If losing weight is one of your resolutions for the new year, you’re not alone. According to statistics, losing weight — or getting in shape — is the second most common New Year’s resolution among American adults after saving money. Everyone has personal reasons and motivations for wanting to lose weight. But with over 70% of Americans classified as overweight and almost 40% considered obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eliminating excess fat is also an important investment in health and wellbeing.
If you’ve invested in a diet and exercise routine but need a little help to get rid of stubborn fat around your waist or other parts of your body, we can help. Dr. Chrisopher Brooks and our team of cosmetic surgery specialists at Brooks Plastic Surgery offer a range of treatments like CoolSculpting® at our Hollywood, Florida office.
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical and noninvasive treatment that helps eliminate fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise. As the name suggests, CoolSculpting uses a process known as cryolipolysis to literally freeze excess fat cells to death. The dead cells are naturally metabolized and excreted from the body by the lymphatic system within a few weeks of treatment.
The treatment is targeted to specific areas, so the surrounding cells are generally unaffected. The most common treatment areas for CoolSculpting include:
During your consultation, Dr. Brooks will help you determine whether CoolSculpting is a good option for you. The ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are already at or relatively close to a healthy weight and have a healthy diet and exercise routine in place. CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity or a tool for significant weight loss but a way to finish off your weight-loss journey.
Since CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure, you won’t have to worry about a recovery period, incisions, or any of the other potential complications associated with major surgery. While CoolSculpting is not meant to be a substitute for eating a healthy diet and maintaining a consistent exercise routine to lose and keep off excess weight, it’s an exciting tool designed to help get you across the finish line when you’re close to reaching it.
A typical session ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, so you can fit in your CoolSculpting appointment on your lunch break or in between errands for your convenience. Most people require several sessions, depending on the area of the body being treated.
The process works gradually, and most people begin to see results within eight to 12 weeks (the process works differently for everyone and results will vary from person to person). So if you start in January, you can expect to see results just in time for the spring!
Potential side effects of CoolSculpting may include:
You may also experience a pulling, cold, or tugging sensation at the beginning of the procedure until the area becomes numb. However, all these effects should resolve quickly.
For more information about CoolSculpting and other cosmetic treatments for the face and body, call us today at 954-256-5838 or request an appointment online.