting results are completely customizable. We can also treat a variety of areas, including:
- Back (bra bulge)
- Under the chin
CoolSculpting results are meant to be permanent. Once treated fat cells are expelled, they do not grow back. Nor does fat in other parts of the body try to compensate for that which is lost. This is how the treatment eliminates rolls and provides you with a slimmer, sleeker appearance.
But if you don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can regain weight. The fat cells that remain in your body can still expand in size if you eat unhealthy or neglect to exercise. It is therefore important that you continue being diligent even after treatment.
How to Speed Your Results
Patients often ask if they can do anything to speed or improve their CoolSculpting results. We suggest you ditch the diet and instead think of food as fuel. Dieting is not a sustainable practice, whether you’re cutting carbs or counting calories. But eating with mindful intentions is. This means swapping the processed foods, frozen meals, and drive-thru bags for:
- Healthy fats like avocadoes and almonds
- Healthy fats
To ensure variety, don’t be afraid to experiment with smoothies, juicing, and stir fry recipes. And in thinking about food, also consider your fluid intake, especially right after treatment. Water can help the body flush away toxins and waste. It is therefore best to stay hydrated and swap caffeinated and sugar-laden beverages with water.
On the day of your treatment, we may follow-up with a five-minute massage. Don’t be surprised – studies show vigorous kneading can improve results by 68 percent within the first two months. We may additionally suggest that you continue massaging the treatment site for several weeks after therapy. This can be quick, just five minutes, but very beneficial.
Get Your Rest
CoolSculpting is non-invasive and non-surgical, so the trauma to your body is minimal. But getting proper rest will allow internal processes to do what they need for cells to die and then be eliminated.
In addition, sleep and rest are important for staying healthy. It rejuvenates the body, which may contribute to your CoolSculpting results. Taking time for yourself can also provide the energy you need to stay physically active.
Answers to Your Questions
We know you have questions, and we have answers. If you’re wondering about the safety of CoolSculpting, we’re happy to say it is approved by the FDA and has been performed more than 4 million times around the world. Thanks to controlled treatment, it eliminates unwanted fat for good.
Who Is the Right Candidate?
This treatment is ideal for men and women who want to improve their body contours and reduce fat. It is not right for people, however, who want to use it as a tool for weight loss. You won’t shed pounds with CoolSculpting; instead, you’ll see a tighter, slimmer appearance in the treatment area. For this reason, we recommend patients be near their ideal weight and need assistance with flattening and shaping their bodies.
Keep in mind that CoolSculpting only targets subcutaneous fat. This is the fat that sits on top of muscle and appears as rolls, pouches, and wobbles. It leaves intact visceral fat, which surrounds organs. Reducing this type of fat requires a very different treatment.
Why Is This the Best Treatment?
In short, CoolSculpting works. It can deliver results after just one session, without downtime or a lengthy recovery. It is also safe, allowing you to get the toned body you’ve likely wanted for some time. Last but not least, it’s backed by science. We know how fat cells die, and we capitalize on that process using this simple but effective treatment.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
The answer to this question depends on the amount of fat we need to remove. One session may be enough to achieve your goals if minimal fat is present. More sessions may be required to achieve more dramatic results. To give the body time to metabolize treated fat cells, we schedule CoolSculpting sessions between one and four months apart.
What Are the Pre-Treatment Preparation Steps?
We recommend you wear soft and comfortable clothes to your appointment. Eat a snack or light meal before you arrive so you don’t get hungry during treatment. It’s also a good idea to limit caffeine, as you won’t be able to get up to use the restroom.
Also, remember that movement will be limited during treatment. The best options to pass the time, therefore, are those that require little activity, like watching a movie on your phone or tablet.
A Trimmer and Slimmer You
No longer do you need to beat your head against a wall to remove stubborn fat. Thanks to CoolSculpting, you can take action and get the slim, trim body you want. Call the professional staff of Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & Medspa in Hattiesburg, MS, today, and schedule your appointment.