4 Questions to Ask Your CoolSculpting Specialist

4 Questions to Ask Your CoolSculpting Specialist

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Questions to Ask Your CoolSculpting Specialist Near Me in Portage, MI
Questions to Ask Your CoolSculpting Specialist Near Me in Portage, MI

After losing weight, many people experience stubborn areas of fat that seem immune to diet and exercise, typically around the midsection, neck, or arms. These areas do not always respond to diet and exercise and can get in the way of achieving weight loss goals. Fortunately, there are fat removal treatments that can target these hard-to-remove areas, including CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting can help eliminate these fatty deposits without damaging the skin or causing any side effects.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing method that can target hard-to-remove fat on areas of the body that have not seen results from other treatments. The method used in this procedure is called cryolipolysis and received approval from The US Food and Drug Administration in 2010. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure and does not require any incisions, unlike liposuction. Because it does not break the skin, there are very few risks associated with CoolSculpting. It is a targeted procedure intended to remove small pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise.

What to expect after CoolSculpting?

The exact time frame for what to expect after CoolSculpting will be different in every situation as each person is unique. Immediately after the treatment, it is normal to experience a few temporary side effects; they are typically mild and should not interfere with day-to-day activities. Potential side effects include bruising, swelling, tingling, redness, and heightened skin sensitivity on the area(s) treated. If the neck was targeted for CoolSculpting, the muscles and skin around the targeted area may respond to the treatment in a way that causes the throat to feel full; this is normal and should go away within a few days.

While the main goal of CoolSculpting is to reduce small areas of hard-to-remove fat, some men and women report experiencing skin-tightening effects as their skin conforms to the new, fit-looking form on the treated area. However, patients with moderate to severe sagging skin will not be able to treat these concerns with CoolSculpting and will need to choose alternative cosmetic options designed to tighten the skin.

How long does CoolSculpting take to work?

The time it takes for CoolSculpting to work varies from person to person and depends on several factors, including:

  • The targeted area(s)
  • The amount of fat being treated
  • The patient’s weight loss goals
  • The patient’s metabolism

The results of CoolSculpting are not immediately visible; some patients see the full benefit of the treatment within a month, although in most cases it takes two to three months. Depending on the results, patients may decide to come back in for secondary treatments to help them achieve their desired goals.

How is fat removed from the body after CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting uses a process known as cryolipolysis, which involves freezing fats cells to remove them from the body. The cold temperature cools the fat cells under the skin until they essentially freeze to death. Because fat cells are more susceptible to cold temperatures, this process targets the fat cells but does not damage the tissue surrounding it. After the procedure, the targeted fat cells are converted into waste and are processed by the lymphatic system before being permanently removed from the body. After the treatment ends, to prevent the body from repairing the crystallized fat cells, the frozen fat will be massaged. According to several clinical studies, CoolSculpting can permanently remove fat cells in the targeted areas by approximately 25%. It takes about 2 to 3 days for the damaged fat cells to die, which will then be flushed out of the body in two to four months.

Call us today to book an appointment for CoolSculpting, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 3000 Old Centre Road, Portage, MI 49024. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Portage MI, Kalamazoo MI, Milwood MI, and Vicksburg MI.