CoolSculpting, sometimes referred to as cryolipolysis, is an incredibly safe, effective body contouring treatment. A single treatment session can result in the elimination of up to 80% of the subcutaneous fat cells in an area of concern. However, you should know that you may need more than one treatment session per area to achieve your desired results. Keep reading for a better idea of how many sessions you can expect to need.
How Many CoolSculpting Sessions Do You Need?
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to need between one and six cryolipolysis treatment sessions. If you don’t feel like you need to lose any weight, you shouldn’t be surprised if you need only one treatment session per area of concern. On the other hand, you may need two sessions, even if you’re at or very near your goal weight, depending on your body fat distribution and cosmetic goals.
For example, if almost all of your excess fat is stored in your lower abdomen, you may need two sessions spaced four to six weeks apart for the flat tummy you desire. If you have 25 to 30 pounds of fat left to lose before you feel pleased with your weight, you should not be surprised if you need five or six treatment sessions to achieve desirable contours.
How Soon Will I Be Able to See My Ideal Results?
It can take up to 12 weeks for your final results to appear after your final treatment session. This treatment works in a couple of stages. First, the CoolSculpting device cools the treatment area to roughly 42 degrees. This is cold enough to freeze the fat cells in the treatment area to death, but it is not cold enough to negatively affect your water-based skin and muscle tissue cells.
There are no incisions involved in cryolipolysis. Rather than dead fat cells being suctioned out of your body, your body, specifically your lymphatic system, is responsible for the second phase. Your lymphatic system, in a way, is like the maid of your body. It picks up all the garbage, like dead fat cells, and kicks it out of the door. You will see your ideal results once the dead fat cells have been eliminated from your body through exhalation, urination, and sweating.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
The ideal candidate for this treatment is in relatively good health and has a healthy body mass index. However, you may still qualify if your body mass index falls within the overweight range. If you suffer from any class of obesity, you will be considered a poor fit for this treatment. You may need to enroll in a medical weight loss program to lose enough weight to qualify for cryolipolysis treatments.
Just keep in mind that being a healthy weight does not automatically qualify you for cryolipolysis sessions. For satisfactory results, it is vital there is enough fat in an area of concern. If a larger area is being treated, cryolipolysis can only remove around 26% of the subcutaneous fat cells. Therefore, you may not be satisfied if you only have small pockets of excess fat that you feel self-conscious about.
What Else Can Help Me Improve My Self-Confidence?
You can find out what other Fort Collins beauty treatments can boost your self-esteem during an initial consultation with an aesthetic expert. If you have a significant amount of excess fat to lose, you may need to combine your fat removal treatment with BodyFX to tighten loose skin and smooth away cellulite. Alternatively, you may need a different cellulite treatment, like Cellfina cellulite removal or QWO cellulite removal.
What Areas Can Be Targeted With Cryolipolysis?
You can use cryolipolysis to target just about anywhere. It is commonly used to target large areas with a moderate amount of excess fat, like the abdomen, flanks, back, and chest. However, it can also be used to target smaller areas, like the submental region, the backs of the knees, or the underarms. To reiterate, you will probably be a good candidate for this treatment if you are not obese, but it is important that there is enough excess fat in an area of concern.
Who Shouldn’t Consider This Treatment?
You should not consider this body contouring treatment if you suffer from a condition that makes you sensitive to the cold, like Raynaud’s disease.
You can generally expect to need anywhere from one to six treatment sessions to achieve contours you can feel proud of. The closer you are to your ideal weight, the fewer treatments you should expect to need. If you need more than one session, each session will be spaced four to six weeks apart. From your final treatment, you can expect it to take up to three months for your final results to become apparent.