If you're considering CoolSculpting to freeze away unwanted body fat, you might be wondering whether the results are permanent.
It's frustrating when you spend your time and money on a fat-reduction procedure, only to regain your lost body fat just a few months later.
Depending on the particular type of procedure, you may be able to have it performed a second or third time. A better idea, however, is to choose a fat-reduction procedure that offers permanent results.
So, are CoolSculpting results permanent?
A General Overview of CoolSculpting
To answer the aforementioned question, you must first understand how CoolSculpting works. Also known as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure for the reduction of body fat that involves the use of an applicator to freeze fat cells.
It was invented by Zeltiq Aesthetics and has since become one of the most popular fat-reduction procedures in the United States.
CoolSculpting leverages the cooling power of a device known as an applicator to freeze fat cells under your skin. During the procedure, an aesthetician will apply the applicator over problematic areas of your body.
Once in position, the applicator will create a suction that pulls your skin, as well as the underlying fat, into it. At the same time, the applicator will blow cool air over your suctioned skin and fat.
Unlike other fat-reduction procedures, CoolSculpting doesn't require surgical incisions. It's a noninvasive procedure that won't leave you disabled or in pain. After CoolSculpting has been performed, you can go back to your normal life without worrying about downtime.
You can still explore other fat-reduction procedures like liposuction, but CoolSculpting is often preferred because of its noninvasive properties. And best of all, CoolSculpting offers permanent reduction of body fat.
CoolSculpting Offers Permanent Fat Reduction
Because it freezes fat to the point of cellular destruction, CoolSculpting offers permanent fat reduction. The procedure doesn't just disturb or alter fat cells; it literally destroys them using cool air, hence the procedure's brand name, "CoolSculpting."
When CoolSculpting is performed, your skin and its underlying fat cells will be exposed to cool air. Don't worry, though, the temperature of the air is controlled to protect against frostbite and other forms of damage to your skin and muscle tissue.
The applicator's cool air will freeze your fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue. With that said, you'll still feel the sensation of the applicator's cool air as it works its magic on your body fat. The sensation is generally mild and goes away shortly after CoolSculpting has been performed.
While results vary from client to client, it's not uncommon for CoolSculpting to reduce the amount of fat in targeted areas of the body by as much as 25%.
And thanks to the way in which it works -- by freezing fat cells rather than disturbing or altering them -- you can rest assured knowing that CoolSculpting offers permanent fat reduction. Once the fat cells have been frozen, they shrink and eventually die. Dead fat cells cannot come back to life, so CoolSculpting does, in fact, offer permanent results.
In the weeks following the procedure, your body will naturally excrete the dead and frozen fat cells. As this happens, you will become slimmer and more contoured in the targeted areas.
You'll probably notice a reduction in your body fat within just a few weeks, but the full results of CoolSculpting usually occur at three to six months. By this time, your body should have excreted most or all of the frozen fat cells.
Tips on How to Achieve the Best Long-Term Results After CoolSculpting
To achieve the best long-term results after CoolSculpting, there are a few things you should know.
Going back to the basics of weight management 101, you need to exercise on a regular basis to prevent lost body fat from returning.
The American Heart Association (AHA) advises either 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobic exercise per week. Aerobic exercise, of course, consists of running, jogging, cycling and other workouts that raise your respiratory rate for a prolonged period of time. Aerobic exercise burns fat, thereby complementing the effects of CoolSculpting to help you achieve better long-term results.
By following the AHA's exercise guidelines, you'll have an easier time maintaining your newly contoured body after CoolSculpting.
In addition to exercising, you should also evaluate your diet to get the best long-term results after CoolSculpting. Keep in mind that not all food-based sources of fat cause or promote body fat. Some types of fat are actually good for you, and they won't contribute to increased body fat.
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, for example, reduce cholesterol buildup while lowering the risk of heart disease. Known as good or healthy fats, they are found in fish, nuts, olive oil and other foods.
Other types of fat, however, can have the opposite effect by promoting body fat. Trans fat, which has been banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but still found in many foods, is the worst for your health.
It clogs your arteries and contributes to weight gain. Saturated fat isn't as bad trans fat, but it should still be consumed in moderation. When consumed in excess, it too can promote body fat.
The AHA recommends consuming no more than 6% of your daily calories from saturated fat. But you should try to eliminate trans fat completely from your diet. Through dieting and exercise, you'll achieve the best long-term results after CoolSculpting.
If you happen to regain your lost body fat after CoolSculpting, you can schedule a second procedure at a later date. Because it's a noninvasive procedure, many clients choose to have multiple CoolSculpting sessions.
With that said, it's a good idea to wait until three to six months after your first procedure before scheduling a follow-up procedure. After all, you won't notice the full effects of CoolSculpting until three to six months.
Talk to your aesthetician for more advice on how to achieve the best long-term results after CoolSculpting. He or she can offer additional tips on how to maintain your newly contoured body.
The Bottom Line: CoolSculpting Offers Permanent Results
CoolSculpting isn't just another fly-by-night trend for the reduction of body fat. It's a noninvasive, FDA-approved procedure that offers permanent fat reduction in the targeted areas of your body. Whether you have excess fat in your thighs, back, stomach, arms or elsewhere, you should consider CoolSculpting.
It's become an increasingly popular procedure, partly because of its ability to permanently reduce body fat. Just remember that CoolSculpting isn't designed for weight loss.
Rather, it's designed to contour your body by destroying fat cells in specific areas.
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