Do you have a bit of extra fat around your entire abdomen that you’d like to get rid of? CoolSculpting might be the option for you. Unlike other fat removal methods, such as liposuction, which physically removes the fat from your entire body, and Liposonix, which uses heat to destroy the fat, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that uses freezing cold temperatures to destroy fat in certain areas.
It’s a much less invasive option than other treatment plans, as it’s non-surgical and has little to no downtime. After your CoolSculpting treatment, you can return to your regular life immediately. It usually takes several months for your results to appear, and you can double or triple your results by having two or more treatment sessions.
CoolSculpting is an effective treatment for destroying pockets of fat cells; however, it should not be considered a solution for large-scale weight loss. Furthermore, any fat cells that remain after the treatment can increase in size with weight gain.
Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to get the most from your CoolSculpting treatment now and in the years to come.
Have Realistic Expectations
CoolSculptting alone cannot provide miraculous results, so candidates for treatment should have in mind reasonable expectations. It is not a quick solution for excess fat or weight, nor is it effective as a weight loss solution. If weight loss is desired, other solutions are more effective.
The results may become apparent soon after the first treatment session. However, achieving full results can take up to three months. Note that these results are less immediate than invasive treatments such as liposuction.
Improve Your Diet and Start Exercising
Sadly, a series of CoolSculpting treatments don’t give you a free pass to eat however and whatever you’d like and to take up permanent residence on your couch. You’ll still need to pay attention to what you eat and make sure you have consistent exercise routines. Although you don’t have to make major changes to your habits and lifestyle after the treatment, you might find that you place more importance on eating well than you did before.
One way to improve your diet and help keep a stable weight after CoolSculpting is to focus on eating whole foods when you get them, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein. Skip the frozen dinners and processed foods, which usually contain more calories than you need and are likely to help you gain, not maintain your weight.
Regular exercise can also help you maintain your ideal weight and fat levels after CoolSculpting. Suppose you aren’t used to exercising or are used to a sedentary lifestyle. In that case, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor before starting any exercise program to avoid injury or other health issues.
When you get your doctor’s OK to start an exercise program, choose one focusing on strength training, cardio, and flexibility. You can alternate between stretching and strength training exercises on one day and cardio and stretching activities on another.
Drink Plenty of Water
Prior to and post-procedure, it is important to stay hydrated. In general, 100 ounces of water per day is recommended. However, caffeine consumption (like coffee or tea), extreme weather conditions, or strenuous physical activity may necessitate additional consumption of water in order to ensure sufficient hydration.
Massage the Treated Area
Following Coolsculpting, our aesthetics team performs a two-minute massage on the treated area to break down frozen fats. Regular kneading and massaging of the affected area can be beneficial for improving circulation and drainage. It has been found that improvements can increase up to 68% after two months, with a 44% reduction in fat layers after four months.
Use Loose Clothing
Following treatment in the targeted area, it may be advisable to wear loose clothing to aid with skin recovery and ventilation. Compression garments may reduce bruising and edema, as well as facilitate skin retraction following CoolScultping treatment.
Look at It as a Way to Jumpstart Weight Loss
CoolSculpting isn’t a way to lose massive amounts of weight. If you’re 20 pounds or more overweight, you’ll want to speak with your doctor about weight loss options before you consider CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting removes about 25 percent of fatty tissue from the treated area. It won’t help with all-over fat loss or a significant fat reduction.
But, if you’ve got a few extra pounds to lose, say less than 10, CoolSculpting can be a good way to get your weight loss going. Watching the fat fade away over the course of a few months can be the encouragement you need to shed those last few pounds by improving your diet and exercise routine.
Follow Your Doctor’s Post-operative Instructions
No incisions or sutures are used for CoolSculpting, so the recovery is generally pain-free. Patients can typically resume their daily activities immediately. However, your provider may provide special instructions based on your situation. To get the best results from CoolSculpting for stomach fat, make sure to adhere to your recommended treatment plan.
What Happens if You Gain Weight After CoolSculpting?
You might be wondering if weight gain is possible after CoolSculpting. After all, the treated fat cells are destroyed and flushed out of your system for good. While it’s true that you won’t gain back the fat that was removed after CoolSculpting, weight gain is still a possibility.
That’s because the process of gaining or losing weight is different from the process of destroying fat. When you lose weight, your fat cells shrink, making you smaller. When you add more pounds, you don’t gain more fat cells. Instead, the cells you do have become larger, so you also become larger.
If you end up gaining weight after CoolSculpting, the fat that remains in the treated area can increase in size. The same is true of the fat in other areas of the body. Since you have less fat in the treated areas, you might notice that you gain more weight or fat in other areas of the body instead.
When you decide to try CoolSculpting, it pays to work with a provider trained at the official CoolSculpting University in California. For more information on the cosmetic procedure and to see if it’s a good option for you, contact Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, under the direction of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Vitenas, today. Call 281-810-9083 to schedule your free initial consultation for this life-changing treatment.