Annual statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show the number of men seeking surgical and noninvasive cosmetic procedures has gone over the last two years by up a substantial 43%. Even more impressive, the ASPS reports that the number of male plastic surgery procedures has risen more than 273% since 1997. Respected plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Mulholland of SpaMedica in Toronto, notes that for many cosmetic practices today, between 30-40% of the patient population is male. “Men are spending more time and money on their appearance than ever before,” Dr. Mulholland shares. While surgical procedures still provide optimal results, many of these guys are seeking out innovative, noninvasive body contouring techniques.
Even the healthiest, fittest men and women can notice a buildup of fatty tissue along their stomach, breasts, and lower back. Unfortunately, a routine workout schedule and healthy diet can have little effect on these stubborn areas of fat. For years, the only way to eliminate unwanted fatty tissue was through liposuction. Today, however, CoolSculpting can get rid of difficult to address fat almost anywhere on the body. Explains Dr. Mulholland, “It’s a non-surgical treatment designed to kill fat, dead. There are no real risks (with CoolSculpting) and the results are pleasantly predictable.”
Using a cutting-edge process known as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting can eliminate stubborn areas of fatty tissue without surgery. The extreme cold temperature of the CoolSculpting applicator will freeze targeted fat cells, which are then safely and naturally eliminated by the body. With no incisions, there is little chance for side-effects or complications. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a safe and effective method for reducing areas of fat, CoolSculpting requires no downtime.
CoolSculpting session is a comfortable, in-office treatment. The unique handpiece is gently placed over the targeted tissue, which is then suctioned between two cooling paddles. As the temperature drops, the treatment area is gently numbed. CoolSculpting is almost painless: men can comfortably read, talk on their phone, or take a quick nap during the treatment. Traditional CoolSculpting sessions take about one hour, but using the latest technology from device-maker Zeltiq, treatments with the CoolAdvantage applicator take just 35 minutes.
No needles and no sutures mean no downtime is needed after a CoolSculpting procedure. The treatment area may note some minor redness, tenderness, temporary numbness, or tingling, but these side-effects will quickly resolve. Men can return to work, exercise, and their daily activities right away.
The benefits of CoolSculpting will not be immediately apparent, as the body needs time to shed the targeted fat cells. Over the next several months, patients can see up to a 25% reduction in fat. If additional fat reduction is desired, a repeat session can be safely performed. While men should remember that the surrounding areas can still accumulate fat, the eliminated fat cells cannot return.
The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting will not be seeking a weight loss procedure. “If you are trying to lose a considerable amount of weight, this is not for you,” Dr. Mulholland states. He goes on, “This is an effective solution to help improve those stubborn pockets of fat.”
CoolSculpting works best for men that are reasonably fit, looking to eliminate hard-to-address pockets of fat. Potential patients should understand the CoolSculpting process and hold reasonable expectations for their results. For optimal benefits, men should be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercise routine.
CoolSculpting in Houston:
Houston’s Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique is the area’s leading provider in CoolSculpting. As one of a small number of practices offering DualSculpting – two CoolSculpting machines – Mirror Mirror allows patients to treat twice the area in half the time. Even better, with CoolSculpting’s newest applicator, CoolAdvantage, each treatment takes only 35 minutes.
If you are unhappy with stubborn patches of fat on the chest, back, arms, abdomen, or thighs, CoolSculpting may be for you. To find out more, contact Houston’s Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique at 281.810.9083 and schedule a free consultation.