When someone mentions cosmetic surgery, there is a good chance that the first word that springs to mind is “liposuction.” Liposuction is a surgical procedure where stubborn fat is physically removed from areas of the body. It is by far one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. And yes, it can absolutely be effective, however there are some major potential drawbacks. It requires you to go under general anesthesia for the surgery, it is very invasive, and, like all surgical procedures, there is the possibility of complications and infection. For many people who desire cosmetic fat reduction, this is just a little too far. Thankfully, developments in cosmetic technology have provided an effective non-surgical alternative to traditional fat removal: CoolSculpting.
What Exactly Is It?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive cosmetic surgery procedure designed to eliminate stubborn fat deposits without the need for any invasive surgery. The principle, discovered by Harvard researchers, is simple and actually rather brilliant. They discovered that fat cells are far more susceptible to cold than other cells. The application of intense cold energy can destroy fat while leaving the surrounding tissue undamaged. Once the fat cells are damaged, your body naturally metabolizes them (like it does any other kind of damaged cells). So with a little help, your body will do the work for you! It is perfect to melt fat away in your abdomen, love handles, hips, thighs and back.
Compared to liposuction, which is major surgery, you won’t believe how simple the CoolSculpting procedure is. First, it is a “lunchtime procedure” — as it only takes an hour or so to do. The doctor will use the CoolSculpting handpiece to suction up a part of bulging, fatty tissue between two cooling plates. As the cold energy destroys your fat, all you have to do is sit back and watch. Patients say that there is very little discomfort during the treatment, it feels a little bit like you are putting an icepack on your skin. After the treatment is over, you can leave and go back to your daily routine. There may be a little bit of redness, but otherwise, that’s it!
So… What Happens After the Treatment?
Unlike liposuction, which literally sucks the fat out of your body, CoolSculpting takes a bit more time to see full results. Because your body has to process the damaged fat cells, you will start to notice the effects of the treatment over the course of two or three months. Your body will continue to eliminate the fat cells for up to six months, and you will see continuous improvement over this time. For many people, one treatment is more than enough!
Other Advantages Over Liposuction
For many people, liposuction is considered overkill. Sometimes there are just stubborn pockets of fat that will not go away, no matter how much you exercise. Going through an invasive surgical procedure to get rid of small fat pockets doesn’t make sense. But CoolSculpting makes complete sense! You also have to consider the downtime that is required after a major surgical procedure like liposuction. Post-liposuction, there are restrictions on any physical activity for weeks. With CoolSculpting, you could walk out of the office and go for a jog if you wanted to.
For some people, liposuction will be the preferred treatment of choice, especially if dramatic and immediate fat reduction is required. But for most people, CoolSculpting is a perfect non-surgical alternative, giving you a lasting 20 to 25% reduction in fat over the course of six months. The choice really is up to you! If you’d like to hear more about CoolSculpting, or book a free consultation, just check out our website at www.azulbeauty.com or give us a call at (239) 415-7576.