Your cutest clothes are collecting dust in the dark back corner of your closet because they just don’t fit right anymore. You stopped drinking your calories, focused on eating nutritious meals, and exercised regularly. However, despite your healthy lifestyle changes, stubborn pockets of fat just won’t go away. At Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX, we offer CoolSculpting, an innovative body contouring treatment. Here’s what you need to know about this effective body sculpting treatment.
How Many CoolSculpting Sessions Do You Need?
To achieve your desired aesthetic, you may need between one and six CoolSculpting sessions. Among the factors that affect how many sessions are necessary to achieve your goals include your body fat percentage, your body fat distribution, and the size of the areas you are targeting for fat removal. What’s important to understand about this body contouring treatment, also known as cryolipolysis, is that the size of the treatment area significantly affects the efficacy of the treatment.
For example, it can remove roughly 80% of localized fat cells in smaller body regions. On the other hand, it removes between 25 and 30% of the localized fat cells in larger areas of the body, such as the back, abdomen, and chest.
What Else Affects the Number of Treatments I Will Need?
The number of areas targeted for treatment also affects the number of treatments you may need to receive to achieve your desired aesthetic. For example, depending on the size of the area you are trying to treat, your session may take between 15 and 60 minutes to complete. If you have a lot of excess fat to remove from large areas, a treatment session may take up to 90 minutes to complete.
Depending on your schedule, you may need three sessions to treat three different areas if you can’t schedule a large enough block of time to treat all of your targeted areas at once. We can give you a better idea of how long each treatment session will take once we evaluate the size of your targeted areas and how much excess fat is being stored in those areas.
How Many Inches Can I Expect To Lose?
The amount of excess fat stored in the targeted areas significantly affects how many inches you can expect to lose. As noted above, the CoolSculpting device removes approximately 30% of the fat cells in larger areas of the body. If you have 10 pounds of back fat, you can expect to lose approximately three pounds of fat. Since an inch of pinchable fat is equal to roughly five pounds of adipose tissue, you can expect to lose approximately 0.6 inches.
If you opt for a second cryolipolysis session, you will lose approximately 30% of the seven pounds of remaining back fat. In other words, you will lose approximately 2.1 extra pounds of fat and 0.42 inches. This equates to a total of 1.02 inches. On the other hand, you may only lose 2.5 pounds of excess fat from your upper arms and half of an inch.
Can I Lose Two Inches From My Waist?
It may take between four and six sessions to lose 10 pounds and a couple of inches from a targeted area. However, we can’t guarantee you will lose two inches from your waist until we evaluate the amount of excess core fat you have. Also, you should be advised you may benefit from removing excess fat from your back, sides, and stomach to lose two inches from your waist circumference.
How Quickly Can I See the Results of My Treatment?
As soon as your session is over, you will notice that your treated areas feel slimmer. That said, you probably won’t be able to see a difference in the appearance of the treatment area. This is because, unlike liposuction, fat cells aren’t removed during the fat removal process. Instead, your lymphatic system sweeps up the fat cells that are frozen to death during the cryolipolysis process.
This is a slow process; you may not be able to start seeing your initial results for 1.5 to two months. Young, healthy people who are at their ideal weight already can see their final results after just one month. Older people who have quite a bit of excess fat to lose may not see the final results of their first treatment session for two or three months.
Can I Hasten the Results?
Yes, there are several steps you can take to see the final results of your fat removal treatment session. The bottom line is you need to take care of your lymphatic system to see your final results of your treatment. You don’t have to follow all of the advice we are about to discuss. However, you should be aware that the more guidelines you can follow, the faster your final results will become apparent. Here are some of the things you can do to support an efficient lymphatic system.
One of the simplest things you can do to support the efficiency of your lymphatic system is to consume hydrating foods and beverages. Great beverages to incorporate into your diet include water, coffee, and tea. Ideally, coffee and tea should be consumed without extra calories, such as sugar or creamer.
