If you’ve turned on your television, flipped through a magazine, or watched a Hollywood film, you’ve probably seen the great results of CoolSculpting and not even known it. Actors and celebrities regularly take advantage of this miraculous beauty enhancement technique to get the toned abs, defined muscles, and sleek silhouettes you see in the media every day. The specialists at the Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX are experts at this non-invasive treatment and can answer all your questions. Read on to learn more about the underlying science that makes CoolSculpting so effective.
What Is CoolSculpting?
Many people spend hours at the gym and hold themselves to a strict diet, but they never achieve the aesthetic results that they are looking for. Our bodies are remarkable organisms, but sometimes they don’t fully cooperate with us and the outcomes can be frustrating. When your body stores fat in a way that is distributed uniformly over your whole frame, the results can be voluptuous, sexy and beautiful.
However, sometimes your body gets confused and begins to store fat in one or two conspicuous areas that are unsightly or embarrassing. That’s where body contouring comes in. Diet and exercise are effective at reducing your overall percentage of body fat. However, it is very difficult to target specific areas of your body for fat reduction using these methods.
If you have a problem area, you can spend a lot of the time in the gym and increase muscle tone in that region, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will lose fat in that zone. Sometimes developing muscle mass beneath a fat deposit only serves to make the deposit even more pronounced. You need a technique to reduce targeted areas of fat with as little disruption to your daily life as possible.
Body contouring gives you the power to do something about deposits of body fat in specific areas. You can think of the process as sanding down an unattractive feature or being granted the ability to use Photoshop’s select and delete features on your body in real life.
If you’ve ever thought it would be wonderful to use a magic wand to smooth out the lines of your silhouette and create a sleeker, sexier, more enhanced version of you, then a body contouring treatment like CoolSculpting might be the treatment you’ve been looking for.
Does It Hurt?
Most of us are willing to suffer for our appearance, whether it means waking up early for a morning run or spending grueling hours working out at the gym. One of the best things about non-invasive body sculpting techniques is that they are very comfortable. Most clients report feeling a brief sensation of cold that quickly dissipates.
The treatment is so gentle that many clients even fall asleep during their session. Another great benefit is that there is virtually no downtime. You can finish your appointment and continue with your regular schedule of daily activities. Some clients even schedule treatments over lunch.
How Does It Work?
Body sculpting sounds like something out of a science fiction story. The idea that a person can target areas of fat on their body and freeze them away with a non-invasive process that entails very little discomfort sounds too good to be true. But it’s not science fiction: it’s real science.
The Science Behind CoolSculpting
Like many great discoveries, the inspiration behind the concept of freezing fat away happened because of a chance observation. Harvard University scientists Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD and R. Rox Anderson, MD noticed that young children who ate popsicles developed dimples.
This led them to the hypothesis that cold could somehow affect fat cells. Further experimentation and refinements in techniques have culminated in an effective treatment for targeting and eliminating fat deposits from virtually any location on the body.
Cryolipolysis is the scientific name given to the process that eliminates fat through freezing. Fat is more vulnerable to exposure to cold temperatures than the surrounding tissue, so there is no risk of causing any harm to the surrounding skin or muscles.
When the treatment area is subjected to localized cooling, the cells crystalize, which leads to cell death of subcutaneous fat. Your body then naturally processes these dead cells and expels them as waste. The whole process is a gentle and natural way to accelerate the body’s ability to regulate and remove fat.
Why Is Fat More Vulnerable to Freezing?
The reason Cryolipolysis works is, in part, due to the remarkable properties of water. Water is such a common compound that we often forget its various miraculous properties. One of water’s interesting properties is that it has a very high heat capacity. In fact, this property goes a long way toward regulating the temperature of the Earth, as the oceans can absorb the sun’s energy and then redistributed it via the natural circulation of currents.
Water can absorb a lot of heat and, conversely, it takes water longer to dissipate this heat once it has been absorbed. The biochemical structure of your skin and muscle tissue is water-based, which means they can endure cold temperatures for a long time without sustaining any damage.
Lipids, like fat cells, have a different biochemical structure that crystallizes long before water-based tissues show any response. The relatively weak biochemical construction of fat cells means they can be targeted and destroyed through cooling without any surgical component.
But, Skin Can Also Freeze
You might be thinking that you remember going out sledding as a child and having an unpleasant experience when you froze your fingers, toes or face. What you’re overlooking is the fact that you were not sledding under controlled conditions, and you were probably outside for several hours.
Yes, it is possible to freeze the tissue in your body that uses water as part of its biochemical structure, but it takes much longer than any Cryolipolysis treatment lasts. Your skin and muscle tissues are far more resistant to freezing than your fat.
Cryolipolysis is a highly refined scientific treatment that has determined the perfect time duration to maximize the death of subcutaneous fat tissue while providing minimal stress on the surrounding tissue. Most clients experience some redness on the treatment area along with some numbness which goes away within an hour of treatment. Most body sculpting treatments last between 35 and 60 minutes, which is not enough time to stress the surrounding tissue.
