Summary: More and more men and women are opting for nonsurgical CoolSculpting® rather than a more extensive body contouring surgery to help them get rid of stubborn areas of fat that just don’t seem to respond to diet and exercise. If you’re considering this option, keep these tips and tricks in mind for before and after your CoolSculpting® procedure to help you get the smooth, sleek results you want.
1. Determine If You Are a Candidate for CoolSculpting®
First, you may have questions as to whether or not nonsurgical CoolSculpting® can help you achieve the outcome you’re hoping for. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting® can very effectively remove stubborn pockets of fat from virtually anywhere on your body, but it doesn’t address loose or excess skin. In fact, the added fat loss from CoolSculpting® could create even more sagging skin if this is already a concern.
For this reason, it’s best to schedule an in-person consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon to help you decide if CoolSculpting® is the most appropriate cosmetic treatment for you. If loose skin and muscle tissue are your primary concerns, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck instead.
2. Be Close to Your Ideal Weight
While CoolSculpting® isn’t a weight loss tool, it can reshape the contours of your body in areas that have proven to be difficult or even impossible to do through traditional fat loss methods like diet and exercise. Because of this, the ideal candidate will have already reached or come very close to reaching his or her weight loss goals before trying CoolSculpting®. This will help to optimize your final results.
3. Choose the Right Provider
Even though CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical procedure with little to no downtime, it still needs to be performed by a trained and experienced professional. When searching for the right plastic surgeon’s office for your CoolSculpting® treatment, ask about the certifications and training that the providers have had.
Whenever possible, choose a practice whose providers have attended and are certified by CoolSculpting® University. This ensures that the person who is performing your procedure has extensive knowledge about how to safely and correctly operate the CoolSculpting® device, as well as custom-tailor your treatment to optimize your results.
4. Schedule Your Consultation
Once you’ve found an experienced CoolSculpting® provider, the next step is to schedule your consultation. During this time, you should outline your body contouring goals and explain which areas you’d like a little help with. Your plastic surgeon or certified provider should be able to determine if CoolSculpting® is the right treatment method to help you reach those goals, as well as give you an overview of what you can expect both during and after your treatment session.
5. Ask about DualSculpting™
DualSculpting™ is an advanced variation on traditional CoolSculpting® that uses a “stacking technique” to eliminate the need for a follow-up session. It works by eliminating more fat in a shorter period of time, which can maximize your results. In addition, practices that use DualSculpting™ can use two devices to treat two different areas simultaneously, which can cut your treatment time in half.
DualSculpting™ can be 2 to 3 times more effective at fat removal than spacing your CoolSculpting® treatment sessions months apart.
6. Bring Some Entertainment
Depending on the size of area being treated, your CoolSculpting® session may take 1 to 2 hours per area to complete. During treatment, you may notice a slightly tingling sensation initially, but as your fat begins to freeze, this feeling should diminish and you should be comfortable enough to read a book or magazine, watch Netflix or simply relax.
7. Be Prepared for Some Swelling
After your CoolSculpting® session, it’s not uncommon to notice some swelling around the treated areas, but this symptom should gradually diminish on its own and shouldn’t keep you from your normal daily activities. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of CoolSculpting® is that it typically doesn’t require any downtime at all, so you shouldn’t have to take any time off of work or miss your other plans.
8. Be Patient
Don’t be surprised if you don’t see your final results immediately after your procedure. Most people will begin to see their results taking shape within three weeks after treatment, although it can take up to six months to see your full outcome.
While you wait, continue to take great care of your body, and be sure to keep an open line of communication with your plastic surgeon’s office.
9. Take Photos
Many people find that taking a series of photos during their CoolSculpting® journey is a worthwhile experience, as these can help you see the full effects of your transformation. Remember that you will likely see your new contours taking shape gradually over time, so photos can help you to better gauge your progress and, ultimately, the full scope of your results.
10. Continue Eating Right and Exercising Regularly
During your recovery and even well after you’ve begun to enjoy your smooth, sleek new shape, maintaining a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are keys to enhancing your results and making sure they are long-term.
Although the fat cells that are removed during CoolSculpting® treatments are gone for good, it is still possible to gain weight after your procedure. However, you may notice that if you do gain some weight in the future, it will be distributed more evenly throughout your body after CoolSculpting®.
11. Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon
If you have questions or concerns at any point before, during or after CoolSculpting®, don’t hesitate to contact your plastic surgeon. He or she should be your go-to resource for any issues that may arise, although complications from this procedure are quite rare.