CoolSculpting: A Non-Surgical Body Contouring Solution
- Posted on: Sep 28 2022
At North Dallas Dermatology Associates, we offer CoolSculpting to help rid your body of those stubborn fat pockets. Keep reading to learn more about how CoolSculpting can help and what results you can expect.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical body contouring option that uses cryolipolysis, or fat-freezing, to help get rid of pockets of fat.
Fat cells are much more susceptible to cold temperatures than other cells, and this allows the CoolSculpting procedure to target them without harming other cells. The fat cells die off when exposed to intensely cold temperatures and your body can then eliminate them naturally through the lymphatic system.
It can help you get rid of fat in many areas, including:
- Love handles
The CoolSculpting body contouring procedure is not a weight loss tool. That’s why it’s best suited for people who are close to their ideal weight but still struggle with some areas. The best CoolSculpting candidates are people who are in good health, lead an active lifestyle with healthy eating habits, have realistic expectations, and have healthy kidney function. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have high sensitivity to cold temperatures, you are not a good candidate. We can work with you to find alternative treatments.
What Benefits Does CoolSculpting Offer?
CoolSculpting can help you get rid of fat without having to worry about a surgical procedure and a long recovery period. You can return to most of your normal activities right after the CoolSculpting procedure. Another benefit CoolSculpting offers is natural results. Because the process uses your body’s natural fat elimination system, you can expect the results to be gradual.
Once CoolSculpting eliminates fat cells, they are permanently gone. Unless you gain significant weight, you can expect the fat pockets to be gone for good. The procedure is also a fast one, so you don’t have to plan to be away from work or other activities for more than an hour. In addition, CoolSculpting allows us to offer customized treatments that can target most areas of your body.
How to Prepare for CoolSculpting
To prepare for CoolSculpting, the first thing you have to do is schedule a consultation with us. During this consultation, we will ask you about your goals, your medical history, and whether you take any medications or supplements. It is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions about the procedure.
Before the procedure, we recommend that you stop taking blood-thinning medications and supplements, including aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, and St. John’s Wort.
You should always check with your doctor, however, before stopping any medications. Because the CoolSculpting procedure involves massaging the treatment area, it is important to have undamaged skin. If you have significant bruising or cuts in the areas, we might have to delay the procedure, so please avoid activities that might damage your skin. You should also avoid tanning the areas we will treat because this makes your skin more sensitive.
What Is the Procedure Like?
On the day of your CoolSculpting appointment, wear comfortable clothes as well as underwear. We use a special gel for the procedure, so you may want to wear something you can easily wash. Another good idea is to eat a light meal before the procedure. We will take some photos of the treatment area before applying the gel and placing the applicator on the treatment area so that the cooling process can begin.
The procedure can take 40 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area and how many places you want to be treated. We will then massage your skin to help break up fat cells even more. Once we finish, you are free to go home or return to your regular activities.
Aftercare and Results
To ensure that you get the best possible results, you want to do a few things as you recover. You should stay hydrated. Drinking water can help you eliminate the fat cells more rapidly, so add more water to your daily routine. You want to wear comfortable clothing the first couple of days and stay active.
We recommend that you avoid alcohol for another two or three days and that you don’t take blood-thinning medications or supplements. It is also important to avoid heat, so don’t use hot tubs or saunas, and stay out of the sun. You can expect to start seeing results within a few weeks, but you will see full results within four to six months, as your body finishes eliminating the fat cells.
Get Results with CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting is a tried-and-true treatment that can help you get rid of stubborn fat. It is a procedure that offers many benefits and that allows you to get the body contouring results you want without going through surgery or other invasive treatments.
At North Dallas Dermatology Associates, we offer CoolSculpting as well as many other non-surgical cosmetic options and medical dermatology services. We serve Dallas, TX, as well as Preston Hollow, Highland Park, White Rock, University Park, and SMU. With our expertise and dedication, we can help you achieve the results you want. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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