Can CoolSculpting Help You Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Making major lifestyle changes is hard, no matter when you try to make them. New Year’s resolutions are, however, particularly daunting for most of us: Not only are we usually attempting to make several big changes at once after New Year’s, we’re doing so during a dark, cold time of year when motivation is at an all-time low. Understandably, many people, therefore, start looking to alternative solutions, like CoolSculpting, to help them meet their objectives. CoolSculpting uses a non-surgical process called “cryolipolysis” to destroy fat cells, so it automatically appeals to people who hope to lose weight after the holidays. Still, before you contact us to book a CoolSculpting consultation, there are a few things you’ll need to know about this procedure:

Fat Loss Vs. Weight Loss

Numerous studies have shown that CoolSculpting can destroy up to 25% of fat cells in treated areas—an impressive figure for a procedure that doesn’t require a single incision. Nonetheless, there’s a limit on how much actual weight a person can lose via body contouring: Even surgical procedures like liposuction can only remove five to ten pounds of fat at a time. (Removing more than this could cause complications.) Most people who have CoolSculpting lose about three pounds after all of their treatment sessions are complete.

While that doesn’t sound like a substantial change, it’s important to realize that fat distribution plays a significant role in how we look. A person who has a flabby-looking stomach or a double chin is going to appear heavy, even if they’re a healthy weight. By getting rid of these deposits of stubborn diet-resistant fat, CoolSculpting can make a person look 15-20 pounds lighter than he or she did before treatment. This striking cosmetic difference is why CoolSculpting has a patient satisfaction rate of between 85-90%.

Furthermore, though CoolSculpting can’t replace conventional weight loss, it can do something diet and exercise can’t do: Actually destroy fat cells. When we lose weight naturally, our fat cells shrink, but they don’t go away. This leaves us prone to retaining (and regaining) weight in any areas where fat cells are especially dense. CoolSculpting, by contrast, permanently reduces the density of fat cells in treated areas, so those areas will always be proportionally slimmer—even if you gain back a bit of the weight you’ve lost.

How to Use CoolSculpting to Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions

Now that you know what CoolSculpting can (and can’t) do, there are several steps you should take to effectively integrate this procedure into your post-holiday weight loss plan:

 

  1. Make slimming down enough to have CoolSculpting your first weight loss goal.

 

Before you book your first CoolSculpting appointment, you should try to lose most of your “holiday weight” through traditional methods like diet and exercise. We recommend getting within about 20 pounds your final goal weight before you start your cryolipolysis sessions.

 

  1. Identify your “problem areas.”

 

Once you’ve gotten close to your ideal weight, you’ll be able to assess which parts of your body aren’t responding well to diet and exercise. Make a list of any problem areas you want to sculpt and bring it to your consultation. Knowing that it’s possible to correct these areas will make achieving your resolutions feel realistic, a key factor for staying on track.

 

  1. Use your CoolSculpting results to help you stay motivated.

Research shows that when people obtain the body they want (rather than being stuck with areas of stubborn fat), they’re more motivated to stay in shape. Take pictures of the areas you’re having treated with CoolSculpting before your first appointment and every two weeks thereafter. As you watch your problem areas become visibly slimmer and more toned, you’ll feel empowered to keep pursuing your goals.

If you think CoolSculpting might be right for you, feel free to contact us for more information on how this procedure permanently destroys stubborn fat. We’ll be happy to help you learn more about this safe, convenient non-surgical treatment.

 

 

 

 

CoolSculpting: What are Realistic Results?

