Coolsculpting is often the treatment of choice for individuals looking to remove unwanted fat from the body without surgery. Compared to surgical procedures such as liposuction, non-surgical fat removal has less downtime and doesn’t require incisions or stitches.
If you’re considering Coolsculpting, you might wonder what’s really going to happen after the treatment. How long will it take before you see results? How will you feel after treatment? Read on to learn what to expect from this innovative fat removal procedure.
Right After Coolsculpting
After the Coolsculpting device has spent an hour freezing the fat in the treatment area, you’ll be left with what many patients describe as looking like a “stick of butter” just beneath the skin. The “butter” is actually the fat that’s been frozen. It might look a little alarming, but someone from your Coolsculpting team will massage it away, allowing the frozen fat cells to disperse.
How active you are right after Coolsculpting depends on your temperament and personal preferences. Some people do find that they prefer to take it easy after their treatment. They many choose to take a few days off from working out or doing other strenuous activities. Others are quite happy to tackle their daily tasks and then some.
As far as pain and discomfort, that also depends on your temperament. Some people barely notice any discomfort, while others describe the pain as intense. If you do feel any pain, you can take over-the-counter pain medications to help manage it.
Over the Next Few Weeks
During the few weeks after Coolsculpting, you are likely to begin noticing the results of the procedure. How soon results are visible depends on a variety of factors. In some cases, results might become visible after a few weeks as your body processes and flushes away the destroyed fat cells. It’s important to be patient after Coolsculpting as it can take some time before you see a noticeable change.
Whether you see results quickly or end up waiting the full 16 weeks before you notice a change, any side effects you experience as a result of the treatment should fade over the course of a few weeks. If you had swelling, bruising or itching, it should clear up during this time.
After a Couple of Months
About two months after your first Coolsculpting treatment, it’s worth checking in with your provider and discussing whether a second treatment in the same area makes sense. Coolsculpting can remove up to 25 percent of the fat in an area. The number of treatments needed depends in large part on your body and metabolism.
Although some people do get the results they want after a single treatment, it’s not uncommon for people to seek out a second round of Coolsculpting.
Tips for Maintaining Your Results After Coolsculpting
The results from Coolsculpting are permanent. The fat that gets destroyed by the freezing temperatures is gone forever. But that doesn’t mean that you can eat a lot of junk food and avoid exercise after Coolsculpting and expect to maintain a smooth, svelte figure. The fat cells that remain can get bigger if you put on weight, so it’s a good idea to pay close attention to what you eat and how much you exercise.
Although Coolsculpting isn’t meant to be a weight loss procedure and it won’t help you lose a significant number of pounds, it can be the thing that kickstarts a healthier lifestyle and healthier habits for you. You just spent time and money banishing unwanted fat from your body. Sticking to a healthy diet is the least you can do to maintain your results.
In Houston, Texas, Dr. Paul Vitenas and several members of the staff at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique are graduates of Coolsculpting University and are well-trained and very experienced with the fat removal treatment. To learn more about what you can expect after Coolsculpting and to see if the treatment is right for you, call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation today.