Even if you keep up with a healthy lifestyle, it can be difficult to achieve your ideal body contour because of stubborn, exercise-resistant fat deposits. In the past, surgery such as liposuction was the only option for removing this fat. Today, non-surgical options like CoolSculpting can effectively and permanently remove unwanted fat. Seattle Skin and Laser proudly offers CoolSculpting at our Mercer Island location.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that works using cryolipolysis. During CoolSculpting, fat cells are frozen, which damages them to the point that the body naturally flushes them away. However, other cells (such as skin cells) are not damaged through this process.
Who is a Candidate for Coolsculpting?
CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss procedure. Rather, it is a suitable option for those who are at or near a healthy weight and follow a healthy diet and exercise routine, but have stubborn areas of fat and wish to achieve a slimmer or more toned body contour. Some patients with certain medical conditions should not have CoolSculpting. During a consultation, your CoolSculpting provider will review your health history and goals to determine whether CoolSculpting is recommended for you.
What Areas Can I Treat with CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting can be used to reduce fat from many areas of the body. The most common include the:
- Flanks/love handles
- Upper arms
- Chin or neck area (double chin)
- Back/bra roll
The CoolSculpting Procedure
During your CoolSculpting session, the device will be placed over the treatment area, and applicators will administer suction and cooling technology. You may feel some pinching, pulling, or cooling sensations during the procedure, but CoolSculpting should not be painful. Once complete, your provider may then massage the area to prevent tissue from freezing together and encourage the body to metabolize the destroyed fat cells. Typically, a single CoolSculpting session lasts between one and three hours.
Many patients can achieve their goal results in a single CoolSculpting session, but it can require follow-up treatments to reduce a sufficient amount of fat to reach your ideal body contour. During your consultation, your technician will explain a treatment plan that will work for you.
CoolSculpting Results and Recovery
One of CoolSculpting’s major benefits is that the procedure requires no downtime. You are free to return to your normal routine, including work or school, immediately after your CoolSculpting appointment if you choose.
After CoolSculpting, you may experience some redness, soreness, or slight swelling in the treatment area. These side effects are temporary and should dissipate within 24 hours after your treatment session.
CoolSculpting results are typically noticeable about three weeks after your appointment. However, these results tend to improve over about six months as the body continues to metabolize the destroyed fat cells. Some patients or treatment areas may require multiple treatment sessions, with some results visible after each session. Your technician will explain what you can expect during your consultation.
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