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How Does CoolSculpting Work?

You’ve probably heard of the popular body contouring procedure. From co-workers to Hollywood A-listers, it seems like everyone’s benefitting from the non-invasive procedure. But, what is it and how does it work? Today, we’ll uncover the secrets of CoolSculpting to see why it’s the number one most requested contouring procedure currently on the market.

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure designed to reduce fat in hard-to-treat areas that are typically non-responsive to diet and exercise. The procedure has already helped thousands of patients achieve their desired contours by sculpting the abdomen, flanks, thighs, buttocks, below the chin and more.

CoolSculpting Technology for Fat Reduction

The non-invasive procedure uses an advanced form of cryolipolysis technology for comprehensive fat reduction. Cryolipolysis is essentially a procedure that uses freezing technology to break down and rupture unwanted fat cells below the surface of the skin. Over time, the body works to metabolize and flush dead fat cells that have been treated with CoolSculpting.

The majority of patients begin to see initial results about 2-weeks after their first CoolSculpting session. Fat will continue to be flushed over the course of several months leaving you with a more contoured figure.

What Happens During Treatment?

CoolSculpting is done in a simple, in-office visit. Depending on the treatment area, you’ll be asked to lie back. The CoolSculpting applicator will be placed on the area where bothersome fat is a problem. Then, you wait. CoolSculpting treatment times can vary anywhere from 30-60 minutes. Most patients take the time to read, catch up on emails, or just relax. Afterward, you can go about your normal daily routine without restrictions.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

While some patients see the results they want with just one session, most patients need a series of treatments to achieve desired results. CoolSculpting treatments are spaced 4-6 weeks apart allowing your body to adequately metabolize fat cells. You can expect 2-3 sessions for an optimal outcome.

Once existing fat cells are removed from the body, they’re gone for good. However, CoolSculpting cannot prevent future fat from forming. Maintaining healthy lifestyle choices is essential for preventing the need for additional CoolSculpting treatments down the line. Your CoolSculpting specialist can help customize a treatment plan to meet your short and long-term goals at the time of your in-person consult.


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