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By: Ronda Oosting

Now that we survived the snowpacolypse, we can let our minds wander to the fact that Spring Break is just around the corner. And yes, even summer will eventually grace us with its presence again here in Michigan. When you daydream about sitting poolside or strolling down the beach, do you cringe a bit as you wonder if that swimsuit will still fit the way you would like? Perhaps you have worked hard over the winter to stay active and toned, yet there are just a few stubborn pudgy spots you can’t seem to get rid of. Or maybe you have been on a journey of substantial weight loss, and you need an extra boost to address those last little areas that won’t seem to disappear. If you are nodding your head in agreement at this point, CoolScultping may be the answer you are looking for to get yourself beach body ready.

Is CoolSculpting Right for You?

CoolSculpting is best suited for men and women who are within 10 to 15 pounds of their ideal weight. It should not be viewed as an overall weight loss solution, rather an effective way to get rid of those last stubborn problem areas. With multiple applicator options, we are able to treat a wide range of areas on the body. The larger applicator is used to treat the tummy, sides or “muffin top,” and that annoying back fat. The smaller applicator enables our aestheticians to target areas such as the bra line, upper arms, chin and knees. Since CoolSculpting is both non-surgical and non-invasive, it’s ideal if you can’t take time off to recover from a more involved body contouring option. The procedure is comfortable and does not require any anesthesia or pain medication, so you can immediately return to your normal routine. You can even hit the gym that night for your regular workout if you please. If CoolSculpting sounds like a good fit for you, one of our technicians here at Centre for Plastic Surgery would love to meet with you for an initial consultation.

How Long Does CoolSculpting Last?

The number of fat cells in your body typically becomes a fixed number sometime during the teenage years. Losing or gaining weight does not change the number of fat cells, but it does change the size of the cells. When you lose weight, fat cells get smaller but the number of cells stays the same. The CoolSculpting procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin, reducing the number of cells by 20-25%. The fat cells that are frozen during the CoolSculpting procedure slowly die off and permanently leave through a natural metabolic process, resulting in that beach body you have been hoping for. Many people are so happy with their results, they are motivated to take even better care of themselves. However, if you gain weight after your CoolSculpting sessions, the remaining fat cells in your body may enlarge over time, negatively affecting your results and possibly requiring additional CoolSculpting sessions. But as long as there are no substantial weight changes, you should be able to enjoy your new and approved beach body for years to come.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

Here at the Centre for Plastic Surgery, our providers will help you create an individual treatment plan tailored to your specific goals, including the number of CoolSculpting sessions you need. During your treatment, a gel pad and applicator are applied to your area of concern. The applicator works as a vacuum, drawing the fatty tissue up into the applicator and delivering controlled cooling to the targeted area. You may feel some pulling and mild pinching along with intense cold. This sensation typically subsides within 10 minutes, as the area gradually becomes numb. Many people read, check e-mail or work on their laptop during the session.You can expect to be slightly swollen or feel a bit bloated after your treatment session, but that will subside over the course of a week or two. You may see positive results as early as three weeks after your first session, but typically the most noticeable results are visible one to three months after your treatment. Because the excess fat cells are actually eliminated from your body, they are gone for good and your results should be long-term.

Why Choose the Centre for Plastic Surgery for your CoolSculpting Treatment?

When you come to the Centre for Plastic Surgery, you will experience “the difference” the moment you walk through our doors. We strive to not only provide our patients with fantastic results, but over the top patient care. Our welcoming team of technicians have gone through rigorous training with the creators of CoolSculpting both on and offsite to assure you that we are able to bring you the best possible results. You will enjoy our warm staff and relaxing atmosphere, but you may also be excited to hear we are offering some pretty amazing specials during the month of February! We would love to have you join us for a live CoolSculpting demo during our Pop-Up Shop Event on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. If you are unable to make it to the event, please give us a call at (616) 454-1256 to schedule a CoolSculpting consultation with one of our experienced technicians.