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CoolSculpting in Orlando: Your Guide to a Revolutionary Fat Reduction Treatment

CoolSculpting has become one of the fastest growing fat reduction treatments available today. Central Florida residents or visitors that have been frustrated by stubborn fat that simply won’t go away, no matter how much diet or exercise, may be considering CoolSculpting. With a non-invasive treatment like CoolSculpting, you can “freeze away” fat cells and effectively reduce your fat in those troublesome areas!

Dozens of fat-reducing techniques have been developed over the years. Some were simply ineffective whereas others proved themselves to be helpful. Of the rare and elusive effective procedures, many are highly invasive or provide only temporary results. Only a handful can offer truly noticeable, lasting results without posing multiple risks for patients. CoolSculpting happens to be among the elite few.

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What is CoolSculpting?

 

As the name indicates, CoolSculpting is a form of cryolipolysis, a fat freezing and fat reduction procedure. It is a process in which fat cells are broken down by bringing them to near-freezing temperatures. Areas of the body carrying stubborn, problematic fat are reshaped by using specialized tools and equipment with this technique. 

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CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure, so no surgical incisions are required. It’s also FDA-approved, meaning the technique has been found to be safe and beneficial. CoolSculpting is the only treatment of its kind to have received FDA approval.

This procedure has only been around for a short time after being introduced to the public in 2010. Although it was originally designed to remove unsightly “love handles”, the procedure has evolved considerably over the years. At present, CoolSculpting has been approved for use on numerous problem areas. On last report, more than six million people have experienced the benefits and noticeable results from the procedure.

 

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How CoolSculpting Was Discovered

You could say cryolipolysis for weight loss was discovered quite by accident, like many innovations seen over the years. CoolSculpting creators, Drs. Rox Anderson and Dieter Manstein, both of whom were working with affiliates of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, were fascinated with a phenomenon known as popsicle panniculitis, the thinning of the cheeks that takes place while eating a popsicle.

Those doctors began to wonder if applying extreme cold to fat cells in various other parts of the body could result in fat loss. Of course, one of their main concerns was whether it would negatively affect neighboring cells in the process. Over time, they learned that fat cells actually responded to cold temperatures much more readily than other cells.  Temperatures cold enough to harm vital organs and tissues weren’t required to eliminate fat cells.

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Initially, receiving FDA approval to market cryolipolysis equipment for fat reduction was not a simple task. Those involved in the creation of CoolSculpting had to come up with a creative approach that involved finding other applications for their inventions. They started on a smaller scale by offering their tools for use in numbing treatment areas prior to other medical and cosmetic procedures.

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Evolving into the body-sculpting arena didn’t take long. From there, cryolipolysis and CoolSculpting became known as one of the safest and most effective options for eliminated unwanted fat, as well as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction.

 

 

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How Does CoolSculpting Work?

In order to truly understand how CoolSculpting works, it’s important to explore how the body processes fat. Our bodies draw fat from the foods we eat. Some fats are healthy and essential to our overall health.  Unfortunately, other fats detract from it. Both are broken down during digestion and are absorbed by the walls of the intestines for further processing.

Eventually, those fat cells are passed along to the rest of the body via the blood stream. Our muscles, brain and other vital organs quickly seek out the good fats needed for energy, cell repair and other functions. Unwanted fat makes its way to fat cells lying underneath the skin where it collects.

Doesn’t Exercise Get Rid of Fat Cells?

Unfortunately, exercise doesn’t actually eliminate fat cells. When we exercise regularly and burn more fat than we take in, our bodies draw energy from the fat deposits collected in those cells. During the process, the cells shrink.  Our waistlines and other problem areas dwindle as well.

Every person has a specific number of fat cells which are fully developed by the time they reach adulthood.  A healthy diet and plenty of physical activity can help prevent the cells from collecting unnecessary fat and swelling out of control.  But, they remain with us unless acted upon by an effective outside force. 

