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What is a Realistic Expectation for CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is one of the body contouring procedures that are popular today. While many fat loss treatments can work similarly to CoolSculpting, it still has stark differences especially on how it works and the kind of results it provides. Most know it as a nonsurgical treatment that eliminates fat cells in targeted areas. While it's considered a good noninvasive alternative to liposuction,  patients should still set realistic expectations after CoolSculpting

So what is a realistic expectation for CoolSculpting? CoolSculpting removes stubborn and diet-resistant fat from certain parts of the body. This non-surgical fat reduction treatment improves the contours of your body and offers permanent results. However, it's not a weight loss treatment. You would need to be on a healthy diet and have an exercise regimen to maintain your shape.

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What to Expect from CoolSculpting Results

Before undergoing CoolSculpting, you should know if you’re one of the ideal candidates during your initial consultation. Some patients become underwhelmed with the results of their procedure because they tend to compare it with liposuction. Here's what you may expect from CoolSculpting:

What the Studies Say

Before undergoing treatment sessions for CoolSculpting, set your expectations and how they will contribute to your overall treatment plans for achieving your ideal weight and shape. CoolSculpting is effective in eliminating unwanted fat cells and providing you with a more toned body. However, there are still ranges.

A study in 2018 has noted that cryolipolysis technology is an effective fat loss treatment that offers body contours without surgery. Another study in 2016 reports that 77% of the participants have noticed an evident reduction in fat. However, both of these studies are funded by manufacturers of CoolSculpting products.

A more independent study in 2014 claims that CoolSculpting is relatively as effective as 86% of the participants have noted improvements. CoolSculpting may be effective in improving the body contours, but its effectiveness may still vary.

Relative and Realistic Expectations

Plastic surgeons ensure that patients will have realistic expectations relative to the nonsurgical procedure they're going to take. Nonsurgical treatments such as CoolSculpting may not be enough for patients who seek significant fat reduction. This is why they must discuss closely with their practitioner what their aesthetic goals are. In CoolSculpting, patients should expect to lose unwanted bulges of fat, with the amount depending on what the practitioner recommends.

1) Targets Treatment Areas

CoolSculpting removes pinchable fat in several areas of your body. It kills fat cells in these areas using cold temperature and allows the body's metabolic process to flush out the dead cells. The skin and surrounding tissues remain safe from the cooling applicator because it's only enough to target fat cells.

The specific fat CoolSculping freezes are the subcutaneous fat--the fat above the muscles. While these fatty deposits are harmless, it's difficult to burn with diet and exercise. This procedure does not remove the visceral fat or the unhealthy fat under the muscle. 

2) Improves Contours

CoolSculpting is an ideal complement to regular exercise and a healthy diet. As you continue your fitness routine, this procedure allows you to get rid of your body's stubborn fatty tissue and unflattering bulges. It will then give you a more toned appearance that showcases your figure. Here are the common areas that it resolves:

  • belly fat
  • inner and outer thighs
  • under the chin or the double chin
  • love handles or flanks
  • bra bulges
  • upper arms
  • back
  • fat under the buttocks or the "banana roll"

CoolSculpting doesn't leave you with sagging skin--it even helps in tightening loose skin. This is usually one of the concerns of patients, but fortunately, this procedure may help with skin tightening.

3) Offers Permanent Results

Patients love that CoolSculpting offers permanent results. The fat cells it has frozen and eliminated will no longer return, so patients enjoy a slimmer, more contoured figure. It’s good to note that bulges may stay gone, but the remaining fat cells can still grow in size if the patient isn't careful. They may gain weight and develop pockets of fat again.

4) Weight Gain is Possible

CoolSculpting may offer permanent results, but it's not an alternative to weight loss, nor can it serve as a treatment for obesity. What it does is to remove targeted fat deposits only. The removal of these fats may contribute to reaching your goal weight, but it wouldn't provide dramatic results on those numbers.

However, receiving this procedure usually helps patients become motivated and start or maintain their fitness journey.

What to Expect from CoolSculpting Procedure

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The cryolipolysis technology offers an advanced process of removing fat. Before undergoing the procedure, clients have to know how the procedure works, and what patients expect after. Here are some things both regular and new CoolSculpting clients should take note of:

1) How to Prep for CoolSculpting Procedure

CoolSculpting starts with an initial consultation where the plastic surgeon assesses if a patient is an ideal candidate. Their medical history will also be discussed, such as a history of hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, and other conditions. They should also maintain their stable weight and should discuss their aesthetic goals. Clinics may plan with their patient their diet and fitness.

2) How the Procedure Is Done

The treatment time will depend on the area, but it usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The procedure starts with a cold, wet pad applied to the patient to protect the skin as the practitioner runs the CoolSculpting device on the fat pockets. This device has a cup in the shape of a bowl that suctions the treatment area up and cools it down as it’s pulled between two panels.

Expect a tugging and pinching sensation, minimal discomfort, and numbness. The treated area may feel cold, but it eventually feels numb. The practitioners will remove the device and massage the treated area until it's unfrozen.

3) Side Effects

CoolSculpting has low risks, but patients may expect mild side effects. Here are some of them:

  • bruising
  • stinging
  • redness
  • skin sensitivity
  • firmness
  • mild pain

These symptoms will resolve in a few days, but you can take over-the-counter medication to alleviate the pain. It’d be best to avoid medicines with anti-inflammatory properties, such as Advil, as it interferes with how CoolSculpting eliminates the fat cells.

Patients may also apply a cold or hot compress for 20 minutes and wear a compression garment for the swelling.

4) When Results Show

CoolSculpting may result in a 20 to 25% reduction of fat. Patients may notice effects gradually in 3 weeks. They may expect the peak of its results after 1 to 3 months after treatment.

The Best Fat Reduction Procedures at NJ Center of CoolSculpting

When considering the CoolSculpting procedure, it's necessary to seek a clinic with highly experienced and trusted plastic surgeons to help you achieve satisfying results. Here at NJ Center of CoolSculpting, we take pride in giving the best CoolSculpting treatments to help our patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Schedule an appointment now!

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What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "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

    Lesley Hamilton

    Age 41

  • "It's subtle at first, and then a month later you look and go, "Wow - It really did something!" It really moved the bar for me, and I'm feeling better about myself already. It feels so good to put on anything and know I look as good as I've ever looked. And I didn't say that or feel that when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's."

    Anne McMarthy

    Age 56

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