We come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing almost all of us can relate to is having a problem area on our bodies. You know, a pesky pocket of fat. It doesn’t matter what kind of shape you’re in, that pocket of fat remains persistently there.

Most of us have learned to live with these imperfections, not wanting to spend the money or go through an invasive surgical treatment like liposuction.

But what if you knew that there was another option? Maybe you don’t have to live with a problem area like stubborn love handles, or a pesky pooch, or even a double chin after all.

That treatment is called CoolSculpting, or fat freezing – a non-surgical liposuction alternative that has proven results.

When diet and exercise don’t cut it

CoolSculpting is ideal for those of us who are in good shape, but have a problem area that, despite all efforts, doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. This could be tummy fat, man boobs, saddle bags etc..

Since the procedure targets localized areas, and the results are subtler than invasive treatments like liposuction, patients should be looking for more of a contouring effect rather than a dramatic change.

Good candidates for fat freezing are also people who have busy schedules and need a treatment that is relatively quick, to avoid any downtime.

The average CoolSculpting treatment lasts around one hour, and patients are able to resume their regular activities immediately afterwards.

What to expect during and after a treatment

First, you and your doctor will go over any questions or concerns that you have about the treatment and the results.

Then you will have an assessment. This is where your doctor will mark the target areas on your body and decide on the correct timing and applicators to use based on the distribution of fat.

Then a gel pad will be applied to your skin to protect it before the applicator is applied. At this point you will feel a suction feeling on the target area. This means that your treatment has begun.

Now you just need to sit back and relax. This usually lasts about an hour.

Once the CoolSculpting procedure is finished and the applicator is removed, you will receive a ZWave treatment, which enhances the results by destroying additional fat cells.

You can immediately return to your day without any necessary down time.

Since the body needs to process the dead fat cells, results are not immediately visible. But once the dead cells have been expelled from your body, those fat cells won’t be regenerated.

A treatment that pairs well with CoolSculpting is the Thermage treatment, which uses radio frequencies to tighten loose skin, which can occur after fat loss.

What is the science behind CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting, known as Cryolipolysis to scientists, was originally tested out in the 1970’s when researches noticed that children who frequently ate icy cold popsicles tended to have dimpled cheeks. This led to a theory that the fat cells in their chubby cheeks were actually being frozen and expelled from the body, resulting in dimples.

Since proving that fat freezing is an effective way to reduce fat, cosmetic doctors have used cryolipolysis as a body contouring treatment.

The procedure involves the localized application of cold temperatures that break down fat cells, which are more sensitive to cold than the surrounding tissues. This means that the skin, muscle, and nerve cells are safe and remain unharmed, while the targeted fat cells freeze and die.

Once the fat cells are frozen and destroyed, the body’s immune system eliminates them. Because it takes time for the body to process the dead fat cells, patients usually see results after 6-8 weeks.

The great thing about fat freezing is that the body contains a finite amount of fat cells, so the destroyed cells will not return. Meaning that patients tend to see lasting results.

Who are some well-known spokespeople?

Molly Sims is the official spokesperson for CoolSculpting. She says that, after having her three children, she needed something extra on top of her diet and exercise regime. Freezing her unwanted fat was a quick and painless solution that helped her bounce back to her pre-baby body.

Another well-known celebrity who swears by CoolSculpting is Khloe Kardashian. She says that she’s used the treatments to contour around her hips and butt. It’s one of the secret ingredients to her and her siblings’ famous silhouettes.

And even timeless diva Mariah Carey has used CoolSculpting treatments in combination with dieting to slim down after having her twins.

While some celebrities swear by it, CoolSculpting is actually, an affordable and convenient procedure for just about anyone who is looking to finally get rid of their persistent problem area. Call Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre today to book your appointment.