CoolSculpting Freezes and Kills Fat Cells

CoolSculpting treatments essentially freeze and destroy fat cells. Over time, the destroyed fat cells are absorbed and processed by the body along with other materials. Eventually, they are eliminated as waste.

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CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure per se.   But it has been found to be highly effective in removing fat cells from targeted areas around the body. It is especially effective for those stubborn places where burning off fat is difficult regardless of how much they exercise or diet.

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The Difference Between Fat Reduction and Weight Loss

All too often, the terms “fat loss” and “weight loss” are used interchangeably. Because of this many people suffer through yo-yo dieting and brutal workouts with little to show for all of their efforts. It’s also a factor in the declining health among those who approach the process from the wrong angle.

Honestly, losing a few pounds isn’t really all that difficult. Most people can simply stop eating and only take in a moderate amount of fluids for a few days and quickly see the scales move in the right direction. This does not mean that they are losing fat. 

In truth, it’s more a sign of dehydration.  The body begins to draw energy from muscles rather than from stored fat because muscles are higher in protein and some other essential elements. As a result, you lose muscle mass, and burning fat through exercise becomes even more difficult. 

On the other hand, getting rid of fat produces a more trim, sculpted figure and preserves muscle mass.  Maintaining a healthy weight and desired physique is more manageable. It’s also much safer. Still, certain fat deposits just will not budge in spite of your best efforts.  This is where CoolSculpting comes to the rescue.

Even though CoolSculpting isn’t considered a weight loss treatment, you may notice a slight drop in weight over time after having the procedure. Fat weighs approximately two pounds per liter, so removing it from your body is bound to remove some excess weight. According to the scales, the effect will be barely noticeable. However, the difference in your body will be clearly evident.

 

 

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The CoolSculpting Procedure

 

CoolSculpting Exam

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Those interested in CoolSculpting begin by visiting a certified provider for a consultation. During this session, you and your certified CoolSculpting professional will discuss areas of the body you’d like to target.   They will also confirm that no health issues are present that could lead to negative side effects during or after the treatment.

 

Treatment Phase

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After being deemed a suitable candidate for CoolSculpting, you’ll make an appointment for the actual procedure. One the day of your treatment, wear loose, comfortable clothing. Eat a snack or small meal an hour or so before the procedure to help reduce the risk of nausea. Be sure to bring your phone, a book or other diversion to keep you busy during treatment.

During the treatment session, you’ll sit or lie in an exam chair depending on the areas being treated. Your treatment professional will apply gel or a gel pack to the target area and begin using the applicator. Specific applicators are used for different areas of the body. 

Those applicators apply suction to the areas being reshaped and deliver controlled, concentrated temperatures of around 39 degrees Fahrenheit. This process draws heat out of fat cells and the accumulated fat they contain, irreparably damaging them.  Applicators are attached to hoses that run back to a machine. This machine is used for programming and adjusting specific procedures based on individual patients’ treatment plans. It also monitors temperatures and suction pressure and ensures they remain constant.

Sit Back and Relax

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Throughout the procedure, you’ll be able to relax, browse your social media sites, listen to music, read or enjoy other leisurely activities. Some people even doze off during treatment. Once the process is complete, your technician will massage the treated areas to foster the breakdown of fat cells. They may also apply a gel or ointment to the newly sculpted areas to help reduce any numbness or soreness you may be feeling. 

 

Post Treatment

During the weeks following treatment, the fat cells will die and be flushed naturally out of the body. Certain mild side effects may be experienced for a short time after the procedure, but they’re only temporary. We’ll discuss those in greater detail below.

How To Maintain Your CoolSculpting Results

Though CoolSculpting is a permanent solution to fat reduction, certain proactive measures are recommended after treatment. It’s best to follow a sensible diet that is rich in essential nutrients but low in carbs and trans or saturated fats. 

