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    What To Do Before And After CoolSculpting

    Posted on October 2, 2023
    by Beacon Derm

    CoolSculpting has gained worldwide popularity for its non-invasive and efficient fat reduction treatment that results in a toned and confident appearance. Beacon Dermatology is a reliable provider of CoolSculpting services, ensuring that you are in good hands when you visit the Beacon clinic.

    Understanding CoolSculpting

    This ground-breaking procedure redefines your body shape by eliminating unwanted fat via freezing without surgery or downtime. Medically referred to as Cryolipolysis, this process uses cold temperatures to target fat cells.

    These fat cells are particularly susceptible to cold, and at a specific temperature, they undergo freezing while the water-based cells remain unaffected. Following this, your body naturally expels the dead fat cells for 2 to 6 months, encouraging a fat reduction of about 20-25% in the treated area.

    Before Your CoolSculpting Treatment

    If you're considering CoolSculpting, it's a good idea to meet with the team at Beacon Dermatology first. They'll talk to you about what you hope to achieve and what areas you want to target. They'll also ensure you're a good candidate for the treatment and give you an idea of what kind of results you can expect. Based on your body, they'll create a personalized treatment plan just for you and let you know about any steps you may need to take before your appointment.

    CoolSculpting Pre-Treatment Guidelines

    Stay Hydrated

    Before your treatment, it's important to stay well-hydrated. Proper hydration can improve the effectiveness of CoolSculpting and help with recovery.

    Maintain a Healthy Diet 

    While there is no specific pre-treatment diet, it's advisable to maintain a balanced and healthy diet in the weeks leading up to your CoolSculpting session. This can support your body's overall health and help with the fat reduction process.

    Avoid Blood Thinners

    Avoid taking blood-thinning medications or supplements before your treatment, as they can increase the risk of bruising and swelling.

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    Preparing for the CoolSculpting Appointment

    Before your CoolSculpting treatment appointment, you should:

    • Have realistic expectations.
    • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen before and after.
    • Avoid taking any blood-thinning medications unless approved by your doctor.
    • Stop smoking for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after.
    • Wear comfortable clothes - preferably pants with a stretchy waistband. 
    • Bring a book or tablet to keep you entertained during your treatment.

    Confirm Your Appointment

    Double-check the date and time of your CoolSculpting appointment with Beacon Dermatology.

    Safeguard Your Skin from Sun and Tanning

    Protect your skin from sunburn or excessive tanning, especially if the treatment area will be exposed to the sun. Sunburned skin can be more sensitive during the procedure.

    Shave the Treatment Area

    If your provider recommends shaving the treatment area, do it the day before to properly prepare the area.

    Choose Comfortable Clothing

    On the day of your CoolSculpting treatment, wear loose and comfortable clothes that provide easy access to the treatment area. You may also want to bring a change of clothes.

    Eat Before Your Treatment

    If you have a CoolSculpting treatment scheduled, having a light meal before your appointment is best. This can help prevent any potential discomfort during the session, as you may be lying down for an extended period. Avoid consuming heavy or greasy foods that may cause indigestion.

    Arrange Transportation

    While CoolSculpting is generally well-tolerated, some individuals may experience temporary discomfort or numbness after the procedure. If needed, it's a good idea to arrange transportation to and from your appointment.

    During Your CoolSculpting Session

    During your CoolSculpting treatment, you can expect to relax while our experts tone your body with painless, non-invasive technology. Your treatment will last between 35 minutes to an hour. 

    Check-In and Preparation

    When you arrive at the clinic, you'll be greeted by the medical staff. They will review your treatment plan and address any last-minute questions or concerns.

    Assuming the Treatment Position

    Once you arrive, we will escort you to a treatment room equipped with a cozy reclining chair or treatment bed. Depending on the area being treated, we may request you change into a treatment garment or gown to ensure easy access to the area.

    Placement of the Applicator

    The CoolSculpting applicator, which is shaped to fit the targeted area, will be placed on your skin. A gel pad may also be applied to protect your skin and ensure proper contact with the applicator.

    Cooling Process Begins

    The applicator will start to cool the targeted fat cells. You may initially feel a sensation of intense cold and numbness in the treatment area. This discomfort typically subsides within a few minutes as the area becomes numb.

    Treatment Duration

    The length of the treatment session can vary depending on the size and number of treatment areas. It can range from 35 minutes to a few hours.

    Relaxation Time

    Patients can relax, read, watch TV, or use their electronic devices during the treatment. Many clinics offer amenities to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

    CoolSculpting Cycle Completion

    Once the designated treatment time has elapsed, the CoolSculpting device will automatically stop. The applicator will be removed, and the treated area will be massaged briefly to help break up the crystallized fat cells.

    After Your CoolSculpting Treatment

    After your CoolSculpting treatment, follow all aftercare instructions and expect to feel slightly sore in the treatment area, as if you just did a long workout! 

    Temporary Side Effects

    It's common to experience temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in the treated area. These side effects typically resolve within a few days to a few weeks.

    Immediate Return to Normal Activities

    CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure, and most patients can resume their regular activities immediately after the treatment, including work or exercise.

