If you want to reshape your body and lose unwanted areas of fat accumulation, Coolsculpting® may be a solution. Coolsculpting is not a weight loss procedure, but it does help shrink targeted areas of fat by removing fat cells. For those wondering, “Is Coolsculpting permanent?” here is how the procedure works and how it can provide long-term results for reshaping the body.
What Does Coolsculpting Do?
Coolsculpting uses advanced medical technology to target unwanted fat cells in the body and damage them by freezing. The process is called cryolipolysis, which is simply freezing fat cells through the skin. Coolsculpting was FDA-approved in 2010 for targeted fat loss – it is considered safe and effective for contouring the body and removing resistant fat deposits. The sessions usually last less than an hour – there is little discomfort and minimal downtime required for this non-surgical fat loss procedure.
Coolsculpting uses a device to target fat in a specific area to remove the cells storing fat. The cells are “frozen” through the skin, which damages the cells. Approximately 25% of the fat cells in the area treated can be damaged and destroyed during a Coolsculpting treatment. The damaged cells are eliminated from the body through the liver over the following weeks after the treatment. As the cells are removed, the area shrinks and there is less fat left behind. But, is Coolsculpting permanent, and will the results last?
Permanent Removal of Fat Cells
Many cells in the body are rejuvenated or replaced – the skin is constantly making new cells. However, fat cells do not reproduce. When a fat cell is removed by liposuction, surgery or destroyed by Coolsculpting, the cell is gone for good. The body will not make a new fat cell to replace one that is lost. This means that when Coolsculpting is performed, the fat cells lost are permanently gone. However, this does not mean the body cannot gain weight or store fat in other areas.
For those wondering “Is Coolsculpting permanent?” the answer is yes. The fat cells that are lost will not come back. However, that does not mean that you cannot gain weight or store fat in other existing cells. If you are not burning as many calories as you are consuming, you may have that energy stored as fat on the body – the difference is that after Coolsculpting, you will not store fat in those cells that are gone. To maintain your Coolsculpting results permanently, you do need to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to avoid gaining weight or fat.
Long-Term Body Reshaping
Coolsculpting offers a long-term solution for changing the shape of your body and where your body stores fat. If you have a double chin and no longer want fat accumulated under your chin, Coolsculpting can remove many of those fat cells to shrink the fatty tissue. The same is true for other problem areas that are difficult to shrink by diet and exercise alone. If you are height-weight proportionate, but have bulges on your thighs, abdomen, back, arms or hips, Coolsculpting can shrink the targeted area by permanently removing many of the fat cells.
It is important to remember that Coolsculpting is not the same as weight loss. When you lose weight, your fat cells shrink as fat is burned, but the cells are still there and can be filled with fat again if you gain weight. With Coolsculpting, the cell is damaged beyond repair and the body eliminates the cell, absorbs or burns the fat that was stored in the cell. You may still weigh the same amount; most people do not lose weight with Coolsculpting, but the treated areas will shrink in size over the months following the procedure.
How to Maintain Coolsculpting Results
Coolsculpting is a permanent procedure, but to maintain the desired body shape, you need to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. You can still gain weight if you eat too much or do not get enough exercise; you just will not gain it in the fat cells that were removed. Ideally, patients who undergo Coolsculpting continue to maintain the same weight, yet have the benefits of a new body shape without the unwanted bulges of fat. Most people have long-term, excellent results from Coolsculpting, whether they have one area treated or receive multiple treatments for reshaping their body.
Is Coolsculpting permanent and worth the investment? For many people, the answer is yes to both these questions. If you have areas of fat that are difficult to shrink through weight loss efforts, Coolsculpting can permanently remove those unwanted fat cells. You can feel more confident in your appearance and enjoy a new body shape or enhanced appearance. To learn more about Coolsculpting and find out if it is right for you, contact a physician who offers this non-invasive, permanent fat loss procedure.