A certain amount of unsaturated fat is required for optimal health, so balance is a key to ongoing success. You’ll also need to follow a regular exercise routine to maintain muscle tone and reduce the chances of gaining fat in other areas of the body.

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What Areas Can Be Treated with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a procedure approved by the FDA for both women and men.   It is designed to reduce fat across a range of treatment areas on the body including the stomach and abdominal areas, love handles (flanks), inner and outer thighs, back (and bra fat area for women), buttocks (banana roll), under the arms, under the chin and neck area, and double chin (submental fat). See the graphics below for a more detailed view of CoolSculpting treatment areas.

 

CoolSculpting graphic highlighting possible treatment areas for women (front view): under chin and neck, love handles (flanks), stomach and abdomen, inner thighs and outer thighs
CoolSculpting graphic highlighting possible treatment areas for women (rear view): back and braline fat, upper arms, love handles (flanks), buttocks (banana roll)

This procedure has been approved for use and deemed effective on multiple areas of the body. For women, possible target areas include:

  • Under the Chin
  • Under the Jaw Line
  • Upper Arms
  • Upper Back (Bra Fat)
  • Flanks (Sides)
  • Abdomen
  • Inner Thighs
  • Outer Thighs
  • Underneath the Buttocks

 

CoolSculpting for Men

CoolSculpting graphic highlighting possible treatment areas for men (front view): under chin and neck area, chest (pectoral), love handles (flanks), stomach (abdomen), inner and outer thighs
CoolSculpting graphic highlighting possible treatment areas for men (rear view): upper arms, love handles (flanks), buttocks (banana roll)

CoolSculpting isn’t just for ladies.  In fact, it’s a highly popular procedure among men. Some areas men often want to target are:

  • Under the Chin and Jawline
  • Arms
  • Pecks
  • Flanks
  • Abdomen
  • Inner and Outer Thighs
  • Under the Buttocks

 

Both men and women are able to improve many areas where persistent fat tends to linger and even targeted exercise has little effect. The procedure is most effective for people who are 30 pounds or less away from their ideal weight.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About CoolSculpting

 

Am I a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is safe and effective for most patients, but it’s not appropriate for everyone. Those with certain medical conditions, specifically cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease and paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria should not undergo the procedure. If you have scar tissue from previous surgeries, skin irritation or a hernia in the area to be treated, this may not be the appropriate option for you. 

Bleeding disorders and the use of blood thinners could lead to complications after treatment. Those with active medical implants may not be suitable candidates. Some other medical issues can also bring about unnecessary safety risks, so be sure to tell your CoolSculpting professional about any skin allergies or sensitivities you may have.  Be sure to discuss your medical history thoroughly and honestly before having the procedure.

How Long Does the CoolSculpting Take?

CoolSculpting sessions vary from one patient to the next and can range from 30 minutes to three hours or more. The amount of time your treatment takes will depend on the size of the area being treated, how many areas you want to target, and other factors. 

What Type of Results Can I Expect CoolSculpting?

Results aren’t the same for everyone. Those who have undergone the procedure reported anywhere from 15 to 30 percent reductions in fat in the treated areas. Most patients experience an average fat loss of 20 to 25 percent.

 

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

Results aren’t noticeable immediately after treatment. Though some see a marked fat reduction in as little as a month, others don’t begin to see a noticeable difference for three months. The full results should be most evident within six to eight months. 

 

How Many CoolSculpting Treatments Will I Need?

Although many patients only need one treatment in each target area, this isn’t always the case. You may need two or more sessions to achieve your desired results. This will depend on the size and number of areas being targeted as well as other considerations. 

While the upper arms, chin and jawline typically require only a single treatment, the abdomen may require additional sessions. Your specific fat reduction goals may also influence the number of treatments needed. 

 

How Long Do Results Last?

CoolSculpting produces permanent fat reduction because it kills the fat cells in treated areas. Certain factors can affect the longevity of your results. If you gain significant weight after the procedure, stored fat in other portions of the body may be distributed across the treated areas. 

