Body contouring has grown in popularity among those who are at or near their goal weight and just need a little help. When your diet and exercise routine isn’t giving you the results that you want, you need something more. At Franklin Skin and Laser located in Franklin, TN, we have a solution–Coolsculpting–that will help those of all fitness levels finally achieve their dream body with a quick, non-invasive, and effective treatment.
Does CoolSculpting Really Work?
When it first came out, this body sculpting treatment was scoffed at and even trivialized until those who doubted it saw real results on real people and realized that it worked. That was over 16 years ago. Now, CoolSculpting has evolved into one of the most well-known, widely-used body sculpting and contouring treatments out there. It will target and finally get rid of stubborn fat in the body so that you can finally reach all of your ideal body goals.
A Look Into the Criticism
Too Good To Be True?
Results are proven. The pictures and real-life experiences don’t lie. Millions of people, including some of the world’s fittest bodies, have turned to this treatment as a last resort to get rid of the stubborn fat that was holding them back from reaching their goals. When exercise and fitness efforts failed to give them results, they turned to this treatment only to realize that it is one of those rare things in life that is as good as it promises to be.
Fat Can’t Be Frozen…or Can It?
Until its development by Harvard-based scientists, no one would think that a treatment as simple as CoolSculpting could actually get rid of fat. A group of scientists developed a process called cryolipolysis, tested it, and discovered that fat cells can be killed when frozen. Fat freezes at far warmer temperatures than water, meaning that you can safely freeze and kill fat cells while leaving all other cells unharmed.
This treatment has been carefully studied and designed to target fat cells and kill them without harming the surrounding tissues and then eliminate those fat cells from the body permanently. Fat can be frozen and destroyed, but only under the circumstances present during an active CoolSculpting treatment session. It took Harvard-based scientists to create and perfect this treatment, and the results are not only real, but they’re based on scientific truths.
Isn’t It Just a Scam?
Scams don’t last. The lies associated with them are discovered, either by those who involve themselves with those scams or other individuals that put the time and effort into uncovering their deceit. Sometimes they just fade away because it’s obvious no one is seeing any real benefit. This treatment may have initially been viewed as a scam by its harshest critics, but over the past 16 years, it has withstood that criticism and grown in popularity every year. It has been a consistent go-to treatment for those with stubborn fat.
This treatment has not only proven that it isn’t a scam, but it has even become a cosmetic phenomenon and a leading, reputable, trusted name in medspas all across the country. It was one of the pioneers of non-invasive body contouring treatments that led the way forward to a whole new category of cosmetic alternatives to the surgical counterpart, liposuction. Those who weren’t and aren’t ready to commit to the downtime, pain, and invasive nature of liposuction have a solution in this treatment.
What Is CoolSculpting?
This is a body contouring treatment that uses cold temperatures to freeze fat cells, destroy them, and then relies on the natural processes within the body to eliminate those dead fat cells for fat reduction in areas of the body with stubborn fat. Those who undergo this treatment can expect up to a 25% fat reduction in the treatment area.
How Does It Work?
This treatment uses a process called cryolipolysis. Fat cells don’t like to be cold. During this treatment, very cold temperatures blast the area of the body containing stubborn fat. The fat cells are frozen and are destroyed. Once destroyed, they die and the body begins the process of eliminating them in the weeks following treatment. The treatment areas gradually take on a slimmer appearance.
Is It Safe?
This treatment is FDA-approved, making it a safe option for those who want to get rid of stubborn fat. It is non-invasive, painless, and it does not require any downtime post-treatment. This treatment takes place in our office. You won’t have to enlist help post-treatment like you would for a surgical fat reduction alternative. You will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointments and can continue with your daily activities after your appointment.
What Areas Does It Treat?
This treatment can safely and effectively treat most areas of the body. The benefit is that it can do what you cannot at the gym: spot treat fat. Trainers and fitness enthusiasts alike will tell you that you cannot spot treat fat, but with this treatment, you absolutely can. It targets areas of the body that typically hold on to fat and are hard to target with diet and fitness efforts alone. It is FDA-cleared to treat:
- Visible fat beneath the chin
- Visible fat along and underneath the jawline
- Inner and outer thighs
- The abdomen, including love handles and flanks
- Bra roll fat
- Back fat
- Fat beneath the buttocks known as the “banana roll”
- The upper arms
During your initial consultation, you can discuss your problem areas with one of our experts to confirm whether or not this treatment will effectively target your particular concern.
What Happens During a Typical Treatment Session?
During your session, you will lay down or lay semi-reclined on a treatment bench. Your technician will prepare your treatment area for the session and place the most appropriate-sized device head along with a cooling pad directly on to your skin. The machine will then initiate a treatment sequence, the fat-blasting process will begin.
At Franklin Skin and Laser, we now offer our patients Dualsculpting. Dualsculpting involves the use of two different CoolSculpting machines so that we can target your fat cells twice as fast. In the past, you needed to schedule multiple treatment sessions to treat different areas of the body. Now, with Dualsculpting, we can treat two different areas at once so that you can get the most efficient treatment and achieve your body goals even faster.
