CoolSculpting is a revolutionary way to sculpt the body without surgery. Instead, this device utilizes controlled cooling to freeze fat cells, destroying them so they can be eliminated by the body. CoolSculpting is effective in trimming away those stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. If you want to make the most of your CoolSculpting procedure, we have a few tips to follow before and after treatment to get the best results possible.
Are You a Good Candidate?
If you want to ensure positive results from your CoolSculpting procedure, make sure you are a good candidate for the treatment. CoolSculpting is primarily designed for men and women that have achieved a healthy weight and have isolated areas of fat that have not responded to their weight loss efforts. It is not a weight loss procedure and cannot remove more than about 20 percent of your total fat in a specified treatment area with each treatment session. If you have larger areas of fat to address, your physician may recommend a surgical liposuction procedure that can offer more dramatic results.
Choosing Your Provider
Once you have determined CoolSculpting is the right procedure for you, it is essential that you choose a physician experienced in performing this procedure. While CoolSculpting is considered non-invasive, proper technique and use of the device is necessary to achieve the best possible results. In addition, doctors that have performed numerous CoolSculpting procedures will have the best idea of how to advise their patients before and after treatment to ensure a good outcome.
Immediately after Treatment
There are a number of small steps you can take to improve your CoolSculpting results before they even become evident. One is a massage of the treatment area immediately following your procedure, which may increase your body’s ability to eliminate treated fat cells. Another is wearing a compression garment around the treatment area that encourages healing in the area and helps the body conform to its new shape. Finally, increasing your water consumption can give your lymphatic system the extra help it needs to eliminate those treated fat cells a little faster.
Developing Healthy Habits
Many patients mistakenly believe that once they have undergone a CoolSculpting treatment, they cannot gain weight since fat cells are permanently eliminated from the body. However, fat cells remaining in the treatment area can indeed enlarge over time, interfering with your positive results. The best way to ensure you keep your new body contour is by adhering to a healthy diet and exercise plan after treatment to keep your body in the best shape possible.
The Need for Subsequent Treatments
Some patients may achieve their full results after a single CoolSculpting treatment. Others may decide to undergo one or more additional treatment sessions to further enhance their body contouring results. When you meet with your plastic surgeon for your initial consultation, you will discuss how much fat you hope to reduce and how many treatment sessions may be required for you to meet those goals. If more than one CoolSculpting treatment is in your future, they will likely be spaced about four-six weeks apart to ensure your body has time to heal completely between procedures.
CoolSculpting is an effective, long-lasting way to achieve a smoother body contour. The procedure does not involve anesthesia, incisions or downtime, and results can be permanent if you maintain a healthy weight after treatment. To learn more about CoolSculpting or find out if it is the right procedure for you, contact Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery today at 855-338-0261.