I’ve always been a big believer in science. Call me a nerd if you want, but I’ve always loved how a better understanding of science leads to huge advances in technology and medicine. It’s one of the reasons why I love working at Azul! Here, we are on the cutting edge of facial rejuvenation – both surgical and non-surgical. One of the most technologically advanced procedures we offer also happens to be one of our most popular. You’ve probably heard of it, but you might not know all the details. It’s the #1 body contouring procedure today for good reason: CoolSculpting®!
How it was discovered
There are actually two stories about how cryolipolysis was discovered. One G-rated, the other… a little more risqué.
The first story is about two researchers, Dr. Rox Anderson and Dr. Dieter Manstein. They noticed that children who ate a lot of frozen treats in the summer seemed to have less chubby cheeks. After quite a bit of research, they discovered that the cold from the ice pops was freezing the fat cells in the children’s cheeks, without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. G-rated, and pretty cute.
The second story involves naked horseback riding! It’s about a woman who loved to ride horses. In the middle of winter. Naked. She started to notice that she was losing all the fat tissue in her inner thighs where the skin was pressed up against the freezing cold saddle. We aren’t sure how researchers would have discovered this phenomenon, but it makes for a fun story!
Many people think “liposuction” when they are looking to get rid of fat. Because lipo has become synonymous with fat-eliminating procedures, many people think that CoolSculpting must also have a surgical component. In fact, CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive.
Using the CoolSculpting hand piece, which radiates cold energy, we draw your stubborn fatty areas into a cup-like device. It is held there for a predetermined period as the cold energy destroys the fat cells under the skin for good. We have been performing CoolSculpting now for more than 4 years and have upgraded our systems to the new CoolAdvantage technology, which is faster, more effecient and more comfortable than the original! It feels somewhat similar to pinching up extra fat and holding an icepack up against your skin.
It isn’t an instant fix
Unlike surgical fat removal procedures, you won’t immediately see your results with CoolSculpting. As we aren’t removing the fat cells, but destroying them, and it will take time for your body to reabsorb these frozen fat cells and get rid of them through your natural bodily processes. You will generally start to see your results after about three weeks.
And to be completely honest, due to tissue swelling and the recovery period, you likely wouldn’t see your full results from liposuction for a similar length of time. So really, the question is whether you would rather have a lengthy recovery period, or be able to go about your day-to-day activities while you wait to see your results? I know which I would prefer!
We can treat more areas than just your midsection
Some people think that CoolSculpting is just meant for your midsection (love handles, tummy, etc.) Although this many have been true a few years ago, CoolSculpting technology has come a long way since then. We can now treat you faster than ever, on a wider range of areas. Worried about batwing arms? CoolSculpting is here to clip those wings! Fat under the chin? CoolSculpting will give you a chin up! Issues with your inner thighs? We can treat those areas (no winter horseback riding required)!
It’s a permanent fat-destroying solution
Here is the biggest thing that most people don’t know about CoolSculpting. When fat cells are destroyed, they don’t regenerate. This means that fat cells that are frozen and then reabsorbed into your body are gone for good. Those stubborn, fatty areas that you can never seem to touch with exercise or diet? After a round of CoolSculpting treatment, the fat cells in those areas will be history, permanently!
Now, this isn’t to say that you can’t still gain weight. When we gain weight, our fat cells get bigger. So unless you maintain a healthy lifestyle, with a good diet and regular exercise, the weight can come back. But the areas that are treated? The fat will be gone for good.
CoolSculpting is by far one of our most popular treatments at Azul, and for good reason. With no pain, no incisions and no recovery period, it is the most effective body contouring procedure offered today. If you’d like to learn more about CoolSculpting, or any of our other non-surgical cosmetic procedures, you can visit our website at www.azulbeauty.com. If you’d like to book a CoolSculpting appointment or a free consultation with one of our certified providers, you can call us at (239) 415-7576. Remember, with CoolSculpting, there are no needles, no knives and no anesthesia!
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