Do you have stubborn areas of your body that just won’t respond to diet and exercise? Years ago, surgery was the only way to resolve these tricky areas, but now a non-invasive treatment called CoolSculpting can smooth away problem spots in as little as one 35-minute session. Best of all, there is no downtime associated with this treatment, which is just one of many cosmetic services offered by Franklin Skin and Laser in Franklin, TN.
How CoolSculpting Works
This innovative treatment freezes the fat cells you don’t need or want using a process known as cryolipolysis. An external applicator is placed against the part of the body you want to be treated and delivers deep cooling to targeted fat cells. The low temperature breaks the fat cells down, essentially killing them. Over the next 5 to 12 weeks, the body’s own natural processes will escort those fat cells out naturally, giving progressively better results. This treatment is an ideal way to slim down certain parts of the body and give you a sleek and more defined silhouette.
What Parts of the Body Does It Work On?
Many of the stubborn areas that patients frequently grapple with can be addressed with this treatment, including the abdomen, arms, thighs, neck, flanks, and the bra line. This treatment can be administered with several different applicators, which means we can select one with a size and shape that will specifically treat your area of concern. Our practice also has two machines, which means we can offer “dual sculpting,” or the simultaneous treatment of two different parts of the body at the same time.
Is There Really No Downtime?
One of the big advantages of this treatment is that it involves no downtime, so you won’t have to take a day off of work or otherwise carve out time for recovery. After your session, the skin in the treatment area may appear flushed and feel tingly, but this subsides relatively quickly, and most patients immediately return to work and their regular routines. Compared to more invasive surgical fat-removal procedures, CoolSculpting is a convenient option.
Will I Have to Wait Long to See an Improvement?
Patients sometimes see some initial results right after their appointment, but the best results appear gradually during the next 2 or 3 months as the body naturally disposes of the unwanted fat cells. This treatment doesn’t offer a fast fix, but the results that appear over time are worth waiting for.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Because this treatment permanently gets rid of targeted fat cells, the results are long-lasting. You’ll need to maintain your results by sticking to a healthy lifestyle because this treatment won’t prevent you from gaining weight in the future.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Patients often see improvement after just one session. But depending on the area being treated and how much of an improvement you’re aiming for, we may recommend more than one session. In fact, some of our patients have been so pleased with their results that they’ve come back to have other areas of the body treated. We recommend that patients scheduling more than one treatment for a particular part of the body wait roughly four months between sessions to allow the results from each appointment to fully develop.
How Safe Is It?
The FDA approved this treatment in 2010, and our practice has performed thousands of these sessions with amazing results.
Will It Help With My Cellulite?
Cellulite can be a tricky issue to resolve. It’s caused when fat builds up under the skin, putting pressure on the fibrous bands that latch the skin to underlying muscle and causing a dimpling effect. This treatment, because it removes fat beneath the skin, may help with the appearance of cellulite, but it is not marketed as a solution for cellulite. If cellulite reduction is your primary concern, our practice offers Profound and Z-Wave, two treatments that are specifically designed to target the rumpled, dimpled skin cellulite results in.
What to Expect During Treatment
CoolSculpting treatments are easy, comfortable, and convenient. After making a few reference marks on the treatment area that we’ll use as guides, we’ll place an applicator against your body and direct it toward the targeted fat cells. Once treatment begins, we’ll glide the applicator over your skin. You may feel light pressure and a brief sensation of intense cold. At the conclusion of your session, we may massage the treatment area to ensure that the deep cooling has not caused any tissues to adhere to each other. This massage also encourages the body to start flushing away the disrupted fat cells.
Will I Be Comfortable During Treatment?
Yes. The brief period of intense cold will dissipate quickly, and most patients find treatments to be comfortable. Depending on the area that’s being treated, many of our patients nap, read, or check their email during their appointments.
What Are the Advantages of This Treatment?
