At Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV, we strongly believe that everyone should feel confident in their appearance. We also understand that, despite its safety and efficacy, fat removal surgery is not right for everyone. For this reason, we are proud to offer CoolSculpting, a non-surgical fat removal technique that is also safe and effective. Here’s what you need to know about this treatment, including just how effective it is.
How Much Fat Can You Freeze Off With CoolSculpting?
You can freeze off roughly 20 to 80% of your localized subcutaneous adipose tissue with CoolSculpting, a non-invasive fat removal treatment sometimes referred to as cryolipolysis. Among the factors affecting how much fat loss you can expect with each treatment session are the amount of excess subcutaneous fat you have in each area of concern, and the size of the area of concern.
As a general rule of thumb, the larger the targeted area is, the smaller the percentage of fat that will be removed. For example, you can generally expect 20 to 30% abdominal fat removal, but you can generally expect 80% submental fat removal. Also, as a general rule of thumb, you can expect more fat to be removed if you have a great deal of excess subcutaneous fat.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary for Ideal Results?
Only a CoolSculpting treatment session or two should be required if you are already done with your weight loss journey. This general rule also applies if you are nearly done with your weight loss journey. On the other hand, assuming all of your areas of concern can be treated in a single session, you may need five or six treatments to achieve your desired results.
What Can I Expect During My CoolSculpting Treatment Session?
You can generally expect your treatment session to be convenient and comfortable. The length of your treatment sessions will depend on numerous factors, including the number of areas you need to treat, the size of the areas you need to treat, and how much excess fat you have in the targeted areas.
You should not expect your treatment session to take more than an hour to complete. However, it takes between 15 and 20 minutes to treat an area of concern based on its size and how much excess fat is present.
How Quickly Can I Enjoy My Ideal Results?
You should expect your final results to become apparent no fewer than four weeks after your final treatment session. Generally, treatment sessions are spaced around four to six weeks apart. Your treatment schedule may vary. Note, the amount of time it takes for your final results to become apparent depends significantly on many factors, including your diet, lifestyle choices, current contours, and goals. Here are some tips for seeing faster results:
Get More Exercise
Getting more exercise is one of the most effective steps you can take if you’re anxious to see your ideal contours as quickly as possible. If you still have some weight to lose, try to get 2.5 hours of intense cardiovascular exercise weekly until your ideal results become apparent. If you’re already happy with your weight, do your best to get 2.5 hours of moderate cardiovascular exercise weekly.
There are several ways aerobic exercise can speed up the rate at which you see your ideal CoolSculpting results. For example, your cardiovascular system supports your lymphatic system. Therefore, if you get enough aerobic exercise to support your cardiovascular system, you will be supporting your lymphatic system by extension. As another example, aerobic exercise can help you achieve a caloric deficit. You may burn fuel stored in your problem areas in unaffected fat cells.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water will also go a long way in helping you see your ideal results as quickly as possible. Most people will need to drink around six to eight cups of hydrating fluids (48 to 64 ounces) per day to stay hydrated. Depending on your sex, activity level, and body mass, you may need around eight to 16 cups of hydrating fluids total every day to stay hydrated.
However, if you eat nutritiously, there’s a good chance you won’t need to drink this much water, tea, and coffee every day. Many nutritious foods, like citrus fruits and dark green vegetables, can contribute a great deal of water to your diet.
Eating nutritiously is yet another great idea to help your body’s waste removal system operate more efficiently. Your diet can affect the efficiency of your lymphatic system in a couple of ways. One way your lymphatic system is affected is that it can slow down its destroyed fat removal process significantly if you eat a lot of unhealthy foods. It is responsible for removing all waste from your body, including harmful chemicals you consume.
Another way your lymphatic system is affected is that it can operate more efficiently if it, and the systems that support it, are properly fueled. We’ve already touched on your cardiovascular system supporting your lymphatic system. Your immune system is another strong supporter of your body’s waste removal system. In addition to staying hydrated, you can strongly support your immune system by consuming plenty of zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin D.
Skip the Alcohol
Refraining from alcohol is another great idea if your goal is to achieve your ideal contours as quickly as possible. Alcohol is toxic to the human body. When you consume alcohol, your body works quickly to flush it out. Unfortunately, this also results in the elimination of vital water and nutrients. This can lead to a number of side effects, like dehydration and malnutrition, that will impede your body’s fat removal process significantly.
Another reason it is a good idea to avoid consuming alcohol is that alcohol can reduce inhibitions significantly. You may want to lose weight but find yourself unable to not reach for salty snacks or very calorie-dense foods. If you wake up hungover in the morning, you are less likely to exercise at an ideal intensity, and you may once again reach for calorie-dense foods or beverages. This can make it hard to operate at maintenance let alone a caloric deficit.
Am I a Good Candidate for This CoolSculpting Treatment?
You need to come in for an initial consultation to verify your candidacy for this treatment. However, if you’re at least 22 years of age, relatively healthy, and concerned about your contours, there’s a good chance you’ll qualify for cryolipolysis. To determine whether this treatment is a good fit for you, we will first verify that it will be safe for you.
To accomplish this, we will first discuss your health history. If you suffer from certain chronic medical conditions, like uncontrolled diabetes or Raynaud’s disease, you will be considered a poor fit for this treatment. Furthermore, we will discuss your current health. If you are ill, you will need to reschedule your treatment. Furthermore, you will not qualify for this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Areas Can I Treat With This Device?
This FDA-approved device can effectively tackle just about any problem area. We generally look for at least five pounds of subcutaneous fat in an area of concern, like the upper or lower abdomen, the buttocks, or the chest. However, we understand that not everyone has at least five pounds of subcutaneous fat in an area of concern. If you are targeting a small area, like the backs of your knees or your underarms, you may qualify even if you don’t have a lot of fat.
One reason attending an initial consultation is vital is that we must determine whether this treatment will be effective for you. If there is only a small amount of fat in an area of concern, it is possible that you will not be satisfied with the results of your treatment. There is also a possibility that you will be dissatisfied with your results if you have a very large amount of subcutaneous fat in your areas of concern.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
You can freeze off somewhere around 20 to 80% of your localized fat with a single treatment session. This FDA-approved fat removal treatment is safe and effective for most adults, but it is not recommended for everyone. If you think non-invasive fat removal could benefit you, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation at Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV. We can’t wait to help you achieve your ideal aesthetic.