CoolSculpting is a treatment that uses a device to freeze fat cells. This process is known as cryolipolysis. The device will be placed on the area that you want to treat, and it will work to freeze the fat cells. After they are frozen, the cells die and are flushed out of your body.
Does this mean you’ll remain fat-free for the rest of your days? Let’s find out today how CoolSculpting works and what to do afterward.
Fat Loss vs. Fat Reduction
When losing weight, your body’s fat cells shrink, meaning if you stop doing activities that promote weight loss, these fat cells can re-grow. Conversely, fat reduction removes fat cells from the body.
This marked difference is why CoolSculpting is an effective way to remove fat cells from the body and achieve long-lasting results. Once the fat cells are eliminated, they no longer grow back, and the body will not create new fat cells. This makes CoolSculpting an excellent option for those looking for a way to reduce fat without surgery.
Biology dictates the set number of fat cells in our bodies once we reach adulthood. Conversely, this means that they will not grow back once they are removed through CoolSculpting or liposuction. This is why either method is effective in eliminating stubborn fat.
The number of CoolSculpting sessions you need will be based on how much fat you want to reduce. The average amount of fat cells you can lose with CoolSculpting is 20–30%, depending on where the fat is located.
It takes time to see results from CoolSculpting, as the fat cells will take time to degrade—probably around a few months. We implore patients to be religious and prompt with their sessions to see the best results. You can aid this process by maintaining or starting a workout routine or diet further to reduce the volume of fat cells in your body.
How Long Do the Effects Last?
Fat cells are frozen through CoolSculpting; they are destroyed and removed from the body. This process does not allow the fat cells to return. However, even though the fat cells will not return, a person can still gain weight. This is because the number of fat cells is not reduced, just the volume of the fat cells!
Thus, the main reason CoolSculpting stops working is because of your habits. A person can increase their weight without increasing the number of fat cells after CoolSculpting. It is important, therefore, to maintain a healthy weight by eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle.
Additionally, it is crucial to follow CoolSculpting aftercare to prolong the treatment results.
How Can I Keep CoolSculpting Results?
Much like the pre-procedure process, the best ways to maintain these hard-earned results are as follows:
- Stick to a low-carb and low-sugar diet.
- Exercise moderately daily for 30 minutes or intensely every other day for at least an hour.
- Get quality sleep. Burning the midnight oil forces your body to compensate for energy deficiency through eating, leading to unwanted weight gain.
Understand CoolSculpting Better with Melinda Silva, MD
Melinda Silva, MD is a San Diego anti-aging & wellness expert that helps patients achieve their health goals through bioidentical hormones, weight loss, and CoolSculpting. Discover how this can work for you by booking an appointment through my website or calling me at 619-761-1574 right now!