Archive for March 9th, 2012
Coolsculpting is a non-surgical procedure used to get rid of muffin tops, love handles, back fat and all those fat bulges that torment us. The treatment only takes an hour per area and there isn’t any down time, so you can immediately get back to your normal activities. The best part is unlike other non-surgical procedures, the fat cells die permanently.
How it works
Coolsculpting uses a new technology called Cryolipolysis to reduce excess adipose tissue, or as we call it FAT. Cryolipolysis is kind of a fancy way to say freezing fat or controlled fat cooling. The controlled cooling is done in a way that does not damage surrounding tissue. Water freezes at 0〫celsius while fat freezes at 10〫celsius. Coolsculpting actually cools the fat to just above freezing, at about 12〫celsius. Adipocytes (fat cells) contain lipids that respond in a unique way to cold. When cooled to just above freezing the lipids will crystalize. When the lipids crystalize the fat cell dies, going thru a natural process known as apoptosis. The great thing about Coolsculpting is that there isn’t any tissue injury or necrosis, which is a traumatic cell death. Some of the fat cells will have immediate cell death, however most of the fat cells will continue to die as they go thru apoptosis, up to six months after a single treatment.
What to expect
The applicator is applied to the targeted area, you will feel a strong suction as it attaches. Once the applicator is applied to the treated area you will feel it begin to cool, surprisingly it doesn’t feel that cold. Once the applicator is applied and the cooling begins, you simply relax for the next hour. You can watch TV, read, work on your ipad or take a nap. The treatment is very comfortable. After an hour the applicator is removed. The fat in the treated area is raised and firm, it looks kind of like a stick of butter. The fat will be massaged and will flatten down to normal.
There isn’t any down time after the treatment, so you can immediately return to your normal activities. Results can be seen as early as two weeks after treatment and continue to improve up to six months later. The most obvious change is seen around two months after treatment.
Diet and Exercise
Before anybody thinks of leaving a comment suggesting to simply diet and exercise, let me start off by saying ” duh…. don’t insult us captain obvious.” Obviously treatments like Coolsculpting are not an alternative to diet and exercise. For many people there are just areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Some people hold onto weight in their butt, hips or thighs while others hold onto fat in their abdomen or flanks. ( Most of us are not perfect )
Diet and exercise can help with overall weight loss, but diet and exercise are not effective for targeting weight loss for specific areas of the body. Exercise can tighten, tone and build muscle in targeted areas, however exercise can not target fat reduction in specific areas. Procedures like liposuction and Coolsculpting help to reduce fat in resistant areas.
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