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How to Prepare for CoolSculpting

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Do you have stubborn fat around your abdomen, thighs, arms or other areas that just won't go away, no matter how much you diet and exercise? Millions of people struggle to eliminate localized fat deposits that can be resistant to traditional weight loss methods.

CoolSculpting offers a revolutionary way to reshape your body and get rid of pesky fat pockets for good. CoolSculpting is a fast, convenient and safe treatment performed right in the office. It's no wonder it's quickly becoming one of the most popular fat reduction procedures in the country.

If you're ready to say goodbye to stubborn body fat for good, CoolSculpting can help. This comprehensive guide will tell you everything you need to know to get the best results from your treatment.

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What Exactly Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to remove unwanted fat cells. A special applicator delivers precise cooling to the targeted area, causing the fat cells in that area to crystallize and die off. Your body then naturally flushes out these dead fat cells over the next 2-4 months.

This revolutionary technology was developed by Harvard scientists and has been safely used in medical practices since 2010. Millions of CoolSculpting treatments have been performed worldwide with excellent fat reduction results and high patient satisfaction.

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution. It's a body contouring treatment designed to reduce stubborn fat pockets in specific problem areas. Common treatment sites include the abdomen, love handles, back and bra fat, inner and outer thighs, underneath the buttocks, knees, arms and chin.

Results are visible within a few weeks and become more pronounced over the next 2-4 months. Most patients see fat reduction of up to 25% per treatment area. Additional sessions may produce even more dramatic fat loss. The results are permanent, as CoolSculpting targets the fat cells themselves instead of just shrinking them temporarily.

How Much Fat Can CoolSculpting Remove?

The amount of fat reduced by CoolSculpting varies based on the individual and the treatment area. Here are some general guidelines on what kind of fat removal you can expect:

1Each CoolSculpting treatment can eliminate up to 20-25% of the fat cells in a given treatment area.
2Most patients see a visible reduction in fat layer thickness of up to 30% per treatment area after 1-2 sessions.
3For smaller treatment sites like under the chin, arms or knees, 1 session is often enough to achieve desired results.
4Larger areas like the abdomen, flanks, back or thighs generally require 2-4 treatment sessions spaced 4-8 weeks apart for optimal fat reduction.
5Some patients may see results in as little as 3 weeks after treatment. However, it typically takes 2-3 months to fully appreciate the final effects as the body continues flushing out dead cells.
6Stubborn fat bulges often require multiple sessions, but this allows for aggressive spot reduction with dramatic reshaping of contours.
7If additional stubborn fat remains after your initial set of treatments, maintenance sessions can be done periodically.
8The average patient loses about 2-4 total inches of fat circumference off their treatment areas after a complete CoolSculpting plan.

While individual results will vary, the vast majority of CoolSculpting patients report high satisfaction with their treatment and fat reduction results overall. 

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How Should You Prepare For Your CoolSculpting Session?

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A little prep work can help ensure you have the best possible experience and results from your CoolSculpting treatment. Here are some tips:

Hydrate Thoroughly

Drink plenty of water in the days and hours leading up to your appointment. Proper hydration will help flush fat cells and toxins from your body post-treatment. Avoid alcohol and caffeine for 3 days prior, as they can increase treatment discomfort.

Eat A Light Meal

Don't arrive for your CoolSculpting session on an empty stomach. A light snack or meal prior helps avoid discomfort. But avoid overeating right before, as a very full stomach could impact suction or increase sensitivity.

Avoid Blood Thinners

Stop taking blood thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil or vitamin E for 1 week beforehand. These can increase bruising and bleeding at the treatment site. Check with your provider before stopping any medications.

Wear Comfortable, Loose Clothing

Treatment areas will need to be fully exposed. Avoid anything too restrictive. Disposable gowns are often provided. You may want to bring loose fitting pants or dresses to wear home afterwards.

No Sun Exposure

Avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment. This can minimize sensitivity risks.

Arrange For Transportation

While most people immediately return to normal activity after CoolSculpting, you may experience temporary numbness, tingling or minor discomfort. Arrange transportation just in case.

