Achieving your ideal figure is a lengthy and sometimes frustrating process. Even with a healthy diet and great workout routine, it’s not uncommon for healthy people to find themselves with a slight pooch of extra fat. These stubborn pockets can appear seemingly anywhere; the abdomen, love handles, arms and thighs are common spots where excess fat tends to accumulate. Fat cells grow and shrink depending on an individual’s weight, but they must be removed to achieve the sleek figure they’ve been looking for.
Non-invasive body contouring with Coolsculpting
CoolSculpting is an innovative, non-invasive body contouring procedure designed specifically to target fat cells. As a completely non-surgical treatment, CoolSculpting uses cyrolipolysis to freeze and destroy fat without impacting the surrounding nerves, blood vessels or skin. Over the next 30 to 90 days, the body eliminates these cells to reveal a slimmer you. Treated cells are permanently eliminated. If you regain weight after the procedure, you will do so proportionally; the treated areas will remain comparatively slimmer. For the best results, our Beverly Hills plastic surgeons recommend two to three treatment sessions spaced about four weeks apart.
How does it work?
What to Expect During Treatment
While traditional body contouring options like liposuction are effective, not all patients may want or need to undergo surgery. In contrast, every phase of the CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-invasive. With this body contouring solution, patients do not need general or topical anesthesia to complete treatment sessions.
During the procedure, an applicator cup is placed around the treatment area. Vacuum pressure draws tissue into an applicator cup and between cooling panels. The vacuum pressure may cause sensations of pulling, tugging, and pinching in the treatment area. These sensations generally subside within 10 minutes as the area becomes numb. The cooling panels precisely deliver controlled cooling which targets the fat cells below the skin. The cells then freeze and are naturally processed out by your body.
Recovery from Coolsculpting
As CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical, recovery from each session is a straight-forward process. For your convenience, it is sometimes easier to think of the recovery process as two separate steps, broken into the hours and days after treatment and the weeks between each session.
Immediately After a CoolSculpting Session
Right after your session, the treated area may look and feel stiff. Many patients may feel a sense of nausea or dizziness as their body naturally warms and sensation returns to the treatment area. These are normal reactions that typically resolve within minutes, allowing most to return to their routine after their appointment.
In the hours and days following a CoolSculpting session, it is common for the treated area to become red, swollen, and tender; this is an expected but temporary effect after Coolsculpting. Patients may also experience tingling, stinging, and cramping in the treatment area the day of treatment. This reaction is a normal reaction and often resolves itself within several hours to days following the procedure.
You may feel a temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area, which is normal and typically resolves within a few hours but may last for several weeks after your procedure. For the discomfort, you can take Tylenol, Aleve, or Ibuprofen. If you experience pain that not alleviated by over the counter pain medication, please call our office so that our plastic surgeons can examine you and recommend a more effective recovery assistant.
Several Days Following CoolSculpting Sessions
In the days and weeks following a CoolSculpting session, your body is working hard to process the dead fat cells. As a result, it is common for patients to continue feeling bloated and swollen. For patients anxious about dietary changes or having to take time off from a gym routine, CoolSculpting’s non-invasive nature eliminates any restrictions. You’re able to eat what you want and exercise as you’d like in the days and weeks following a treatment session.
At some point within the first two weeks, you may experience itching, tingling, numbness, tenderness to the touch, pain in the treated area, cramping, muscle spasms, or soreness. Please call the office if these symptoms persist beyond two weeks or worsen over time.
Enjoying Beautiful Results
While this body contouring process may require several sessions, the final results are well worth it. Most patients begin to see changes to their physique within three weeks after their session, with the most dramatic changes noticeable between one to three months following the initial treatment.
Like other cosmetic procedures, maintenance is another important side of treatment. To maintain the results you’ve achieved from CoolSculpting, stay at a healthy weight and continue to follow regular workout routines. While this procedure does destroy existing fat cells in a target area, it is not intended as a weight loss tool. Any additional weight gain after treatment will prevent you from seeing your full results.
Get Your Dream Figure. Call Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Today!
When it comes to helping patients achieve their dream figures, our plastic surgeons are here to help. Over the years, Dr. David Kim and Dr. Eugene Kim have used this non-invasive, non-surgical solution to help countless patients regain confidence In their appearance. To learn more about this top body contouring procedure, call (310)746-5475 today to schedule your consultation!