Trying to “spot treat” areas of your body where you want to lose weight using diet and exercise is nigh impossible. Diet and exercise are the gold standard when it comes to weight loss, but they can’t always help you get rid of pesky love handles or flabby upper arms. CoolSculpting can. At Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX, we understand how difficult it is to get the body you want and are fully capable of helping you achieve your cosmetic goals and achieve the body you deserve.
What Is CoolSculpting?
It is an FDA-approved treatment intended to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat around your body and create a more sculpted physique. CoolSculpting is also known as cryolipolysis, and it works by cooling your skin to a point where your fat cells freeze and die off while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.
Once the fat cells have died, your body will eliminate them through your urine, after which they will be gone for good.
How Come Diet and Exercise Won’t Work?
There’s no argument against diet and exercise being the healthiest way to lose weight. Unfortunately, they can’t always take you to the finish line in terms of your cosmetic desires. Often, stubborn pockets of diet and exercise-resistant fat around your body.
These pockets can usually be found in the upper arms, flanks, belly, thighs, and chin. Genetics is the primary driver behind where your stubborn fat will accumulate, and not every person needs or wants to treat similar areas.
Can Cryolipolysis Work on Any Area?
- Hips (frontal)
- Inner thighs
- Beneath your chin
- Upper arms
- Back fat
- Underneath your buttocks
- Hips (dorsal)
The treatment’s efficacy was discovered during the first clinical trials, during which participants were able to achieve stunningly positive results. Since then, treatment has been approved for 10 separate areas of your body, with others currently undergoing the process of seeking FDA approval.
Why Doesn’t Diet and Exercise Work as Well as CoolSculpting?
It isn’t impossible to reach your cosmetic goals through diet and exercise alone. However, when most people reach a point where they are within 10 to 15lbs of their ideal weight, their weight loss starts to slow drastically, sometimes stopping altogether. There are a few reasons why this occurs.
Your Genes Are Getting in the Way
The first reason is that you’ve reached a point where you’re no longer battling excess weight, but fighting against your genetics.
Your body wants that excess fat in certain places around your body so that you’ll have the energy you need in situations where food is scarce. Our bodies haven’t caught up to the fact that food is no longer scarce, and it will try its best to keep those pockets of fat from being burned off.
A Different Type of Fat Is Targeted
You have two major types of fat that can be found in abundance in your body. The first is visceral fat, and the second is subcutaneous fat.
Visceral fat is found deep in your body and generally accumulates around your organs and works along with your muscles to provide protection for your internal organs. Diet and exercise are highly capable of burning visceral fat, which, with consistency, can result in significant amounts of weight loss as you continue to stick to your diet and exercise regimen day after day.
Subcutaneous fat is found under the skin and helps insulate your body in cooler weather, and also serves as additional energy when food is scarce. Subcutaneous fat is nowhere near as responsive to diet and exercise as visceral fat is; the result is the formation of stubborn pockets of exercise and diet-resistant fat.
Choosing to address these areas with diet and exercise alone is a herculean task for a lot of people, leaving them frustrated and wondering what the answer is.
What Is Treatment Like?
People in the past who were looking to spot-treat areas of stubborn fat have had to rely on invasive procedures, such as liposuction, to sculpt their bodies and reach their cosmetic goals. While liposuction remains an effective way to spot-treat fat, why go through an invasive procedure if you don’t have to?
Cryolipolysis is performed in-office and is completely non-invasive. Incisions, punctures, and sutures aren’t necessary to achieve the fantastic results that this simple treatment can produce. If pain or invasive procedures have kept you from achieving the body you want and banishing stubborn fat forever, CoolSculpting can help get you there.
During Your Session
During your session, a paddle-shaped applicator will fit around the treatment area and use mild suction to keep the skin in place for the duration of treatment. The paddles work by cooling your skin to a temperature where fat cells freeze and your surrounding skin does not. When your fat cells freeze, they crystallize and die off, and are then eliminated from the body.
How Does It Affect Fat and Not the Surrounding Skin?
Subcutaneous fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than your surrounding skin. The treatment works through a slow, steady cooling of the skin until it reaches a point where the fat cells underneath die off but surrounding tissues are left unaffected. You don’t feel much of anything as the cells freeze, with the exception of a gentle cooling sensation.
