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Algonquin, IL dermatologist explains how you can reduce your fat with CoolSculpting
Posted by Dr. Vikram Khanna
Areas of unwanted fat bother many individuals. Some are concerned with a few extra inches in specific areas, while others may want to reduce a targeted pocket of fat that will not budge with diet and exercise alone. If you are in the Algonquin, IL area, you can turn to Dermatology Specialists of Illinois to help you reduce fat and improve body contours with CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive alternative to liposuction that eliminates unwanted fat without having to go under the knife. Many patients are turning to CoolSculpting because it produces satisfying results that really last.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a cosmetic procedure that freezes away unwanted fat. It can help patients deal with areas of the body that have not improved after diet and exercise. CoolSculpting is extremely versatile and can be used to reduce fat almost anywhere on the body. Most patients use CoolSculpting on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, or upper arms.
How CoolSculpting is different from weight loss procedures
When you lose weight, your fat cells shrink in size, but the actual number of cells stays the same. When you gain weight, the fat cells increase in size.
Weight gain and loss can affect each body differently, and it’s impossible to control where your body gains or loses weight. Many individuals become frustrated because they’ve worked hard to reach a goal weight, yet they are still unhappy with certain areas of the body such as the love handles or muffin top.
This is where CoolSculpting can help. CoolSculpting is designed to address those targeted areas of fat. Unlike weight loss surgeries, CoolSculpting is not a solution to lose significant pounds. Instead, it freezes and eliminates targeted pockets of fat to sculpt stubborn problem areas to improve body shape.
CoolSculpting eliminates body fat by freezing the fat cells. During the procedure a gel pad and applicator are placed on the target area. Within a few minutes you will feel an intense cold sensation that usually subsides within about ten minutes as the area begins to go numb. The applicators use suction to draw in the fatty tissue, so you will also feel minor pulling and tugging. Many patients opt to read, watch a show, or listen to music during their CoolSculpting session.
Once the fat cells are frozen and die, the body will naturally process the fat and eliminate it. Because the fat cells are eliminated for good, results from CoolSculpting are long term, provided the patient continues to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Each body is different, and every patient comes to us with different concerns. During your initial consultation we will work with you on a treatment plan that can give you the results you want. Some patients only need one CoolSculpting treatment while others may benefit from multiple sessions.
CoolSculpting can be used on more than one area, as some people want to see a reduction in fat in multiple areas of the body. We will help you get the sculpted body you want with customized treatments.
There is no downtime with CoolSculpting, so patients are free to resume normal daily activities. Following the procedure patients may notice redness, bruising, swelling, stinging, tenderness, itching, cramping, or skin sensitivity in the treatment area. This is normal and will dissipate within a few days. If you are concerned about any side effects that you are experiencing, feel free to call our office and we’ll advise you accordingly.
Results from CoolSculpting
Some patients may see results as soon as 3 weeks after CoolSculpting treatment. Your body will continue to eliminate fat cells for up to six months after treatment as your body shape continually improves.
I’m interested in CoolSculpting, now what?
The first step to losing fat and improving your body shape is to call the team at Dermatology Specialists of Illinois at (844) 307-7546 to schedule a CoolSculpting consultation. During this appointment we can determine if the procedure is right for you. Patients who are within 30 lbs. of their ideal weight and who are willing to undergo a non-invasive procedure to improve their body shape are great candidates for CoolSculpting.