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Does CoolSculpting Work On Arms?

Gaining weight inevitably comes with the appearance of noticeable fat bulges. Some people develop stubborn bulges on the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. But there are those who also commonly struggle with excess fat in the upper arm area. Getting rid of extra pounds is one thing and it doesn’t always guarantee that you can lose arm fat. Specialized treatments such as CoolSculpting may be a better option for improving and contouring your upper arms.

So how can CoolSculpting work for arm fat reduction? Using a special CoolSculpting applicator, the provider essentially freezes the stubborn fat in the upper arms. The treated fat cells will eventually get metabolized and dispelled from the body, resulting in a visible reduction of the arm fat layer. Results are almost always permanent as long as you don’t significantly gain weight and maintain a proper diet and lifestyle.

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The Reality of Dealing With Flabby Arms and How CoolSculpting Can Help

Love handles, round bellies, back fats, and thick thighs are some of the common problems that almost everyone deals with. However, the female population is believed to struggle a lot with  losing weight and is constantly bothered by the appearance of embarrassing upper arm fat. 

Having flabby arms makes it hard for women to confidently wear sleeveless tops and dresses. Genetics and hormones are some of the factors why females are more likely to carry upper arm fat. Another possible cause is that women tend to burn fewer calories than men which is why weight loss and arm fat reduction always seem to be a challenge. 

Fortunately, advancements in cosmetic surgery have allowed for newer body contouring techniques to give you the solution you need for dealing with your upper arm fat. One of the best arm fat reduction treatments is CoolSculpting. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that can get rid of your unwanted fat deposits for good with no downtimes or risks of scarring and other adverse events. 

Understanding the Science Behind CoolSculpting 

CoolSculpting is a body contouring and fat reduction treatment that uses the principle of cryolipolysis or fat freezing. It was theorized that exposing fat cells to cold temperatures speeds up their necrosis or death and that adipose tissues are more vulnerable to cold than any other cells in the body. It was from this idea that the CoolSculpting technology was born. 

In 2010, CoolSculpting was first approved for the treatment of love handles. Since then, it has been used for many other problem areas in the body, including bra fat, inner and outer thighs, flanks, buttocks, and chin. It’s also become an excellent alternative to liposuction for reducing unwanted arm fat.

CoolSculpting targets the subcutaneous fat in the upper arms which lies just beneath the skin. It freezes the fat cells until they’re destroyed and absorbed by the body. The procedure will trigger an inflammatory response that sends macrophages to the treated area, speeding up the elimination of the dead fat cells from the system. This results in significant fat reduction and noticeable improvement in the shape and size of your upper arms. 

Which CoolSculpting Applicator Is Used for Upper Arm Fat? 

The company behind CoolSculpting, ZELTIQ has developed several applicators which can be used to target unwanted fat deposits in different parts of the body. When addressing upper arm fat, the best machine to use is the CoolAdvantage Petite. It’s been cleared by the US FDA specifically for the treatment of upper arm fat. 

What makes CoolAdvantage Petite different from other applicators is that it’s designed to target smaller, hard-to-reach areas. The pockets of fat in the upper arms may be visible but they’re not easy to treat compared to areas with wider coverage, such as the abdomen and love handles. 

This machine has a unique suction mechanism that pulls the fat tissue into a cup and delivers controlled cooling. Arm fat reduction with CoolAdvantage Petite may take about 35 minutes per side. Some providers may also opt to use the CoolSculpting Elite which is the latest model the manufacturer has to offer. 

It features dual applicators with an improved cup that provides better fit and suction. They can treat twice the amount of body fat in one session, effectively cutting down the treatment time so you can quickly return to your normal activity. The FDA has cleared CoolSculpting Elite for treatment of double chin, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, flanks, bra fat, back fat, and upper arms.

Overview of Procedure for Arm CoolSculpting 

The first step to any body contouring and fat reduction treatment is to have a consultation with your chosen provider. You should choose a certified CoolSculpting expert who has the proven expertise and training to administer safe and effective treatments. During the consultation, you should thoroughly discuss your medical history, current health, and desired goals. 

