If you’re looking to improve your appearance by removing stubborn pockets of unwanted fat, CoolSculpting may be right for you. We proudly offer this non-invasive, pain-free body contouring treatment at O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD. Today, we’d like to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about this treatment, including how long it takes to see the results of the treatment.
How Long Does it Take to See Results From CoolSculpting?
You may notice the treated area feels slimmer immediately after treatment. However, it may be two to three weeks before you start seeing the results of treatment.
Furthermore, it may be two to three months before you see the final results of the treatment depending on the efficiency of your lymphatic system, the volume of unwanted fat removed and the number of treatments you needed to achieve your ideal results. Some people may need to wait four to six months.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a body contouring treatment that works by harnessing the power of cryolipolysis. In fact, cryolipolysis is so integral to the treatment that it is sometimes known as cryolipolysis. One day, a couple of Harvard scientists were taking a stroll and noticed children’s cheeks dimpling while eating popsicles. This resulted in a hypothesis that led to a significant amount of research and, eventually, a theory: fat freezes at a higher temperature than skin and muscles.
This body contouring treatment works by freezing the fat cells in a targeted area. The fat cells are destroyed by the cold temperatures but the water-based skin and muscle cells are unaffected because water freezes at a much lower temperature than fat. Once the frozen fat cells are destroyed, your lymphatic system, with the help of your cardiovascular system, sweeps away the debris and eliminates the damaged cells as waste.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
If you wear loose, comfy clothes to your treatment session, you will be completely comfortable throughout the duration of your treatment session. We offer several applicators, each designed to comfortably and effectively remove unwanted fat from areas of different shapes and sizes. The applicators look like boxes and have a rubber flap on the end that is attached securely, yet gently, to the targeted area.
The applicators suction the fat in the local area, drawing it to the surface of the skin for dramatic results. This allows for targeted cooling. Perhaps, the best part of this treatment is the cold emitted by the device numbs the treatment area so there is no need for expensive anesthesia. Sessions usually take between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the size of the treatment areas and how many areas are being treated.
Does Any Downtime Follow CoolSculpting Treatment?
There is no downtime following this non-invasive body contouring treatment. You are free to go back to work, go for a relaxing bike ride around your neighborhood and continue your usual skincare routine.
Do the Results of CoolSculpting Treatment Last Forever?
Yes, the results of this treatment are permanent. However, we must add a caveat to this. The destroyed fat cells are gone forever. Nonetheless, weight gain, including fat gain, is still possible after this treatment. For continued satisfaction with the results of your treatment, we strongly recommend that you weigh yourself occasionally to make sure you’re not gaining weight. If you gain over 10 pounds of fat, you may need a follow-up treatment.
How Many Sessions Will I Need to Achieve My Desired Results?
The first treatment session will destroy around a quarter of the fat cells in the targeted area. However, this may not be enough for you to achieve satisfactory results. Some people need two or three treatment sessions per targeted area to achieve satisfactory results. Other people need only one or two sessions per targeted area but only have time to treat one area at a time.
Although the average session takes around 45 minutes, we can only treat one area, such as the abdomen or lower and middle back, in this time. If you have four areas you’d like to treat but you don’t have three hours for continuous fat removal treatment, you may need between four and 12 sessions to achieve your desired results depending on how many sessions each area needs.
A Note on the Efficiency of This Cryolipolysis-Based Treatment
We are excited to offer DualSculpting, a CoolSculpting technique that involves using two applicators to destroy fat cells in two areas. This is perfect for people looking to eliminate unwanted fat from the upper arms, underarms, backs of the knees, hips, buttocks or sides. Essentially, when using two applicators at once, you are cutting your treatment time in half.
However, this isn’t just incredibly convenient. It guarantees that your results are perfectly symmetrical because the devices are cooled to the exact same temperature and run for the exact same amount of time. This means you don’t have to worry about one upper arm or flank being larger than the other after the session.
Who Is This Treatment Appropriate for?
