Nearly everyone has areas where their body holds on to a little extra fat that they would like to get rid of. If, in your case, it’s love handles, you may be wondering how to get rid of love handles with CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical device used to subtly reshape your body and boost your confidence. It’s an entirely non-invasive fat reduction treatment that targets the areas you want to address.
Your body proportions are highly individual. If you struggle with love handles, chances are you may be one of those people who see a little extra fat there even when you are within your healthy weight range.
Meanwhile, you may have a friend who has to gain several pant sizes before developing prominent love handles. CoolSculpting is an excellent option for people who want to adjust their body’s proportions.
If you’ve been battling with stubborn love handles despite reaching your ideal weight through diet and regular exercise, CoolSculpting may be for you.
Consider this piece as a starting point in your journey toward understanding cosmetic procedures, not a replacement for professional advice. It provides a snapshot of some essential techniques to kick-start your exploration. Be sure to engage in a conversation with a cosmetic professional as you work through these, making personal decisions.
How CoolSculpting Works
CoolSculpting stands as the sole FDA-cleared, non-invasive fat reduction procedure that employs the power of cooling to banish stubborn fat from problem areas such as the chin, abdomen, arms, legs, or even CoolSculpting for arms.
This method, known as “cryolipolysis,” involves the targeted application of cold to destroy specific fat cells. You see, fat cells are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures, allowing them to freeze without causing harm to the skin or other tissues.
What to Expect During and After CoolSculpting
During the treatment, your provider positions a CoolSculpting applicator on your body to apply controlled cooling. The targeted fat cells are then “crystallized” and released by your body over the next few weeks.
While many people feel a cooling sensation and like the area is being pulled, most are able to read, scroll their phone, watch a film, or even nap during the procedure. Downtime is minimal. Following a 35 to 45-minute sculpting session, you can return to your routine.
After treatment, the common side effects are temporary redness, swelling, bruising, aching, tingling, tenderness, cramping, or skin sensitivity. More severe side effects are rare, but be sure to discuss them with your provider before your session since specific health conditions make them more likely to happen.
According to the CoolSculpting brand, the body will eliminate up to 20-25% fat reduction in the treated area after four to six months. While results may not appear as dramatic as results from surgical options, it’s pretty impressive for a non-invasive treatment that takes less than an hour. You can also ask your provider how to speed up CoolSculpting results.
It can restore confidence and satisfaction for people with stubborn, unwanted fat. Some people find they avoid swimsuits and snug-fitting clothing to hide their love handles (or other problem spots), and the modest fat loss from that area gives them the confidence to wear whatever they want.
Maintaining Your CoolSculpting Results
Maintaining the results from your CoolSculpting requires a commitment to maintaining your weight or losing additional weight if that is your goal. This lifestyle choice usually requires attention to your diet and consistent regular exercise.
Regular exercise may include both cardio and strength training. Some also find that mind-body practices like yoga provide strength training benefits, and the relaxation helps them avoid stress or comfort eating. The important thing is to find what works for you if you haven’t already. The best fitness routine is the one you will stick with consistently and hopefully enjoy. Some form of strength training helps maintain muscle tone and keep your metabolism active.
A diet rich in lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while low in processed foods and added sugars, also helps manage your weight and overall health.
The fat lost through CoolSculpting is gone forever. Since CoolSculpting eliminates fat cells in targeted areas, these cells won’t regenerate. However, the remaining fat cells can still expand if you gain weight.
Often, people find their proportions are different if they regain weight. For example, someone who previously saw weight gain first in their love handles might discover their weight gain more evenly distributed. However, fat distribution is highly individual.
Remember, CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution but a body contouring tool that can show you the benefits of body contouring. It works best when used as part of a broader health and wellness strategy.
CoolSculpting for Love Handles
Love handles, or flanks, are one of the nine CoolSculpting treatment areas. In other words, CoolSculpting is considered a safe and effective way to reduce the size of love handles for people who are good candidates. In addition, at The Skin Center by CPS we offer CoolSculpting for double chin.
CoolSculpting is generally safe, but it isn’t for everyone. It may not be safe for people with cold-related conditions, like cryoglobulinemia, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
It’s also best for people close to their goal weight since it isn’t a weight loss method. The fat loss is in specific targeted areas, so it is more for resculpting your proportions and cosmetically improving problem areas. This is one of those situations where you really want to consult with an experienced provider. One with vast experience helping someone slightly over their ideal weight decide whether they are likely to achieve the results they want with CoolSculpting. During your consultation, be sure to discuss your aesthetic goals, lifestyle, and overall health with your provider. In addition, make sure to ask the difference between CoolSculpting vs CoolSculpting Elite.
While the fat cells are permanently destroyed through CoolSculpting, it is still possible to gain fat through weight gain. To maintain your results, you need to maintain a stable weight. You may repeat treatment to get the desired results, but you would want to wait long enough to see your results unfold since the fat loss is gradual after a CoolSculpting session.
Schedule Your Consultation
The Skin Center by CPS serves Charlotte, NC, and surrounding communities. We are part of the Charlotte Plastic Surgery family and share their commitment to excellence. If you want to learn more about how CoolSculpting can help resculpt your love handles, contact The Skin Center by CPS to schedule a session.
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