The Extraordinary Science Behind Coolsculpting
But what makes Coolsculpting so effective, safe, and long-lasting? Let’s break down the cool science behind this fat loss treatment that the best body care clinics in Toronto are offering!
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How does Coolsculpting work?
Coolsculpting primarily works on the principles of a theory known as Cryolipolisis, which basically translates into destroying fat cells using freezing temperatures. Cryolipolisis was first noticed in 1970, when young children who seemed to eat a lot of popsicles developed dimples in their cheeks. Later, a study was published detailing how equestrians would experience fat loss in their inner thighs while horse-riding in the winters. These studies, over a period of time, led two researchers to develop the theory of ‘selective cryolisis’. They concluded that at low temperatures, subcutaneous fat cells are a lot more sensitive than the surrounding muscles, nerves and other tissue.
Next, the researchers discovered that at certain freezing temperatures, these fat cells were frozen beyond repair and naturally processed by the body. Over time, this process would reduce the size of a given area in the body. This tried-and-tested theory marked the beginning of the sophisticated technique we today know as Coolsculpting.
Does Coolsculpting work on all types of fat?
Owing to the techniques non-invasive nature, everyone would want to freeze the fat right off their body. However, there’s a catch. While Coolsculpting is a great option for those struggling with stubborn fat pockets, medical spas in Toronto advise that it doesn’t work on all types of fat. Coolsculpting treatment in Hamilton and elsewhere, deliver fantastic results for subcutaneous fat, which is the accumulation of fat cells lying between muscle wall and the skin. Subcutaneous fat that makes you a perfect candidate for the procedure feels ‘pinchable’ or ‘squishable’. In some people, subcutaneous fat has a more fibrous feel to it, in areas such as the outer thighs or upper thighs. Coolsculpting treatment in Hamilton will deliver great results with this type of fat as well.
On the other hand, visceral fat, or fatty deposits that lie underneath the muscle wall and in between organs, are not ideal to be treated through this fat loss treatment. This type of fat usually collects internally in the abdomen region and although the creates a bulge, it cannot be treated as it is in an unreachable location. This is commonly seen in people with diabetes, insulin resistance or even beer bellies.
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Frequently Asked Coolsculpting Questions
If you’re bothered by stubborn fat that you can’t get rid of with exercise and diet, you may be a candidate. Although it is ideal for anyone who is within 20 to 30 pounds of their ideal body weight, CoolSculpting may be suitable for anyone out of that range as well. As long as you have stubborn fat that bulges, you may be a candidate. A free consultation with one of our highly qualified medical consultants will help you figure out if this treatment is right for you.
Individuals with cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria may not be suitable candidates.
The area to be treated is placed between two plates, which is held in place by a suctioning device. The plates deliver cooling energy directly to the fat. You may feel the intense cold at first, but you’ll become accustomed to it quickly and no longer feel anything. This takes about five to 10 minutes. More than one area can be treated during your session. Patients often find their sessions so comfortable and relaxing that they fall asleep. If you have work to do, feel free to use your phone, iPad or laptop, because it won’t interfere with your sessions.
After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 or 3 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities following their appointment. What to Expect has more information about what happens before, during, and after your CoolSculpting procedure.
All you need is one to three sessions. Of course, this depends on how much fat you’d like to get rid of, and how many areas you’d like to treat. Each session destroys 20% to 25% of the fat cells in an area.
No, you can return to all regular daily activities immediately after your treatment.
You’ll need to wait a few weeks to see results. This is because your body needs time to remove the destroyed fat cells. The soonest you may see results is about three weeks, but ideal results take about one to three months or so to appear.
CoolSculpting isn’t for weight loss. It’s to sculpt the treated area (hence the name) by destroying fat. You won’t see much difference on the scale, but you will see a huge difference in how you look!
There are a few side effects related to the treatment. All are minor and temporary.
- Numbness (can last about a week or so)
- Mild Soreness
- Mild Bruising
Most of the time, however, patients do not experience any side effects at all. In very rare cases, some pain may be felt during and after treatment which can be alleviated with pain medication. One case of frostbite has also been reported, but it went away without problem.
As long as you have bulging fat which is “grab-able”, you can get treated. However, CoolSculpting has achieved such a high rate of satisfaction for patients that after the originally recommended number of sessions have been completed, it is rare for patients to request more.
Because this technology has no effect on any other tissues except fat, the state of your skin will not change in any way. If you have lax skin, you may want to consider a skin tightening treatment.
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