Chances are you’ve heard of CoolSculpting, the popular body contouring treatment that freezes away unwanted fat. This non-invasive treatment, offered by Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center in Waltham, MA, makes it easy to get rid of stubborn spots on the body that won’t respond to diet and exercise.
Patients love the way their CoolSculpting results develop. Individuals who undergo this treatment get the immediate satisfaction of seeing some improvement right away. But the best results develop gradually over the coming weeks, which means patients never look like they suddenly went and had work done. Instead, they look like they’ve been taking great care of their body.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
This treatment kills off fat cells by freezing them, a process known as cryolipolysis. An applicator placed against the treatment area directs cool temperatures toward the targeted fat cells, destroying them. The body’s lymphatic system then flushes those fat cells out over the next few weeks, shrinking the problem spot and giving the patient a more sculpted physique. This amazing treatment can reduce targeted fat by up to 24 percent. For many patients, a series of treatments is recommended.
Let’s Talk Results
If you’re considering this treatment, it’s because you want to improve the appearance of your body. Rest assured that CoolSculpting can help. This treatment system won’t remove a large volume of fat from your body, but it’ll remove just enough to get rid of the spots that have been troubling you, from heavy thighs to fullness along the bra line. It also gives patients the ability to precisely target their problem areas. This treatment allows you to get rid of the curves you don’t want, and keep the ones you like. That’s different from a traditional weight loss plan, which gives the patient no control over where pounds are lost.
Once that spot or two that has been frustrating you has been addressed, your body will look sleeker, more balanced, and fit. Patients are often so pleased with their results that they return to have another part of the body treated.
How Quickly Will I See Results?
Many patients see improvement fairly soon after their first appointment. But the best results develop over the next several months as the lymphatic system disposes of those fat cells. CoolSculpting requires patience, but most of the individuals we work with appreciate the gradual onset of results because it gives them time to adjust to their new look. The slow improvement in the body also appears more natural.
Will My Results Be Permanent?
Another major advantage of this treatment is that the results are permanent. Once those fat cells are gone, they’ll never come back. You won’t have to worry about maintenance treatments to keep up your new look. All you’ll need to do is maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a careful diet and regular exercise. This treatment won’t prevent you from gaining weight in the future.
Will This Treatment Leave Me With Loose Skin?
Patients who lose a lot of weight sometimes find that they’re left with loose skin. But because the amount of fat removed by this treatment system is modest, excess skin is not usually a problem. The gradual onset of results also ensures that the skin can slowly conform with the body’s new shape.
What Can I Expect From Treatment?
These treatments are easy, comfortable, and they won’t take much of your time. Before we get started, we’ll make a few marks on the treatment area that we’ll use as reference points during your session. We’ll then use a hand-held applicator to deliver the controlled cooling. This treatment system has several different rounded applicators, and we’ll use the one that best fits your target area. Once the applicator has gone to work, you may feel some coolness and pressure, but the experience overall is a comfortable one. You may even find yourself dozing off during treatment.
Once we’ve finished, we’ll massage the treatment area to separate any tissues that have become stuck together because of the cold. The massage will also help the body go to work on flushing away those fat cells. Most treatments take less than an hour, and because there is no anesthesia involved, you’ll be able to get right back to your regular schedule.
Which Areas of the Body Can This Treat?
One of the big advantages of this treatment system is its versatility. The abdomen, upper arms, thighs, the back, and even the fullness that sometimes develops under the chin are all commonly addressed. The range of applicators available makes it easy for us to use this treatment system to address all of your areas of concern.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of treatments needed depends on your area of concern and how much of a fat reduction you want to achieve. For many patients two to three appointments are recommended, each of which is spaced at least one month apart. We design a custom treatment plan for each patient that takes into consideration his or her cosmetic needs and goals. Our practice also offers CoolSculpting packages that allow individuals to target multiple areas of concern.
Is This for Men and Women?
This treatment is a great option for both male and female patients. Women are most likely to develop unwanted fat in the hips and legs, and the fat on their bodies is often more fibrous. Men tend to have firmer fat, and it develops more often in the tummy. This treatment can successfully address both fibrous and firm fat, and it can be used in all of the areas that men and women struggle with.
