Winter may be fast approaching in Iowa, but this is the season to stay “cool,” despite dropping temperatures. CoolSculpting, the popular, non-surgical body contouring procedure is a relatively quick and easy way to lose those isolated areas of fat that won’t respond to your diet and exercise efforts. There are a number of reasons why Iowans are heading to Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery to sculpt their bodies right now.
CoolSculpting is one of the only treatments that uses controlled cooling to target unwanted fat cells. The colder temperatures freeze and destroy the fat cells without traumatizing surrounding skin and tissue. The treated fat cells are eliminated by natural body processes over time and the treated area becomes leaner and firmer. The gradual timing of the results will make it easy to keep your cosmetic treatment your own secret – unless you choose to share your secret with others!
CoolSculpting is non-invasive, meaning there is no anesthesia or incisions associated with the procedure. The device works on the outer surface of the skin, delivering the targeted cooling without actually penetrating the skin. The machine also draws in the skin a bit to make the cooling action more effective. Most patients find the procedure to be fairly comfortable and find they can read, look at e-mails or even nap during the 60-minute treatment.
CoolSculpting offers contouring benefits to many different areas of the body, including:
- Midsection and waistline
- Hips and flanks
- Inner and outer thighs
- Underneath the chin
Different applicators allow the device to be used in a wide range of areas. The unique shape and size of each applicator ensures the greatest benefit no matter how large or small the treatment area might be.
CoolSculpting isn’t just comfortable during the treatment, it produces little discomfort after the procedure as well. Some patients may find the treatment area is slightly red or swollen, but few find the discomfort interferes with their regular activities. Nearly all of our patients are able to return to their daily routine the same day as the treatment or the day after. For those who do experience some discomfort, over-the-counter pain medications are generally sufficient.
The majority of patients see significant results after their first treatment session, although those results do not appear right away. It may take a few months to see the full effect of your procedure, as the treated fat cells are eliminated and the skin conforms to the new body contour. Some patients will decide to undergo a second or even third treatment session to achieve even more dramatic results.
Once you see your full results, they will be permanent as long as a healthy weight is maintained. The destroyed fat cells are completely eliminated, so they cannot return. However, if you gain weight after the procedure, remaining fat cells can enlarge and require you to have a subsequent treatment to restore the results of your first procedure. Dr. Andrews and his staff can offer information about keeping a healthy weight after your procedure to avoid that necessity.
CoolSculpting is an effective treatment any time of the year, but becomes particularly popular over the winter months. If you start your treatment soon, you will be revealing your new body contour in time for your spring break plans. To learn more about this treatment, contact Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery today at 855-338-0261.