With CoolSculpting at Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, OH, you can remove stubborn pockets of excess fat from your body. However, it is not a weight-loss treatment. Depending on where you are in your weight loss journey, you may need to lose weight before your treatment. Today, we discuss what you can expect from the results of a treatment session.
How Much Fat You Can Lose With CoolSculpting
You can expect to lose between 20 and 80% of the fat cells in your targeted treatment area with CoolSculpting. The most significant factor that affects how much fat you can lose is the size of the treatment area. If you are having fat removed from a small area, like your neck, underarms, or knees, you can expect to lose around 80% of the localized fat cells.
However, if you are having fat removed from a larger area, such as your back, you can expect the treatment to destroy roughly a fifth of the fat cells in the targeted area. Another important factor that affects the quality of your results is the volume of fat in a given area. If you have a lot of excess fat, you can expect to see a reduction of roughly 26%.
How Many Sessions You Will Need
To determine how many sessions you will need to get the look you want, come in for an initial consultation. We will review your aesthetic goals and assess your body fat distribution. This allows us to assess accurately how many sessions you will need.
You will probably need a fat removal session per targeted area for every 10 pounds you are from your goal weight. For example, if you want to remove fat from your inner thighs and upper arms and are 20 pounds from your goal weight, you will probably need two sessions for each trouble region.
How Soon You Will See the Results of Treatment
You will see the final results of your session approximately six weeks after your treatment. However, the exact length of time it will take you to see the final results depends on the efficiency of your lymphatic system. Unlike liposuction, which excises or sucks out excess fat cells through incisions, cryolipolysis is completely non-invasive.
Since the fat cells are not physically removed at the time of your treatment, you have to wait for your lymphatic system to sweep them up and flush them out of your body. If you’re trying to get your body ready for a big event coming up in about a month, you may need to take a few steps to kickstart your lymphatic system.
How to See the Results of Your Treatment Sooner
There are several things you can do to see the results of your treatment sooner. First, you should massage the treatment area for five minutes at a time, five times daily, starting as soon as your session is over. Do this for five days. If you can’t reach the treated area, ask your partner to massage it for you.
To ensure your lymphatic system is operating at its optimum level, limit your consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. The lactic acid in dairy stresses out your lymphatic system and makes it slower. Processed foods that are high in added sugar and trans fats also slow your lymphatic system. Limit these foods as much as you can.
How Much Fat You Should Lose Before Cryolipolysis
If you are within 30 pounds of your ideal weight, it is not necessary for you to lose weight before your cryolipolysis session. However, people who are closer to their goal weight tend to be more satisfied with the results of a single session. This is because fat loss becomes more dramatic as you get closer to your ideal weight.
If you are over 30 pounds from your ideal weight, lose at least enough weight to get within that range. If you have too much fat, the results will not be as noticeable. For the best results with just one session, we recommend losing weight until you are within 10 pounds of your goal weight.
How to Lose Weight Before Treatment
Many people are tempted to go on a drastic diet before treatment so they can lose as much weight as possible quickly. However, it is important that you lose weight slowly, steadily, and sustainably. Historically, the most sustainable way to lose weight is to first find your daily caloric requirements for weight maintenance.
Once you know how many calories you need to maintain your current weight, cut 250 calories from your diet and burn an additional 250 calories through your daily activities. Depending on your diet, current activity level, and goals, you may be able to cut 750 calories per day from your diet, burn an extra 250 calories daily, and lose two pounds weekly.
How to Keep Weight Off After Treatment
Remember, cryolipolysis is a fat removal treatment rather than a weight loss treatment. The physical structure of your gastrointestinal system is not being changed to “prevent” you from gaining weight in the future. Rather, excess white fat cells in targeted areas are being frozen to death and flushed out of the body.
If you’re already at your goal weight, it is absolutely crucial that you maintain your weight after treatment. Any weight gain should come from building muscle mass, so it is possible to eat more without gaining fat. If you exceed your daily caloric needs after treatment, the remaining fat cells in your body will expand and negate the effects of treatment.
