CoolSculpting treatment

Eliminate Fat Cells and Look Your Best in Pittsburgh, PA

You’ve been hearing about this innovative way to lose fat and want to know just what to expect from the CoolSculpting procedure. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive way to eliminate fat cells from your body without anesthesia, needles, or incisions. It uses a freezing technology to minimize subcutaneous fat cells to the point they are absorbed into the body. We’ll take you through all of the steps of the CoolSculpting journey here at Cosmetic Laser Centers. And, this simple process can be found at any of our centers throughout Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding cities, so you don’t have to travel far to find it.

Before You Book Your CoolSculpting Treatment

While you’re in the research phase of CoolSculpting, searching “CoolSculpting near me” and reading up on your favorite blogs (like this one!), consider getting your body in the best place it can be before the procedure. CoolSculpting helps get rid of stubborn pockets of fat that exercise and diet just isn’t helping, but it’s not a major weight loss plan. Work on exercise and diet before your treatment to get as close as you can to your goal weight, so that you can get your ideal CoolSculpting results. Plus, it’s important to form these healthy habits in advance of receiving treatment, so that you can maintain your new look long after your treatment.

How Do I Prep For CoolSculpting in Pittsburgh?

When you decide to get CoolSculpting, you’ll meet with one of our specialists to discuss your fat loss goals, problem areas you’ve identified, and a plan for getting you to where you’d like to be. Is it your arms, thighs, or lower belly fat giving you trouble? It’s at this time you’ll discuss the number of treatment sessions needed and total CoolSculpting cost.

This treatment involves a deep massaging and suctioning of the skin, and can cause bruising. It’s important to avoid taking aspirin or other blood-thinning supplements, such as fish oil or St. John’s wort, that make your skin more susceptible to bruising prior to the treatment.

In addition, avoid any extra sun exposure for several weeks prior to your session. Sun exposure and tanning can make your skin more sensitive to the treatment, causing discomfort. The same is true for any type of wound on your skin, like cuts or scrapes. Subjecting them to the suction and freezing of the treatment won’t feel good and may cause unusual pain. Our patients report that the CoolSculpting process is slightly uncomfortable, but tolerable.

Before your appointment, make a diet and exercise plan for after your treatment is complete. If you’re already eating and working out regularly, that’s wonderful. But you also want to make sure you have a plan to keep up those good habits after investing in a fat loss treatment like CoolSculpting. Creating at least a four-month plan in advance can help you stay on track following your procedure and secure maximum results from your treatment.

The sessions can take up to several hours to complete, depending on the number of areas being treated. Eat a light meal prior to coming in for your CoolSculpting treatment, and think of what you’d like to do during the treatment to pass the time. Many people watch Netflix on their phones, read, or use the time to catch up with loved ones or work.

What Happens During My CoolSculpting Session?

When you arrive, our technicians will mark the areas that will be treated and apply a special gel, similar to the kind used during an ultrasound. They’ll also photograph the treated area — important for tracking your progress.

CoolSculpting treatments are not painful, but could be slightly uncomfortable. The CoolSculpting wand is applied to the skin and attaches by “sucking” to the spot of the treated area. This portion of the treatment may feel like uncomfortable pressure while the skin is suctioned up into the applicator. While the wand is attached, your skin will feel very cold, like an ice cube on your skin. This is the freezing of your fat cells! Most people receiving this treatment report that the treatment area goes numb at this point, and is no longer uncomfortable.

While the applicator is cooling your skin, the energy is being removed from the fat cells just under your first layer of skin. These subcutaneous cells will slowly shrink and die. Over time, the dead cells will be absorbed and completely gone from your body.

Once the treatment is complete, our technician will remove the applicator and massage the treated area to collapse more fat cells. The area will slowly regain feeling, and may tingle or burn, as it warms.

What Happens After My CoolSculpting Treatment?

Post-treatment feelings will vary from patient to patient. Following the procedure, typical side effects are minor, but may include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, deep itching, tingling, stinging, and pain. None of these side effects should last longer than a couple of weeks, and should not be severe enough to impede with carrying on your normal daily activities in Pittsburgh, Warrendale, Cranberry Township, Wexford, Robinson Township and surrounding cities. Most patients are approved to resume day-to-day activities upon leaving their first treatment.

CoolSculpting is not a replacement for diet and exercise, and patients are encouraged to continue to take good care of themselves after receiving the CoolSculpting treatment. Anyone who receives treatment is encouraged to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle to maintain their new body shape. You can experience weight gain after receiving a CoolSculpting treatment if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle, however the fat cells your body absorbed after CoolSculpting will never come back.

You will start to see CoolSculpting results within three weeks, but full results will take several months, up to 16 weeks. Upon leaving your treatment, you should schedule a follow-up appointment for three months after your session for “after” photos and to check in on your progress with our specialists.

How Do I Find CoolSculpting Near Me?

Now that you understand the CoolSculpting process, it’s time to start making a plan to get rid of that stubborn fat for good. Schedule a consultation with any of our CoolSculpting treatment centers in Pittsburgh, PA; Warrendale, PA; Cranbury Township; Wexford; and Robinson Township. Contact us to get started.