    Post-Treatment Care and Results

    In the weeks following your CoolSculpting treatment, you will want to follow all aftercare instructions for optimal healing and remember to remain patient - results will reveal themselves over time.

    Results Over Time

    CoolSculpting results are not immediate. Over the weeks and months following the treatment, the body naturally processes and eliminates the frozen fat cells, resulting in gradual fat reduction and improved body contours.

    Track your Progress

    Be prepared to have some photos taken of the targeted area before your session. Take the photos before and after your treatment so that you can easily see the improvement once you return to your follow-up appointment.

    Follow-Up Appointments (if needed):

    Some patients may require multiple CoolSculpting sessions to achieve their desired results. Your provider will discuss the recommended treatment plan during your initial consultation.

    Stress the importance of following post-treatment instructions from Beacon Dermatology.

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    Maintaining CoolSculpting Results

    Maintaining your CoolSculpting results means you can enjoy your newly toned body long-term, so it is best to follow the instructions provided by the Beacon Dermatology clinic below.

    Maintain a Balanced Diet

    Continue to eat a balanced and nutritious diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid excessive consumption of high-calorie, processed, or sugary foods.

    Stay Hydrated

    Drinking an adequate amount of water is crucial for overall health and can aid in fat metabolism and skin health.

    Regular Exercise Routine

    Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine. Both cardiovascular exercises (like walking, jogging, or cycling) and strength training can help maintain a healthy body composition.

    Monitor Portion Sizes

    Be mindful of portion sizes to prevent overeating. Using smaller plates and being aware of portion control can help.

    Limit Alcohol Consumption

    Reduce alcohol intake, as it can be high in empty calories and may contribute to weight gain.

    Avoid Smoking

    If you smoke, consider quitting, as smoking can negatively impact your overall health and skin elasticity.

    Minimize Stress

    Chronic stress can lead to unhealthy eating habits and weight gain. Practice stress-reduction techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing.

    Get Adequate Sleep

    Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. Poor sleep can disrupt your metabolism and lead to weight gain.

    Sun Protection

    Protect your skin from sun damage by using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade when necessary. Sun damage can affect the appearance of treated areas.

    Stay Hydrated

    Drinking enough water is essential for skin health and can help maintain the elasticity and suppleness of the treated areas.

    Beacon Dermatology's Commitment

    Beacon Dermatology holds a strong commitment to patient satisfaction and safety. Our experienced CoolSculpting specialists utilize the latest equipment in our state-of-the-art facility to ensure you get the best treatment and results possible. Schedule a consultation with Beacon Dermatology today for personalized CoolSculpting advice and a customized treatment plan.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q1. Why should I choose Beacon Dermatology for CoolSculpting?

    Beacon Dermatology are experts in CoolSculpting and other body contouring procedures, using state-of-the-art technology and putting a huge emphasis on patient care to ensure the best experience. 

    Q2. Is CoolSculpting suitable for everyone, and how do I know if I'm eligible?

    You are eligible for CoolSculpting if you have small pockets of stubborn fat that won't go away with healthy diet and exercise, are above 18, do not have any major health conditions, and want a safe yet effective non-invasive treatment to help tone your body. You should also go into your treatment with realistic expectations and maintain your healthy diet and exercise routine to optimize your results.

    Q3. Can CoolSculpting be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

    Yes, you can combine CoolSculpting with rejuvenating skin or facial treatments to look and feel your best. Check out the treatments offered by Beacon Dermatology to determine if you'd like to combine your CoolSculpting procedure with something else, and discuss this during your consultation.

    Q4. Is CoolSculpting a weight loss procedure, and how much weight can I expect to lose?

    CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure. It tones parts of your body where you find it hard to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat. You may lose 5-10 pounds, but you should be near your goal weight before and after your treatment. 

    Q5. Are there any age restrictions for CoolSculpting?

    You should be 18 or older to receive a CoolSculpting treatment.

    Q6. Will I need to wear compression garments after CoolSculpting?

    Usually, compression garments are not required as it is a non-invasive treatment, but this is a great question to ask the Beacon Dermatology team during your consultation. All aftercare instructions provided will also answer your questions and give you a detailed look at your recovery process.

    Q7. How does CoolSculpting differ from other fat reduction procedures like liposuction?

    CoolSculpting is non-invasive, safe, painless, and tones areas of the body. Liposuction is a fat-removal procedure that is invasive and requires a lot of downtime to recover from. People often seek out liposuction when they want to lose weight and fat in certain areas of the body, while people seek out CoolSculpting to tone certain areas. 

    Q8. Are there any potential risks or complications associated with CoolSculpting?

    There are very few risks associated with CoolSculpting, especially when you are in the hands of trusted practitioners and dermatologists like those at Beacon Dermatology. However, you may experience slight soreness and redness post-treatment, but this will subside quickly.

    Q9. Can men benefit from CoolSculpting as well?

    Yes! CoolSculpting is for everyone.

    Q10. What is the cost of CoolSculpting, and does Beacon Dermatology offer financing options?

    The cost of your CoolSculpting procedure entirely depends on the severity of your concerns, the amount of treatments you receive, and the treatment area(s) you want the procedure performed on. To understand how much your treatment will cost and whether or not Beacon Dermatology offers financing options, book a consultation to have all of your questions answered.

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