The CDC recently released a report stating that the records of obesity have skyrocketed: nearly 40% of adults in the United States are clinically obese, which according to some medical professionals puts these people at a higher risk for life-threatening diseases like type two diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Medical risk aside, obese and overweight individuals might still retain weight and want to get rid of it. For those who have been on the diet train before — a roller coaster that involves closely watching what you eat, putting extra effort into exercise, and daily scale check-ins — dieting does not always solve this issue. In fact, research is emerging that indicates that it is highly likely many people who lose weight while dieting will regain it eventually due to an increase in appetite, along with a myriad of other factors that revolve around how the body changes during the dieting process.
For those who do want permanent fat reduction after weight loss or during weight maintenance, there are options. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure which freezes fat from the body through a controlled cooling method. The method was discovered when researchers realized that in some children, eating popsicles caused dimples in their cheeks. This lead to the discovery that through the patented cooling procedure, fat cells can be frozen and processed by the body — leading to fat reduction and a shapelier body. With this procedure is not focused on weight loss, but instead on fat reduction. For those who have experienced significant weight loss but are stuck on those last 10-30 pounds, or for people who have deposits of fat they want to get rid of, this procedure is one of the best ways to do that.
But fat reduction is not the only benefit of the CoolSculpting procedure.
Here are the top five benefits of CoolSculpting and why you might seek this procedure.
1. The focus is on fat reduction and not on weight loss.
Fat reduction and weight loss are not one and the same. Essentially, your body is filled with fat cells, and when you gain weight, those fat cells expand and make room for the extra fat deposits on your body. With weight loss, the goal is to shed the fat being stored within these cells. Therefore, weight loss results in a smaller body, but the fat cells are still there. Down the line, this can lead to fat gain in these cells, which is what many dieters see after falling off their dieting routine. CoolSculpting works with those within 30 pounds of their goal weight to freeze the fat cells themselves. This results in the shedding of excess fat cells as they die from the cold, which in turn prevents fat from returning to the cell site.
2. There is no surgery involved and therefore little downtime.
Most mainstream weight-loss surgery involves a considerable amount of downtime due to the nature of the procedures. Involving incisions, instrument insertion, and essentially vacuuming fat out of the body causes the body a considerable amount of pain, which can make a recovery from these procedures take much longer than wanted. During a CoolSculpting procedure, doctors place a gel pad on the area being treated. During this time, the cold treatment works on killing fat cells in your requested treatment areas. Most people feel little discomfort after the numbing, and the whole procedure is done while the person is awake. Doctors recommend reading or watching your favorite show while you wait.
3. There are fewer side effects with CoolSculpting than with regular fat removal procedures.
As with all medical procedures, CoolSculpting is not without side effects. These usually include swelling of the treated area, temporary redness or blanching, bruising, and skin sensitivity including tingling, stinging, tenderness, aching or itching. With more invasive fat removal techniques, such as liposuction, side effects can be more severe due to the nature of the removal. However, in rare cases more serious side effects can occur, so if you are worried about the removal be sure to discuss the procedure more in-depth with your doctor.
4. The procedure is much less uncomfortable during the process than with other fat removal procedures.
The amount of downtime that CoolSculpt recipients receive is telling of how minimally invasive the CoolSculpt procedure is itself. During the procedure, a small cooling pack is placed on the targeted area. At first, the patient might feel some tugging and pinching, from the vacuum end of the apparatus working on targeted areas of the body, but it will soon fade to numbness as the cooling packs freeze the fat in those areas. In traditional liposuction, incisions are made in the skin, and the fat is removed manually. Full surgery is often necessary for other procedures, like gastric bypasses. Surgeries ask a lot of the body, but small procedures like CoolSculpting only target a specific area and therefore leave less downtime.
5. The cost is competitive with other weight loss and fat removal procedures with heightened benefits.
Most fat reduction and weight loss procedures cost between $2000-$3000 for the same number of procedures. For the right candidates, CoolSculpting provides the same results without the pain and intrusion into your life. Additionally, because the process involves the removal of fat cells themselves, you’ll notice longer-lasting results than other procedures. Long-lasting results show up very quickly after the first application, usually after a week or two, when dead fat cells are naturally processed.
Walk out of our office feeling confident and ready to conquer the rest of your life. At Great Skin Ohio, we stand behind CoolSculpting as a procedure which provides fat removal for patients who need help taking the last steps toward complete fat loss and body sculpting. We want the best for our clients, and we believe in holistic and low-impact treatments that help them achieve their best lives. For more information, visit one of our locations. Jiva Med Spa is located in Beavercreek on 4235 Indian Ripple Rd. Our phone number there is (937) 705-9430.
Additionally, CoolSculpting services are available at Grandview Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Center in Columbus on 751 Northwest Boulevard. Our phone number there is (614) 421-7546. Please call or stop in to get started with a CoolSculpting consultation.