Do you have pockets of “stubborn” fat? Are you finding that even with proper diet and exercise, these pockets stay firmly in place, refusing to burn off? If you are like many people struggling with stubborn fat, you know these trouble spots can be a source of endless frustration. Fortunately, modern medical science has given us an answer: a breakthrough treatment called CoolSculpting. With this treatment, you can literally freeze the fat away without surgery or a recovery period, and it’s available now from the CoolSculpt experts at Lougheed Laser Centre in Burnaby, BC.
What Causes Stubborn Fat?
Many of us carry additional fat stores in some regions of the body. We don’t get to decide where that is, either. Our bodies and genetics do that for us, and it may not be where we’d like. Even if we count calories or spend hours in the gym, these pockets of stubborn fat don’t always respond, and can even become more visible as the rest of our body becomes trimmer by comparison.
That’s because diet and exercise only shrink the size of fat cells, burning the stores of energy that they contain but leaving the cell walls in place. This makes it much easier for us to regain fat, even in small doses, and the result is that those last few pounds never come off. In these cases, we need a way of getting rid of the cells completely.
What Is CoolSculpting?
This is a revolutionary new treatment that can take inches off your waistline without downtime or surgery. Best of all, it can target and eliminate fat cells entirely, making it ideal for erasing stubborn fat.
Many people think that liposuction is the only way to do this, but these surgical procedures aren’t for everyone. Not all patients want to undergo the intense experience of liposuction, the incision scars, or waiting to heal after the procedure. When our staff performs a CoolSculpt treatment, we can freeze the fat cells in a given area without performing an incision. The fat cells are then flushed from the body in a process called lipolysis and are gone forever.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
When a CoolSculpt expert performs the treatment on a target area, they can directly affect the fat cells in just one part of your body. The desired areas are treated by placing the fat between two cooling plates and lowering the temperature so that the walls of the fat cells break down, but without damaging nearby organs, skin, or other tissue. These special applicators can be used to freeze the fat in many areas, including the:
- Knees (above or inside)
- Sides (“love handles”)
- Thighs (inner or outer)
If you didn’t see your target area listed above, get in touch with us and ask if a CoolSculpt session is possible for you. Because this is a cutting-edge technology, new applicators are always being introduced into the market, expanding the possibilities and effectiveness of treatment.
How Does “Fat Freezing” Work?
When a patient comes in for a treatment session, their target area is cooled with the applicators. The duration of these treatment sessions varies but is often between 30 minutes and an hour. During this time, the treatment area drops to a temperature that is too cold for fat cells but not so cold that it damages any other parts of your body.
We Initiate the Process of Cryolipolysis
This treatment triggers a process called “cryolipolysis”, where the cold (“cryo”) causes the cells to break down (“lipolysis”). During a treatment session, an average of 20% of the fat cells in a treatment area have their cell walls damaged. When the body identifies that these cells are “damaged”, it begins a natural method of flushing the cells from your system.
Your Body Responds to Treatment
The body begins to respond to treatment very swiftly, however, it can take several weeks for it to complete the entire cryolipolysis cycle. Because it is a gradual process, this will appear as a slow tightening of your skin, surrounding tissues, and remaining fat. The end result will be a tighter, more “sculpted look” as the damaged fat cells are completely removed from your body.
How Effective Is This Treatment?
Individual results may vary, depending on a number of factors, including the amount of fat a patient starts with, as well as genetics and metabolism. However, a 20% fat cell reduction in the treatment area is average, meaning that some patients may experience a little more or a little less than this.
Multiple sessions can destroy more cells, increasing the overall effectiveness of treatment. Studies have shown that out of every five people who get CoolSculpted, four would definitely recommend the treatment to a friend, indicating a very high satisfaction rate among patients.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
First-time patients almost always feel results fairly quickly after treatment and then notice visible changes around three weeks after treatment. The ideal results are often seen a full 12 weeks after the initial session, meaning that a CoolSculpt session is not a “quick fix.” However, it is gentler on the body than many quick-fix treatments.
What Is a Treatment Process Like?
