6 BIG Things You Need to Know Before CoolSculpting

By Kaitlyn Hunter, MedSpa Nurse Practitioner

You’ve probably heard about CoolSculpting and how it targets your fat cells and freezes them. I still get many questions, however, from men and women who want to know how exactly it works and what it can do for them specifically, so let’s dive in together!

CoolSculpting was developed by Harvard physicians

The history behind this unique treatment is actually very interesting. Two physicians at Harvard discovered the cooling technology by watching toddlers teething on popsicles. They found that between the cold temperature of the popsicle and the suction of the toddler’s cheeks, little dimples were being created. The researchers took this idea and transformed it into applicators that we can use on our bodies.

The applicator sucks in tissue to freeze fat cells   

The picture on the right is one of the applicators that we use when we CoolScuplt the body. To begin a treatment, the suction is turned on and the applicator is placed on the treatment area. The suction sensation is extremely mild. At the same time, the cooling panel on the inside of the applicator turns on and goes to work!

It’s safe for your skin, but the cold may sting a little

The physicians at Harvard discovered that fat freezes at a higher temperature than your skin cells. This practically eliminates the chance of getting frostbite, so your skin is perfectly safe during this treatment.

When the cooling begins, it will feel like you have an ice pack directly on your skin (without a cloth barrier). It gets pretty cold and there may even be a little tingling/stinging. But this sensation doesn’t last long at all! After a minute or two, your skin will be numb and for the remainder of the treatment, you won’t feel much sensation at all. In fact, you can even fall asleep during CoolSculpting – that’s how comfortable the treatment is!

It is customizable to your body shape and size

We understand that every single body is different, so we’ve chosen our applicators with that in mind. Our applicators range from mini and petite, to ones that are double or triple in size for larger areas. Our applicators also come in different shapes to ensure you get the best fit every time.

This is not a cookie-cutter treatment. If you are thinking of trying CoolSculpting make sure you have a consultation first. Our team will discuss your goals with you to determine a plan that is going to best achieve your goals.

You may need multiple sessions

Each CoolSculpting treatment will eliminate about 25% of the fat cells in the treatment area – or more if you chose a location like us that offers a complimentary Z Wave treatment. Your treatment plan commonly includes multiple treatment sessions to ensure the desired results are achieved.

If weight loss is one of your goals, we have a solution for that, too

coolsculpting before and after

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment. If you look at before and after photos of clients who have had CoolSculpting done, it may look like the person has lost 10+ lbs but that is not the case! In truth, fat cells do not weigh a lot. By treating small pockets of fat, not enough fat cells are destroyed to cause the body to have significant weight loss.

CoolSculpting is not liposuction or a tummy tuck. It will give you incredible results, but it’s not surgery. We recommend CoolSculpting for individuals who are within 20 lbs of their goal weight and also take care of themselves. By staying active and working out, results will stay permanent.

If you have a weight loss goal you haven’t met yet, don’t get discouraged. Check out our customized weight loss program. Once you hit those goals, I’d be happy to walk you through our CoolSculpting consultation to plan out your next steps.

Ready for your consultation?

You can book your initial consultation by calling us at 513-791-9474 or filling out our online form to give us a brief look at your health history to make sure this treatment will work for you.

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