Be aware that some deeper-lying fat cells may remain intact even after treatment. They are still able to swell and collect fat. While they may not show fat increases as quickly or significantly as they would have before the procedure, some accumulation may still be evident.

 

Does the CoolSculpting Hurt?

CoolSculpting typically doesn’t hurt, but the suction and cold can be felt. Patients often experience pulling, tingling, light cramping, mild aching, extreme cold sensations or slight pinching. For most, these feelings dissipate after around ten minutes as the treated areas become numb from the near-freezing temperatures.

 

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

Yes, CoolSculpting is safe for most people with the exception of those suffering from a few specific medical conditions. Many experts are calling it the safest fat reduction procedure currently available. 

No surgical incisions or lasers are required, so there is almost no chance of burns or developing scar tissue. There are no risks of infection as there are with invasive techniques. No anesthesia is necessary, so none of the potential dangers associated with those medications arise. 

Although the procedure freezes fat cells, it doesn’t have the same effect on the skin or nerves, tendons, ligaments and internal organs. Fat freezes at much higher temperatures than other tissues, and the CoolSculpting applicators accurately maintain steady temperatures above the freezing mark.

Less than one percent of patients have reported reduced feeling in the treated areas. In .005 percent of those treated, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia has developed. This very rare condition produces a visible bulge in the treated area caused by an increased production of fat cells that often requires surgical repair.

 

Does the Procedure Cause Any Side Effects?  

Many patients experience mild, temporary side effects following treatment sessions. These often include redness, paleness, swelling, firmness, bruising, tingling, burning, tenderness, achiness and itching in treated areas. Those who have the areas under their chin and jawline treated may experience a feeling of fullness or tightness in the back of the throat.

For most, these side effects only last for a few hours after treatment. In some cases, they may persist for a few days or weeks while gradually fading. Cramping and aching usually aren’t severe enough to require pain medications.  If you do experience significant discomfort, ibuprofen or acetaminophen should suffice. 

Healthcare professionals and past CoolSculpting patients alike recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing for the first few days after treatment.  Tight-fitting clothes may exacerbate any tenderness or soreness you experience. Warm compresses can also be used following the procedure to reduce cramping.

 

How Much Recovery Time Will I Need?

Very little downtime is required following CoolSculpting procedures. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment. Potentially it can be performed during your lunch break if you’re only having a small area treated.  But most choose to take a day or an afternoon off work for the occasion.

 

 


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How Does CoolSculpting Compare to Other Fat Reduction Options?

When considering your fat reduction options, there are a variety of alternatives on the market in addition to CoolSculpting. You’ll find everything from dietary supplements and prescription medications to highly invasive surgical procedures at your disposal. Each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

 

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Over-the-Counter Supplements

Countless weight loss and fat burning supplements line store shelves these days. With most of them, multiple daily doses are recommended for maximum effectiveness. Legitimate clinical trials show minimal effectiveness, if any, for the majority of people using these methods. 

In cases where people taking these herbal OTC options do experience positive results, experts suggest the weight loss comes from increased energy generated by the pills or their appetite suppressing capacity rather than actual fat burning ingredients. Having more energy naturally leads to increased physical activity. Beyond that, effects can take months to appear.

These supplements are actually geared more toward weight loss than fat reduction.  Problem areas still exist, and fat cells remain capable of storing more fat. Once people stop taking these medications, they tend to quickly regain any weight they lost as well as the fat they burned.

In addition, many of them can be hazardous. They’re known for causing trembling, irritability, dizziness, lightheadedness and heart palpitations as side effects. Numerous medical conditions increase the risks for people taking these supplements.

 

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Prescription Medications

Prescription medications for weight loss are often considered safer than their OTC counterparts. Patients use them under medical supervision and, unlike OTC supplements, they’re regulated by the FDA. People often see more positive results with these options. Many lose anywhere from five to ten percent of their starting body weight.

