Body image and body positivity are such huge topics of discussion nowadays, but things can sometimes get out of hand and a bit confusing. Our bodies change as we age, and maintaining our body is not as easy as it once was. Your clothes may fit differently or it may take a little bit longer to lose some pounds or inches than you would like. Can you love your body but still want to get a little bit of work done to tweak a few things here and there? Yes, you can. With CoolSculpting® Elite, you can use it as a method to reduce those hard-to-reach areas of fat on your body while still staying true to your natural body contour.
CoolSculpting® has one of those neat origin stories that seems almost too good to be true. Two Massachusetts General Hospital physicians, Dr. Dieter Manstein and Dr. R. Rox Anderson, noticed that children who ate popsicles were beginning to develop dimples in their cheeks. They put their brains together to see if this process, colloquially known as popsicle panniculitis, could work on other parts of the body for fat loss and body contouring treatments. And from this, CoolSculpting® was born!
How Does CoolSculpting® Elite Work?
CoolSculpting® Elite is an FDA-approved fat reduction treatment that is a safe, effective, and non-invasive way to reduce fat in the body. This treatment is quick, as it typically only takes about one hour to complete. CoolSculpting® Elite works by using a process called cryolipolysis, where the fat cells are frozen and eliminated. The device pulls the predetermined treatment area between the cooling panels and cools the fat cells to just above freezing, which causes crystals to form on the fat cells without actually freezing or damaging any surrounding skin, nerves, or vessels. The fat cells are destroyed immediately, and they are naturally eliminated from your body over the next few months.
Candidates for CoolSculpting® Elite
CoolSculpting® Elite can target fat in the following areas:
- Hips and flanks
- Back and bra line
- Banana roll
- Submental area (double chin)
It is recommended that you schedule a consultation with Sanctuary Medical Center so that we can examine your body and evaluate whether or not you are a true candidate for this treatment. CoolSculpting® Elite is not a weight-loss procedure, so candidates must have maintained a stable weight for several months before undergoing this body sculpting treatment.
Does CoolSculpting® Elite Hurt?
The CoolSculpting® Elite treatment does not hurt, so patients should not feel any pain. However, there may be feelings of discomfort due to the cold panels and the pulling of the skin between the panels during treatment. Patients may feel numb in the treatment area for a few days, but there should not be any other side effects to the treatment. Regular activities may be resumed right away.
When Will I See My Results?
Results of your CoolSculpting® Elite treatment will start to become noticeable after about two to four months. The body needs time to naturally eliminate those dead fat cells, so while it’s actively working from day one, you won’t be able to see a difference until a few months later. Depending on the treatment area, your clothes will start fitting better, your abdomen will begin to flatten, and you will feel more confident in your own skin.
Maintaining My CoolSculpting® Elite Results
These six simple hacks can help you maintain your results and stay on target to crush your body goals.
1. Make Movement Part of Your Day
All of your exercise doesn’t have to be in a gym. There are lots of ways you can incorporate movement into your daily routine, helping you maintain or meet your goals faster and more effortlessly. A few ways to move more throughout the day could include:
- Going for a walk on your lunch break instead of parking it at a coffee shop
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
- Doing jumping jacks during commercials in between your favorite shows
2. Work Workouts into Your Calendar
Treat your workout like you would a work meeting or client phone call: stick in on your calendar and protect that time! But make sure it’s realistic. For example, don’t put “run” on your calendar at 5:30am if you don’t normally get up until 6:00. Find a time that will realistically work for you so your workouts don’t immediately feel like a chore. Besides, getting enough sleep is important for fitness and overall health, too!
3. Keep Track of Progression to Avoid Plateaus
Your workouts don’t have to be two hours long to get results. Rather than focusing on how much time you’re spending at the gym or on the treadmill, keep a log of the progress you are making during that time, however long it may be. Can you run 30 seconds longer each day? Can you lift five pounds more this week than last week? Jot down these small wins so you can easily measure your results in something more than just minutes in the gym.
4. Make “Meal Prep Mondays” a Thing…
Or Saturday or Sunday—whatever works for you! The point is that planning out your meals for the week and having everything you need to make them will help you avoid ravenously raiding the fridge as soon as you get home. Knowing you have a pre-planned dinner at home will also help you to avoid spontaneously stopping for fast food on the way home.
Another tip is to whip up a crock pot meal or two during the week so you have leftovers for lunch or dinner the following day.
5. …But Don’t Wait Until Monday to Start Working Out
The truth is, there’s nothing magical about Mondays or the start of the new year, for that matter, that will help you reach your body goals. It doesn’t need to be a Monday or January 1st to start forming a new habit. In fact, the longer you put off starting a new diet or workout, the harder it will be to get the momentum needed to maintain those healthy habits.
If you binge-ate one too many leftover Christmas cookies on the first of the year, don’t sweat it. Take a brisk walk later that day, or kick off the next morning with a workout. There’s no time like the present to start eating healthier and getting more exercise!
6. Set Short- and Long-Term Goals
Having smaller short-term goals is a great way to break up longer-term goals into manageable chunks that don’t seem so overwhelming. But it’s also good to have an idea of your long-term goals so you know what you’re ultimately striving for. Bigger long-term goals could be reaching an ideal target weight, lowering your cholesterol or blood sugar, or prepping for a body-toning solution like EMSCULPT NEO®. Whatever it is, write it down, and then figure out what series of short-term goals will help you get there.
So, whether you are comfortable with your body and need help in one area or nine, CoolSculpting® Elite can help get you to the aesthetic you desire. Love your body the way you want it to be and let your confidence shine. Schedule a consultation to discuss your goals with Sanctuary Medical Center.
For more information about CoolSculpting® Elite at Sanctuary Medical Center, please call our office at 561-234-4026 or fill out our online contact form.