During an observation more than ten years ago, scientists at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital noticed kids become dimpled after eating popsicles. What happened was, the popsicles froze and then eliminated small pockets of fat in their cheeks. This explanation is basically how the procedure of CoolSculpting® is done.
Once the scientists figured out the popsicle process, they realized they could target specific fat cells in our bodies for removal and not cause any damage to surrounding tissue and cells. They were creating selective Cryolipolysis, which led to the development of the body contouring procedure called CoolSculpting®. The process works great for both men and women and targets body areas that tend to collect pockets of fat, such as love handles.
The areas of skin which extend outward from your hips are called your love handles. When wearing tight clothing, love handles become more pronounced, but they are not caused by your dress alone. Love handles indicate an accumulation of excess fat around your abdominal and hip areas.
While their name may be cute, love handles are not attractive. The name ‘love handles’ is just a name for excess fat sitting on your waist which hangs over your pants. Some people also call this fatty area ‘muffin top,’ but no matter what you call it, losing it is a challenge.
During exercise routines, many people target this specific area by performing side crunches, or other abdominal moves that target the obliques and muscles that run down the side of the torso, but this is not a practical solution for getting rid of love handles. Lifestyle changes and healthier eating habits work best for getting rid of the love handles.
There are certain forms of cosmetic surgery used to reduce fat retention in specific areas. One type of surgery is liposuction, and another option is CoolSculpting®. With liposuction, a surgeon injects a solution into a targeted area of the body, such as your hips, belly, or thighs to liquefy fat cells. The liquefied fat cells are then extracted using a vacuum-like aspirator. The results of a liposuction surgery take several days to notice. This surgery is one option to getting rid of unwanted love handles.
CoolSculpting® is a favorable option to get rid of unwanted love handles. CoolSculpting® technology treats love handles, abdomen, thighs, back of the bra, double chin, and more. It is an answer to getting rid of stubborn fat in nine specific body areas through a process of delivering controlled cooling to freeze fat cells, which will then die. Your body will then naturally eliminate the dead cells over time. The FDA has approved this treatment to nine specific body areas:
Beneath the chin (submental)
Under the buttocks
Under the jawline (submandibular)
Bra line area
The CoolSculpting® procedure will gently contour your body through a fat-freezing process that does not require anesthesia as you do not go under the knife to lose this fat.
CoolSculpting® is not a new treatment as it has been used since 2010 to help people get rid of unwanted bulges their stubborn fat cells have created. It is a non-invasive procedure and has been performed globally more the 650,000, but updates on the technology have not been updated regularly. These are a few facts about the treatment that have been established:
. When the skin is chilled to a specific temperature, the cells of stubborn fat begin to die. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), gives their seal of approval for this fat-reduction procedure which pulls in the epidermis surrounding an area of stubborn fat pockets, you seek to be gone. The freezing process is called Cryolipolysis, and it occurs when the temperature drops down far enough to kill off the cells containing stubborn fat. Once the cells have died, the body eliminates the cells through an entirely natural process.
. There have been incidents where the removal of fat cells was uneven. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not dependent on skill as the process involves a suctioning tool that looks a lot like the head of a vacuum tool and is attached to the skin to freeze it. With this process, a small chance exists that the removal will be uneven; although the chances of this happening are rare.
. For most people, one treatment is enough for those wishing to remove unsightly love handles. If additional areas are needed to be treated, you should talk with your physician to see if CoolSculpting® is the best option for you.
. It takes about an hour to remove each section of stubborn fat that you are treating with a CoolSculpting® treatment. If you need multiple areas treated, it can take longer, or you may need to schedule additional appointments.
. Some patients have reported experiencing cryolipolysis, which is an induced numbness that lasted for weeks after their treatment. When skin is frozen, it can affect the superficial nerve and cause numbness or loss of feeling in the area treated. This symptom is rare, and if it occurs, it lasts only a few hours.
. Some bruising can occur after the process has treated an area since it will be pulled, pinched, and tugged during the suctioning. You could be sore or feel a slight discomfort in the treatment areas for days or weeks once your procedure is complete. With CoolSculpting®; though, there is no downtime, and you can return to your routine right away.
. Results from CoolSculpting® can take several months for full results to show, although, within a few weeks, you should see a slight reduction of your love handles beginning. You should notice your love handles slowly shrinking, but not be entirely gone for weeks or months after the procedure. Within three months, your love handles should be completely gone.
