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Cryolipolysis: The Best Option for Nonsurgical Fat Reduction5 min read

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Fat: it’s a word that can conjure up all sorts of emotions. For some, it’s a source of shame and embarrassment. So, they do everything they can to avoid being seen in public, wearing clothes that hide their figure. For others, fat is simply a fact of life. It’s something they’ve come to accept, and, for the most part, don’t worry too much about it.

Fat reduction surgical procedures, such as liposuction, are often seen as the best option. But what if there was a way to reduce fat without surgery? What if there was a nonsurgical option that could help you achieve the aesthetic you’ve always wanted? Well, there is. It’s called cryolipolysis, and it’s one of the best options out there for nonsurgical fat reduction! CoolSculpting is the leading cryolipolysis treatment available at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center.

In this article, we’re going to look at what cryolipolysis is, how it works, and its benefits. We’ll also offer a few tips on how to prepare and what to expect from your CoolSculpting treatment!

What Is Cryolipolysis?

Cryolipolysis is a noninvasive procedure that uses cold temperatures to reduce fat. The treatment is based on the theory that fat cells are more sensitive to cold than other cells in the body. Therefore, the fat cells are destroyed and naturally eliminated from the body when exposed to cold. This process is called cryolipolysis or “fat freezing.”

Cryolipolysis has come a long way since the 1970s, when it was discovered. Several different cryolipolysis treatments are available today, including CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting: The Leading Cryolipolysis Treatment

CoolSculpting is the most popular brand specializing in cryolipolysis treatments. It was developed by Zeltiq Aesthetics, a subsidiary of Allergan. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure that uses a patented device to apply cold temperatures to the skin. The cryolipolysis process causes the fat cells to die and be eliminated from the body.

Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center is one of the few clinics in Northern Virginia to offer CoolSculpting Our board-certified and award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang is a certified CoolSculpting provider and has been performing the treatment for many years now.

How Does Cryolipolysis Work?

Cryolipolysis works by cooling the fat cells in the treatment area. When the fat cells are cooled, they crystallize and die. The body then naturally eliminates these dead cells over time.

Rather than targeting all of the fat cells in a given area, cryolipolysis destroys only the subcutaneous fat cells. These are the cells that sit just below the skin and are responsible for the appearance of physical fat. The process begins with the placement of an applicator in the treatment area. The applicator contains a cooling pad at a temperature between 30.2 and 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is maintained for about an hour, after which the applicator is removed.

Through this process, cryolipolysis can reduce the fat in a specific area by up to 25%. The results are gradual and typically take about three months to be seen.

What Are the Benefits of Cryolipolysis?

With cryolipolysis, you can achieve a slimmer figure without surgery. The treatment is noninvasive, which means there is no downtime, and you can resume your normal activities immediately afterward. You will also see gradual results, so you won’t have to wait too long to notice the much-awaited improvements!

One of the benefits of cryolipolysis is that providers can use it in a wide variety of body areas. The most common treatment areas are the abdomen, flanks (love handles), and thighs. However, cryolipolysis can also be used on the chin, neck, upper arms, and chest.

Cryolipolysis is a safe, FDA-approved treatment with a high success rate. A recent clinical study shows that improvements were seen in 86% of treated patients, proving it to be effective.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Cryolipolysis?

Cryolipolysis is not appropriate for everyone. Some contraindications include pregnancy, breastfeeding, active infection, use of blood thinners, and recent surgery. Your provider will assess the patient’s body composition and medical history to know if cryolipolysis is an appropriate treatment for you.

If you are considering cryolipolysis, it’s essential to have a realistic expectation of what the treatment can achieve. Cryolipolysis can only help reduce fatty tissues and restore a more youthful body contour; patients must seek alternative options for actual weight loss.

How to Prepare for Cryolipolysis

Before your treatment, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chang. This consultation is an opportunity for him to assess your medical history and answer any questions you may have.

There is no special preparation required for cryolipolysis. However, it would help if you avoid sun exposure before your treatment. You should also avoid using any topical products, such as lotions or oils, in the treatment area.

On the day of your procedure, you should avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these substances can increase the risk of bruising and swelling.

What to Expect after Cryolipolysis

Most people notice mild side effects after cryolipolysis, such as temporary redness, swelling, or bruising in the treatment area. These symptoms typically resolve within a few days. You may also experience a tingling sensation in the treatment area, which is normal and should subside within a few minutes.

You can resume your normal activities immediately after cryolipolysis. However, you should avoid strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after treatment. It would help if you also avoided sun exposure for the first week after treatment. Be sure to share any questions or concerns with Dr. Chang before and after your cryolipolysis treatment.

Get Your Cryolipolysis Treatment at Aesthetica!

If you are looking for a nonsurgical way to reduce fat and contour your body, cryolipolysis is the perfect choice for you! Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center offers CoolSculpting, the world’s leading cryolipolysis treatment.

Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation and learn more about the cryolipolysis treatment! We also invite you to visit our blog for additional information on cryolipolysis and other cosmetic treatments.

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