Understanding Coolsculpting: What is it exactly?
Coolsculpting, medically known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure gaining significant traction in the health and beauty sphere. Originally approved by the FDA in 2010, it offers a cutting-edge solution to body contouring that uses cold therapy to eliminate unwanted fat cells. At Women’s Health Group in Chicago, Illinois, our team of expert Obstetrician-gynecologists offers this service to our clients looking for a safe and effective solution to shed stubborn pockets of fat.
The Mayo Clinic asserts that Coolsculpting is primarily for removing fat that resists diet and exercise. It’s not a comprehensive weight-loss solution, but a treatment to streamline shapes and improve the natural contours of the body.
The Science Behind Coolsculpting
Understanding the Coolsculpting process begins with understanding the science behind the procedure. The concept relies on controlled cooling to target and freeze fat cells underneath the skin without affecting the skin itself. Once frozen, these fat cells die and are naturally eliminated by your body over time, leaving you with sleek and improved contours.
The foundation of this process is rooted in the fact that fat cells are more vulnerable to cold temperature than other cells in your body. Thus, when exposed to extreme cold, only these cells freeze and subsequently die, making Coolsculpting a targeted and efficient fat reduction method.
The first step to experiencing the benefits of Coolsculpting starts with a preliminary consultation. Here at the Women’s Health Group, we take this opportunity to evaluate your suitability for the procedure. During the consultation, we discuss your body contouring goals, overall health, and medical history. We will also examine the areas you wish to treat to determine if Coolsculpting is indeed the best choice for you.
The Coolsculpting Session
When you come in for your Coolsculpting treatment, expect the session to be a comfortable one. The Coolsculpting machine is designed with a gel pad and applicator that is applied to the targeted area. The applicator uses a gentle vacuum to draw the fatty tissue into the cooling panels, where controlled cooling is then applied.
During the initial few minutes, you might feel intense cold, but this sensation subsides quickly as the area becomes numb. You can relax, read, or even nap during treatment. Each session lasts about 35 to 60 minutes per treatment area. The Women’s Health Gov advises that while some patients might see results after just one session, others might require more sessions to achieve their desired outcome.
Post Coolsculpting Care
One of the fantastic benefits of Coolsculpting is that there’s virtually no down-time post-procedure. You can carry on with your day as normal, although some people might experience minor swelling, bruising, or sensitivity in the treated areas. These are common side effects and subside within a few weeks.
In the weeks following the procedure, your body naturally processes and eliminates the dead fat cells. You start noticing the effect of the treatment in about three weeks, with the most dramatic results visible after two months. However, your body still continues to flush out fat cells for up to four to six months post-treatment.
Why Choose Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting offers a myriad of benefits including:
- It’s non-surgical and non-invasive.
- No anesthesia or pain medication is required
- It offers a natural-looking effect
- There’s little to no downtime post-procedure.
Our professionals at Women’s Health Group guarantee you excellent care throughout your Coolsculpting process. They ensure the procedure is safe, comfortable, and yields the most satisfying results.
Take the First Step Towards a New You
The Coolsculpting process offers a unique opportunity to achieve your body contouring goals without the need for surgery or downtime. It’s especially ideal for those stubborn areas resistant to diet and exercise. To start your journey towards a new, more confident you, schedule a consultation with our specialized team at the Women’s Health Group, and let us help you achieve the body contour you have always desired.