This is, again, due to appetite suppression and boosted energy levels. However, the medications are not designed to specifically promote fat loss. All fat cells in the body continue to thrive and have the potential to grow to their previous status. As is the case with OTC medications, problem areas go largely unaffected.

Doctors often won’t prescribe these medications for people who are only slightly overweight or have a BMI of less than 30. Some exceptions apply for those suffering from medical conditions that can lead to excess weight gain or may be greatly improved through the loss of a few pounds. Those who fall outside these parameters are forced to look for other options.

 

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Injection Lipolysis

Injection lipolysis involves injecting chemicals into areas difficult to target with exercise. Those chemicals damage fat cells and cause them to die gradually. It’s generally recommended for small pockets of fat, like those under the chin, but can also be used for larger areas. 

Injections are administered in a grid pattern across the area being treated. Local anesthesia is used to reduce discomfort during the procedure. Over a period of six to eight weeks, the affected fat cells liquefy and pass through the body as waste. 

As a minimally invasive procedure, injection lipolysis poses few risks for patients although some have suffered nerve injury or experienced trouble swallowing after treatment. Side effects include bruising, swelling, pain, redness and hardness around the injection site. These are usually short lived, but may last up to six weeks.

Results are typically noticeable within six weeks following the procedure. Though effects are permanent, multiple treatments are usually needed to achieve desired results. Fat can still accumulate in untreated areas and spill over into treated areas. This procedure isn’t recommended for patients with poor skin tone.

 

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Liposuction

Like other body contouring alternatives, liposuction is designed to break up and remove fat cells in specific areas of the body. In this procedure, small incisions are made in the treatment areas and a hollow tool called a cannula is inserted under the skin. The cannula applies strong suction and extracts fat from the treatment areas. 

Treatments are usually performed under general anesthesia. An epidural is sometimes used for procedures involving the lower half of the body, and local anesthesia can be used for smaller target areas. Incisions are closed with stitches after the procedure is complete. While this is often an outpatient treatment, some patients may need to stay in the hospital overnight.

Compression garments or bandages need to be worn to support treated areas and help foster proper contouring. Drainage tubes may be placed in incisions to lower the risk of infection and reduce swelling. Patients may also be required to take antibiotics following the procedure to further minimize the possibility of infection.

Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities within three to five days after the surgery though the side effects may not begin to subside for a couple of weeks. Complete healing takes about a year. Strenuous exercise and physical activity aren’t recommended for at least two or three weeks.

Although fat is removed from the body immediately, results won’t be evident for four weeks or more because of the amount of swelling. For some, swelling can persist for six months to a year. Bruising, soreness and temporary numbness may last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Since this is an invasive surgical procedure, it can be dangerous. Numerous risks and unpleasant side effects are possible after the surgery, including: 

  • Severe and long-lasting bruising and swelling
  • Skin infections requiring additional surgeries and posing risks of further scarring
  • Cardiac and kidney issues due to the injection of fluids during some procedures
  • Uneven fat removal necessitating additional treatments, such as more liposuction or injection lipolysis
  • Blood clots
  • Pulmonary embolism caused by loose fat deposits entering the bloodstream and making their way to the lungs
  • Friction burns
  • Nerve damage causing permanent loss of sensation in treated areas
  • Organ punctures in rare cases
  • Fluid leakage from incisions
  • Uncomfortable, hazardous and even deadly reactions to anesthesia 

 

Fat removal is permanent following liposuction; however, as is the case with most other body contouring procedures, weight gain and redistribution after the procedure are possible. This option is usually only viable for those who are close to their ideal weight and able to maintain their weight for a year or more prior to surgery.

People who suffer from certain medical conditions (poor circulation, heart disease, diabetes and compromised immune systems) aren’t candidates for liposuction due to slow healing and the additional health risks involved. Those with inadequate skin elasticity or a great deal of excess skin may require further cosmetic procedures to reach their ultimate goals.