. Results from CoolSculpting® can take weeks or months to show. You should notice your love handles slowly shrinking, but not be entirely gone for weeks or months after the procedure. By the second or third month, your love handles should be completely gone.
. To ensure your love handles stay away, you will have to adopt a healthy diet and follow an active lifestyle. Creating and maintaining an exercise routine is highly recommended.
As a candidate for this treatment, you should be within 25 to 30 pounds of your ideal weight. This procedure is not someone considered obese, and it is not a program for losing weight. Individuals who want to lose love handles or other bulging areas of fat on their body will find the results of CoolSculpting® work well for them if they:
. Are not pregnant or breastfeeding their child.
. Do not suffer from chronic pain conditions.
. Are not suffering from cryoglobulinemia, a disorder that causes high levels of proteins which will increase higher when exposed to cold.
. Suffer from inflammatory skin conditions such as hives.
. Do not have a long history of using blood thinners.
. Do not suffer from a condition known as Chilblains, which is an itching, painful swelling of the skin caused by poor circulation of the blood when the skin is inflicted with cold temperatures.
. Do not suffer from Raynaud’s disease, a phenomenon that occurs when smaller arteries supplying blood to the skin constricts in response to cold. This disease limits the blood supply to the treated area.
. Do not suffer from nerve conditions.
. Are not allergic to propylene glycol (the liquid alcohol used as a solvent in food, plastics, antifreeze, and perfume) or isopropyl alcohol (a compound which is colorless, flammable and contains strong odor and is similar to rubbing alcohol).
Having any of these conditions means you will want to find an alternate method of losing your love handles rather than the CoolSculpting® treatment. The procedure is right for you if you have reasonably good health, but have excess fat in specific areas that are unresponsive to exercise and diet.
There should be some noticeable fat bulges on your fat created from pockets of stubborn fat cells, which will be the target for CoolSculpting®. If what you are looking for is a noninvasive method to sculpt your body, then the CoolSculpting® treatment may be right for you.
Your physician will begin the treatment process by marking the areas that will be reduced and placing gel on the marked location. If you have your love handles reduced or eliminated, this is the area where the gel will be placed.
Most patients do not report any pain associated with the CoolSculpting® process other than a deep chill or coldness at the beginning until the area becomes numb. The numbness generally takes a few minutes. There will be some slight tugging from the suction of the applicator, but you will not need topical or general anesthetic for this procedure. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how relaxed they feel during a CoolSculpting® treatment.
The doctor will then proceed to clamp the area with the CoolSculpting® applicator, which is going to cool the targeted stubborn fat area. When the fat becomes exposed to cold temperatures which are above freezing temps but below your body temperature, the stubborn cells of fat will begin to die.
The treatment for CoolSculpting® is usually an hour long while it freezes the subcutaneous fat cells without damaging surrounding skin cells. The applicator is targeting the fat cells you want to be removed and will not hurt any other areas near the treatment site.
CoolSculpting® is a painless procedure during which you can sit back and relax as the treatment progresses. Patients often work on their laptops, read a book, even take a nap during the procedure.
When your treatment is completed, you may notice some redness or swelling in the treated area, but these symptoms generally disappear within a short time. There are certain situations where your physician may ask you to return for further treatments if the fat was too excessive in the area to treat in one session.
The CoolSculpting® procedure will crystallize your fat cells and kill them. Eventually, these dead cells will flush out of your body through a natural process. It may take weeks for the flushing to begin, with you noticing results in about three weeks. The best results will be noticeable after three months.
When you use the CoolSculpting® procedure to remove your love handles, it is offering you a permanent fat reduction solution. In the weeks after your treatment, the damaged fat cells will begin to die, and through a natural process will remove themselves from your body. The dead fat cells cannot regrow, and they can never be replaced with other fat cells. These cells cannot settle in another area of your body; they are gone forever.
The untreated areas in your body will remain in their pretreatment fat cell distribution. Over the following three months, you will notice a significant reduction in the fat cells as your love handles slowly begin to disappear. CoolSculpting® treatments are non-invasive, which means you will be able to return to your routine right after the procedure. There will be no need for medications to relieve pain or bed rest with this treatment.
The best chance for a permanent end to your love handles, though; is to follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly to ensure the handles stay away. If you do not follow a healthy diet and exercise routine, you risk the remaining fat cells in your waistline expanding and creating new love handles.
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