Preparing for CoolSculpting Before and After Care Following the Procedure
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One of the hottest treatments these days is quite cold – which is why it’s known as CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat reduction treatment that is non-invasive and has little to no downtime for most patients. The professional medical terminology for this treatment is cryolipolysis, meaning that it freezes fat cells. If you take a look at CoolSculpting before and after results, you will see that this procedure is extremely effective.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting works by targeting stubborn fat deposits in specific places in the body. It is most commonly used to treat fat cells in the:
- Abdomen and lower belly
- Love handles
- Upper back (bra bulge)
- Lower back
- Underneath the buttocks
- Under the chin
- Upper arms
- Inner and outer thighs
The specialized equipment used in CoolSculpting reduces fat by freezing the cells – without damaging any of the organs, surrounding tissues, or the skin. The cells are exposed to extremely cold temperatures that cause the fat to crystalize and rupture. The body then naturally removes these dead cells, leaving you with visible fat reduction.
A single treatment takes between one to three hours, depending on the size. First, the area is numbed with a special cream. Then, the handheld device is applied, which administers cooling technology to break up deep fat tissue beneath the skin.
This non-invasive fat reduction treatment is proven to be extremely safe and effective. A recent medical report concluded that a patient’s fat cell count was reduced between 20% to 80% with no significant side effects or impact on liver function.
CoolSculpting’s market research determined that 79% of patients reported positive results – such as their clothing fitting better. Additionally, some patients see results after just a few procedures, and the effects can often be long-lasting.
The are some things you need to know before booking a procedure, especially concerning CoolSculpting before and aftercare.
Are You a Candidate?
First, it is important to understand that while CoolSculpting is safe, it is not recommended for everyone. Additionally, this treatment typically has the best results when it is given to the most ideal patients.
CoolSculpting is designed to remove stubborn fat cells that have not been reduced through a healthy lifestyle, diet, or exercise regimen. However, it is usually more effective when the patient is active and in good health.
CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity or significant weight-loss. It is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of fat cell deposits in specific areas of the body.
So, some things that would qualify you as an “ideal” patient for CoolSculpting are:
- You are moderately active.
- You have no severe health concerns.
- You have areas on your body where you cannot seem to lose stubborn fat.
- You have checked with your physician to ensure that you are healthy enough for this procedure.
People with severe underlying health conditions should consult with a doctor before receiving CoolSculpting treatments.
What Are the Costs of CoolSculpting?
Of course, one of the first questions that many patients ask about CoolSculpting is the cost. There is no single answer to this question. It all depends on the patient and various factors that are different for each person.
For instance, the total cost will depend on the number of treatments or cycles needed. This can change depending on the area being treated, the desired outcome, and the fat deposits being targeted.
To get an accurate estimate, you must meet with a professional who has been extensively trained to use CoolSculpting equipment. Be sure to ask about any pricing specials during your initial consultation. Some medical spas will offer discounts if you purchase multiple sessions or run sales throughout the year.
Plan at Least 8 Weeks for Results After The Treatment
Although this treatment requires virtually no downtime and is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure, do not expect to see instant CoolSculpting before and after results. Typically, patients will start to notice a visible change in the treated areas after about 4 weeks, with the most dramatic results occurring 8 to 12 weeks later.
To see the best results from CoolSculpting, it is recommended that you continue a healthy diet and exercise. CoolSculpting is not intended to be a “magic” treatment to remove fat, but it can supplement a healthy lifestyle for better results.
And remember: the sooner you do it, the sooner you’ll start to see results.
Verify the Provider’s Credentials
You should only receive CoolSculpting treatment from medical professionals who have specific credentials and authorization for this type of treatment.
Although CoolSculpting is a totally safe fat reduction treatment, it does require specialized training. You may want to ask if they are trained to use the latest CoolSculpting devices. This includes the CoolMini, which is designed to target fat under the chin, and the CoolPetite for smaller areas, such as the upper arm.
Also, be sure to do your research before booking a treatment so you find a spa that is clean, professional, and offers a pleasant experience.
Watch out for spas with only a few stellar reviews, as this may mean they purposely remove negative ratings. Be sure to read through review comments, too. Many reviewers will recommend specific specialists if they had a good experience with them!
Here at Bella Vita Med Spa, you will receive CoolSculpting from technicians who specialize solely in these non-invasive fat reduction cryolipolysis (fat freeze off) treatments.
DO NOT Take Ibuprofen After
Generally, you should not feel any severe pain before or after a CoolSculpting treatment. The treated area is covered with a numbing cream before the treatment. The most common side effects reported during the procedure are:
- Cramping or aches
- Feeling intense cold
- Pulling or tugging at the skin
This occurs because the CoolSculpting applicator uses suction along with cooling technology to freeze fat cells beneath the skin. This repeated suctioning and cold temperature can make the area a bit sensitive, but it should not cause severe discomfort for pain.
After the treatment is completed, you may experience redness, swelling, or sensitivity in the treated areas. However, if you feel any tenderness or aching, it is highly recommended that you do not take Ibuprofen, including Aleve and Advil, following your treatment.
These types of pain medications thin the blood and act as anti-inflammatories. This interferes with the healing process. Essentially, this may stop or slow down the process of fat cell elimination – so you won’t get the results you want!
If you are feeling any soreness or pain in the treated areas, take a pain reliever that does not contain an anti-inflammatory, such as Tylenol. You can also use warm compresses or heating pads to help with any discomfort and swelling.
It is also recommended that you gently massage the treated areas. One study even concluded that massaging the muscles and skin soon after a CoolSculpting treatment for at least five minutes can improve fat reduction by up to 68 percent!
You may also return to normal activities and exercise regimens immediately after a CoolSculpting treatment unless you have any pain or swelling. This will help to get the blood flowing – and give you even better results by building up the muscle underneath!
Plan for Potential Bruising on the Body
Bruising is quite common following CoolSculpting, especially if you are prone to bruising or have sensitive skin. Remember, the side effects of CoolSculpting are usually very minimal. Patients can typically go about their everyday routine after the treatment. If the area is sore, don’t push it with physical activity.
Slight bruising around the area following the treatment is normal, along with minor soreness and swelling. If the treated area is bruised, use a warm compress or heating pad to improve blood circulation. You can also try to keep the area elevated and move the muscles with gentle exercise to reduce the severity of the bruising.
However, if your pain becomes more severe or you experience any unusual side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Seeing incredible before and after CoolSculpting shots is probably enough to convince you that this treatment works.
This non-surgical fat reduction procedure is a great alternative to more invasive treatments, such as liposuction or fat removal surgery. Plus, with little to no downtime, minimal discomfort, and quick results, there is no reason not to consider CoolSculpting!
To receive the absolute best results from CoolSculpting, you need to know what to expect. By partnering with the right medical professional, being prepared for CoolSculpting before and after treatments, as well as following the correct protocols, you can expect to see the results you’ve always wanted.
Ready to Learn More About Coolsculpting or Schedule a Consultation?
Contact us today at Bella Vita Med Spa in Hinsdale, Illinois. You can fill out a form online or give us a call at 630-934-2848 to book an initial consultation and see which treatments are best for you!