Your provider will create a personalized CoolSculpting treatment plan that suits your needs. Here's what you can expect from your CoolSculpting procedure: 

  • You’ll be asked to lie down comfortably as the provider examines and marks the intended treatment sites. Your skin will also be disinfected before the treatment starts. 
  • To minimize your discomfort during the procedure, a protective gel pad will be applied to the treatment area prior to the placement of the applicators. 
  • The provider will start the device and you’ll feel slight tugging as the fatty tissues are pulled into the cup. You’ll also feel intense cold as the upper arm fat cells are slowly frozen until they’re destroyed. 
  • Once both arms are treated, the paddle will be removed and you’ll notice a bulge or lump of fat (stick of butter). The provider will massage the visible fat bulge for several minutes to help smooth the area and start the process of removing the treated fat cells. 

How Effective Is CoolSculpting on Arms? 

Studies show that CoolSculpting procedures can remove up to 25% of fat cells in the targeted area. It also provides significant changes in the visible fat layer which gives at least a 73% patient satisfaction rate that is higher compared to other fat reduction techniques. 

Based on clinical trials that focus on treating the upper arms, CoolSculpting has also proven to be a promising effective treatment. In one study, 20 subjects received CoolSculpting on the upper arms for a period of 6 months. The majority of the patients reported favorable results with an average of 0.41 to 0.72 cm reduction in arm circumference. 

In another study, 30 women had their upper arm fat removed using CoolSculpting technology. They received the treatment for 12 weeks and results showed that they had a reduction in subcutaneous fat in the upper arms. Ultrasound measurements presented an average of 3.2 mm decrease in total fat layer compared to their baseline numbers. 

What to Expect After CoolSculpting On Arms  

One of the main advantages of CoolSculpting over other fat reduction treatments is that it’s nonsurgical and minimizes the risks of serious complications and unwanted reactions. However, just like any aesthetic procedure, there are still some side effects that may happen after the treatment. Here are some of the expected side effects of a CoolSculpting session: 

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Firmness 
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Numbness
  • Increased skin sensitivity 
  • Itching 
  • Pain at the treated area 

Most of these side effects can show up immediately after the procedure and can last for several days. As long as you’re working with an experienced CoolSculpting provider, the risk for adverse events is minimal. If, however, you notice abnormal hardening of fatty tissues or paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, make sure to inform your provider so you can get immediate treatment. 

How Soon Can You See The Results of CoolSculpting Arms Treatment?  

The process of excreting dead fat cells doesn’t happen overnight. You may see initial improvements within a month after your first CoolSculpting session. However, your body will continue to metabolize and flush out the treated fat cells over the course of 3 to 4 months after the procedure. 

During that period, you can make lifestyle improvements, such as exercising more and improving your diet, to make sure you don’t gain new weight and enhance the effects of the procedure. The treated fat cells won’t return so you can expect your CoolSculpting results to be permanent. 

How Many CoolSculpting Arms Treatments Do You Need? 

A CoolSculpting treatment plan varies per person depending on their intended goals and the severity of their arm fat composition. Generally, arm fat reduction requires only 1 session but additional treatments may be provided if you want to see dramatic results. You should clearly discuss your needs and body contouring goals with your provider so they can prepare the appropriate number of treatments for you. 

Get Safe and Effective Arm Fat Removal at NJ Center for CoolSculpting  

Some people devote themselves to arm workouts but still become unsuccessful in removing their flabby arms. If this is a problem that you also have, you should consider getting CoolSculpting. This popular body contouring treatment has been proven safe and effective for getting rid of unwanted arm fat and can help increase your confidence in your appearance. 

NJ Center for CoolSculpting is a premier med spa that offers the latest CoolSculpting technology for arm contouring and body fat reduction. We have a team of highly-trained professionals who can provide you with customized treatments for your specific skin concerns. Contact us now to schedule a consultation or inquire more about our services.

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  • "The treatment itself was not uncomfortable. Afterwords, I felt great. I didn't really notice anything for about 30 days. After day 30 until about a month later, I started noticing that my favorite jeans were not as tight anymore. I wasn't having to suck in to get them buttoned. And by that two month period after my CoolSculpting

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