How Do You Freeze Fat? Understanding CoolSculpting
If you have ever eaten right, exercised regularly, and still struggled to get rid of that last bit of fat on your belly or thighs, you might think that battle is hopeless. That's not so, though. Thanks to the advent of CoolSculpting, you can now visit us at aNu Aesthetics & Optimal Wellness in Kansas City, Missouri and freeze away your troublesome fat deposits. This non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment will have you looking and feeling slimmer than ever before. The idea that you can just freeze fat away might seem like magic. It's not; it works, and we're here to explain the science behind it to you.
How to Freeze Fat
You might be wondering why you should freeze fat when diet and exercise won't work. The answer is pretty simple: fat cells. The number of fat cells in the human body stays fairly steady after adolescence and young adulthood. When people gain or lose weight, it's mostly the result of those fat cells expanding and contracting as the body deposits excess nutrients in them. No matter how much you work out, those fat cells aren't going anywhere. That's why freezing them works: it actually kills the fat cells and flushes them out of the body.
CoolSculpting works because fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than their surrounding tissue. Therefore, by carefully calibrating the temperature of the applicators used in the treatment, we can freeze fat cells, crystallizing them, without damaging anything else.
What Happens After They Freeze?
Once the fat cells freeze, the body will dispose of them naturally over the course of several weeks. Most patients start to see visible results after three weeks, with the most noticeable change coming between three to four months after the initial treatment. You can see a reduction in fat of up to 25% with this treatment!
How Does the Treatment Work?
The treatment itself is simple. Our practitioner applies a gel to the area you want treated and then an applicator that looks something like the end of a vacuum hose applies suction to the area. The applicator cools the treatment area. Over the course of an hour or so, it will literally freeze fat while you wait. You can read, take a nap, or even get some work done on your laptop. When the treatment is finished, you can walk right out and go on with your day. There's no downtime, no preparation, and no recovery period.
What Results Will I See?
Your body will take some time to remove the fat cells affected by the CoolSculpting treatment. This typically takes a few months, over which you'll slowly see the effects take shape. If you're worried about your skin stretching and sagging as the fat melts away, don't be; it happens gradually enough that the skin around the fat has time to mold and take on its new contours. Once all the fat is gone, no one will ever be able to tell you had a treatment done at all.
It's important to note that CoolSculpting is not a good alternative for people looking to lose weight for medical reasons. This is a body sculpting treatment, not a weight loss method. That said, if you're in general good health and have an unwanted fat deposit or two that's being stubborn, give us a call at aNu Aesthetics & Optimal Wellness in Kansas City, MO to discuss your CoolSculpting options.