Is It Safe?
This treatment was approved by the FDA in 2010. It is a safe and widely used body contouring option.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you’re interested in learning if you’re a candidate for this treatment, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Peter Kruy, our founder and medical director. Dr. Kruy earned his medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Kruy is one of CoolSculpting’s most experienced providers, and our practice is recognized as a Center of Excellence for administering this treatment.
During your consultation, Dr. Kruy will review your medical history, evaluate your area of concern, and talk with you about your goals. He’ll determine whether or not this treatment is for you. There are several early signs that you may be an especially good candidate, however:
You’re in Good Shape
The patients who see the best results from this treatment are already in pretty good shape. They’re exercising, eating right, and trying to take good care of themselves. Most are within 20 pounds of their goal weight. But they also have a problem spot or two that just won’t shape up no matter how hard they work at it. This treatment helps them hone in on that problem spot and get rid of it once and for all.
You Can Maintain Your New Look
This treatment will do the heavy lifting when it comes to getting rid of unwanted fat cells, but it will be up to you to maintain your new look long term with healthy lifestyle habits. For most patients, this means continuing to exercise and paying attention to their diet.
You Want Subtle, Natural Results
The non-invasive nature of this treatment, combined with the fact that results develop gradually, means the improvement in your body will be subtle and natural. This treatment won’t help you shed a significant amount of weight and it won’t drastically overhaul your appearance, but your body will appear trimmer, more youthful, and healthier. And it’ll be enough of an improvement to boost your self-confidence.
You Prefer a Custom Treatment
Every patient approaches this treatment system with a different set of needs and goals. Some want to aggressively slim down the abdomen, while others want a subtle reduction in the size of the upper arms. This treatment system allows us to develop a custom plan for you that takes into consideration your body and your cosmetic concerns. We can even incorporate other treatments, including dermal fillers, botulinum toxin injections, and even laser stretch mark treatments, to best meet your needs.
You Favor a Non-Surgical Solution
Plastic surgery is also an option for patients who want to address stubborn areas of the body that have refused to shape up. But not every patient is a candidate for invasive treatment, and not every patient can commit to the hassle and downtime associated with surgery. This treatment is ideal for those who prefer a non-surgical approach.
Can Any Other Treatments Help?
Patients who want to non-surgically address small problem areas now have more treatment options than ever. Over the past 20 years, new contouring treatments have made it possible to easily slim down the body through a series of non-invasive treatments. These treatment systems use a variety of methods, including heat, cool temperatures, and radiofrequency energy, to break down fat cells that are then naturally disposed of. In addition to CoolSculpting, our practice is pleased to offer EmSculpt and VelaShape.
EmSculpt is unique because it focuses less on disposing of unwanted fat and more on building muscle tone and definition in the abdomen and buttocks. During treatment, paddles placed against the body direct high-intensity electromagnetic energy to the area of concern. This energy causes the muscles to contract much as they do during a high-intensity workout. A 30-minute EmSculpt session triggers the same amount of muscle contraction that would have been involved in performing 20,000 sit-ups or squats.
Over a series of four treatments, EmSculpt essentially tricks the body into thinking it’s been through four extremely intense workouts, giving patients the great results that would come from that type of super-human exercise regimen. The ideal EmSculpt patient is already in pretty good shape but wants to develop muscles that appear more “cut.”
VelaShape can be used all over the body to erase unwanted fat, get rid of cellulite, and tone the skin. The VelaShape system relies on a combination of treatment modalities, including radiofrequency, infrared light, massage, and vacuum. As the VelaShape applicator works on the treatment area, the sensation is like a warm, rolling massage. Most patients undergo a series of treatments. Not every contouring system can effectively address cellulite, so VelaShape may be a particularly good option if this skin condition is a concern.
Get Started Today
Are you ready to give this innovative treatment a try? The sooner you get started, the sooner you can start enjoying your results. What are you waiting for? Call Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center, in Waltham, MA, and schedule a CoolSculpting consultation today!