Even when you eat right and exercise regularly, sometimes those stubborn fat areas just won’t go away.
At Optimal Wellness Medical in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. Steve Lasater offers innovative CoolSculpting® treatments so you can achieve our body contouring goals. Dr. Lasater can help you achieve and maintain the silhouette you’ve always wanted.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure that permanently removes fat cells from targeted, stubborn areas. By using cooling technology, CoolSculpting® freezes your fat cells, leaving you with a smoother, more contoured body.
An FDA-approved procedure, CoolSculpting® plays a central role for body contouring. Dr. Lasater can help you safely and effectively reduce stubborn fat in a variety of areas, including:
- ‘Love handles’
- Inner thighs
- Outer thighs
- Double chin
How does CoolSculpting® work?
Your journey to body contouring begins with an initial consultation at Optimal Wellness Medical. During this visit, you’ll be asked about your current exercise routine and diet, as well as your goals for the body-slimming procedure.
If you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting®, your first session is then scheduled.
During the procedure, the unit is placed over the target area, where it then gently sucks your skin in, dropping the temperature low enough that your fat cells are destroyed without damage to the visible area.
CoolSculpting® procedures range from 35-75 minutes.
At the end of each treatment, the treated area is briefly massaged; this then helps your body process and eliminate the destroyed fat cells. Because fat cells don’t regenerate, once your body removes these dead cells, they cannot return.
When do you see results after CoolSculpting®?
Because it takes time for your body to remove the dead fat cells, it can take up to 4 weeks before you notice results from your body contouring procedure, with the most dramatic results occurring around 8 weeks.
Although you may notice some slimming after your first treatment, in most cases, Dr. Lasater recommends 3-4 CoolSculpting® sessions for optimal results.
Who should have body sculpting?
If you have unwanted fat on your abdomen or flanks, body sculpting may be an option. The fat freezing procedure used at Optimal Wellness Medical is a fat reduction treatment, not a weight loss treatment.
Although most people are candidates for fat freezing, those who have the best results exercise regularly and eat healthily, but still struggle with stubborn fat in specific areas. Ideally, you’re at a stable weight, not yo-yo-ing up and down.
What happens during a body sculpting procedure?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Lasater asks questions about your body sculpting goals and where you’d like to eliminate fat. He discusses the procedure with you and sets realistic expectations.
Dr. Lasater creates a treatment plan based on your body and goals. If you want more than one area treated, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary.
When you arrive for your body sculpting procedure, Dr. Lasater fits you with a gel pad and the fat freezing device. The treatment takes 35-75 minutes. Once complete, you can resume your normal activities without restrictions.
When can you see results from CoolSculpting®?
Once your fat cells freeze, they no longer function. After they die, your body naturally eliminates these cells over a period of 4 months.
Around 4 weeks post-treatment, you begin to notice results from your body sculpting procedure, with significant benefits seen after 8 weeks and multiple treatments.
Are body sculpting results permanent?
If you don’t gain weight, your body sculpting results remain permanent.
By the time you reach adulthood, you have a set number of fat cells. When you gain weight, those fat cells get larger, and when you lose weight, the fat cells shrink, but their number remains the same.
With fat freezing procedures, a certain number of fat cells are destroyed and removed from the body, and these cells aren’t replaced. If you do gain weight after the treatment, you can gain fat in treated areas, but it will be less than the fat you gain in non-treated areas.
If you want to learn more about body sculpting, contact Dr. Lasater at Optimal Wellness Medical today. Book your initial consultation online or call (616) 200-7597.