Talk To Your Provider

Discuss your treatment goals, medical history and any concerns. Be sure they fully examine your treatment areas and determine if you're an ideal candidate. This will help ensure the best possible outcome.

What To Expect During a CoolSculpting Procedure

The CoolSculpting treatment is performed in a medical office. No anesthesia or sedation is required. Each session takes about 35 minutes per treatment area. During the treatment,

  • We will clean and prepare the treatment area. Our experts apply a protective gel pad to the skin.
  • The CoolSculpting applicator is applied and secured by a vacuum suction. As it adheres to the skin, it draws tissue between the cooling panels.
  • The applicator delivers precise cooling to the fat cells beneath without damaging other tissues. You may feel intense cold, tingling, aching or cramping as the treatment begins. These commonly fade after 5-10 minutes as the area becomes numb.
  • After 35 minutes, the applicator is detached. We will massage the treated area to help restore normal sensation and blood flow.
  • Additional applicator placements may be used to ensure optimal coverage of the treatment area. You can relax, read, work or even nap during the procedure.
  • Immediately after treatment you can resume normal activities. Some temporary numbness, redness or minor discomfort is common. This usually resolves within a few hours but can last several weeks.
  • Over the next 2-4 months your body will naturally eliminate the destroyed fat cells. Most patients need 2-4 treatments spaced a month apart in each area for optimal fat reduction.

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Are There Any Restrictions Before CoolSculpting Treatment?

While there is minimal pre-treatment preparation needed, avoiding certain activities can help reduce treatment risks and side effects:

  • Avoid sunburn or sun tanning for 1-2 weeks pre-treatment. Sun exposure can increase sensitivity and discomfort.
  • Don't take NSAIDs like ibuprofen or aspirin for 1 week prior, as these thinning medications increase the risks of bruising and bleeding.
  • Stop taking supplements with blood thinning effects like vitamin E, ginger, ginkgo biloba or fish oil. Consult your provider before stopping any medications.
  • Avoid significant weight gain or loss for 1 month pre-treatment, as fluctuating fat cells can impact results.
  • Don't consume excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol for 3 days beforehand. These can increase swelling, bruising and sensitivity.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise for 1 day before and after treatment to minimize discomfort. Light walking is fine.

Let the experts of NJ Center for CoolSculpting know about any concerns, sensitivities or medical conditions before treatment so we can take proper precautions. Following our pre-treatment guidelines helps ensure better outcomes.

What To Do After a CoolSculpting Session

While you can resume most normal activities immediately, following proper aftercare guidelines is important. This will minimize side effects and give you the best possible results over the next few months as your body eliminates the dead fat cells.

  • Continue to wear loose, comfortable clothing over the treated area for a few days to avoid irritation or friction. Many patients wear compression garments like Spanx to provide support and reduce swelling.
  • Use cold packs or massage the area if you experience tenderness, swelling, numbness or tingling. This typically resolves within a few weeks.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise, hot tubs and massage for 2-3 weeks post-treatment as this can worsen side effects.
  • Drink plenty of water over the next few weeks to help flush out the crystallized fat cells and reduce side effects.
  • Follow a healthy diet and engage in light physical activity. This supports your body's natural processes for eliminating the dead fat.
  • Results will become visible over the next 2-4 months. Follow up with your provider for any additional sessions needed to achieve your goals.

Most side effects like numbness, itching, bruising or tenderness are minor and only temporary. Contact us if symptoms seem abnormal or don't start improving within a few weeks.

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If you're struggling with stubborn fat pockets resistant to diet and exercise, CoolSculpting could be the solution. At NJ Center for CoolSculpting, Dr. Hardik Soni customizes each patient's fat freezing treatment for optimal, natural looking results.

Schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Soni to determine if you're a candidate and develop a tailored CoolSculpting fat reduction plan. Call (908) 628-1070 today or request an appointment online to get started reshaping your body.

Our state-of-the-art facility provides a luxurious and spa-like CoolSculpting experience. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and help you reach your body goals through this revolutionary non-surgical treatment. Contact us today!

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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

    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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