 

When it comes to modern body sculpting, patients need to be ready to balance the good news with the bad. The good news is that it’s now possible to remove deposits of unwanted fat from multiple areas of the body without going under the knife. The bad news? There’s still no nonsurgical procedure that can produce dramatic, immediate results. Before you have CoolSculpting, you’ll therefore need to develop realistic expectations for this procedure. Below, we’ll answer some of the most common questions patients have about the capabilities of “fat freezing” procedures like CoolSculpting:

CoolSculpting FAQ

1. Will having CoolSculpting help me lose weight?

The answer to this question is multifaceted. CoolSculpting will help you lose a little bit of weight, yes, but it cannot make a heavy person slim. Most patients can expect to lose between three and eight pounds after having CoolSculpting. As such, CoolSculpting is not recommended for use on obese patients; it won’t harm you if you’re heavily overweight, but it won’t produce highly visible results, either. Before having CoolSculpting, you should use diet and exercise to get within about 25 pounds of your ultimate goal weight. CoolSculpting is ideally suited to getting rid of deposits of diet-resistant fat, e.g., when an otherwise slim person has a “pot belly” that simply won’t budge no matter how hard they train.

CoolSculpting can complement diet and exercise in helping patients lose weight, however. Having CoolSculpting has been shown to increase patients’ motivation to stay in shape, for one. When patients achieve the perfect body via body sculpting, they’re eager to maintain their results and thus stick to their diet and exercise plans. Too, having CoolSculpting can remove emotional barriers that get in the way of exercising. Patients who have this procedure report being less worried about how they look in tight fitting exercise gear. This makes it easier for them to work out in public spaces.

2. When will I see results after having CoolSculpting?

The processes that make CoolSculpting possible are gradual ones. During CoolSculpting, extreme cold is used to damage the lipids inside fat cells. (A special applicator tool keeps the patient’s skin comfortably warm at the same time.) The body then recognizes that these cells are damaged and begins to slowly remove them and excrete them through the liver and lymphatic system. This harmless and painless process takes about two months to complete. Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that some patients require multiple CoolSculpting appointments to get optimal results, and this can delay the manifestation of results.

3. How much fat can CoolSculpting remove?

CoolSculpting has been shown to remove about 24 percent of the fat from treated areas. This might not sound substantial, but it’s important to remember that even surgical procedures can only remove about five to eight pounds of fat at a time. Fortunately, removing this amount of fat from certain areas, such as the waistline or back, can produce striking results. CoolSculpting can easily remove several inches from the waist and create a flat, toned looking stomach, for example.

4. Does CoolSculpting have any side effects?

CoolSculpting is not associated with any serious side effects, and because it’s not a surgical procedure, it carries no risk of infection or scarring. However, about 10 percent of CoolSculpting patients do report experiencing mild side effects after having this procedure. These side effects include soreness, swelling, numbness, and tingling in treated areas. All of these side effects are temporary and will subside within two to three weeks. In the meantime, they can be managed with over the counter pain relievers (like acetaminophen and ibuprofen) and the application of cool compresses.

The Advantages of CoolSculpting

While CoolSculpting, like all cosmetic procedures, has some limitations, it’s also highly versatile and effective. CoolSculpting can be used on many different areas of the body, such as the stomach, back, flanks, thighs, arms, and legs. And, because CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical procedure, each CoolSculpting appointment requires no downtime. Most patients can return to work immediately after having CoolSculpting. It’s also safe to keep exercising in between CoolSculpting sessions, which makes it easier for many patients to continue losing weight while getting CoolSculpting.

If you’re curious about the many perks of CoolSculpting and want to know whether or not it can help you meet your body sculpting objectives, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about this procedure and help you book a no-obligation consultation.

Don’t Hide Underneath Bulky Sweaters This Season – Shape Up With CoolSculpting

For most people, the onset of winter is a season that forces us to put away our swimsuits, get back to work, and wait for Mother Nature’s eventual return to life. For those struggling with body image issues, on the other hand, the first cold days are met with a sigh of relief. They signify not having to worry so much about looking good in tank tops or being invited to beach parties. They herald a return to comfort.

If you have bulges of fat that just won’t budge (no matter how hard you try to eat healthy and exercise) then you’re probably eagerly anticipating covering up with jackets and sweaters. What if you didn’t have to mask it anymore? What if you could find body freedom without going under the knife? You can—through a procedure called CoolSculpting.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a FDA-approved body contouring procedure that uses cryolipolysis to remove unwanted fatty deposits. In simpler terms, CoolSculpting “freezes” fat cells. As it turns out, fat cells dislike the cold even more than your average beach bunny does: When extreme cold is applied directly to them, they become so damaged that the body is forced to excrete them. The result? Patients see a 24% reduction in fat cells in treated areas.

