Cool Sculpting and Popsicles?
Did you know that Cool Sculpting was developed by Harvard Physicians right here in Boston? It started as an observation that when children were ill and sucked on popsicles for long periods of time, they had decreased fat (dimpling) in their face. It was that notation observation that demonstrated there was something about the cold and fat that were connected and thus Cool Sculpt was created. This blog addresses the most common questions about this device.
Does Cool Sculpting Work?
Yes, if you are a good candidate. This is not a weight loss tool and the best candidates are fit and have stubborn areas of fat they cant exercise off. It does not treat visceral fat (under the muscle and around organs), which can only be eliminated with diet and exercise. It treats subcutaneous fat, pinchable fat in the abdomen, arms, legs, bra, flanks, thighs, chin and more. Cool Sculpting uses FDA cleared cooling to kill fat cells permanently. The fat does not come back, but if you gain weight, then the fat cells will enlarge.
How expensive is it?
It depends. Every treatment is customized. If you have a tiny stubborn area, then it can be as little as $1500… but that is the exception. Most people looking for results need multiple cycles to get a treatment to transformation result. It averages 6-8 cycles, but can be more or less. Many people retreat an area after 3 months. If you are comparing this technology to surgical intervention and lipo, it may be a bit less… but the key is that this is Non-invasive and no down time, not necessarily ‘cheaper’.
Do I need more than one treatment?
You may need a few treatments for the same area if you are looking for a surgical result and have a larger area to treat. If you just have a small area, then one treatment may suffice.
Does it hurt?
Ok, here is the truth… yes and no. Cool Sculpting used to hurt for the first 7-8 minutes with the older handpiece and amount of suction. However, with the Advanced handpiece, the device is colder and the suction is less intense. So, it is so much more comfortable (I know first hand). The first 5 minutes can be a little uncomfortable, but then the area feels numb and you can catch up with your latest Netflix shows.
What does a a cycle consist of?
When we talk ‘cycles’ we are talking about a small area. For example, an abdomen can be treated in 2-4 cycles, in as little as a few hours.
What makes is different than other devices out there?
Lasers and Radio Frequency use heat to try and destroy fat. Cool Sculpting uses targeting cooling which causes fat cell death without injuring surrounding tissue.
How long does it take to notice the results?
Usually within a month, you will notice improvement. However, it can take up to 3 months. The fat cells die after the treatment and your lymphatic system flushes them out through your excretion.
What makes your team unique?
Well, a few things make us stand out. First and foremost, we are Advanced Practice Nurses and RNs who primarily perform the treatments. Our Nurses have advanced training and have attended Cool Sculpt University (yes there is such a thing). We have two machines and can Dual Sculpt areas (2 cycles together) making your treatments faster. We also have the newest Cool Advantage handpiece, with increased comfort and cooling.
Want to learn more? Come to our Cool Sculpting party March 29th from 4-7pm!