Find CoolSculpting® Treatments near Pittsburgh, PA
Stubborn body fat that won’t go away despite diet and exercise is a confidence-killer!
No matter how much hard work you put into staying healthy and trim, there could still be areas of your body that you just aren’t satisfied with. There are still bulges of fat in certain areas that won’t go away. That’s because you cannot target weight loss to specific areas of your body with diet and exercise alone, and you can’t change your body’s set number of fat cells. However, an FDA-cleared treatment called CoolSculpting® is the answer to this ages-old problem.
CoolSculpting is used for the treatment of stubborn fat bulges in nine areas of the body:
- Under the chin
- Under the jawline
- Bra area
- Underneath or on the buttocks
- Upper arm
The procedure is not intended for weight loss; CoolSculpting patients should already be at or near their ideal body weight, practice healthy eating, and enjoy an active lifestyle to get and retain the best possible results.
What Happens During a CoolSculpting Treatment?
CoolSculpting is a very simple procedure for you to sit through. You’ll be asked to undress to uncover your treatment areas and lay on a treatment table or sit in a special treatment chair. Areas you aren’t getting treated can remain covered up. The licensed medical professional performing the procedure will make sure you’re comfortable and explain step-by-step what they will be doing.
Once the treatment begins, the CoolSculpting device is placed against your skin. It looks a little like a large hairbrush without the bristles. The medical professional moves the smooth side of this wand across your treatment area and freezes fat cells under the skin.
One session of CoolSculpting takes about an hour to complete, depending on the size of your treatment area. You can pass the time by reading, checking your emails, or even taking a nap-whatever you’d like to do. Just focus on relaxing in our spa-like environment during your treatment!
What Does CoolSculpting Feel Like?
During the procedure, people have reported feeling tugging, pulling, light pinching, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. You’ll also feel an intense cold at the treatment site.
However, CoolSculpting numbs the treatment area, so these feelings go away once numbness sets in. The system has built-in safety features to stop cooling if the sensors detect that your skin is becoming too cold.
If you are too uncomfortable, let the medical professional know. While you wait to become numb, take deep, relaxing breaths to help your body stay calm.
What Happens After a CoolSculpting Treatment?
After your treatment, you can re-dress and go about your day as normal, because CoolSculpting is a non-surgical cryolipolysis-fat freezing-procedure. Most people return to work the same or next day, and there are no restrictions on the activities you can do afterward. You should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help your body get rid of your dead fat cells.
“Recovering” from CoolSculpting is very simple. Patients have reported redness of the treatment area, swelling, bruising, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity after their CoolSculpting treatment. If you had your jawline or underneath your chin treated, you might feel a sensation of fullness at the back of your throat. Because your liver is processing dead fat cells, you may notice changes in your bowel movements as fat cells are removed from your body. All of these side effects will subside within a few days or up to a few weeks.
The best part of what happens after a treatment is that you start to see your results! Your body will begin to absorb and eliminate the dead fat cells, resulting in a reduction of fat of about 25% in the treated area. It may take up to four months to see full results, but patience is worth it. Because the fat bulges shrink gradually over time, the changes to your body look completely natural. However, most people start to see the effects in just a few days after the procedure.
Who Can Get CoolSculpting?
Healthy adults who are near their ideal body weight are great candidates for a CoolSculpting procedure. People with certain conditions should not undergo CoolSculpting:
- Weakened immune systems
- Conditions that weaken or change the body’s ability to handle the cold, like cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, etc.
- Nerve conditions like diabetic neuropathy
- Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, hives, or dermatitis
- Poor circulation at the treatment area
- Recent injury to the skin area being treated, including scar tissue
- Long-term use of blood thinners, or bleeding conditions that thin the blood
- Implanted medical devices, like pacemakers
- Allergies to propylene glycol or isopropyl alcohol
- Chronic pain conditions
- Severe anxiety disorders
- Medical history of a hernia or hernia in or near the treatment area
Is CoolSculpting Worth the Cost?
CoolSculpting cost depends on your provider and where you receive the treatment. However, because there are few reported adverse reactions and a low risk of infection, scaring, or skin dimpling, CoolSculpting is a low-risk, high-reward procedure for most people who choose it.
The effects of CoolSculpting are long-lasting; because fat cells are actually destroyed and removed from your body, they can never come back or grow ever again. This is particularly amazing when you consider that our bodies have a predetermined number of fat cells that is established during childhood and rarely change as we age. We think this makes CoolSculpting a worthwhile investment in your body and in your self-esteem.
Where Can I Find CoolSculpting Near Me?
If you live in the Pittsburgh, PA, or Warrendale, PA, areas, you can get CoolSculpting at Cosmetic Laser Centers. Our licensed medical providers will meet with you to discuss a treatment plan that addresses your concerns, and help you determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.
Call us today to schedule a consultation at one of our two locations near Wexford, Cranberry, or Robinson Township. We look forward to helping you feel more confident with CoolSculpting!