This process is as safe as it is effective. In fact, you won’t even know the fat cells are being excreted. The body’s lymphatic system and liver can effectively turn them into waste products without issue. Meanwhile, you’ll also face no risk of scarring or infection because CoolSculpting doesn’t require the making of any incisions. The CoolSculpting applicator won’t harm your skin, either.

Like all cosmetic fat reduction procedures, CoolSculpting is not intended to be used for weight loss in lieu of leading a healthy lifestyle. The amount of fat removed by CoolSculpting will not produce significant results on a heavily overweight person. Instead, CoolSculpting is meant to be used on patients who are a healthy weight but still struggle with stubborn fat deposits. Genetics, aging, and hormonal and metabolic factors can all cause people to develop stores of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise. For these “problem areas,” CoolSculpting is ideal.

What are the Benefits of CoolSculpting?

In addition to being a very low-risk procedure, CoolSculpting has a number of unique advantages. Some of the perks of CoolSculpting are outlined below:

  • You won’t have to factor in any “down time” after you have CoolSculpting. The nonsurgical nature of CoolSculpting means that patients don’t need to take any time off work in which to heal. You can return to your usual activities immediately after your CoolSculpting treatment is complete.
  • You can use CoolSculpting to target more than one area of your body. CoolSculpting is one of the most versatile nonsurgical fat removal treatments on the market. While most people use it to remove belly and back fat, it can also be used to freeze away fat on the thighs, flanks, arms, and even under the chin.
  • CoolSculpting produces very even, natural-looking results.  No one will know you’ve had CoolSculpting performed on your body unless you tell them!

The only thing to be aware of before you get CoolSculpting is the fact that the results of this treatment are not immediate. It usually takes a few weeks for post-procedure swelling to subside, and it may take your body up to two months to completely excrete all of the damaged fat cells. In other words, if you want to see results by the time winter ends, you should get started now.

So, why not take the plunge and book a CoolSculpting consultation? If you decide that this procedure is right for you, you’ll have something new to look forward to this spring: Surprising everyone when you debut your slim new body.

CoolSculpting 101

CoolSculpting is the number one non-invasive body contouring treatment in the world that is FDA-approved to reduce stubborn fat bulges. Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg created this video on everything you need to know about CoolSculpting. This video contains helpful information such as how CoolSculpting works, what it can treat, along with procedure and recovery time.

For more information on CoolSculpting, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.

Get Ready for Summer- NOW!- with CoolSculpting

Whether you love lounging by the pool or hitting the waves at the beach, we want you to look amazing as you soak up the sun this summer. If you want a gorgeous summer body, but are stuck with a little stubborn fat, come see us. CoolSculpting can help you discover your best curves without surgery. It takes a bit of time to see your results, so hurry in now to get ready for summer.

What Is CoolSculpting?

Eliminate stubborn fat without downtime or surgery. CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared procedure to use cooling to fight unwanted fat. The device targets and freezes fat cells. These frozen fat cells die and are naturally processed and removed by the body. The result is a more sculpted you with fewer fat cells. Since fat cells don’t regenerate during adulthood, CoolSculpting results last and last. This treatment can improve contours on many areas of the body including the abdomen, thighs, flanks, back, and even under the chin.
Get ready for summer today by scheduling your CoolSculpting treatment. Call and learn more!

Your CoolSculpting Questions… Answered

Surely you have questions about CoolSculpting. We’ve answered a few of our most common ones below. Don’t see your question on the list? Give us a call and we’ll provide you with customized information and advice.

Is CoolSculpting Painful?

You will feel intense cold during your CoolSculpting treatment, but most patients find that it isn’t too painful. During treatment you can relax, read a book, or use your devices.

How Long Does a CoolSculpting Treatment Take?

CoolSculpting treatments are performed in our office and typically take less than an hour, depending on the area being treated.

How Long Until I See Results?

