Summer’s arrival may have you thinking about spending lazy, warm days by a pool or at a lake wearing a bikini or shorts and a tank top. If you want your body to look its best, you might be wondering if it’s too late to get a “summer body” with a nonsurgical fat reduction treatment such as CoolSculpting Elite at our Barrington, IL, practice.
CoolSculpting Elite, coupled in some cases with CoolTone™ muscle-building procedures, can create a flatter stomach, contoured hips, and toned thighs and buttocks within weeks of treatment sessions. Other body contouring options, such as Smartlipo® TriPlex or traditional liposuction, are available for women and men who want more immediate results or who may have more significant pockets of fat than can be effectively treated with CoolSculpting Elite.
In this blog post, we’ll look at each of your body contouring options and explore their benefits and limitations based on each patient’s unique needs.
What’s the Difference Between CoolSculpting and CoolSculpting Elite?
CoolSculpting’s approval by the FDA more than 10 years ago was a milestone for nonsurgical body contouring, as the treatment was the first to use the “fat freezing” process to target stubborn pockets of fat. CoolSculpting delivers its cooling energy through applicators, which have been redesigned for CoolSculpting Elite. The updated applicators treat more surface area and produce even better results than the original CoolSculpting procedure.
In addition to the re-engineered applicators, CoolSculpting Elite includes dual applicators on a single machine, giving providers the ability to treat 2 areas at the same time. The FDA has approved CoolSculpting Elite for treating 9 specific areas of the body.
Getting Your ‘Summer Body’ With CoolSculpting Elite
CoolSculpting Elite reduces stubborn bulges by targeting specific areas with extremely cold temperatures, freezing the fat cells through a process called cryolipolysis. That literally means cold (cryo) fat (lipo) destruction (lysis). Extreme cold destroys the fat layer just below the skin’s surface without damaging the skin because fat freezes at a higher temperature than other tissue. After freezing, the fat cells crystalize and are naturally removed from the body through the lymphatic system as waste.
As soon as a CoolSculpting Elite procedure is complete, patients can get back to their normal, everyday activities—no need to go home and rest. No one will be able to tell that you had anything done until the fat just starts to disappear.
So, how long does it take to see results?
Most people need 2 treatments to get optimal results, which is a reduction of about 20 to 25% of fat. You should start to notice the fat layer shrinking after 6 to 12 weeks, with improvements continuing for up to the next 6 months. Because the destroyed fat cells are gone for good, the results can last for years if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Combining CoolSculpting Elite With CoolTone
CoolTone is a nonsurgical muscle-toning treatment that uses magnetic muscle stimulation to strengthen and tone muscles for a firm, sculpted look. It’s a highly effective way to get the washboard abs or 6-pack that both women and men want without spending countless hours at the gym.
It can contour the abs, thighs, and buttocks, complementing the fat reduction accomplished through CoolSculpting Elite treatments. Most patients begin noticing results from CoolTone procedures within 2 to 4 weeks of treatment, and they often schedule additional procedures to enhance their outcomes.
Do You Want More Immediate Body Contouring Results?
Women and men who don’t mind exchanging a bit of downtime for immediate results are good candidates for liposuction. Traditional liposuction involves making small incisions and then using thin tubes called cannulas to remove fatty tissue from isolated areas of the body. The results from liposuction are more dramatic—and immediate—than those following CoolSculpting Elite treatments, but it does involve surgery and a recovery period.
Smartlipo is an attractive option for patients considering CoolSculpting because it’s less invasive than traditional liposuction, meaning the recovery time is shorter. For women and men who are already in good shape but want to get rid of stubborn fat pockets, Smartlipo is very effective.
In addition to reducing fat, the laser-assisted liposuction treatment also stimulates the growth of new collagen, which tightens tissue. This is in contrast to traditional liposuction, which can result in dimpling or sagging.
Which Treatment Is Right for You?
Knowing which treatment path to take isn’t always clear-cut. If you’re looking forward to a summer of activity out in the sun, request a consultation as soon as possible at our med spa so you can discuss the different procedures with Dr. Burke or a member of the med spa staff. You can use the online form or call us at (847) 382-4400 to schedule an appointment.