How Many Inches Can You Lose With CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a popular cosmetic procedure that helps you tone your body and achieve your desired figure. It’s a non-invasive treatment that freezes fat deposits so that your system naturally flushes them out. There is also no down time to CoolSculpting, and it’s one of the reasons why many people choose it as their preferred body sculpting treatment. 

So if CoolSculpting helps tone your body, how many inches can you lose with the treatment? Though the body contouring process is a great way to improve your figure, it doesn’t provide dramatic results that instantly makes you lose several inches. Instead, it helps tone your figure to make you feel more confident in your body. 

Results of CoolSculpting Treatments

It’s always important to remember that CoolSculpting is a cosmetic treatment designed for people who want to eliminate stubborn fat deposits that can’t be targeted through living a healthy lifestyle. When you’re trying to slim down or lose weight, there are certain parts of the body that are difficult to target. You’ll notice these areas because these are the parts that are the last ones to go away when losing weight and first to grow when you gain weight.   

How Many Inches Can You Lose With CoolSculpting?

Let’s set one thing straight: CoolSculpting may help you lose one or two inches, but it doesn’t offer dramatic results. Losing inches off any body part shouldn’t be your main goal when receiving a CoolSculpting treatment since it’s not designed to provide such results. CoolSculpting results also vary per person, depending on the amount of fat they have in their body. 

Each CoolSculpting session results in around a 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area. So for example, if you want to lose around 4 inches in your belly area, the process can help you lose around ¾ of an inch to one inch. This means that if you want to lose more inches from your belly, you would need more CoolSculpting sessions. 

To know why the cosmetic procedure can’t help you lose several inches, you have to know the difference between visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat is the fat found deep in your body around the organs and it’s not visible from the outside. On the other hand, subcutaneous fat is the fat found under the skin and it’s the kind of fat that you can “pinch.” With this being said, CoolSculpting isn’t designed to target visceral fat. It is designed for the reduction of subcutaneous fat deposits which results in a more contoured and sculpted figure. 

How CoolSculpting Tones the Body

CoolSculpting uses a patented cryolipolysis technology that targets fat deposits in the body so that the system gradually eliminates them over time. The treatment effectively kills fat in the target area without harming the surrounding skin and tissue. It’s also an FDA-approved procedure that can be done on different parts of the body like the stomach, flanks, arms, thighs, buttocks, and even the face. 

There is no surgery or anesthesia involved in CoolSculpting, so it’s great for people who aren’t willing to go under the knife. During a CoolSculpting session, you may expect to feel some pain and discomfort due to the cold temperature. You may also feel some tugging and pinching temperature from the machine, but the sensations eventually subside as your skin numbs throughout the treatment. Each session lasts around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the area being treated. Since there is no downtime to this treatment, you can return to your normal activities right after the session. 

Most of the fat cells in the treated area are already frozen and killed during a treatment. However, it takes around 3-6 months for your lymphatic system to flush out the fat so you can expect optimal results within this timeframe. While CoolSculpting doesn’t have many side effects, you may experience some redness, swelling, bruising, and numbing of the treated area afterwards. Side effects of CoolSculpting only last a few days, and it’s best to see a doctor if you experience more adverse side effects. 

CoolSculpting Is Not Equivalent to Weight Loss

Always remember that CoolSculpting is not equivalent to weight loss -- this cosmetic process is recommended for people who are already near their ideal weight and are already living a healthy lifestyle. So if you’re looking to have a CoolSculpting procedure to remove large amounts of fat, then it’s simply not the recommended treatment for you. 

The body contouring process eliminates fat deposits in your body, and these deposits don’t really amount to a lot of pounds on the scale. Weight loss from the procedure is also less noticeable when you’re already someone who is already living a healthy lifestyle. But it doesn’t mean that CoolSculpting doesn’t offer great results. 

When you’ve achieved optimal results from the treatment, you may start to notice a more slender figure and that your clothes may start to fit better. Your body will also have less ability to store fat in the treated area, so it won’t be as much of a problem anymore. 

After a CoolSculpting treatment, you have to be proactive in maintaining its results. Even if the eliminated fat cells can’t grow back, remaining fat deposits in your body can still grow and add inches to your body. To maintain the results of CoolSculpting, you have to develop good eating habits and a regular exercise routine. Failing to do so may result in a decline in the treatment’s outcomes. 

CoolSculpting Vs. Other Body Contouring Treatments

CoolSculpting is one of the most popular body contouring treatments since it’s non-invasive and there is little to no pain experienced during the procedure. Here’s how CoolSculpting compares to other body contouring treatments:

TreatmentHow it WorksDowntimeResults
CoolSculptingCoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that freezes fat cells in a treated area. These fat cells are eliminated by the system in a span of 3-6 months.There is little to no downtime for CoolSculpting treatments. Optimal results from CoolSculpting are visible 3-6 months after the treatment. The results are long term and can be permanent if maintained through proper diet and exercise. 
LiposuctionLiposuction is a surgical procedure that helps remove large amounts of fat from the body. People who undergo liposuction need a few days of downtime and need to rest for at least three weeks before participating in strenuous activities.The results of liposuction are immediate, and the patient needs to maintain its results for it to be permanent. 
Ultrasonic CavitationThis non-invasive procedure sends ultrasound waves deep in the body to cause disruptive vibration and break down fat. Ultrasonic cavitation doesn’t require significant downtime. Results of ultrasonic cavitation are visible 6-12 weeks after the treatment and can be permanent when maintained through a healthy diet and exercise.
Laser LipolysisLaser lipolysis is a minimally invasive procedure that removes fat from the body. This process uses a laser light to melt the fat away from the skin. There is little downtime for laser lipolysis, but patients are recommended to avoid strenuous activities to promote healing. Laser lipolysis provides immediate results. The results need to be maintained through proper diet and exercise. 
Injection Lipolysis (Kybella) Kybella is an injectable treatment that destroys fat in the submental region. The injectable is made from deoxycholic acid, a molecule that works to metabolize fat. The recovery time for Kybella is minimal. Patients may experience some soreness or puffiness after the treatment. The results of Kybella are immediate and can be permanent if maintained properly through a healthy lifestyle. 

Before receiving any body contouring treatment, it’s important to consult with a licensed professional so you know more about the procedure. This also helps you set your expectations so you can determine which treatment is best suited to your needs and lifestyle. 

CoolSculpting Treatments at the NJ Center for CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting may not magically remove several inches off your waist, but it’s still one of the best treatments to help you achieve your dream figure. Here at the NJ Center for CoolSculpting, we offer safe and effective CoolSculpting to all our clients. Our team of licensed professionals are more than willing to answer any questions or inquiries you have about the treatment. 

We promise to deliver amazing results to make you feel more confident in your own skin. The NJ Center for CoolSculpting uses the latest technology in cosmetic treatments to enhance your appearance. Call us today so you can schedule a consultation with us to know more about our services. 

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