It’s likely you’ve heard about CoolSculpting at our Manhattan Beach-area practice in Torrance. The nonsurgical body contouring approach has become a favorite of men and women who are looking to slim stubborn fat pockets without surgery. But as popular as the treatment is, many people still have questions about how it works, who it’s right for, and why it’s worth trying.
In this blog post, we’re answering a few of your most commonly asked CoolSculpting questions.
Q: How does CoolSculpting work?
A: CoolSculpting works using cryolipolysis, the process of safely destroying fat cells through controlled cooling. Since fat freezes at a higher temperature than other tissues, these cells can be frozen without causing any harm to the surrounding areas or to the skin’s surface. Once frozen, they die and are naturally metabolized by the body, causing a fat reduction in the treated area.
Q: How long do treatments take?
A: Treatment times vary slightly based on the targeted area, but sessions usually last around an hour. You’re free to read, work on your laptop, or even nap during this time. Our practice features a “CoolSculpting Getaway” where you can relax and watch Netflix on one of our flatscreen TVs. Learn more about what happens during the treatment in this blog post.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Many people are happy with their results after just 1 treatment, but others opt for 2 or 3 to get the best outcome. The device treats only 1 area at a time, so you may need multiple sessions if you’re looking to address multiple areas.
Q: What does it feel like?
A: You may feel suction as the device pulls the targeted area into the applicator. You’ll also feel a cooling sensation initially, though the area will eventually go numb. Patients typically report little, if any, discomfort during an appointment.
Q: How long is the recovery process?
A: When the treatment ends, you may experience some redness and tingling in the area as it warms back up. Some say this feels like a “thawing” sensation. You may also feel sore or swollen in the treated areas, but this likely won’t be severe enough to restrict you from your daily activities. You’ll be able to return to your usual routine right away.
Q: When will I see my results?
A: Results develop gradually as the destroyed fat cells are naturally expelled from the body. You’ll likely see the targeted area shrink over time, with optimal results becoming visible about 1 or 2 months after the final treatment. To see examples of the results you can expect, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about CoolSculpting in the Manhattan Beach area, please contact us online or call our Torrance practice at (310) 784-0644 to request a consultation.