Fat is a complicated thing to get rid of but above all else, fat is something that is often demonised and misunderstood.
An increase in body positivity movements has helped more people to see fat differently but a large percentage of our society would still prefer to erase it.
Plastic surgery was once the only real way to get rid of the fat that couldn’t be targeted with exercise. While liposuction is still one of the top 10 most popular procedures around today, it has started declining in popularity because of the introduction of non-invasive procedures such as SculpSure and CoolSculpting.
SculpSure – Understanding the Basics
In order to get rid of unwanted fat cells, the SculpSure system uses controlled heat to destroy them. During your treatment with a cosmetic doctor such as Dr Zacharia, an applicator will be applied to the area you want to treat. The applicator emits laser energy that will gradually heat up the stubborn fat cells and destroy them. The cells will then naturally leave your body via your lymphatic system. Patients will need to wait about three months to see a noticeable difference.
SculpSure is an FDA-approved device that can be used to treat the abdomen, thighs, back, love handles and the chin area, with each area requiring about 30 minutes.
CoolSculpting – Understanding the Basics
Also referred to as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting has the same effect as SculpSure treatments with the key difference being that controlled cooling is used to destroy unwanted fat cells instead of heat. During your treatment, a suction applicator is applied to the area you want to target. This applicator applies cooling plates to the fat cells, which permanently damages them. Once the fat cells die, they will be eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. CoolSculpting is also an FDA-approved system but you do need enough excess fat for the applicator to adhere to. Basically, you need to be able to pinch the fat you want to target.
CoolSculpting can be used to treat the exact same areas that SculpSure can, with each area taking about 35 minutes to treat. Patients will also need to wait about three months before they’ll be able to see results.
Choosing a Body Sculpting Treatment
Both of these procedures are designed to treat stubborn fat in the same areas and the system you choose mainly depends on your preferences more than anything else.
Neither of these procedures is painful but some patients find either the heat from the laser or the cold from the CoolSculpting applicator to be slightly uncomfortable. It should be noted that both treatments are completely safe and will not damage the tissue surrounding the fat cells.
You may also want to consider how much fat you want to get rid of. If you only have a small amount of fat that you want to get rid of, the CoolSculpting system may not work because there isn’t enough fat to adhere to.
The good news is that regardless of the treatment you decide on, you won’t require any downtime and the risks are minimal. If anything, patients can expect some slight bruising, swelling and tenderness after their procedure.
It’s also important to remember that you will require more than one treatment to achieve your desired result. Consulting with a board-certified cosmetic doctor will give you a better idea of which treatment is right for you and what you can expect during and after your procedure.
Do the Treatments Truly Work?
Patients who have reached or are close to their goal weight but are struggling with stubborn pockets of fat will really benefit from this procedure. A number of studies have been conducted that prove the effectiveness of both the CoolSculpting and SculpSure treatments, including one by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology and a trial published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology.
One of the most attractive benefits of these procedures is that the results are permanent. Think about it this way – when you start exercising and eating better to lose weight, your fat cells will shrink but if you end up gaining weight, your fat cells will expand. Regardless of whether your fat cells shrink or expand, the number of fat cells in any given area will remain the same. During a CoolSculpting or SculpSure treatment, fat cells are destroyed completely, which means the change is permanent because the cells will no longer exist.
However, it’s important for patients to lead a healthy lifestyle after they’ve achieved their desired results or they could end up gaining weight in other areas where fat cells are still present.
To achieve the best possible results, make sure that you are consulting with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has the necessary training and experience to perform these procedures.