 

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Laser Lipolysis

Laser lipolysis is an updated and less invasive form of liposuction. This procedure uses smaller cannulas than those required for liposuction, so the incisions are smaller. Still, incisions do need to be made. Rather than using suction to remove fat and the cells in which it’s stored, laser lipolysis relies on a laser inside the cannula to damage fat cells via heat. Then they are gradually expelled from the body.

Suitable candidates for this type of treatment should be in good health, be no more than 30 pounds above their ideal weight, and able to maintain their weight for at least a year prior to surgery. Patients with a great deal of excess skin typically aren’t considered appropriate for laser lipolysis. 

Though the process usually takes about half an hour, treating larger areas will take longer. Local anesthesia is used at the injection sites. Common risks and side effects include bruising, swelling and scarring, but some patients have experienced burns, excessive bleeding and shock.

During the first day or two following treatment, patients often experience some pain and discomfort. This will slowly begin to dissipate. Most people are able to return to work within 24 hours of the procedure. Compression garments may need to be worn for a week or more to ensure even contouring and reduce swelling. Tenderness, swelling and bruising typically linger for a few weeks. 

Many begin to see a difference in their shape within six weeks though the full extent of results won’t be evident for at least three months. During the healing process, small amounts of loose skin often regain some of their elasticity and mold to the newly created contours on their own. 

 

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Radiofrequency Lipolysis

Like CoolSculpting, radiofrequency lipolysis is a non-invasive procedure. Applicators used in the process employ radio frequency to target, heat and destroy fat cells, allowing them to be flushed from the body. The treatment tools are held approximately one centimeter from targeted areas instead of making direct contact with the skin. 

At the same time, the process is said to help stimulate collagen production to gradually reduce small amounts of sagging skin. Side effects are usually temporary and may include tingling, warm sensations, tenderness and redness. Most patients report little to no discomfort during treatment, and side effects are typically mild.

Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes is recommended during the few days before and after the procedure to promote proper healing. Although patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment, they’re advised against heavy lifting and strenuous work or exercise for a few days. Avoiding dehydration prior to and following the procedure is crucial.  Patients should drink plenty of water and steer clear of activities causing excessive sweating for several days before and after treatment.

In some cases, patients see a fat reduction of almost two inches after two sessions. Most require anywhere from three to six treatments for maximum effectiveness. Procedures are carried out on a weekly basis until the desired results are achieved. Fat removal is permanent with this type of treatment, but gaining weight afterward can counteract those effects.

Radiofrequency lipolysis is recommended for patients who are in good health and fairly close to their ideal weight with the ability to maintain weight for extended periods of time. It’s not considered appropriate for people who are more than 30 pounds overweight or have medical implants like pacemakers or diabetic pumps. Though the process can help reverse sagging skin, those with large amounts of excess skin are not good candidates for this procedure.

 

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Cold Laser Fat Removal

Yet another non-invasive fat removal method, cold laser treatment, also known as low-level laser therapy, is performed on the surface of the skin. This procedure cools fat but doesn’t freeze it in the same way CoolSculpting does. Instead, it liquefies the fat so it can be eliminated from the body by natural means.

This is a painless procedure with few, if any, side effects reported. Over the course of two weeks, patients typically undergo six separate treatments, each of which lasts about 40 minutes. By some accounts, those receiving this type of therapy can lose three inches of fat or more. Some studies note most results aren’t quite so dramatic. Results aren’t truly evident until the final treatment in the series is completed.

Cold laser therapy requires no downtime or recovery period due to its lack of invasiveness and side effects. As is the case with radiofrequency lipolysis, patients should remain well hydrated during the days leading up to and following treatment. This procedure is considered safe for most people with the exception of those who have pacemakers in place.

