Exercise Not Making A Dent On Those Love Handles? Can Technology Help You?
by Beauty Writer Melissa Bill
Is the dieting and exercise not having the effect that you hoped for? Are there stubborn areas of fat that you just can’t get rid of no matter how hard you try? Is that New Year’s resolution you made just going to the wayside? You are not alone. Many people emerging from the holidays find themselves weighing a little more than they did before. In fact, the average person gains a couple of pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Even after following a strict diet and exercising, some people still can’t get rid of that stubborn fat that accumulates in certain areas. Fat that builds up around the waist, hips and thighs is usually the last to go. Up until recently the only solution to eliminating this unwanted fat was to undergo invasive surgery such as liposuction. Now, thanks to technology there is an easier way to shed that extra weight and inches:
What is Coolsculpting?
CoolSculpting is a revolutionary procedure that freezes fat cells by using a recently discovered process called Cryolipolysis. The idea came a few years ago when Harvard scientists Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Rox Anderson, MD observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. It was at that point they realized that fat cells can be eliminated through freezing. Several aesthetic technology companies have since created applications for this scientific phenomena. The one application that has attracted the most attention from celebrities and aesthetic influencers is Coolsculpting by Zeltiq.
If you’ve ever seen before and after pictures following a CoolSculpting procedure, it’s hard to believe that fat was removed after just a few treatments without using a knife or a needle. Medical professionals at AOB Med Spa are amazed by the results they have seen in their patients. “These kinds of results are unprecedented and lasting,” said a representative. In fact in the U.S. alone, more than 28.6 million people are interested in undergoing the CoolSculpting procedure for fat reduction.
What Does the Procedure Feel Like?
The CoolSculpting process at first feels like ice is directly being placed on your targeted area because this device is freezing the fat cells below the skin. There is a slight pulling sensation on the targeted skin areas but 15 minutes or so into the session the uncomfortable feeling is said to subside by many patients who have undergone Coolsculpting. Once they’re frozen, the body naturally eliminates them through the lymphatic system. It can take between six to 12 weeks to see results, but after just one session a patient can lose half an inch from his or her waistline. An area can be treated more than once, but the first treatment is usually the most effective.
How Long Does it Take?
For some people, just one office visit is all it takes to achieve their goals. There are a variety of applicators to choose from, your clinician will design a treatment plan that’s customized to your desired results. During your treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to the area to be treated. The CoolSculpting applicator then delivers the right amount of cooling to the targeted fat. The entire procedure takes about one hour per treated area. The best part is there’s no downtime, because it’s a completely non-surgical procedure.
CoolSculpting is a great option for those who are generally within 30 lbs. of their ideal weight but have areas of excess fat. It’s also important to have realistic goals in mind and discuss the procedure over with a licensed professional.