Do you exercise regularly and eat reasonably most of the time? Do you feel self-conscious due to stubborn pockets of fat that seem to not budge? If so, you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting at Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics in Port Moody BC. Today, our aesthetic experts are taking a closer look at this safe, effective body contouring treatment. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about it, including the longevity of the results.
Is CoolSculpting Permanent?
CoolSculpting provides results that should last a very long time. This CoolSculpting treatment can only remove a percentage of fat cells in each treated area. The fat cells that are removed during treatment are gone permanently. However, the remaining fat cells can expand depending on your caloric intake after CoolSculpting treatment. It is a good idea to weigh yourself weekly or monthly after treatment and track weight fluctuations.
Weight fluctuations are normal. However, you should consider taking a close look at your diet and exercise routine if you gain weight consistently over the course of several weeks or months. If you gain more than five or 10 pounds after achieving your desired results, you may start to notice your treated areas getting a little larger.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
You can generally expect to need an hour per treatment area if you are targeting a large region, like your abdomen or back. If you are targeting a smaller region of your body, your treatment session may take only 35 minutes. During your initial consultation, we will evaluate how much excess fat you have in your areas of concern and advise you on how long you should expect your appointments to take.
When you come in for your appointment, we will inspect your targeted areas to ensure that they are free from irritation. Then, we will clean them and apply a special gel to your skin. After that, the cryolipolysis device will be applied to your skin. In just a few minutes, it will cool the treatment area to approximately 5 degrees. This is cold enough to freeze a lot of the localized fat cells to death, but not cold enough to damage your skin or muscle tissues.
What Will My Treatment Feel Like?
You should not expect to feel any pain or discomfort during your treatment session. As the targeted area cools, it numbs. Therefore, there is no need to take any analgesics before your treatment session. You should be aware, though, that it may take five to 10 minutes for your targeted area to become cold enough to lose sensation. Before that point, you may feel a gentle tugging as the device draws your subcutaneous fat up.
How Soon Will I Be Able To See My Desired Results?
It may take around one to seven months for your final results to become apparent. However, you should be able to start seeing and feeling an improvement in your treated contours just a few weeks after your first treatment session. Factors affecting how quickly you will be able to see your desired results include the efficiency of your lymphatic system and the number of sessions you need to achieve your desired results.
How Many Treatment Sessions Are Required?
The number of cryolipolysis sessions you’ll need to achieve your desired appearance depends on several factors, including your body fat distribution, weight, and goals. Typically, people who aren’t trying to lose weight only need one or two sessions to sculpt their desired contours. Contrastingly, overweight people may require four to six sessions for optimal results.
Can I Do Anything To See My Desired Results Faster?
Yes, there are steps you can take to improve your lymphatic system’s efficiency. One simple, effective step you can take is to stay hydrated. Depending on your body mass and activity level, you may be able to maintain hydration by drinking around half a gallon of hydrating fluids every day. If you struggle to drink enough each day to keep your urine pale, you can help your body retain crucial hydration by increasing your sodium intake a bit.
Another highly effective, simple lifestyle choice you can make is to get at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise most days. You can walk on your lunch break, ride your bike around your neighbourhood after work, or go for a swim before work. Alternatively, a 15-minute CrossFit session or any other high-intensity aerobic exercise will provide you with the same benefits.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid To Help Hasten My Desired Results?
Yes, there are things you should avoid if you want to see your final results as quickly as possible. For example, you should avoid alcohol consumption if you want to see your final results as quickly as possible. This is because your body’s waste removal system will prioritize eliminating the alcohol from your system over the dead fat cells. Furthermore, you should avoid consuming unhealthy foods that are packed with harmful ingredients.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Due to the non-invasive nature of this treatment, almost everyone who has problems with one or more of their contours due to stubborn fat pockets will qualify for treatment. However, you need to be in good general health to be considered a good fit. Certain medical conditions, like Raynaud’s disease, can prevent you from qualifying for treatment. Similarly, you may be considered a poor fit for this treatment if you take certain drugs.
You should also know that you need to have a BMI that does not exceed 29.9 to be considered a good cryolipolysis candidate. If you suffer from obesity, this treatment may not be effective for you. Moreover, you should keep in mind that ideal candidates feel confident that they can maintain a stable weight after treatment. To reiterate, your untreated fat cells can expand in the future.
What Contraindications Should I Be Aware of?
There are several things besides Raynaud’s disease and obesity that can disqualify you from treatment. For example, you will need to postpone your treatment if you are pregnant. Similarly, it is best to hold off on this treatment until you are no longer breastfeeding. Additionally, you will not be able to receive this treatment if there is an open wound in the targeted area.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment Session?
The most critical CoolSculpting preparation step you need to take is to meet with a qualified aesthetic expert to discuss your candidacy for this treatment. During this initial meeting, we will advise you on everything else you need to do to ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible. One of the most important pre-treatment rules you will need to follow is to avoid taking blood-thinning drugs and supplements.
It is also very important that you are hydrated when you arrive at your appointment. It is highly advisable to have a glass of water and a light, healthy meal before you come in for your treatment. Additionally, when you arrive for your treatment, your targeted areas should be free from irritation. Therefore, you should not use any cosmetic products that may cause skin irritation. You also should avoid sun damage before your treatment.
What Aftercare Guidelines Will I Need To Abide By?
Once your treatment is complete, you should be able to return to work and meet all your usual obligations. However, you will need to abide by several aftercare guidelines for a while after your treatment. For example, you will not be able to engage in any strenuous exercise for two days after your session. Furthermore, it is crucial that you wear a compression garment to support your circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Additionally, it is crucial that you stay hydrated after your treatment. You should try to drink six to eight ounces of water an hour and eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in water. Moreover, you should make sure that you don’t eat any processed meat, fried foods, or foods that are high in added sugar. Furthermore, alcohol consumption must be avoided.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
CoolSculpting fat removal results will last a lifetime. However, you will need to mind your caloric intake and physical activity level to enjoy your desired contours permanently. If you think you could benefit from this non-invasive body contouring treatment, contact us today at Beauty 2.0 Aesthetics in Port Moody, BC, to schedule an initial evaluation.