It can take time for your body to process and remove the damaged fat cells. Most patients see preliminary results in about three weeks with continued improvement for up to six months.

How Much Fat Will I Lose from a CoolSculpting Treatment?

CoolSculpting treatments are very effective. Your results can vary, but patients often lose 20-25% of the fat in the treated area. We can perform a second treatment for even more dramatic results.

What’s Recovery Like After CoolSculpting?

Most patients return to their regular activities immediately after CoolSculpting. You may experience discomfort, redness, numbness, bruising, and swelling in the treatment area. This typically resolves in just a few days.

Summer will be here before you know it. If you’re not bikini-ready just yet, come in for CoolSculpting. Enjoy your best body this summer.

CoolSculpting: A Non-Invasive Alternative To Liposuction

The time finally came for you to check your weight. As you step on the weighing scale, you couldn’t believe your eyes. After months of a strict diet and rigorous exercise, you’ve finally reached your target weight. As you inspect yourself in the mirror, however, you noticed some belly fat and realize that you’ve been targeting it for weeks now with zero success.

Well, don’t let yourself down just yet. You may think that belly bulge or stretch marks foiled your excitement. The truth is, what you see are often common aftereffects of weight loss, especially for individuals who have lost a significant number of pounds.

In order to complete the weight loss journey, many individuals seek body-contouring procedures to get rid of excess skin and fat. This is where CoolSculpting comes in. If you’ve never heard of this treatment before, here are some facts to help you learn more about this non-invasive body-contouring treatment:

No Downtime Required

Unlike liposuction, you can just walk out of our practice and go back to whatever you were doing before your CoolSculpting treatment. You may feel sore in the affected area, but the inflammation will subside within a few hours. As it’s non-invasive, you don’t need to take some time off from work. You can even insert the procedure between appointments if you have a busy schedule.

It’s Quick and Straightforward

Your doctor will evaluate the target area first. Then, he’ll apply a protective gel on the area and pinch the excess fat into the CoolSculpting applicator. The device will blast cold temperatures in the area for at least one hour to kill the fat cells. After the treatment, the doctor will massage the affected area to smooth the skin and restore blood flow.

If you want to remove love handles, the treatment session may last one to two hours. However, smaller areas are subject to shorter treatment times.

Results Are Permanent

The CoolSculpting results may not be immediate in some individuals. However, you will notice an improvement after a few weeks or months. The process of fat cell elimination continues even after the treatment. If you continue your diet and exercise, you will see results sooner and will stay slim permanently.

It’s Clinically Safe

CoolSculpting is FDA-approved, and is clinically safe and effective in the elimination of fat cells. Additionally, the treatment doesn’t require incisions or anesthetics, so you don’t have to worry about infections or allergic reactions to anesthesia. Lastly, CoolSculpting only targets fat cells, so it doesn’t harm the surrounding tissues.

It’s for Everyone

CoolSculpting is great for everyone, regardless of age, body type, or gender. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent may need to accompany you.

If you don’t want to undergo surgery to lose your belly bulge or love handles, CoolSculpting may be a great alternative. Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg to learn more about this effective body-contouring treatment.

CoolSculpting VS Liposuction

If you didn’t know it already, fat reduction procedures are some of the most popular in the world. It’s understandable, really, fat reduction is the definitive solution for stubborn pockets of fat that are immune to intense diet and exercise. As more and more people are finding out about the wonders of fat reduction, demand for procedures like CoolSculpting and liposuction are skyrocketing. If you’re having a hard time choosing between two amazing procedures, why not learn a little bit about what makes each of them different?

How It Works

Liposuction:

Liposuction is a surgical procedure used for fat reduction and body contouring. Liposuction is done by creating small incisions in the treatment area, then inserting these small tubes called cannulas into the treatment site and suctionining excess fat away.

CoolSculpting:

CoolSculpting performs fat reduction through a non-surgical technique called fat-freezing. Basically, an applicator will take a part of your body and place it between two cooling panels. The freezing technology will then crystallize the fat, destroying fat cells and allowing them to be flushed naturally from the body.  CoolSculpting uses a temperature that only works specifically on fat, so your surrounding tissues are untouched and unharmed.