How to Lose Weight After Treatment
It’s important to not lose weight too aggressively after your cryolipolysis treatment. You may be extremely motivated to burn more fat after you see the improvement to your contours. However, you must remember that weight loss should be sustainable.
Slow and steady weight loss comes from a healthy diet and exercise habits. Once these healthy habits become an enjoyable part of your daily routine, maintaining your ideal weight and level of body fat will be effortless.
What to Do if You’re Gaining Weight
If you’re seeking cryolipolysis because you’ve started gaining weight suddenly, the chances are good that your weight gain is caused by imbalanced hormone levels. Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, you may not be able to lose weight on your own. You may need testosterone pellets or other bioequivalent hormone replacement solutions.
After age 30, your body starts to produce sex hormones, like testosterone, at a much slower rate. Unfortunately, this rate of production only drops as you age. By the time you reach 50, you will start to notice the most common signs of aging, such as a beer belly, loss of muscle tone, and fatigue.
The Effects of Hormonal Imbalances on Weight
Imbalanced hormone levels can affect your weight in several ways. The most notable example is low testosterone serum levels result in a sharp decline in fat metabolism and protein metabolism rates. A decrease in protein metabolism means that your muscles cannot derive the amino acids they need from the protein you eat.
When your muscles can’t get all the nutrients they need from your diet, they starve. Starving muscles shrink and are less metabolically active. However, muscles that are operating at their optimal efficiency are crucial for weight loss. Your body burns more calories at rest when it has more metabolically active muscle mass. Fat metabolism refers to your body’s ability to process fat.
How to Identify and Correct Hormonal Imbalances
To identify the appropriate treatment method for correcting your hormonal imbalances, you must come in for a diagnostic test. We will administer a serum hormone level test to identify the levels of hormones in your blood. Once we have these numbers, we can accurately diagnose you and advise you regarding the best course of treatment for you.
If you’re at least 35, you may already be experiencing the effects of low estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone. Side effects of low progesterone include clotting during menstruation, extreme ovarian pain, and hot flashes. Signs of low testosterone and estrogen include low libido, painful sex, vaginal dryness, and weight gain.
The Appropriate Supplementation Method for You
The appropriate hormone supplementation method for you will be determined during your initial consultation. If your symptoms are purely vaginal, you may prefer a vaginal cream or ointment. Or, you may prefer a nasal spray, oral tablet, or injection. However, most of our clients prefer implanted pellets.
There are several advantages to implanted pellets over alternative supplementation methods. While we offer several methods that can include one hormone or a combination of hormones, pellets are by far our most customizable option. They can be fast-acting, slow-release, or a combination of both. Furthermore, there is no delivery system more convenient.
The Importance of Bioequivalent Hormone Therapy
Bioequivalent hormone therapy, formerly known as bioidentical hormone therapy, is the only type of hormone replacement therapy you should seek. This type of hormone supplementation is free from the risks of traditional hormone therapy with synthetic hormones.
There are several reasons why bioequivalent hormone therapy is important when you’re trying to lose weight and improve your quality of life. The specific benefits you derive from treatment will depend on your unique biochemistry. However, you can expect to experience relief from all symptoms of low testosterone, andropause, or menopause.
Good Candidates for CoolSculpting
To be a good candidate for CoolSculpting, you should be an adult who wants to improve the contours and proportions of his or her body by removing stubborn pockets of excess fat. You should be fairly healthy and have realistic expectations about the treatment and its results. You should also be confident in your ability to not gain fat in the future.
If you gain over 10 pounds of fat, your skin may sag after you lose the weight again. This may diminish your satisfaction with the results. To mitigate the risk of being dissatisfied with your treatment results, we recommend you hold off on this treatment until you’re confident you can keep from gaining weight in the future.
Learn More About Fat Loss Today
Depending on your body fat percentage and body fat distribution, CoolSculpting may go a long way in helping you achieve the look you want. The average treatment session removes roughly 26% of fat cells in the targeted area. However, if you have put on excess fat due to imbalanced hormone levels, you may need a little extra help.
At Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, OH, our experts help with hormone health for women and men. To learn more about CoolSculpting, or hormone health and supplementation, please contact us today at Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, OH to schedule your initial consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you.