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How Much Weight Can You Really Lose from CoolSculpting?

Are Diet and Exercise Not Working Anymore? CoolSculpting Could Be the Solution for Stubborn Fat Removal

You feel like you’ve tried everything to lose those last few pounds or slim down certain body areas, but the extra weight just won’t come off. 

 Here’s the truth: Despite diet changes and rigorous exercise routines, some fat deposits simply refuse to budge. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as "stubborn fat".

Genetics, hormones, and natural body composition all play a role in determining where and how the body stores fat. For many, stubborn fat accumulates around the abdomen, flanks, thighs, chin, and arms.

The good news is there are now effective non-surgical solutions for reducing stubborn fat pockets. CoolSculpting has exploded over the past decade as a revolutionary approach to targeted fat reduction.

But does it actually help you lose weight? And if so, how many pounds or inches can you expect to lose from a typical treatment session?

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How Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

CoolSculpting is the brand name for cryolipolysis, which utilizes controlled cooling to eliminate diet and exercise-resistant fat. The technology was cleared by the FDA in 2010 for non-invasive fat layer reduction. Here’s a quick overview of the CoolSculpting process:

  • A CoolSculpting technician applies an applicator to the target treatment area. Applicators come in various shapes and sizes to match different body contours.
  • The applicator delivers vacuum pressure and intense cold temperature to the underlying tissue. Patients may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, and intense coldness during the first 5-10 minutes.
  • The cold triggers a process of cryolipolysis, freezing the fat cells. Lipids in the fat crystalize at warmer temperatures than water in other cells, allowing fat cells to be selectively targeted.
  • Over the next 2-3 months, the crystallized fat cells die off and are naturally eliminated from the body. Other cells like skin and muscle are unharmed.
  • Multiple treatments are spaced 1 month apart for optimal results. Most patients require 1-4 treatments per body area to achieve their desired transformation.

Patients can read, use electronic devices, or simply relax during the 1-3 hour CoolSculpting sessions. There is no anesthesia or downtime required. Following the treatment, patients can resume their normal daily activities. Mild side effects like temporary numbness, bruising, and redness may occur.

Which Body Areas Can Be Treated?

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One of the major benefits of CoolSculpting is its ability to spot reduce bulges in specific areas of concern. The areas of the body most commonly treated include:

  • Abdomen/waist - Perhaps the most popular area, targeting muffin tops and love handles on the sides of the stomach.
  • Flanks/back - Excellent for reducing back and bra bulges.
  • Inner/outer thighs - Reduces the look of saddlebags and stubborn fat on the legs.
  • Arms - Can slim upper arms and reduce jiggle.
  • Chin/neck - Can help achieve a tighter jawline and reduce double chin appearance.
  • Bra fat - Specialized applicators can eliminate armpit bulges.

Realistic Expectations: How Much Weight Will You Lose?

Now that you understand how CoolSculpting works, the next obvious question is “How much fat can this technology actually eliminate from my body?” The answer depends on a number of important factors.

First, it’s critical to understand CoolSculpting is intended for stubborn fat removal, not significant weight loss. The ideal candidate is already near or at their goal weight, but is looking to sculpt and contour their figure.

In real world terms, this translates to:

  • Losing 2-4 total pounds of body fat per treatment area over the full series of sessions.
  • Losing 2-4 total inches off the treated body part's circumference.

The dramatic reduction in inches comes from eliminating bulges caused by pockets of fat. The visual impact is a leaner and more toned appearance in the treated zones. Even though the total pounds lost is not extensive, removing localized fat deposits can totally transform trouble spots.

Below are some examples of typical results from popular treatment sites:

Abdominal fat removal: Losing 1-3 inches off the belly circumference by reducing love handles and visible fat. This slims the waistline and smoothes the stomach.

Back/bra fat reduction: Decreasing back and bra bulge measurements by 1-2 inches. Improves contouring along the sides and reduces the back.

Slimming thighs: A loss of up to one inch of fat per thigh. Enhances leg contours.

Tighter arms: Losing up to an inch of flab from the upper arms.

More defined chin/neck: Removal of up to 20% of submental fat (double chin). Results in a sharper jawline.

What Influences Your Results? -table?

The amount of fat lost and inches shed will vary from patient to patient based on:

  • The number of treatment applicators placed on the area. Using multiple applicators per session improves results.
  • Genetics and individual fat distribution patterns. Some patients have denser fat layers that are harder to reduce.
  • The number of sessions completed. Most patients require 2-4 treatments spaced a month apart for optimal slimming. Just one session induces some fat loss, but a series maximizes reduction.
  • Metabolism and hormonal factors that impact fat storage and weight fluctuations.
  • Diet and exercise habits before and after treatments. Maintaining healthy lifestyle habits maximizes fat loss sustainability.
  • The amount of pinchable fat present in the area to begin with. Areas with more initial fat tend to have better shrinking potential.
  • Realistic expectations set by your CoolSculpting provider based on the consultation and evaluations.

By following your provider’s customized treatment plan, you can expect to see a noticeable 20-25% fat reduction in treated areas. While CoolSculpting itself will not produce dramatic overall weight loss, it can eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. The result is a slimmer and more sculpted physique.

How Long Do Results Last?

One of the huge advantages of CoolSculpting is its ability to permanently remove fat cells. The frozen fat cells are crystallized during the procedure and eliminated from the body over the next 2-4 months. Those cells treated by the CoolSculpting process do not regenerate or grow back.

However, it is important to remember future weight gain can still occur. If the patient's weight increases substantially, new fat cells may accumulate and expand in the treatment areas. That's why patients are encouraged to maintain their diet and exercise habits after completing treatment.

Provided weight remains stable, most patients can expect long-term results from the fat cells eliminated during CoolSculpting. Some patients opt to do maintenance sessions every 3-5 years if they want to target any new small fat bulges. But the destroyed fat cells themselves will not return after being frozen.

Candidates for Safe and Effective Fat Reduction

The ideal CoolSculpting candidate is already near their goal weight, but is looking to spot treat specific areas of localized fat. They should be in overall good health without any conditions that impair skin sensitivity or make cold exposure unsafe.

CoolSculpting is not intended for major weight loss. The results are optimized when it is paired with healthy lifestyle habits. Diet and exercise helps best maintain the sculpted figure achieved through treatments.

Some patients use CoolSculpting as an alternative to liposuction procedures. It offers non-invasive fat reduction without the risks, pain, and downtime of surgery. 

While CoolSculpting will not provide the dramatic fat removal liposuction can, it does eliminate stubborn pockets safely.

Take the First Step Toward Body Contouring Success

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CoolSculpting has revolutionized the approach to targeted fat reduction. Through a series of non-invasive sessions, patients can contour and slim their physique by freezing away stubborn fat cells.

While CoolSculpting itself is not a weight loss solution, it can dramatically transform the look of trouble spots by removing pockets of fat. Many patients find the most success when they combine CoolSculpting with healthy eating and exercise habits.

If you're ready to take control and make a change, the first step is to schedule a consultation. Our experts at NJ Center for CoolSculpting will listen to your goals and concerns, examine your trouble spots, and devise a customized treatment plan. Their experienced CoolSculpting providers understand how to create a plan tailored to your specific needs.

By working together, we can develop a strategy to freeze away stubborn fat and achieve the contoured, slimmed physique you desire. Don't wait - take the first step today by scheduling your consultation. 

NJ Center for CoolSculpting is here to guide you through your body contouring transformation.

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Up to 25% Fat Reduction With CoolSculpting: Treat Yourself Today!


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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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