How Many CoolSculpting Treatments Will You Need by Summer?
By March, many people realize that achieving their New Year’s resolution to slim down by summer is going to be more challenging than they anticipated. Stubborn fat often clings to the belly, back, arms, or thighs even after significant weight loss, preventing us from achieving the really sleek, lean contours we want. This fat, which is called diet-resistant fat, will usually only respond to targeted fat removal treatments like CoolSculpting. Hormones, age-related fat centralization, and genetic factors make this kind of fat almost impossible to lose via conventional weight loss methods. However, before you arrange a CoolSculpting consultation, it’s important to understand how this treatment works—and when you can expect results.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a popular FDA-approved cryolipolysis (fat freezing) treatment. When you have CoolSculpting, cold temperatures are used to break down the lipids inside fat cells. This is achieved using an applicator device that keeps the skin at a comfortable temperature while freezing the subcutaneous fat directly below it. No incisions are made during CoolSculpting and this procedure doesn’t require any downtime, but this doesn’t mean CoolSculpting works overnight. This treatment utilizes the body’s natural fat excretion processes, so it produces more gradual, natural-looking results than surgical fat removal.
When to Expect Results from CoolSculpting
After you have CoolSculpting, your body will start to eliminate damaged fat cells through the liver and lymphatic system. This process is harmless and painless, but it takes weeks—sometimes even months—to complete. Though you will see some results within two weeks of having your first CoolSculpting treatment, you’ll need to wait about two months after your last treatment to see your final results. Most patients experience at least a 25% reduction in the number of fat cells in treated areas. (This usually translates into one to three inches being shaved off the circumference of the waist, arms, or thighs.)
How many CoolSculpting treatments you need will also affect the timing of your results. While many people need just one hour-long CoolSculpting session, some patients require two treatments to yield optimal results. This is more likely to be the case if you want to treat multiple areas or large areas. You’ll need to wait at least four weeks between each treatment, so having two treatment sessions will add a month to your total CoolSculpting timeline. Patients having two CoolSculpting sessions will see their final results three months after their first appointment.
In summation, if you want to use CoolSculpting to banish stubborn fat in time for bikini season, you’ll want to start no later than March or April. Beginning treatments in early spring will give your body all the time it needs to eliminate stubborn fat and create new contours. It will also give you enough time to have a second treatment before summer, should you discover you need additional fat removal.
Learn More About CoolSculpting
If you’re ready to pursue your summer body goals, feel free to contact our caring team of experts at 760-777-8772. We’ll be happy to discuss CoolSculpting with you and develop a customized treatment plan that works with your lifestyle.