You feel frustrated because you couldn’t be happier with your weight, but your clothes don’t fit like they used to fit. If you can relate to this, you may be a good candidate for body contouring at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA. Today, our aesthetic experts are taking a closer look at one of the most popular body contouring techniques, CoolSculpting, to help you determine if it is a good fit for you.
How Quickly Do You See Results From CoolSculpting?
Some people report that their treatment areas feel smaller as soon as their session is complete. However, you may not be able to see a change in the treated area for several weeks, even if you feel like the treated areas are now smaller. People often feel like their treated areas are smaller because the cold destroys the fat cells and the walls of the fat cells essentially shatter, releasing the fat they were storing.
As a general rule of thumb, it can take between 1.5 and two months to see the final results of the treatment session. However, it may take between one and six treatment sessions spaced a couple of months apart. Therefore, if you need to schedule a second treatment session two months after your first session, your final results may not become apparent until 5.5 to six months after your first treatment session.
How Many CoolSculpting Sessions Will I Need?
Several factors affect how many body sculpting treatments you will need, but the amount of excess fat in the targeted areas is the most important. If you have a lot of excess fat in your targeted area, like your stomach or buttocks, four to six treatment sessions may be required. On the other hand, if you only have a small amount of excess fat in the treatment area, like your chin, neck, or underarms, you may only need one or two treatment sessions.
Note, we will advise you on how many treatment sessions you should expect to need during your initial evaluation once we have assessed your areas of concern. How many sessions you will need depends on several factors, including how much excess fat is in the targeted areas, the size of the targeted areas, the number of areas you are trying to treat, and your schedule. It is possible to treat multiple areas in a single session.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
How long your treatment session will take depends primarily on the amount of excess fat in the targeted areas. The more excess fat there is in an area, the longer your treatment will take. Your treatment will also take longer if the areas you are treating are larger. For example, your session may only take around 15 minutes if you are treating your underarms. On the other hand, it may take closer to an hour to treat your back.
Depending on the size of the areas you’re targeting and how many areas you’re targeting, your treatment session may take a couple of hours total. However, it is more convenient to take a little time off from work and target all of your areas of concern in one appointment. This is because you will only need to wait for the cryolipolysis device to cool to the optimal operating temperature once.
How Can I See My Treatment Results As Quickly as Possible?
If you want to see your final results as quickly as possible, your number one priority must be improving the efficiency of your lymphatic system. Even though adequate hydration is always important, it is particularly important when your goal is to have your lymphatic system running as efficiently as possible. If your urine is dark, drink more water and eat more foods that are high in water content, like cucumbers, spinach, and broth-based soup.
You can also significantly speed up the rate at which your results become apparent by getting in at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise weekly. If you are not yet at your ideal weight, you should aim to get five hours of moderate exercise every week.
How Many Inches Can I Expect To Lose Following My Treatment Session?
How many inches that can be removed due to CoolSculpting depends on how much excess fat is in the area being treated. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to lose half of an inch of fat (approximately 2.5 pounds) if you are treating your upper arms. However, you may be able to lose a couple of inches (approximately 10 pounds) if fat is being removed from your abdomen or back.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
We can’t advise you on whether you will be considered a good candidate for this treatment until you come in for an initial evaluation. We need to review your medical history and current health to ensure you are healthy enough to receive this treatment at this time. We also need to evaluate your areas of concern to ensure there is enough fat for effective treatment but not too much fat for effective treatment.
If we determine that you are a good fit for this FDA-approved non-invasive treatment, we will advise you on how to prepare for your treatment session and what to expect afterward. We are more than happy to answer any questions you have at any point during your body contouring process, including after your first session is over. You are more than welcome to write down questions you want to ask during your consultation or call us at any time.
What Medical Conditions May Preclude Me From Candidacy?
Raynaud’s disease is the most common medical condition that will preclude you from fat removal with this device. You also may be precluded from fat removal with this device if you suffer from any other condition that makes you extremely sensitive to cold temperatures.
This device works by cooling your fat cells to roughly 40 degrees. However, to get to your fat cells, the cold must travel through your skin and muscle tissues. Most of the time, this is a perfectly safe temperature and should not affect the skin or muscle tissues because they are made up of water-based cells. While your skin may not be damaged if you are sensitive to cold temperatures, you may find the treatment uncomfortable.
What Effect Does My BMI Have on My Potential Candidacy for Cryolipolysis?
Your BMI should be no more than 29.9 if you want to be considered a good candidate for cryolipolysis. If your BMI is over 29.9, your body fat percentage will be so high that this treatment will not be effective. It is at a BMI of 30 that a diagnosis of obesity can be made, and you must be no more than overweight to qualify for this treatment.
To be considered an ideal candidate for this treatment, your BMI should fall in the normal weight range that extends from 18.5 to 24.9. If you are unsure of your BMI, weigh yourself. Then, plug your height and weight into an online BMI calculator. Just make sure that you choose a BMI calculator for adults. If you plug your information into a calculator meant for children aged 2 to 19, your calculated BMI will be incorrect.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment Session?
To reiterate, we’ll let you know what you need to do to prepare for your treatment during your initial consultation. One of the most important things you will need to do to prepare for your treatment is to eat a nutritious snack or light meal within two hours of coming in for your appointment. The more nourished you are, the faster you will be able to see the final results of your treatment.
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It can take anywhere from six to eight weeks to see your final CoolSculpting results after a treatment session. However, you should keep in mind that you may need up to six treatment sessions spaced a couple of months apart to achieve your desired results.
The only way to find out for sure whether this safe, effective treatment is right for you is to come in for an initial consultation. Schedule an appointment with MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA today to learn more about this innovative treatment, including how quickly you can expect to see your ideal results.