When Diet & Exercise Are Not Enough
Every winter, I meet more than a few men and women at my Albuquerque medical day spa who resolved to get fit in the New Year but found that the combination of diet and exercise just wasn’t enough to get rid of that muffin top or spare tire. I have 2 words for them: You’re right!
Often, diet and exercise fail to achieve long-lasting fat reduction in trouble spots. My patients report still having a “bulge” in their back/bra area, so-called saddlebags on the outer thighs, and stubborn fat on the arms and abdomen. For these people, I don’t hesitate to recommend CoolSculpting®.
The Harvard-developed treatment safely and gently reduces fat without surgery through a process called Cryolipolysis®. During the procedure, the fat cells are frozen from outside the skin, and they gradually die off and are reduced by the body in the weeks and months that follow. Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment:
- Before: You’ll want to be as close to your goal weight as possible (within 10 pounds, as a rule of thumb). CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss solution; rather, it is intended to target areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It’s an ideal “finishing touch” for those who have worked hard to get fit, which makes it perfect for this post-New Year’s resolution period. You don’t need to do anything else to prepare.
- During: During treatment, you’ll sit back and relax. We’ll use a handheld applicator to draw your skin and fat against cooling panels. You’ll feel a mild cold sensation as the controlled cooling is applied. During this time, you can read, listen to music, check email, or just rest! The process typically lasts 1 to 3 hours depending on the areas you want to target. To reduce treatment times, we offer DualSculpting™, which allows us to treat 2 areas at the same time using 2 different machines.
- After: Because CoolSculpting does not involve surgery, many people find that they can return to normal activities immediately after treatment. Some patients experience minor bruising and brief redness in the treated area. As your body processes and eliminates the treated cells, you’ll start to notice fat reduction within the first 2 months after your appointment. Depending on your unique treatment plan, multiple sessions may be necessary to help you achieve your desired end results.