3 Surprising Facts About CoolSculpting You Need to Know

CoolSculpting, david stoll, md, Stoll Dermatology

The New Year is just about here, and that means it’s time to take a look at your resolutions for 2019. If you’re like most people, getting in shape is probably at (or at least near) the top of that list. Now, you could slave away day after day, week after week doing countless reps at the gym to try to get rid of that stubborn fat. Or you could deprive yourself of the food you love and follow an unpleasant and restrictive diet for months on end. But here’s another idea: Schedule a CoolSculpting® treatment at Stoll Dermatology and banish those stubborn pockets of fat once and for all.

Unlike liposuction that uses incisions and long tubes to break up fat and suck it out, CoolSculpting is completely noninvasive, which means there are no incisions, no anesthesia and no painful recovery times. Plus, CoolSculpting can offer results that are a lot more consistent and predictable, so you can feel confident you’ll look your best.

CoolSculpting is one of the most popular body sculpting treatments, yet a lot of people still don’t know what it is. Worse, many people have a lot of misconceptions about CoolSculpting, which means they could be missing out on a treatment that can get them the exact results they’re looking for. To help you get the real 4-1-1 on CoolSculpting, we’ve listed three of the most interesting facts about the treatment so you can decide for yourself if it’s right for you.

#1 - It really does freeze fat

Just like its name implies, CoolSculpting treatments really do use targeted cold energy to freeze fat cells under your skin without incisions or needles. In fact, CoolSculpting is the first and only FDA-cleared system that uses the “power of cold” to get rid of stubborn, diet-resistant pockets of fat. The way it works is this: Cold energy is emitted from a special applicator that’s applied to the area you’re having treated. The cold penetrates below your skin to a specific depth, targeting fat and freezing the cell walls. As the cells freeze, they become brittle. The gentle suction used by the applicator helps hold the treatment area in place, and it also aids in causing the cell walls to break apart. What’s left is fatty “debris” that are carried off and disposed of by your body. Once that process is complete (typically in a couple of months or so), your slimmer, sleeker profile will be fully revealed.

#2 - It won’t make your skin loose

Some people wrongly believe the suction used in the process will “stretch their skin,” or removing fat using CoolSculpting will leave their skin lax and loose. Neither is true. It takes about two to three months for your body to get rid of the fatty debris left following a CoolSculpting treatment, and as that process is going on, your skin is reshaping the remaining fat and re-molding the overlying skin. Once your final results are visible, your skin will already be following those new contours. On the other hand, liposuction, which removes a larger amount of fat and uses a very invasive approach, can leave your skin loose in the treatment area, depending on how much fat you have removed.

#3 - Just one treatment gets rid of fat permanently

One of the most popular misunderstandings about CoolSculpting is that because it’s noninvasive, it doesn’t really get rid of fat. But that’s just not true. Once CoolSculpting freezes away your fat cells, they’re gone for good. Now that doesn’t mean you’ve got the all-clear to fill up on junk food and sugary snacks. It’s still in your best interests to follow a healthy diet and exercise. And fat cells in other untreated areas can still “puff up” if you gain weight. But yes — the fat cells treated by CoolSculpting really will be ancient history.

Think CoolSculpting is right for you?

CoolSculpting is a great choice for women and men who want a slimmer, sleeker profile but just can't seem to reach that goal with diet and exercise alone. To learn more about CoolSculpting treatments at Stoll Dermatology, book an appointment online today.

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