What It Works On

Liposuction: It’s been around for decades, and since it was first used as a fat reduction procedure, liposuction has become one of the most versatile procedures that can work almost anywhere.

  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Neck
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Calves
  • Ankles

CoolSculpting: As of now, CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for the treatment of the following areas.

  • Flank (love handles)
  • Inner thigh
  • Outer thigh
  • Abdomen
  • Submental area (“double chin”).

Customization

Liposuction:

There’s been a lot of innovation in the field of liposuction, so there’s actually a wide variety of techniques that you and your surgeon can choose from:

  • Tumescent liposuction
  • Ultrasonic assisted lipectomy
  • Power assisted lipectomy
  • SmartLipo™

CoolSculpting:

CoolSculpting has a few different applicators that can be used on different parts of the body. Most patients work with their technician or physician to develop a customized treatment plan.

  • CoolAdvantage
  • CoolMini
  • CoolCurve
  • CoolCore
  • CoolFit
  • CoolSmooth Pro
  • CoolMax

Why People Like It

Liposuction:

People love liposuction because like most surgical procedures, it’s unbelievably effective. It’s called “body sculpting” for a reason, mostly because there’s a wide degree of precision and control in terms of contouring your body. And although there is downtime and a recovery period required, the results are pretty immediate and obvious and it’s usually only done once. It’s also really easy to combine with other procedures to create the perfect look.

CoolSculpting:

People love CoolSculpting because it’s comfortable, quick, and requires no downtime. The typical CoolSculpting treatment lets the patient lie down, take a nap or read a book while the fat freezing takes place. All they feel is a cooling sensation and some tugging. CoolSculpting is pretty appealing because it allows them to have permanent results with such a simple and easy procedure. There’s no long, painful recovery period that incapacitates them, either.

Feel like you have a good idea of which one you want? No matter which one you pick, remember to go to a renowned practice like the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg for a consultation for fat reduction procedures. Call us at 540-371-7730 for a consultation today.

What Is CoolSculpting and How Does It Work?

One of the biggest weight loss challenges people face is the excess bulge that won’t budge. It’s really frustrating to stick to a sugar-free, low-carb diet or burn many hours doing Zumba, CrossFit, yoga or any other fitness regimen just to lose that extra fat to no avail.

Thankfully, that is about to change. Modern technology has provided us with a minimally invasive procedure that will allow us to sculpt our bodies. One of those technological advances that anyone can take advantage of is CoolSculpting. Let’s dig a little deeper to get a better understanding of this procedure:

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that helps you eliminate stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to strict diet and rigorous exercise. It’s an innovative solution that is cleared by the FDA for fat reduction. Because this process doesn’t involve slicing through the skin or any invasive techniques, you don’t need to ask for an extensive amount of time off, or worry about anesthesia or needles.

How Does the CoolSculpting Process Work?

This body-contouring procedure works by freezing fat using cold temperatures. The technician who will administer this procedure will use a vacuum-like applicator that has a cooling panel that will hold the fat. The plates will activate and freeze the fat until it weakens and dies. The machine crystallizes only the fat so the skin, nerves and other tissues will not be damaged.

The procedure takes about an hour per area to complete.  You can target several areas on your body so you can eliminate several areas of fat in one session.

Although you will have the same weight as before after you had your CoolSculpting procedure, you will see significant changes in the following days and weeks as the fat shrinks. About 20% of fat is eliminated after each session, which further burns as you continue with an exercise regimen and a healthy diet.

It’s a common misconception that CoolSculpting is a procedure that can help you lose weight. The truth is it aids in your weight loss efforts but only to eliminate stubborn body fat and bulges. This is usually done after weight reduction and you want to add contour to your body shape.  A healthy diet and regular exercise are still the best options to slim down.

Like liposuction, CoolSculpting works by eliminating fat to add shape to your body. However, they differ in many ways. Deciding on which one will also depend on your need. To learn more about CoolSculpting, and to schedule a complimentary consultation please contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at 540-371-7730.