Different Device Heads
At our office, we have all of the latest device heads that attach to this body-contouring machine so that you can get the best results from your session. Smaller heads can target small areas of the body that hold stubborn fat and destroy those fat cells. Larger treatment heads have a greater surface area so that they can effectively target fat cells located in larger areas of the body. These device heads help you get the best results possible during your treatment.
What Do Treatments Feel Like?
Most patients would describe the treatment as initially cold. After a few minutes, the treatment area will become numb and you will no longer feel that intense cold sensation. During treatment, you will be able to lay back and relax, sleep, read, watch TV, or work remotely if you so choose.
How Long Do Treatments Take?
Treatments typically take 35 minutes to complete, depending on how many areas of the body we will be treating. Dualsculpting is a way to cut down total treatment times and get more results from a single session. During your consultation, once we develop a treatment plan based on your needs, we will be better able to approximate your total treatment time so that you can plan accordingly.
How Soon Will I See Results?
The fat reduction process, from start to finish, typically takes anywhere from five to twelve weeks to complete. Your results will appear gradually as your body eliminates the dead fat cells and your problem areas will slowly begin to take on a more contoured appearance.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The results of this treatment are permanent. Once the fat cells in your problem areas die and are eliminated from the body, they will be gone for good. New cells will not replace the fat cells that were removed, but weight gain can lead to additional fat cells spread throughout the body. There is no way to tell ahead of time where you will develop fat cells if you gain weight, so the best way to ensure that your results are long-lasting is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
How to Maintain Your CoolSculpting Results
When it comes to maintaining your fat loss results, what you eat plays a significant role in your overall appearance. Food is one of the largest roadblocks standing in-between most people and their body goals. For some, following a diet and sticking to it is the hardest part.
Sugar stands in the way of your results at the gym. It also inhibits your ability to maintain your body contouring results. It’s addictive, your body craves it, and it causes your blood sugar to spike and crash. It’s even hidden in some of the most unlikely places. Some of your favorite condiments that may not even taste very sweet to you are full of sugars. Start eliminating foods high in sugars and find alternative options with natural or herbal sweeteners.
Read nutrition labels and find healthier versions of your favorite foods that still have the flavor but none of the unnecessary sugar. Once you break your body’s addiction to sugar, you will find that the natural sugars found in fruits and natural sweeteners taste much sweeter to you than they used to. Your body won’t crave sugar and you will be in a better position to maintain your goals and even reach new ones.
Balance, Balance, Balance
Everyone has dealt with the guilt that comes after a day or even a week of binge eating. Maybe you went on vacation, or you were out celebrating and overdid it. Whatever the case, when you tried to put in the extra work at the gym, you quickly realized that just how painfully slow your total number of burned calories increased. When you live a balanced life, you will be able to enjoy food without feeling guilty and exercise to keep your body healthy.
Watch Your Portions
It’s a painful realization when you discover that burning calories takes a lot of hard work. It should first make you realize that you can’t possibly out-exercise a bad diet, and second, motivate you to balance your caloric intake. You can do that by watching your portion sizes. Look for an online guide that shows you how to portion your food with the palm of your hand.
Don’t Deprive Yourself
Deprivation leads to starvation, which eventually leads to binge eating. It’s one of the main reasons that highly-restrictive diets don’t work, at least not for very long. Allow yourself a small healthy splurge each day. Eating a small amount of high-quality dark chocolate will help satisfy sugar cravings so that you don’t end up eating the entire bag.
Once you get your diet in line, exercise will become more enjoyable. No longer will you have to punish yourself for binge eating by spending an hour doing cardio. You will be able to push yourself because you’ll have energy and your blood sugar levels will be stable.
If you have the means to do so, hire a trainer to stay accountable and maintain a workout regimen. If you don’t need help in the discipline and accountability department, change your workouts every four to six weeks to keep your body guessing and to prevent boredom. Do whatever it takes to maintain a consistent exercise routine, whether that’s working out at home, working out at a gym, or exercising in a group setting.
Schedule Follow-Up Treatments
If you find that you let an unhealthy lifestyle get the best of you and you have gained some weight post-treatment, you can get rid of those new fat cells with additional follow-up treatments. If you have maintained your results but have additional areas that you want to further contour and sculpt, you can schedule additional treatments to get even closer to your ultimate body goals.
Am I a Candidate for This Treatment?
Trying to “pinch an inch” is a tangible way to see if you qualify for this treatment. CoolSculpting treats pinchable areas of fat, not large, dense ones. If you are at a healthy weight or are near your goal weight but have areas on your body that are unresponsive to diet and fitness, you are most likely a candidate for treatment.
Who Isn’t a Candidate for Treatment?
It is important to note that this treatment is not a fat loss method. It does not work on those who qualify as obese or have large dense areas of fat. It is not a tool to help you lose weight. This is a body contouring treatment designed for relatively fit two very fit individuals who want to hone and perfect certain areas of the body that aren’t responding to diet or exercise.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
There is a way to spot treat stubborn fat and finally reach your goals. This treatment helps eliminate stubborn fat in very specific areas of the body in a way that working out cannot. Contact us today at Franklin Skin and Laser in Franklin, TN and schedule your initial consultation to find out if this body contouring treatment is right for you.