Not everyone has the same aesthetic goals, the same body chemistry, or the same “trouble spots.” As a result, your treatment process will be as individualized as you are. Our medical team has extensive experience tailoring our treatments to the patient. We will create an optimal contouring plan for you that takes into account all of your specific requirements.
A Personal Consultation
The first thing we do with every patient is to schedule a consultation with a member of our staff. We make sure that this is the right treatment for you and we verify your medical history, medications, and conditions. This way, we can make sure that you are an ideal candidate for cryolipolysis treatment and that no complications will arise.
In addition, you can tell us what your personal goals and expectations are and whether you have any questions or concerns. After the consultation, we will start creating your treatment plan.
The Treatment Session
During a CoolSculpt session, patients can relax and get comfortable while we prepare the applicators and the treatment areas. Because it is a non-invasive treatment, anesthesia is not necessary. Some patients report a mild pinching sensation in addition to the cool feeling on the skin, however, it is possible to relax during your session, and many patients listen to music, check their phones, or read.
The entire session can often be completed during your lunch hour, and afterward there is no downtime. Patients are free to return to work or resume their normal activities immediately following a session.
After the Treatment Session
Once you are finished with your treatment session, all you have to do is wait for the body to complete its natural process of removing the fat cells. Although some patients require multiple treatments, many only need one session to start the process and see amazing results after three weeks.
At Lougheed Laser Centre, we have served the Burnaby and greater Vancouver area for over twenty years. Our commitment to excellence is embodied in both our medical staff, and the high standard of equipment that we use.
At our facility, our CoolSculpt treatments are performed by Christy McDougall, who is a CoolSculpt expert with many years of experience. She is one of only a handful of people who have attained advanced certification and even completed a master’s course from CoolSculpting University. She has provided treatment to thousands of satisfied patients, and her expertise is part of what makes our centre one of the most respected clinics in the entire country.
When you come to our facility, you will also experience the very best technology that is available for these treatments. We use several advanced and specialized applicators, including the CoolMini and the CoolSmooth, which can enhance your treatment and give just a bit extra to improve results.
We can also use administer the Cool Boost, a SlimShot which boosts your metabolism and helps the body break down the damaged cells. Finally, we also use a process called Z Wave, which we use immediately after the freezing session. Z Wave helps break down fat cells with the use of shock waves, resulting in a more thorough and a faster cryolipolysis.
A Few FAQs
Who Invented This Treatment?
Harvard scientists and the company Zeltiq developed this technology after they realized there was an overwhelming desire for more treatments that could reduce fat without surgery. The main treatment areas were originally focused on the abdomen and sides (“love handles”), but since then the technology has improved and we can now treat many “stubborn fat” areas all over the body.
Is This Treatment Safe?
CoolSculpting was approved by the FDA in 2012, and since then there have been over 6 million patients who have gotten treatment without any reports of serious side effects or complications.
Who Shouldn’t Get Treatment?
Because this is a non-invasive technique, it is suitable for most people who want to get rid of a little extra fat. However, it should be noted that it is not the same as a significant weight loss technique. Best results are achieved by people who are near their ideal weight already or who are adopting healthy diet and exercise habits.
It is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as well as for anyone who has extreme sensitivity to cold, Raynaud’s disease, or certain nerve and skin conditions. During your personal consultation, all your medical factors will be taken into account, and we will determine the best possible treatment plan for you.
How Long Do Results Last?
The great news about this treatment: results are permanent! Because cryolipolysis results in the ruptured fat cells being removed from the body, your results will last forever. Of course, you probably know that poor diet or exercise habits could cause your remaining fat cells to expand. In order to maintain your results, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle as well, so that you keep your “cool” new contours.
Contact Us Today!
If you’re finally ready to get rid of those pesky love handles, tummy fat, or other stubborn fat pockets, our friendly staff is here to help! We have been serving Burnaby, Coquitlam, Vancouver, and Port Moody for over 20 years with quality laser treatments, and our exceptional level of service is recognized nationwide. Now with CoolSculpting, we have a new and effective method of fat reduction that can leave you loving your body more than ever. So don’t wait another minute to feel great in your own skin again: call the experts at Lougheed Laser Centre in Burnaby, BC today!