Once the fat beneath your skin reaches its freezing point, the cells will crystallize and die off at different times; it doesn’t all happen at once. The death of the cells typically begins shortly after treatment and continues on after that. If you don’t notice much of a difference immediately after treatment – just wait, the area will continue to improve day after day as more fat cells die off and are eliminated.
Is Fat Loss Permanent?
You develop fat cells throughout your body until you’re about 25, after which the number of fat cells you have will not increase. There’s a common misconception about weight gain in that people tend to believe that the body creates more fat cells and that is what increases your body mass. What actually happens is the fat cells you have inflate, which in turn increases the volume of the area, and result in weight gain and a softer, rounder contour.
Since your body stops forming fat cells after a certain point, any cells that are removed afterward do not return. You will lose weight and have fewer fat cells around your body after treatment. However, if you don’t keep up a healthy lifestyle and you start to gain weight, the remaining fat cells in treated areas will expand, which can compromise the results of your treatment.
Does Treatment Hurt?
One of our most frequently asked questions concerns the sensations felt during treatment (followed closely by “is it permanent?”) The treatment is non-invasive, and the reputation that other fat-loss treatments and procedures for being painful does not include CoolSculpting.
The sensations you’ll feel during treatment include mild coolness, and you may or may not experience slight redness immediately after treatment which will dissipate not long afterward.
Are You a Candidate for Treatment?
Thousands of people have chosen CoolSculpting to help eliminate those last few pounds and achieve the physique they’ve been dreaming of. The vast majority of people are candidates for treatment, though not everyone will qualify.
Are You a Few Pounds Away from Your Goal Weight?
Spot-removal of fatty tissue through cryolipolysis is only effective if you’re within a few pounds of your goal weight. While it can eliminate fat cells in any body type, it won’t be nearly as effective as diet and exercise should you have a significant amount of weight to lose. If you have more than 15lbs of weight you need to lose to reach your goal, you may want to hold off on treatment for a little while.
If you’re not sure whether or not you meet the weight requirements, talk to your provider at your initial consultation about your concerns. If you would be better served by losing additional weight before treatment, your provider can guide you through the process.
Are You In Good Health?
Any cosmetic treatment or procedure will require you to be in good general health. Less invasive treatments, like cryolipolysis, have far less stringent health requirements than other more invasive options. Regardless, make sure you speak with your provider about your past medical history – particularly if you have skin issues.
Very few conditions will affect your candidacy for treatment, so feel free to be candid with your provider about your health history.
Do You Plan to Get Pregnant?
It’s difficult to avoid weight gain during pregnancy. As a matter of fact, it’s probably not healthy to do so. The areas cryolipolysis treat are also areas where women tend to put on weight during pregnancy. Gaining significant weight will almost surely affect your treatment results.
If you plan to become pregnant in your future, or you’re not entirely sure, you may want to speak with your provider about your plans.
Is There a Way to Maximize Your Results?
Cryolipolysis has been proven to be effective again and again in clinical trials. That’s one of the reasons there are so many treatment areas approved by the FDA – it’s effective and it works to produce stunning results.
Treatment alone is often enough to reach your cosmetic goals, though there are a few things you can do to help maximize your results over the coming weeks.
Don’t Stop Exercising
Exercise may not easily remove love handles, but it’s very effective at keeping them the size that they are. One of the worst things that can happen to compromise your results is to start gaining weight again after treatment. Even relatively small amounts of weight can do so if the remaining fat cells you have are allowed to inflate once again.
If you’re at your weight loss goal post-treatment, you don’t need to work out as hard as you did to lose weight. You should continue to exercise with at least a moderate level of intensity to keep the weight from coming back.
Watch What You Eat
Diet goes hand-in-hand with exercise to not only lose weight but to keep the weight you lose from coming back. Much like exercise, you won’t necessarily need to diet as hard as you did while you were losing weight. However, you should continue to monitor what you eat and only splurge once in a while.
Contact Us to Learn More
CoolSculpting is a highly effective treatment designed to eliminate stubborn pockets of diet and exercise-resistant fat while leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed. It has been approved by the FDA to treat a variety of areas, including your inner and outer thighs, upper arms, double chin, abdomen, flanks, under your knees, and under your buttocks. Treatment is fast, painless, and can address areas that diet and exercise just won’t.
If you think treatment is right for you, or if you’d like to know more about it, give Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX a call today.