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    CoolSculpting: What it is and how it works

    CoolSculpting: What it is and how it works

    The CoolSculpting or CoolSculpting Elite treatment is an effective, non-surgical, body fat reduction treatment. It can be administered by a plastic surgeon, but it's not plastic surgery. It's a noninvasive weight loss method; it complements exercise and speeds up unwanted fat removal on the outer thighs, love handles, upper arms, double chin, or any area of the body that you'd like to slim, tighten, and tone. It's commonly used by people who follow a healthy lifestyle, but want to get rid of stubborn fat in particular areas of the body. There's no downtime, no pain, no needles, and minimal side effects.

    CoolSculpting results are achieved through cryolipolysis, or fat freezing. In this procedure the CoolSculpting applicator places fat bulges between two panels and cools fat cells to near-freezing. Then, dead fat cells in the liver are slowly excreted out of the body. Full results can be seen in about three months.

    CoolSculpting results

    Does a non-surgical, fat reduction procedure sound too good to be true? Lucky for us, science has our back on this one! One particular study found a fat reduction of 20% in the treated area after 2 months and 25% in the treatment area after 6 months. It can also be used to reduce the appearance of cellulite in areas of fat. In 2010 it earned the FDA seal of approval. If it's any consolation, many celebrities are backing it up too!

    There generally is no recovery time necessary after CoolSculpting, as it is nota surgical procedure. In fact, many people read, catch up on emails, or even listen to a podcast during their treatment! Compared to liposuction or the traditional tummy tuck, which can take up to eight weeks to heal, it's a no-brainer. With that said, potential side effects include:

    • An uncomfortable tugging feeling on the skin during the procedure
    • Pain, soreness, or aching at the treatment site
    • Short-term swelling, bruising, and redness at the treatment site and surrounding tissue

    The cost of CoolSculpting can run anywhere between $2,000 and $4,000 per session, depending on the size of the treatment area and your treatment plan.

    How to get the most out of your CoolSculpting treatment

    You did the research, dished out the time and money, and worked your butt off in the gym before getting your CoolSculpting treatment. If you want to get the best possible results and make it last for as long as possible, here's what you can do:

    • Avoid anti-inflammatory medicines: Tylenol, Advil, and ibuprofen are not your go-tos after a CoolSculpting procedure as they can interfere with the die-off of fat cells. If you're worried about inflammation, try taking a natural anti-inflammatory like Boswellia Serrata.

    Massage Benefits

    • Massage the newly Cool Sculpted area: Fun fact: massage helps to break down fat cells and can improve your results by upwards of 60%! Your technician will perform a rigorous massage immediately following the treatment, but try to keep the routine up and give yourself a daily massage for the first 3 days or so to help improve your results.
    • Stick to a lean diet:Everyone knows that avoiding fat is easier than losing it! To keep fat from collecting in the same area as your newly CoolSculpted areas, avoid foods that are fried, highly processed, or high in sugar. You know the basics of a healthy diet - fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc. But if you're struggling with making your meals filling and satisfying, you can add in some protein. Collagen blends into smoothies, oats, and practically any recipe you can imagine and will make you feel much fuller. It also helps your skin tighten and clear up!
    • Try a compression garment: Compression garments may help to keep inflammation down following your treatment.
    • Continue exercising:Luckily CoolSculpting comes with little to no downtime, so you can resume your normal habits and your exercise routine. Realize that CoolSculpting is not the final product; if you continue to burn fat through exercise, the results of your procedure will only get more and more refined! Remember full results are typically seen 6 months after the treatment, so keep up a consistent pace with each passing week. It's recommended you exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, three or four times each week.

    CoolSculpting is a commitment! As with the case of most cosmetic procedures, the work doesn’t stop after the treatment. Luckily, CoolSculpting is downside-free and can be improved week over week and month over month.

    Summary Points:

    CoolSculpting It's a noninvasive weight loss method; it complements exercise and speeds up unwanted fat removal on the outer thighs, love handles, upper arms, double chin, or any area of the body that you'd like to slim, tighten, and tone.

    CoolSculpting results are achieved through cryo lipolysis, or fat freezing, where the CoolSculpting applicator places fat bulges between two panels and cools fat cells to near-freezing.

    If you're worried about inflammation, try taking a natural anti-inflammatory like Boswellia Serrata.

    But if you're struggling with making your meals filling and satisfying, you can add in some protein, such as collagen powder.

    Article References:

    1. https://www.healthline.com/health/CoolSculpting-does-it-work
    2. https://slimstudioatlanta.com/ultimate-CoolSculpting-results/

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