Fruits and vegetables are great hydrating foods to incorporate into your diet because they are also high in micronutrients. Broth-based soups are another great way to stay hydrated. However, you should be careful to watch your sodium intake. It is advisable to make your own soup with low-sodium chicken or beef stock or make homemade bone broth. Additionally, it is advisable to incorporate lots of vegetables in your soups so you get plenty of hydration and micronutrients.
Go for a Walk
Going for a walk is another simple way to increase the efficiency of your lymphatic system. You don’t need any expensive home gym equipment. You don’t need to get a gym membership and wake up unreasonably early to get a workout in before work. You can simply put on a comfy pair of socks and running shoes and take a stroll around your neighborhood.
If your neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, you can even walk in place while watching your favorite TV show to get your blood flowing. Low-intensity exercise, whether you are walking, walking in place, or taking a leisurely bike ride, is so important for the efficiency of your lymphatic system because it supports your circulatory system. Your circulatory system supports your lymphatic system. Therefore, the stronger your circulatory system is, the more efficient your lymphatic system will be.
Lifting weights is another great way to see your final results faster. Weight lifting is anaerobic activity, and people often think aerobic activity is the only way to support their cardiovascular system. However, weight lifting does support a healthy heart and strong circulatory system. What’s really great about weight lifting is it helps you burn excess fat in the short-term and long-term.
When you push your muscles past their breaking point, whether you are performing aerobic or anaerobic exercises, your muscles tear at a cellular level. When you consume amino acids from sources of lean protein after your workout, your torn muscle cells repair themselves and grow bigger and stronger. This leads to up to 24 hours of extra calorie burn. Additionally, extra muscle mass helps you maintain your weight loss because it is so much more metabolically active than fat.
Get a Lymphatic Massage
Getting a lymphatic massage is another great way to boost the efficiency of your lymphatic system. If you opt for this option, make sure the masseuse you go to is certified in giving lymphatic massages. If you go to a chain massage parlor, your masseuse may not be trained in lymphatic massages and you may not actually help your lymphatic system.
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
The results of CoolSculpting are permanent. The human body stops producing fat cells at the age of 25. Therefore, if you are at least 25 years old, the number of fat cells in your body will never increase, regardless of how many excess calories you consume. Additionally, the human body does not decrease its number of fat cells when weight loss occurs. Rather, fat cells release the energy they were storing and deflate.
Cryolipolysis differs from weight loss through diet and exercise because a caloric deficit does not kill fat cells. Instead, it prompts fat cells to shrink. Fat cells are eliminated following cryolipolysis because the fat cells are destroyed past the point of repair. Among other functions, your lymphatic system is responsible for flushing out dead cells, including fat cells. Since you can’t grow new fat cells, you will always have fewer fat cells in your body following this treatment.
An Important Caveat
Before you decide whether this treatment is right for you, it is important to understand that your contours can change in the future. Following any cosmetic treatment or procedure, it is inevitable to store excess fat if you operate at a caloric surplus. Since cryolipolysis only destroys 25 to 80% of the fat cells in a targeted area per session, even if you receive multiple sessions, you will never lose 100% of the fat cells in a targeted area.
Therefore, it is possible to store excess fat in the same areas that received treatment. To maintain your ideal contours for the rest of your life, you should try to maintain your body fat within five to 15 pounds. If you gain over 15 pounds of body fat, you will probably notice changes to your contours. Additionally, if you lose over 15 pounds of body fat, you may have loose skin.
Will This Treatment Hurt?
No, cryolipolysis is not painful at all. Your fat cells freeze at approximately 42 degrees, so your skin will never reach freezing temperatures. Additionally, the cooling process is gradual. You will barely notice your skin cooling thanks to the slow temperature changes and the protective gel applied to your skin before the cooling part of the process begins.
Learn More Today
If you’re at or near your ideal weight, CoolSculpting may be right for you. Depending on how far you are from your ideal weight and where you store your excess fat, you may need between one and six sessions to achieve your desired contours. Contact us today at Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX to schedule your initial consultation and find out if this treatment is right for you.