Are you struggling with stubborn fat: pockets of fat cells that just won’t go away? Are you finding it difficult to get a slimmer figure even with proper diet and exercise? For many people, regions of extra fat are often most visible around the abs or thighs, although they can occur in other places. At Beautique Medical in Knoxville, TN, we use CoolSculpting to help patients shed this fat and achieve the tight and sculpted look they dream about.
What Is Stubborn Fat?
Strictly speaking, stubborn fat is not a medical term, and it is not intrinsically different from other fat cells. However, many people gain fat cells in specific areas of their bodies and then have trouble getting rid of them, even if they adopt healthy habits.
The challenge comes from the fact that our bodies are programmed to fight fat loss. This is because fat stores are meant to help protect against starvation. If we have collections of fat cells around our middle, they can sometimes be especially difficult to remove, thus appearing “stubborn.”
Can We Get Rid of Fat Cells?
Diet and exercise can help us lose fat, however, there is a catch. In most cases, fat loss involves the body burning the fat that is contained in a fat cell, but the cell itself remains behind. The empty cell can easily be used to store fat again. The number of cells almost never changes when we are in adulthood.
Many people have found that when you get rid of the cell completely, it’s easier to keep the weight off. That’s what this treatment is all about.
This cutting-edge technology is a non-surgical approach to removing fat cells from specific regions of the body. It can get rid of unwanted fat cells permanently, but unlike liposuction, you don’t need to endure any incisions or surgery. Instead, it is a non-invasive treatment with no downtime required thanks to its unique “fat freezing” technology.
How Does It Work?
CoolSculpting works by triggering a process called “cryolipolysis,” in which cold temperatures are used to trigger the death of fat cells. Fortunately, fat cells can be destroyed at milder temperatures where the surrounding tissues will not be adversely affected. By lowering the temperature in the belly, thighs, or other regions, we can cause fat cells to freeze and die while skin and muscle remain unharmed.
What Is Treatment Like?
During a session, a specialized applicator is placed on the treatment area. When powered on, the applicator delivers cold strong enough to cause the fat cell walls to break down. After the session, a member of our staff typically massages the treatment area, which enhances the effects of the session and causes fat to break down more quickly.
What Happens to Fat After Treatment?
After a session, the body’s natural healing mechanisms will take over. Fat cells that have been damaged will decay and die, and the body will flush them from the system. Although every patient is different, the process often takes between one to three months to complete. Ideal results are often seen after a period of three months, which means your results are indistinguishable from weight loss due to diet and exercise.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
The most common areas for treatment are the abdomen, thigh, and flank. However, this technology has been approved for other areas as well, including the bra area, back, under the buttocks (sometimes called “banana roll”), upper arms, and even under the chin.
How Long Does a Treatment Session Take?
In most cases, a treatment will last for about 30-45 minutes. The length of your visit will depend on how many areas you are treating. Of course, if you are applying the cooling device to both abs and flanks, it may take longer, but patients often get multiple areas treated at the same time. This lessens the overall time they need to spend in the office. The majority of patients only need a single session to trigger the process.
An average treatment usually results in roughly 25% of fat cells destroyed in a given area. The treatment can be repeated if patients want to remove more fat, but typically it is useful to go through the three month lipolysis period first. Our medical staff can work with you to create a detailed treatment plan based on your own personal goals.
Am I a Candidate for Treatment?
Many people can qualify for this treatment, however, it should be noted that it is not considered an adequate solution for more serious weight loss. Rather, it is most useful for patients who are near their ideal weight. In these cases, patients typically wish to remove stubborn fat that is resistant to exercise.
Patients who are having their arms treated should have a BMI of under 30. Your BMI should be under 46.2 when removing submandibular or submental fat. Our medical staff believes strongly in helping our patients at any stage of their journey. In some cases, a patient may benefit from some light sculpting from our CoolTone treatments.
When you contact our office, we will meet with you for a consultation to discuss your personal goals, and help lay out a treatment plan that starts where you are and will help you get to where you want to be.
How Can I Learn More?
Are you interested in learning more about CoolSculpting? Contact Beautique Medical in Knoxville, TN today, and we can help you set up your initial consultation. We look forward to meeting you!