the skinny on fat reduction

The concept behind non-invasive fat reduction with permanent results and zero downtime sounds like hocus pocus, right? Sure. But it's true, and it works. I'm here to tell you everything you need to know about CoolSculpting and why we love it so much.

The science behind it has actually been around for ages - weirdly enough, there was a study done on kids who ate a lot of popsicles and it turns out they were getting indentations in their cheeks from the cold freezing and eliminating their fat cells. So a couple of smart scientists (thank you, Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Fox Anderson, MD!) decided to take that concept and apply it to body parts where all men and women struggle with carrying excess fat. Thus Cryolipolysis, the idea that cold can target fat cells without damaging the skin, was born. It has been blowing up all over the U.S. since 2012, but we all know it takes a little while for trends to hit the Midwest. We wanted to make sure it lived up to the hype before we jumped on the fat-freezing bandwagon and needless to say, we were impressed. We've been gong strong with CoolSculpting since July of 2016, but before you decide if this is the right route for you there are quite a few factors to consider. 

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What is the process like? First, you'll schedule your consultation (which is completely complimentary) with one of our two technicians. Have an idea in mind when you come in of where you might like to treat first. They'll make sure you're a good candidate and have the right type of fat for treatment, break down the areas we can treat, decide which applicator fits best and break down the pricing structure. When you come in for your appointment, each application takes 35-75 minutes (depending what area you are treating). If you're going to be here for a few hours, you can watch Netflix on our iPad or bring your computer to get some work (or online shopping) done ;) We keep the room private and cozy. Dim the lights and take a nap if you want to. We'll even order you lunch! Over the next 30-90 days you'll watch the magic happen as your clothes start to fit better. Generally we have our clients come in after 2 months to take "after" pictures and asses if a second treatment is needed. Your optimal results will be 4 months post-treatment.

Are results permanent? Yes! Once we reach adulthood, the number of fat cells we have remain the same. That is, until CoolSculpting saves the day. When we gain weight, our fat cells expand and when we lose weight, they shrink. Through Cryolipolysis we are able to permanently get rid of 20-25% of the fat cells in the treated area. They are crystallized (frozen) and then die. Then it's time for our lymphatic system to get to work and process them out of our body!

Will I lose weight?  No, not directly from this treatment but you might see the scale go down a few lbs if you're making healthy changes in your diet and exercise routine. There is a difference between fat reduction and weight loss. CoolSculpting targets subcutaneous fat which is the light, fluffy stuff that sits on top of the visceral fat where we hold weight.

Is there pain or downtime? There is slight discomfort in the first 5 minutes when the cooling is turned on, but you'll go numb for the remainder of the treatment. After the time is up, there is 2 minutes of manual massage where your technician is trying to break up the crystallized fat cells. This feels slightly intense because your nerve endings are starting to wake back up - think about sticking your hands in snow and then running them under hot water. The following day you can resume your normal activities including work and exercise. It's common for the treated area to be a little swollen and tender for a few days but in the grand scheme of beauty procedures, there is little to no downtime involved. 

Who is the ideal candidate? If you are 10-40 lbs from your ideal weight and have a healthy exercise and diet routine but struggle with stubborn pockets of fat like the muffin top or just want your clothes to fit better, you're the ideal candidate. 

How much of an investment am I looking at? Coolsculpting is FDA approved to treat submental fat (aka the double chin), arms, abdomen, obliques, bra fat, back fat, inner and outer thighs but that doesn't mean it's realistic for all of us to have 1-2 treatments on our entire bodies. Think about what bothers you the most. For me, I made my lower abdomen and love handles the priority because no matter what I did, I would always have a little excess hanging over my jeans or yoga pants. We always recommend coming in for a complimentary consultation to get an exact price quote, plus we offer 12 months of interest free financing but the average client will spend around $2,000.