This treatment is not appropriate for significant weight loss. If you are obese, work with your general physician to develop an actionable weight loss plan. Depending on the level of obesity, bariatric surgery may be necessary. If you’re active and eat nutritious foods, this body contouring treatment is perfect for you. The best candidate for this treatment is at his or her ideal weight. However, we understand that many people are still on a weight loss journey.
The bottom line is you are likely a very good candidate for this treatment if you are five to 10 pounds from your goal weight. You are probably a good candidate for this treatment if you are between 11 and 29 pounds from your ideal weight. We will determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment during your initial consultation. We also need to assess your health and body fat distribution to ensure this treatment is appropriate for you.
Which Areas Can This Treatment Correct?
Everyone is unique. Everyone looks different and feels differently about certain features. Your mom may store excess fat in her thighs, your daughter may store excess fat in her arms and you may store excess fat in your lower abdomen. The great thing about this cryolipolysis-based dermal filler treatment is it can remove fat from virtually anywhere. Remember, we can use applicators of all shapes and sizes to eliminate unwanted fat from the smallest or largest areas.
In just a few short weeks, you may enjoy a reduction of a pants size or find your favorite shirt fits better than it has in years. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular treatment areas.
The Neck and Chin
It’s hard to appreciate all of the weight loss you have achieved through years of discipline and dedication when you still have a double chin. With this body sculpting treatment, we can remove unwanted fat from beneath your chin, eliminating your double chin so you can feel far more confident. We can also treat the horizontal bands of fat that encircle your neck. As an added bonus, you may find that you look years younger and dozens of pounds lighter.
The Backs of the Knees
The backs of the knees are often among the first places to store fat and the last places to eliminate fat. It can make wearing shorts, skirts and dresses with confidence incredibly difficult. It is also common to experience asymmetrical knees. If you can tell one knee is larger than the other and you feel alone, don’t. Luckily, with just one or two cryolipolysis-based fat removal treatments, you will be proud of the sleek contours of your knees and very confident.
It’s pretty rare for fat to be distributed evenly on the thighs. If it was distributed evenly, it would be a lot easier to wear your favorite shorts or dress with confidence. However, the reality for most people is uneven clumps of thigh fat that can make you look heavier than you truly are. We can sculpt your thighs into your ideal contours so everyone can see the lean, strong quads and hamstrings you’ve been working on for years.
Do you feel like your lower abs become invisible when you sit down or let your posture slip just a little? Do you wonder why you dedicated one day a week to your core strength, focusing on your abs, when nobody can see them? With body sculpting, we can remove the layer of subcutaneous fat hiding the abdominal muscles you have been strengthening for years so you can wear the cutest crop top with confidence.
Men and women alike struggle to feel confident when excess fat is stored in the back. Women often feel like everyone can see the bulges of fat beneath the bra line when they wear an otherwise perfect tight shirt. Men often store core fat that extends from the abdomen around the flanks to the lower back. Regardless of where stubborn pockets of fat are stored on your back, CoolSculpting can remove it.
You can go to the pool with confidence or wear a backless dress that shows off the long lats you spent hours per week on the ergometer developing. The way your clothes fit can significantly affect how you feel about yourself. With a lean back, you will feel younger and more athletic than you’ve felt in years and you will exude that confidence to the world.
The Upper Arms
Cryolipolysis-based body sculpting can also improve your confidence in your upper arms. You could do tricep dips and skull crushers until you felt like your triceps were on fire and you couldn’t complete one more rep and you still may be dissatisfied with the apparent tone of your triceps.
Don’t let a small layer of fat hide the results of months or years of muscle-building work from the world. With just one or two body sculpting sessions, you can look as strong as you truly are.
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Do you feel unmotivated to work out and eat right because you just can’t budge the last of your excess fat deposits? Do you feel self-conscious when you go to parties? Do you feel like all of the commitment and dedication you have invested in your wellbeing was a waste of time and effort? Don’t despair. Contact us now at O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD to book your appointment and see for yourself the rapid results of CoolSculpting.