Though cold laser treatment has been deemed effective, its effects aren’t necessarily permanent. Rather than destroying fat cells, the procedure only removes the fat they’re carrying. This means they can easily begin to accumulate fat after treatment, which would lead to the need for additional treatments in the future. Though maintaining an exercise regimen and a healthy diet can help reduce the likelihood of fat returning, these measures can’t eliminate it altogether.

 

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Ultrasound Fat Reduction

Fat removal using ultrasound essentially breaks down fat cells and allow them to release their contents. It is a non-invasive methods as sound waves permeate the skin through its surface. Treatments are effective for various areas of the body, including the chin, face, thighs, buttocks and abdomen.

Ideal candidates for ultrasound fat removal therapy include those who are close to their ideal weight but have problematic areas of fat not affected by exercise. This procedure isn’t recommended for people who have heart disease, poor circulation, liver disease or medical implants in place, such as defibrillators and insulin pumps.

Most patients require from one to three treatment sessions at two-week intervals for optimal results. Effects appear slowly over the course of six to 12 weeks. They’re also permanent as long as the patient maintains a sensible diet and regular exercise routine.

Few risks are associated with this treatment as long as patients are healthy. Side effects are minimal and typically include skin redness, decreased appetite, increased thirst, nausea and headache. Swelling and tenderness may occur as well. These usually only last for a few hours or a couple days following treatment. 

Drinking ample amounts of water after the procedure helps foster fat elimination. Patients are advised to refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol during the few days after each session. Lymph drainage treatment is also recommended three or four days after treatment to further aid in removing fat from the body.

Ultrasound fat removal requires no downtime. Patients are usually able to return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment. Keep in mind, staying away from heavy lifting for a few days may be helpful in reducing discomfort.

 

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Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy, or photonic lipolysis, causes fat cells to release their contents by targeting them with focused light wavelengths. Treatment is non-invasive, and sessions last about 30 minutes depending on the size and number of areas being targeted. 

Most patients require three sessions or more to achieve full fat loss results. Effects may begin to show as little as a few hours after treatment but continue to be more noticeable during the weeks that follow. Side effects may range from mild headaches and nausea to severe burns in rare instances. Eye damage has also been reported without the use of proper eyewear during the procedure.

Because this treatment doesn’t eliminate fat cells, fat can return over time. Exercise and a healthy diet can help mitigate this risk, but the chance of fat accumulation after treatment still remains. This procedure is considered safe for most patients with the exception of those who have hampered liver function.

 

 

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Weighing the Options

As you can see, several options exist. Liposuction presents the greatest risk to patients as well as having the longest downtime with laser lipolysis running a close second. Though non-invasive procedures come with few risks and side effects, those designed to release fat rather than destroying the actual cells don’t provide permanent results.

Prescription and over-the-counter produce minimal results if any. They don’t target fat specifically, so hard-to-target areas are still an issue. Any weight or fat lost while taking them is apt to return over time.

CoolSculpting comes with virtually no risks and only minimal side effects (if any). Since fat cells are damaged and eliminated, there is no chance of gaining more fat in the treated areas with ongoing diet and exercise. No downtime is needed, and no post-procedure restrictions are in place.

CoolSculpting has been on the market for almost a decade now. During that time, it has emerged as one of the safest and most effective solutions for targeting problematic fat. Millions of people are enjoying the positive effects of this treatment, and countless others are considering the procedure, given its many benefits over the alternatives. 

Contact us to schedule a consultation or to learn more about the procedure. You’re sure to see noticeable long-term results. Considering its low risks and high success rates, you have nothing to lose but excess fat.

 

The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll) and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not a treatment for weight loss. Important Safety Information The CoolSculpting® procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting® procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions including recent surgery, pre-existing hernia, and any known sensitivities or allergies. During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment. Rare side effects may also occur. CoolSculpting® may cause a visible enlargement in the treated area which may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction. Please visit coolsculpting.com for full Important Safety Information.