At the West Vancouver Advanced Laser Technology & Cosmetic Center, we’re often asked, “Does CoolSculpting really work?”
In short – yes, absolutely. We’ve seen incredible results for people who want surgery-free, safe, body slimming.
CoolSculpting® is a gentle alternative to liposuction, which uses controlled cryolipolysis (cold cell destruction) to freeze fat cells in target areas. Without incisions, anaesthesia, or scars, Dr. Kabiri can treat your belly, back, or thighs, with the CoolAdvantage Petite™ or the CoolMini™ designed for total customization.
Many of our patients have worked hard to lose weight and tone problem areas, but certain fat deposits on the arms, abdomen and thighs are extremely hard to reduce.
If you’re self-conscious about stubborn fat pockets, but not ready to go under the knife, CoolSculpting® could be your breakthrough solution. First, there are 5 questions you can answer to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for fat freezing results.
#1: Can You Pinch Your Body Fat?
This qualifier is critical because there are different types of body fat; some not well-suited to the CoolSculpting® device attachments.
CoolSculpting® uses handpieces to target pinchable fat above the muscle wall. This technology is FDA cleared to treat subcutaneous fat which is soft to touch and possible to grab onto under the skin. Common areas you can find subcutaneous fat are the belly, love handles, thighs and back of the arms.
However, visceral fat below the muscle wall is usually found surrounding internal organs and causes a firmer, protruding belly. This type must be shed through diet and exercise and cannot be accessed using CoolSculpting® technology.
#2. Are At Your Ideal Weight?
CoolSculpting® is a body-contouring procedure, but it is not designed for weight loss.
Generally, your body mass index (BMI) should be at or below 30 before undergoing body sculpting treatments. Less essential than your BMI number is that you have a realistic expectation for targeting problem areas- not your overall weight or dress size.
CoolSculpting will reduce and shrink stubborn rolls and fat deposits, but the difference you’ll see on the scale is generally small.
#3. Are you Frustrated by Fat or Sagging Skin?
It’s a common side effect of weight loss- lax, baggy skin that doesn’t seem to bounce back. Depending on your age and natural skin elasticity, you may work your way to a slimmer figure, but notice wrinkled, sagging skin remaining. Though a little laxity won’t necessarily exclude you from this treatment, it is not designed for skin tightening.
The best way to determine what will help you reach your goals is an in-person exam and advice from a body contouring expert.
#4: Will The Coolsculpting® Applicators Fit Your Unique Anatomy?
The right handpiece used to deliver fat freezing technology ensures optimal contact with cooling plates.
There are five CoolSculpting® handpiece sizes and some expertise combined with creativity will allow combinations for maximum coverage. Some regions are too small or located in hard-to-access areas, and they can’t be effectively treated with CoolSculpting®.
#5: Are You Prepared to Wait 3 Months to See Results?
As with many non-surgical treatments, whether they utilize thermal or cold energy, you’ll need to be patient for results to develop. We advise patients that 3-6 months is an “ideal timeframe,” and most people will do 2 to 4 rounds spaced 6-12 weeks apart.
The process of breaking down fat cells and flushing them out of your body can’t be rushed, but the long-term outcomes are worth it, so plan ahead.
Are You a Coolsculpting® Candidate?
CoolSculpting delivers on the promise to banish body fat in problematic zones. Surgical options like liposuction and body lifting require anesthesia and recovery time, but non-surgical fat-freezing lets you bypass these concerns. It’s usually painless, which is certainly an attractive feature!
If you think you may be a candidate, we invite you to meet with Dr. Kabiri and learn more about CoolSculpting, CoolMini, CoolAdvantage Petite, and other world-leading body treatments we offer. Call (604) 925-1301 to discover beautiful options at the Advanced Laser Technology and Cosmetic Centre today!