In days gone by, liposuction was considered the gold standard of fat removal. Today, that perception has changed. There is another fat removal technique on the market, CoolSculpting. At MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA, we are proud to offer this highly innovative non-invasive fat removal treatment. To help you determine if it’s right for you, read on to learn more about it, including how much weight it can help you lose.
How Much Weight Can You Lose From CoolSculpting?
It may be possible for you to lose two to five pounds of fat from CoolSculpting. While this may not sound like a lot of weight, you should keep in mind that this is not a weight loss treatment. Rather, it is a fat removal treatment. It was designed to remove a significant amount of subcutaneous fat from areas of concern, and it is very good at what it was designed to do. Anywhere from 20 to 80% of the fat cells in an area can be removed in just a single session.
When Will I See My Weight Loss on the Scale?
It will be several weeks before you see your weight loss on the scale. Individual results vary, but it may take one to three months for your body to finish eliminating the fat cells frozen to death during treatment. Note, the number of treatment sessions you will need to achieve your desired results significantly affects how soon your results will become apparent.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
There are a number of factors that affect how many treatment sessions will be necessary for satisfactory results. Among these are your current body fat distribution and aesthetic goals. The size of the areas you are treating also will affect how many sessions you can expect to need. If you are treating a large area, only 20 to 30% of the localized fat cells will probably be removed. On the other hand, this device can remove around 80% of the fat cells in small areas.
As a general rule of thumb, one to two sessions are necessary for people who are close to their goal weight. On the other hand, people who are pretty far from their goal weight may need between five and six treatment sessions.
What Can I Do to See My Final Results Faster?
To see your final results as quickly as possible, you need to make sure your body can flush out the dead fat cells as quickly as possible. To accomplish this, you need to prioritize maximizing the efficiency of your lymphatic system. Since your lymphatic system is supported by your cardiovascular system, getting lots of aerobic exercise will facilitate faster final results. This is thanks to aerobic exercise supporting your cardiovascular system.
One of the best types of aerobic exercise to consider if your goal is to enjoy your ideal results as quickly as possible is walking. One thing that makes walking great is its convenience. You don’t have to pay for a gym membership, wake up early, pack toiletries, a towel, and work clothes, sit in traffic, go to the gym, and work out before work. You can lace up your favorite walking shoes and stroll around your house, yard, or neighborhood or walk on your lunch break.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water is another great way to increase the speed at which you see your ideal results. Hydration is critical for numerous bodily functions, including the efficiency of your lymphatic system. It is extremely important to remain hydrated enough that your urine is relatively clear. Dark urine indicates dehydration.
It is worth noting that it is acceptable for your urine to be bright. Most of the time, bright urine indicates that you are consuming more vitamin B12 (a water-soluble vitamin) than your body needs. Excess amounts of water-soluble vitamins are flushed out of the body through urination, sometimes causing the color of the urine to appear odd. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body’s tissues when consumed in excess and do not affect urine color.
Aerobic exercise is a great way to facilitate faster fat removal results because it supports a strong cardiovascular system which, in turn, supports an efficient lymphatic system. That said, it’s not the only way to go. Anaerobic exercise, including weightlifting, can also be extremely beneficial. One reason lifting weights is extremely beneficial for seeing results faster is that it also supports a strong circulatory system and, by extension, a strong lymphatic system.
Furthermore, it is beneficial in both the short-term and long-term for extra fat burning. It is great for short-term fat burning because heavy lifting tears your muscles down on a cellular level. When your body gets an adequate amount of REM sleep, water, and protein, EPOC occurs. This can easily result in a higher metabolism for up to 24 hours.
It is also in your best interest to eat clean if your goal is to see your ideal results as quickly as possible. Your lymphatic system is called upon whenever there is waste to be removed from the body, including artificial foods ripe with harmful chemicals. Eating highly processed foods taxes your lymphatic system significantly, requiring much more of its time and effort.
Therefore, eating highly processed foods extends the length of time it will take your lymphatic system to flush out the fat cells frozen to death during your cryolipolysis treatment. Make sure you’re providing your body with plenty of clean fuel while minimizing the amount of “junk” food you consume.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
To find out whether this treatment is appropriate for you, it is imperative that you sit down with Dr. Marina Buckley and discuss your health and goals. As a general rule, you’ll qualify if you’re at least 21 years of age and overweight or at a healthy weight. Nonetheless, it is vital to meet with a physician because this treatment is not safe for everyone. If you suffer from Raynaud’s phenomenon or another medical condition that causes extreme cold sensitivity, you won’t qualify.
If we determine this treatment is safe for you, it is imperative that we evaluate your areas of concern to verify this treatment will be effective for you. This treatment can be used to remove excess fat from virtually any area. However, it is only effective in areas where there is neither too little nor too much excess fat.
Who Is a Poor Candidate for This Treatment?
You will be considered a poor cryolipolysis candidate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Furthermore, this treatment is not appropriate for individuals who are ill at the time of their appointment. Moreover, you will not be able to receive this treatment if your skin is irritated. To mitigate the risk of needing to reschedule your appointment, wear sunscreen consistently in the weeks leading up to your sessionlk˚.
How Do I Need to Prepare for My Treatment?
We will give you a complete set of preparation instructions during your initial consultation. One of the most important preparation steps you must take is to not take any blood-thinners. Also, avoid taking any supplements or drugs that affect your blood’s ability to coagulate.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
You can generally expect your treatment session to be completed within an hour. Exact treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis influenced by such factors as the number of areas being targeted and the size of the areas being treated.
It typically takes 15 minutes for this device to treat a targeted area. However, it can take closer to 20 minutes if a large area with a lot of excess fat is being targeted. If you are treating several areas in a single session, especially if there is a lot of excess fat in your targeted areas, it is possible that your session will take over an hour.
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How much weight you can lose from CoolSculpting depends on several factors, including the size of the areas you’re targeting, the number of areas you’re treating, and how much excess fat you have in your areas of concern. Generally, you can expect to lose around two to five pounds. If you think this treatment is right for you, contact us today at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA to book an evaluation.