Sometimes, losing weight can feel even more impossible than reversing the Earth’s rotation. Well, okay, maybe not that bad! But some areas of the body have impressively tenacious fat deposits that just won’t go away — no matter how hard you try, or which diet you follow. Fortunately, there is a better answer. CoolSculpting is a relatively new medical spa treatment option that helps to remove fat from around the body, specifically those hard-to-lose areas. Unlike liposuction, however, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment option. The pair of questions we inevitably hear about this treatment are, “How does CoolSculpting work?” and “Where does the fat go?”

CoolSculpting: The Basics

The proper term for this procedure is cryolipolysis; CoolSculpting is the branded name from the folks that created this technology. What it is, essentially, is an FDA-approved way of freezing fat deposits to generate fat reduction. CoolSculpting is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce fat, similar to liposuction. Unlike liposuction, however, this is not an invasive procedure and there is no downtime. It is possible to undergo a CoolSculpting treatment during your lunch break, then get back to work!
CoolSculpting treatments can be applied on just about any area of the body. This includes areas that commonly have stubborn fat deposits, like the abdomen or thighs, but it is also a gentle enough treatment that it can be used in more delicate areas, like getting rid of a double chin.

How Does It Work?

This is a pretty common question, and we understand why. CoolSculpting can seem like a miracle treatment option, which makes many die-hard dieters and fitness fanatics feel skeptical. The science behind it is surprisingly easy to understand. The basis of CoolSculpting is that fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than skin or other surrounding tissue. No, this doesn’t mean you should start rubbing ice cubes on your arms, expecting to see the fat melt away. However, it is at least a little bit like that. CoolSculpting uses specialized devices which target and freeze the fat cells underneath the skin without damaging the surrounding tissue. Now, please note that you won’t see results right away, so don’t expect a miracle change. After the procedure, it takes some time for your body to find the dead fat cells and flush them away. You can expect to see results in around four to six weeks following a treatment.
Most treatments take around an hour, and after treatment, there is no recovery time. There may be some minor soreness afterward, along the lines of what you’d feel after a good workout, but otherwise you will be good to go about your regular schedule. This also means that multiple areas of your body can be treated at the same time. A given area will generally need 30-45 minutes of time with the CoolSculpting machine, so if you want to have multiple areas treated, it may take a half day or more. In addition, larger areas of the body will need more treatment than smaller areas.
However, please note that CoolSculpting is not meant to be a replacement for eating a well-rounded diet and exercising. It is designed to help get rid of stubborn, exercise and diet-resistant fat deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity or a weight loss treatment.

Where Does The Fat Go?

We touched on this briefly above, but the fat goes where any other dead cells within your body go: they get flushed out as waste. Cells throughout the body are regularly dying and being replaced, so it’s all part of your body’s natural functions to flush out the fat cells that die as a result of CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting specifically targets your fat cells but not the surrounding tissue. When fat cells are affected by a CoolSculpting treatment, they will die off and the body’s natural processes will whisk those dead fat cells away and flush them from your body. Between the lack of downtime and the way it works with your natural body processes to get rid of fat, CoolSculpting is a great alternative to fat loss options like liposuction.
Learn more about this treatment. Contact the medical spa team at Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria to schedule your consultation today!