Ready or not, swimsuit season is officially here. Whether you put on some winter weight that can no longer be hidden under bulky sweaters or you’re still struggling to lose your love handles that arrived with the baby, (even if the “baby” is now a teenager), those few extra pounds can make a big difference in the way you feel. With so many weight loss “solutions” and “miracles” on the market, it can be overwhelming to decipher the difference between what actually works and what will only make your wallet lose weight, and not your figure.
One option you may or may not have heard of is CoolSculpting. The name basically describes how it works; it’s a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, freezing them to the point of elimination. It’s an FDA-cleared, patented procedure that differs from other treatments, like lasers and sonic waves, in that only your fat cells are destroyed, while your healthy skin cells remain intact. And because CoolSculpting doesn’t burn or shatter other tissue, the downtime after a procedure is minimal.
The CoolSculpting Process is relatively simple. After speaking with your clinician about which areas you’d like to target, they will put the device on your body, where it will pull the targeted area between two cooling panels. Many patients describe the feeling as a firm pull, with some pressure. Each appointment takes about an hour and some patients only need one appointment to reach their goals.
So, who would be a good candidate for CoolSculpting? Unfortunately, if you’re more than 30 pounds over your ideal weight, this may not be the procedure for you. However, if you’re within 10 to 30 pounds of your goal weight, or have a problem area you just can’t seem to get rid of, CoolSculpting may be able to help you become your best self. Some common treatment areas are love handles, inner and outer thighs, back rolls and bulges above caesarean section incisions.
It should be noted that CoolSculpting is not an immediate fix for weightloss. It will take about three weeks begin to see changes in your body and about two months to see significant results. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for four to six months and your final results should be long-term, as long as you maintain your current diet and activity level.
If you have questions about CoolSculpting, the experts at Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center can help. They were one of the first to offer CoolSculpting in the State of Washington and they’re the only clinic to with two machines, meaning your procedure time is cut in half. They’ve performed close to 2000 procedures and offer free consultations to help you decide if CoolSculpting makes sense for your goals.