Substantial Fat Reduction
Cryolipolysis has been shown to lead to a 20 to 25 percent reduction in fat in the target areas. It takes a few weeks for the body to begin evacuating the fat cells, but most clients see improvement beginning about two weeks after the treatment. The body continues the process and results peak at about two months. Your specialist might suggest putting you on a treatment plan that includes follow-up treatments every six to eight weeks.
The treatment is FDA approved, and its effectiveness has been documented in over 100 peer-reviewed publications. It is one of the safest and most effective fat reduction treatments with an irrefutable foundation in hard science.
What Is the Treatment Like?
Your body sculpting journey will require a number of steps that will help ensure you get the best possible results. It is important that you feel comfortable and confident with the treatment and that you follow all of your specialist’s recommendations before, during, and after your scheduled session.
Factors that may have an effect on your body contouring treatment include your diet, skincare, and any medications you might be taking. It’s important to have open and honest conversations with your specialist and develop a relationship of trust.
Your treatment will begin with a consultation where you meet your specialist. It is important to go into any health and beauty treatment with the proper expectations of what kind of results you can expect. Body sculpting is not a treatment for obesity, and it should not be considered for massive weight loss.
Your specialist will evaluate your health and determine whether you are a good candidate for body sculpting. Your specialist is a tremendous resource and can offer you advice on nutrition and exercise and also direct you to other treatments that might be beneficial.
Don’t be afraid to bring detailed notes into the consultation. Body contouring can be a complex process, and the underlying science can be difficult to absorb in a single consultation. Notes can help ensure that you cover all of your areas of concern and that you leave the consultation confident and knowledgeable about the process.
Prior to the Appointment
Studies have shown that the best results are achieved when the patient maintains common sense health practices prior to the appointment date. This includes regular exercise, good diet, and minimal alcohol consumption.
It’s also important to avoid taking medications that thin your blood prior to the treatment, as these can make you more susceptible to bruising. Refrain from tanning the target area and avoid rashes, sunburn, cuts and abrasions, as these can lead to discomfort during the treatment.
What to Wear
Come dressed in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing like you might choose for a day of lounging around your home. Avoid tight, restrictive garments or articles made from abrasive materials.
Part of the treatment will involve placing a protective gel or gel pad on your skin, which might get on your undergarments. Some clients bring along a change of clothing so they can feel fresh and clean after their treatment. Be prepared to have a picture taken of the treatment area so your specialist can monitor your progress and track the effectiveness of the treatment.
During your session, you will sit on a comfortable surface surrounded by pillows, and your specialist will attach applicators to the target area. The applicators look like boxes with a rubber sleeve that create a comfortable seal with your skin. The protective gel or gel pad will be applied and then the applicator will be put into position.
The applicator contains both a vacuum element and a cooling element. The vacuum element helps bring the subcutaneous fat layer into an optimal position, and the cooling element drives the process of Cryolipolysis.
Once the applicators have been placed on your body, you will not be able to remove them until the end of your treatment. It is important to go to the bathroom before your session begins and to eat a light meal so that you’re comfortable throughout the duration of the process. There is no need for anesthetic and you can read, watch television, sleep or operate a smart device to make the time go faster.
Studies have shown that a massage after your treatment can increase the amount of fat reduction by a considerable percentage. Some applicators have a massage element built into the process, but some specialists prefer to do a direct massage. Discuss your preferences with your specialist prior to scheduling the appointment.
Treating Multiple Areas
Depending on your beauty objectives, your specialist might recommend treating several areas of your body at once. Multiple treatments can be a more affordable option because it reduces the amount of set-up time for your specialist. If you have large treatment areas, your specialist might recommend sitting through a session and then repositioning the applicator for another session.
If you want to improve your appearance for a specific target date for an event such as a wedding or a graduation, your specialist might design a treatment schedule. This schedule will include staggered treatments with enough time for the body to evacuate dead cells so that maximum fat reduction can be achieved each session. A treatment schedule can help you achieve stunning results with a peak effect on the date of your choosing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
It is important to remember that the science behind this treatment shows the best results come for a certain type of client. It is called body sculpting or body contouring because it helps you remove targeted fat deposits that are resistant to the effects of exercise and dieting.
The best candidates are individuals in good overall health with a commitment to a strong beauty regimen. Other candidates include individuals who develop pronounced fat deposits on their bodies due to hormonal imbalances. Body contouring lets you target unsightly fat deposits and smooth them down into a more appealing and attractive aesthetic.
If you have features that you are dissatisfied with or detract from your natural beauty, you might find that body contouring is the perfect solution to achieve your beauty goals. Genetics and heredity control where your body stores fat, along with hormonal changes that happen over time. You don’t have any control over where your body stores fat, and this treatment gives you the power to reach your beauty objectives.
Schedule a Consultation Today
CoolSculpting is almost as convenient as going into a salon to style your hair. It is a gentle, affordable, and highly effective process backed by hard science that has been proven to work. Contact the specialists at the Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX to determine if this is the right treatment for your beauty goals. Call today to find out how easy it is to integrate body sculpting into your beauty program and take your appearance to a level you never thought possible.