At Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, OH, we understand how frustrating it is to wake up one day and realize that your clothes don’t fit quite as well as they used to. We’re sensitive to the fact that this is even more frustrating when you think you have a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you’re struggling to sculpt your ideal contours, you may be a good fit for CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting, otherwise known as cryolipolysis, is a highly effective way to sculpt your ideal contours. However, you may not be able to see your desired results after just one treatment session. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this body contouring treatment, including how many sessions you may need to improve your appearance and how long the results last. Read on to learn more.
How Many CoolSculpting Sessions Do You Need?
Up to six CoolSculpting sessions per area of concern may be necessary for you to achieve your desired results. However, the number of sessions you will need depends on several factors, including how much fat you’d like to remove from each area of concern. If you are already happy with your weight, there’s a chance you’ll only need one or two sessions per area of concern to achieve results you can be happy with.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
You should not anticipate each cryolipolysis session to take longer than an hour to complete. If you’re only treating one area of concern, like your lower abdomen, in a session, your session may take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. On the other hand, if you’re targeting several areas, like your flanks, chest, and lower back, your session may take closer to an hour to complete.
The amount of excess fat in each area of concern will also affect how long your treatment sessions will take. The more excess subcutaneous fat you have in an area of concern, the longer you can expect each treatment session to take. Similarly, you can expect your treatment sessions to take longer if you are treating larger areas, like your thighs, buttocks, or upper back rather than smaller areas, like the backs of your knees, underarms, or submental region.
How Soon Will I See My Desired Results?
Some people who get this treatment report that they feel slimmer as soon as their session is complete. However, you shouldn’t expect to see a change in your appearance on the same day as your appointment. It should not surprise you if it takes up to three months before you see a difference in your appearance. If you’re like most people, you’ll be one of the last people to see a change in your body.
If you take before-and-after photos and compare them side-by-side, you may be able to see that your treated contours have slimmed down significantly after just six to eight weeks. How long it will take for your final results to become apparent depends on several factors, including the number of sessions you’ll need. If six sessions are necessary, it may take you around a year to achieve satisfactory results. Sessions are usually spaced two months apart.
How Long Will My Results Last?
This body sculpting treatment is considered permanent because the fat cells destroyed during treatment are flushed from your body permanently. They will never be replaced. However, you may notice your contours changing over time if you don’t keep an eye on your diet. This treatment only results in the removal of roughly 26% of localized fat cells. Even if you get six fat removal sessions in a problem area, some fat cells will remain.
Therefore, not eating at a caloric surplus is the only way you can ensure the treated areas do not grow larger after your course of treatments is complete. Unfortunately, the older you get, the harder it is to maintain your weight. Here are some tips that may help you maintain your weight.
Have Your Hormone Levels Tested
If you notice that your weight is creeping up, a hormone imbalance may be working against you. Your body produces dozens of hormones, and many of them often become imbalanced with age. For instance, men commonly suffer from low testosterone in their mid-40s because they start to produce testosterone at an increasingly reduced rate starting around the age of 31. Testosterone is responsible for several functions, including:
- Muscle mass maintenance
- Energy levels
- Mental clarity
- Mood regulation
Similarly, it is common for women to experience low levels of estrogen or progesterone, especially once they’ve reached their mid-30s or mid-40s. These so-called female sex hormones are important for a number of functions, including mood regulation, mental clarity, and motivation. It is highly advisable that you have your hormone levels tested if you struggle to maintain your weight because if they are imbalanced, restoring balance can make weight loss easier.
Do you feel fatigued regardless of how much you sleep? Do you feel like your appetite is insatiable? If so, dehydration may be the cause of your problems. The human body is made up of 50 to 70% water. When there is not enough water in the body, all of the body’s systems suffer. For instance, if you are not adequately hydrated, your metabolism will slow. If you don’t reduce your calorie intake to account for the reduced metabolism, fat gain is inevitable.
Dehydration can also make it harder for you to maintain your weight because it can cause fatigue. The more tired and lethargic you feel, the more likely it is that you will not burn a significant number of calories through physical activity. Furthermore, people often mistake their thirst cues for hunger cues. This may result in the consumption of more calories than are necessary to maintain body mass.
Health experts recommend that people who are not trying to lose weight should get 1.25 to 2.5 hours of aerobic exercise per week. Five 15-minute vigorous aerobic exercise sessions are all that is necessary, but you will need to get five 30-minute moderate aerobic exercise sessions. Similarly, it is advisable to get five 30-minute vigorous aerobic sessions or 60-minute moderate aerobic workout sessions weekly if you want to lose weight.
The best aerobic exercise to get for weight loss or maintenance is the exercise that you will do consistently. For instance, it’s just as beneficial to walk on your lunch break or while talking with your parents on the phone as it is to swim, spin, or row indoors. Anaerobic exercise can also help you lose or maintain weight, and it is highly advisable to get two to five anaerobic workout sessions weekly.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
If your body mass index is normal or overweight, you can generally expect to qualify for this treatment. However, you need to come in for an initial consultation to find out for sure. A consultation serves two primary purposes. First, we need to ensure that this body sculpting treatment will be effective for you. This is why you mustn’t have an underweight or obese BMI. Second, we need to ensure this treatment will be safe for you.
To verify that this treatment will be safe for you, we first need to discuss your health history and present health to ensure there are no medical contraindications. We also need to advise you on all of the preparation and recovery steps you’ll need to take before and after treatment. If you can’t follow all of these instructions, you may be considered a poor fit for this treatment.
Who Is a Poor Candidate for This Treatment?
You will be considered a poor cryolipolysis candidate if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. You also will be considered a poor candidate for treatment if you suffer from a medical condition that causes extreme cold sensitivity.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Anywhere from one to six CoolSculpting sessions per area of concern may be necessary for you to achieve your desired results. The fat removal results of this treatment are permanent, but imbalanced hormone levels may result in future fat gain and change your contours. Contact us now at Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, OH to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help with body sculpting and hormone health for women and men.