Many people have stubborn areas of fat that won’t budge with diet or exercise. These trouble areas don’t always mean that you need to simply work harder when you are at the gym or cut out more of your favorite foods. If you are already at or near your ideal weight, you may just need a little help to achieve your body sculpting goals.
CoolSculpting is a technique that helps to freeze away stubborn fat and allows you to achieve a more sculpted shape without having to undergo an invasive procedure. At Perfect Skin Center, our CoolSculpting treatments in Scottsdale, AZ, are one of the ways that we help our patients to shave off those last few pounds.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
Have you ever wondered why you can’t lose weight in your problem areas even though you exercise daily and maintain a healthy lifestyle? The answer may be more about genetics than what you are putting into your body. Fat can cling to areas such as the abdomen, flanks, back, or arms despite all of your efforts.
This is where CoolSculpting comes in. This technology targets specific locations on your body while allowing you to keep fat in other locations. This allows you to sculpt your body into your ideal shape without having to lose weight overall.
CoolSculpting works by freezing fat cells in your body. Because fat is sensitive to extreme cold, the fat cells are destroyed when exposed to the cold temperatures of the CoolSculpting machine. During treatment, the areas where you have stubborn fat are pulled up into the CoolSculpting machine using a gentle vacuum. Then the machine cools the fat cells to the precise temperature for fat cell death.
Because the fat cells are more sensitive to this cold than the other tissues in the area, the cells die without any damage to the skin. In the days following treatment, your body will flush out the dead fat cells. Healthy fat cells are left behind, so several sessions may be needed to achieve your ideal results.
What to Expect From Your CoolSculpting Treatment Session
Before Your CoolSculpting Treatment
When you call our office, we will set up an initial consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss areas of concern and talk about the best treatments for these areas. If you and your doctor decide that CoolSculpting is the right choice, you will make your appointment for the treatment session.
During Your CoolSculpting Treatment
CoolSculpting treatments are an easy procedure. Not including your consultation, you can expect the treatment itself to last between 1 and 3 hours. This will depend on how many areas your practitioner is treating and how large the area is.
During treatment, we will put a gel pad on your skin to make sure it is protected during the treatment. Then the device will be applied to the treatment area. You will start to feel a tugging or pulling sensation as the vacuum lifts your skin into the device. It is also common to feel a cold sensation and some tingling. Let us know if you experience any discomfort during the process and we can adjust the treatment.
If you have a larger area that needs to be treated, the process will be repeated on each section of fat. Once we are done, you will be able to go back to work, school, or any other activities that you have planned. You can even resume your normal workout routine.
After Your CoolSculpting Treatment
You may have redness on your skin after treatment as your body reacts to the cold. Some people may also experience some soreness and bruising but this is normal and temporary. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns or questions about what you can expect from your CoolSculpting treatment.
After your CoolSculpting treatments are complete, you can come back into our office for an assessment. You can view your CoolSculpting before and after photos to see how much progress has been made. You and your doctor can always assess whether any additional treatments are needed to achieve your desired results.
Where Can CoolSculpting Be Used?
CoolSculpting has been FDA-cleared for use on many areas of the body. These areas include:
- Under the chin (double chin)
- Love handles
- Bra Line
How Long Will it Take to See CoolSculpting Results?
It can take time for your fat cells to die and for your body to eliminate them. Most people don’t see results until an average of one month after treatment with full results after an average of three months. The time that it takes to see results will depend on your body and many other factors.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Most people need more than one treatment to see the full results of their CoolSculpting treatments. You can expect to need between 2 and 3 treatments per area. You should wait at least one month in between treatment sessions to allow your body time to eliminate dead fat cells and to give you and your doctor time to evaluate whether additional treatments are needed.
CoolSculpting in Scottsdale, AZ
If you are looking for a way to eliminate stubborn fat from your body, we offer CoolSculpting for the belly, chin, flanks, back, and more. At Perfect Skin Center, we serve patients in Scottsdale, AZ, and the surrounding areas. You can start by visiting our website, reading CoolSculpting reviews, and viewing our before and after gallery. Then, you can set up your consultation by phone or email.