Patients love this treatment system because it’s convenient yet offers noticeable results. Here are some of the advantages associated with this treatment:
Every patient has different cosmetic concerns, and one of the advantages of this treatment system is that it can be customized for each individual. The fact that it can be used all over the body, as well as the availability of different types and sizes of applicators, means CoolSculpting can be used to smooth a bra line, flatten the abdomen, or address a number of other issues. Patients can also schedule just one treatment or a series of treatments, ensuring that they achieve the degree of fat reduction they want.
Easy and Convenient
This approach to treatment sounds almost too good to be true, but it isn’t. Most appointments last about 35 minutes and require nothing in the way of advance preparation or downtime. This means you can easily work a session into your busy schedule.
Results You’ll Love
This treatment doesn’t offer fast, immediate results, but you’ll love what you see in the mirror after a couple of months. Patients like the gradual development of their results because they never suddenly look like they went and had something done. Once you’ve been able to slim down or smooth away that stubborn area that’s been bothering you for years, you’ll be amazed at how great you look and feel. Getting dressed in the morning will be fun again, your self-confidence will get a boost, and you may find it easier to live an active lifestyle.
Results That Last
Unlike some cosmetic services that require you to return every few months for maintenance sessions, this treatment permanently destroys fat cells and eases them out of your body. That means those fat cells are gone for good, and you’ll be able to enjoy your results for a long time. The only thing you’ll need to do to preserve your results is to maintain your weight through a conscientious diet and regular exercise.
How Does This Differ From Other Fat-Reduction Treatments?
A number of new treatments that work to eliminate unwanted fat and add contour to the body have become available in the past decade. Many of these treatments work in much the same way by breaking down fat cells to the point that they are flushed away naturally by the body’s lymphatic system. The primary difference in these treatments is how they break down the cells. While CoolSculpting chills the fat cells, other treatments disrupt them by heating them or using radiofrequency energy.
Am I a Candidate?
If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment approach and finding out if you’re a candidate, the first step is to schedule a consultation with our physician, Dr. Steven Bengelsdorf. Dr. Bengelsdorf is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and holds fellowship status with the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery as well as the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bengelsdorf will talk with you about your health history and your cosmetic concerns. He’ll also evaluate the area you’re seeking treatment for and will help you determine if CoolSculpting is the best approach.
There are several signs that you may be a good candidate for this treatment.
You’re Close to Your Goal Weight
The best candidates are not too far over their ideal weight but are able to “pinch an inch.” In other words, despite being in relatively good shape, they have a stubborn area or two that they need help resolving. This treatment allows patients to tame that problem area, add contour and definition to their silhouette, and finally achieve the body they have been working towards. Although it does remove fat cells, this treatment is not a solution for those who are looking to drop a significant amount of weight. Patients who are primarily interested in shedding pounds are better served with a traditional weight loss program.
You’ve Got a Spot You Want to Be Addressed
When you’re dieting, exercising, and generally working toward trimming your figure, you tend to shed weight evenly throughout your body. One of the nice things about this treatment is that it allows you to home in on that part of the body that’s been bothering you and address it in a targeted way. For patients in relatively good shape who have a problem spot that they really want to focus on, this treatment is ideal.
You’re Capable of Maintaining Your Results
This treatment almost magically gets rid of fat cells. But it won’t get rid of all the fat cells in your body, and the ones that remain will still grow and shrink depending on your habits and lifestyle. In other words, you can still gain weight, and your physique can still change as a result of the decisions you make about your diet and activity level. The best patients understand that this treatment will offer noticeable and lasting results, but that it will be up to them to maintain those results over the long haul.
You’re Realistic About the Outcome
This treatment system is popular because it offers visible improvement without the hassle, expense, and downtime associated with a surgical procedure. It’s important to understand, though, that the results will not be as dramatic as surgery. It helps if patients are realistic about the likely outcome of this treatment.
Take the First Step to a New You
Are you tired of wrestling with a problem area that just won’t budge? You don’t have to struggle any longer. This non-invasive fat-reduction treatment can give you the results you’ve been working for and doesn’t require any downtime. Don’t wait any longer. Call Franklin Skin and Laser in Franklin, TN and ask about CoolSculpting today.