COVID-19 has changed our lives for a year now, but what about the COVID 15? It’s the nickname for the weight gain many people have experienced, and it can certainly be disheartening as we try to get back to normal when you realize none of your pre-COVID clothes fit right. Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care is home to CoolSculpting, the revolutionary procedure that’s totally non-invasive and freezes away stubborn fat for a contoured, sculpted physique. But how does it work?
The mechanism behind CoolSculpting is actually pretty simple, and it’s definitely backed by science! Researchers discovered in the 1970s, a bit by accident, that when fat is externally exposed to certain freezing temperatures that it “dies.” When this happens, the body naturally absorbs and expels those frozen fat cells in the days and weeks following exposure.
So, CoolSculpting is a Weight Loss Treatment?
Not exactly. A genuine weight loss procedure is typically something like bariatric surgery that is highly invasive, surgical, and comes with all the risks of surgery. CoolSculpting is exactly what it sounds like—it sculpts the body by targeting unwanted fat. You might lose a pound or two once all the sessions are completed, but the real way to gauge your results is by how your clothes fit and with a measuring tape. CoolSculpting is a contouring procedure, not a fat loss procedure.
This means that it’s ideal for those who are at or near their goal weight, but struggle with trouble areas—or the dreaded COVID 15. If you were generally happy with your weight pre-COVID and just need a little motivation to get fully back into the swing of your fitness regimen, CoolSculpting can help. If you are at an overall healthy weight but concerned with a small area of stubborn fat deposit that just won’t budge with diet or exercise, CoolSculpting can probably help. It’s the perfect boost to complement a healthy diet and lifestyle, not a replacement for it.
When Will I See Results?
Researchers discovered the science of CoolSculpting when they noticed that kids who ate a lot of frozen treats had less fat in their face than their peers. As you can imagine, eating a single popsicle isn’t going to get rid of your chipmunk cheeks. Freezing away fat takes time, and you also don’t want to lose too much too quickly—after all, once fat cells are frozen away, those particular cells can’t regenerate.
Most clients require between 3 – 6 CoolSculpting sessions spaced a few weeks apart to get their desired results. You won’t see results immediately after your CoolSculpting session because the targeted fat cells that were just exposed to freezing temperatures need to go through apoptosis (the dying process). It will take more time for them to be absorbed and expelled by the body. However, many clients start to see results about one month after their first treatment. Full results are usually seen six months after the final treatment.
What Areas Can I Get CoolSculpted?
Just about anywhere! Today’s CoolSculpting technology has handheld devices for virtually every body part of the body, from the larger areas like the stomach and thighs to tiny areas such as below the chin. We know that fat tends to collect in unique places, and no two bodies are the same. Why should CoolSculpting experiences be the same? There’s a very good chance that if you have a trouble spot or two that could benefit from CoolSculpting, it can be treated.
CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive, so there’s no pain, no needles, and no incisions. Clients usually kick back and watch a show on Netflix, check their email, read a book, or even take a nap during their session. Every area takes 30 minutes to treat, and you can certainly do back-to-back sessions to treat multiple areas in one appointment.
Ready to learn more about CoolSculpting and see if you’re a good candidate? Schedule a complimentary consultation at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care by calling (650) 565-8683 or complete the online form today.