By now, you’ve probably heard all about Coolsculpting, the non-surgical fat reduction procedure that gets rid of unwanted fat by painlessly freezing it away. You might have seen the before and after pictures of patients and read the reviews online. You may have even read about it in your favorite fashion or women’s magazine.
Even after seeing all the rave reviews out there, you still may not be sure that Coolsculpting is a good choice for you. If you’re on the fence about moving forward with the treatment, here are five signs that Coolsculpting is the right pick for you.
You’ve Got Just a Bit of Extra Fat
Sometimes, people think that Coolsculpting is designed to help people drop a considerable amount of weight. It’s a common myth that surrounds just about every surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedure. Like liposuction, Coolsculpting isn’t meant to be a weight-loss treatment. Instead, it’s meant to help people get rid of that last little bit of fat that just won’t budge.
How much excess fat should you have to be a good candidate for Coolsculpting? Ideally, you’ll have a bit of fat that you can pinch (like an inch) in the area you want to treat.
How much fat is too much fat for Coolsculpting? It really all depends on the patient. One way to tell if you’ve still got more fat and weight to lose before you should consider Coolsculpting is to think of your weight loss goal. If you’re within 30% of your goal or have just a few more pounds to lose, then you’re probably ready for Coolsculpting. But if you’ve got a long way to go when it comes to weight loss, it’s better to postpone Coolsculpting until you’ve lost more weight.
Diet and Exercise Aren’t Solving Your Problem
At this point, you might be thinking that if you just have a bit of fat to lose, why wouldn’t you just make some dietary changes or exercise more?
Many people who decide to have Coolsculpting do so because diet and exercise haven’t helped them reach all their fat reduction goals. They might have been dieting for years and may have lost a considerable amount of weight, but they still have a little tummy bulge or some jiggle in their thighs.
If diet and exercise aren’t doing what you think they should and your weight is within range of your goal (or you’ve reached your goal weight), then you might be the perfect candidate for Coolsculpting.
You Don’t Want Surgery
Coolsculpting isn’t your only fat-removal option. Another choice is liposuction, which can be a more appropriate solution for some people. But liposuction is a surgical procedure and does require a few days or a week of downtime for initial recovery, plus some activity restrictions after the initial recovery is over. It also involves anesthesia and incisions.
If you’re a candidate for either Coolsculpting or liposuction and decide that you really don’t want surgery or you don’t have the time to commit to recovery at the moment, Coolsculpting might be the better bet.
You’re Committed to a Healthy Lifestyle
Fat cells that Coolsculpting destroys are gone forever. The fat won’t come back. That said, any remaining fat cells in the body can still expand, causing weight gain even after Coolsculpting treatment.
For that reason, the best candidates for Coolsculpting are usually people who have committed to improving their lifestyle and making healthier choices. That doesn’t mean you have to swear off treats and sweets forever. But it does mean making the decision to eat as healthily as possible whenever you can, saving treats for special occasions.
Although Coolsculpting doesn’t require a long recovery period and the procedure itself takes less time than liposuction (usually less than one hour), it doesn’t provide instant results. Depending on your metabolism, it can take up to 16 weeks before you see final results and noticeable changes from Coolsculpting. Your body needs time to flush out and metabolize the damaged fat cells.
Having patience and trusting that the treatment will work is a must before and after Coolsculpting. There might be times when you feel that it’s not working or you’re not seeing results. Just keep in mind that the process takes time.
If you’re looking for quick results or want to see a change before the end of 16 weeks, another option, such as liposuction, might be a better choice for you.