All About CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting 101: My Experience So Far
Just a couple months ago, I was just learning about the technology behind cool sculpting. Over the past few weeks (since I told you I was partaking in this treatment series) there's been a lot of questions about the process, cost, amount of treatments, and so forth. Today, I'm answering the most commonly asked questions to help you determine if coolsculpting may be an option for you.
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What is coolsculpting?
It's a noninvasive way to reduce fat on the body by freezing the area's fat cells. Over time, your body will naturally remove the fat cells through using the restroom.. This is perfect for very stubborn fat that never seems to go away, no matter how fit you may be. For women, we commonly store fat in love handles (technical term is the flank) and also in our stomach and thighs.
What am I getting treated?
I have decided to sculpt my love handles (flanks), my stomach and also my inner thighs. My love handles and stomach pouch have been driving me insane for years. My hapkido instructors used to tell me before our warm-ups that if I kept eating Hot Cheetos like I was, it would go straight to my hips. He wasn't lying because here we are almost 15 years later.
How many treatments does it take?
Not to sound cliche, but it really depends on the person. I am doing a larger series because my flank is a lot bigger than most. I need to do 1 on each side in the front, 2 on each side in the back and then also an additional small area in the middle of my back. My flank is a bit out of control honestly, but that's where my body has always chosen to store fat. When it comes to my stomach, the recommendation was to do two rounds on each side. Depending on those results, I will see if a third round is needed. I do not want to feel that belly fat any longer. When it comes to the inner thighs (my last priority) we haven't decided if we're going to do one round on each inner thigh or two rounds. That is yet to be determined, but as you can see there's quite a bit going into this for me. Not everyone is going to need 4 different placements on their flank. I imagine some can get away with 1 or 2 rounds on only one area. The consultation will definitely help you assess what your priority is. You don't have to make any decisions in the consultation phase!
Where am I going for my treatments?
I have been going to Red Mountain Weight Loss. The staff is incredibly kind and super helpful. My treatment aesthetician has been Erin at the La Cholla location in Tucson, Arizona. She is wonderful, and I've really been enjoying getting to know her.
How long does it take to see results?
Again, everyone's body is different but most results can be seen in 4-6 weeks. Some results take a full 8-12 weeks to display as your body naturally removes the fat cells through using the bathroom.
How much does it cost?
This goes hand in hand with the question about how many treatments you may need. Depending on the amount of treatments, the cost will vary. Usually the more treatments, the more expensive the entire series will be. Red Mountain Weight Loss will be giving 25% off ALL services to anyone who mentions my name or ADAATUDE during their consultation. This is an unheard of discount, and something that will help cover thousands of dollars of cost if you're looking to get several areas treated.
A coolsculpting service can be as low as $800, all the way up to $10,000 and beyond. It just depends on how many treatments and the size of the area as well. My entire coolsculpting treatment plan is $8,100.
When it comes to services from Red Mountain Weight Loss, there are other weight loss options that are much cheaper. In addition, facials, skincare procedures and the likes all vary in price. I'd recommend giving them a call to explore pricing options for the various spa and weight loss services they have!
Is coolsculpting the right option for me?
Several people have asked me what I think is best for them. When it comes to coolsculpting, the best candidate is someone who is relatively healthy, works out somewhat regularly and is 20-30 pounds away from their "ideal weight." If you are 50+ pounds away from your ideal weight, there may be other options because while the fat cells may be burned, it will only offer so much reduction. If you are aiming for an ideal weight, perhaps get as close to the 20-30 pound benchmark, and then invest in coolsculpting.
If I plan to get pregnant in the near future, should I wait to coolsculpt?
After speaking with Erin at Red Mountain Weight Loss, her recommendation was to wait until after an upcoming pregnancy took place. If you don't plan on having kids for several years or you're done having kids, it is a great time to get it done. If I had reach up on this sooner, I would've gotten it done years ago.
Is it painful?
I'm not going to beat around the bush here. It can be painful. It's not the actual freezing of the fat that hurts, but the aftermath. Once the coolsculpting suction comes off, there is a massage the tech has to give that part of the body in order to tear apart the fat cells. This massage helps maximize the results and ensure the fat gets broken so it will leave the body easier. It's necessary, and provides the best results possible so it's important to be done. However, after that part of the body is frozen, touching it is painful. Not to mention getting a rough massage to break apart the fat tissue. In addition, a hot towel is applied to the area which is also painful because that area is essentially frozen.
Can the fat cells come back?
For adults, it is rare that the fat cells will redevelop but the existing fall cells can expand. In rare instances, some have had to resort to liposuction because the coolsculpting was done and then additional weight was gained that could not be removed from coolsculpting. The key is remaining healthy after coolsculpting, and not relying on coolsculpting to keep the weight down.
Why did I do it?
As most of you know, I am a big supporter of body positivity as of late. I used to be a bit of a Debbie downer, and hated on people with different body types. I grew out of my ignorance and realized that every body is beautiful. No matter how small or big it is, and why I love myself and my body, there are areas I cannot seem to get rid of even with 4+ Orange Theory classes a week, yoga and running copious miles. At some point, the body has developed too many fat cells and may need some help just to sculpt and tone the body's tough spots. For me, my body has stored all the crap I've eaten over the years in my belly and love handles. I wanted to get rid of this in a natural non-invasive way, and I thought coolsculpting would be the best bet for me.
I understand a procedure like this is not everyone's cup of tea, but it was for me. To be clear, I am not advocating for everyone going out to get a coolsculpting treatment; I'm simply sharing my own.
How have my results been so far?
I am in week 4 since my first treatment, and I'll admit with all the recent travel, I haven't been the best about keeping a consistent workout. Even with that in mind, I have seen beautiful results and the slimming of my love handles and belly. I'm only one round in and just a few weeks in, so the results are going to get better and better. This may not be the solution for everyone, but it has been working beautifully for me.
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