This scenario may sound familiar to you – you have worked hard to shed the baby weight, the health toll of a desk job, or stay on top of the genetic cards you were dealt but haven’t seen the results you expected. Weight loss alone isn’t always what we need. Everyone’s body is built differently, and everyone carries fat differently on their bodies.
There are many weight reduction options for people who have a high body mass index (BMI). Sustainable weight loss programs and weight modification surgeries are two of the more popular ways to do so. These are not always good options for people who are at or near their ideal body weight and only have a few stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to a healthy lifestyle.
CoolSculpting is the perfect option for those hoping to reduce fat in their problem areas.
CoolSculpting is precisely what it sounds like; controlled cooling used to sculpt the body! The procedure targets fat pockets to freeze and kill fat cells. The frozen cells become crystallized and eventually die. The body will metabolize the dead cells and eliminate them.
Your First Procedure and Onward
The great thing about CoolSculpting is it is a non-invasive, non-surgical option for getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat. Now that’s cool!
Fat is distributed differently for each individual and there is more than one type of fat. This is why the consultation is so important. You will work with a provider who will determine if CoolSculpting is an appropriate treatment for you.
If your provider has determined that CoolSculpting is an appropriate treatment to meet your needs you will be able to schedule your appointment. CoolSculpting treatments are performed at our Warrendale office, located conveniently between Wexford and Cranberry.
On treatment day we will take some pre-treatment photos to mark the beginning of your journey. Next you will head into one of our CoolSculpting rooms, your provider will mark the area to be treated, prepare the area, and begin the treatment.
To begin the treatment a vacuum applicator is applied to the designated area. You may feel some pulling or tugging. The applicator will then begin the cooling process. You may feel an intense cold feeling but it should not be painful. This will resolve once the area becomes numb which typically takes approximately 5-7 minutes.
During the treatment you may read a book, work on your laptop, watch Netflix on our TV, or you can just relax and take a refreshing nap.
After your treatment, your provider will perform a 2 minute massage to ensure the breakdown of the fat cells. Since this is a non-surgical procedure there is no downtime. You may resume your normal activity right away.
You may begin to notice changes in the shape of your body in as little as 3 weeks! Once you have completed your initial package and are thrilled with the results you may decide to have other areas treated. Our providers will work with you to help you continue to achieve your goals.
What Is The Difference Between Fat Reduction and Weight Loss?
CoolSculpting is not a weight loss program, it will however reduce the volume as seen in loss of inches off of your body creating the shape you desire.
Weight loss and fat reduction are very different.
When you gain weight, your fat cells grow larger. These fat cells are known as adipocytes. Studies have shown that it takes longer to lose weight than it does to gain it, and that’s because the cells never really go away – they just shrink in size when we lose weight.
Fat reduction procedures, like CoolSculpting, work to remove the fat cells from your body. While it doesn’t promise that you’ll keep the weight off forever (like weight maintenance, that is up to you), it does mean you have fewer fat cells hanging on to stubborn fat. Stubborn fat can discourage people from making healthy choices, creating a “why bother?” type of attitude. We’ve found that many of our patients make better choices regarding their future health after they gain the confidence that CoolSculpting has to offer.
How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?
CoolSculpting cost depends on the number of areas you would like to have treated and the number of treatments in that area. For your individual assessment and cost of treatment an in-person consultation is a must. You will be presented with your personal treatment plan as well as the cost of that plan.
Stubborn fat is tough to get rid of using diet and exercise alone, but you needn’t be discouraged about it. All bodies are different, and it should be exciting to know that your body shape is unique to you. But if your self-esteem and mental health are suffering due to stubborn fat, or if you want to shape your body to look the way you’ve always wanted it to, CoolSculpting can help.
Cosmetic Laser Centers offers CoolSculpting as one of the many different cosmetic services available. We serve the Greater Pittsburgh area from our two convenient locations, Warrendale (Wexford area) and Robinson Township. To find out what CoolSculpting can do for you, or to browse our selection of services, click here.