Edwena Sobande, LA

You have finally made the decision to get a body sculpting treatment, or you have just recently received a treatment. Of course, you want the best possible results. Body sculpting is an investment, and you want to continue to take care of that investment. So how do we recommend you go about doing that?

At Vitalogy Skincare, we offer CoolSculpting®, the only FDA-cleared treatment for eliminating stubborn fat by using a process called cryolipolysis. This non-invasive treatment involves freezing the fat cells without damaging any of the surrounding tissue. This freezing process destroys the fat cells, and your body naturally disposes of them over some time, leaving you with a slimmer figure and that summer bod! The body areas that the FDA has cleared for this procedure are thighs, abdomen, flank, the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, back fat, underneath the buttocks, and upper arms.

CoolSculpting is best suited for those who need final tweaks or areas of annoyance that are often hereditary characteristics you will notice on a family member. The treatment is also effective in areas that just won’t budge with diet and exercise. If you are looking for an option that doesn’t involve having surgery, this can typically remove 20-25% of fat in the area treated with one session. Multiple treatments can increase these numbers. The average treatment package for CoolSculpting consists of 2 sessions; the second session is within 30-90 days of the first. The results vary and are best retained through diet and exercise.

Some patients may find it helpful to take care of a couple of areas at one time. We can often treat multiple locations at once, such as the upper and lower abdomen or the submental (chin) and the inner thighs. We do not recommend treating areas like the abdomen and the back simultaneously. During your consultation with your Provider, you want to make sure they know your goals and expectations so they can recommend the best plan of action for you.

Our Top 3 Tips to Maximize Your Body Sculpting Results

  • Continue with a consistent diet and workout regimen that fits your lifestyle. If having a plan keeps you focused, it is helpful to have it ready before you get your CoolSculpting treatments. We find that our patients gain more motivation to stick to a plan once they start seeing the results of the treatments.
  • Drink more water than you think you need. Staying hydrated will help your body with the recovery process and help it get rid of the eliminated fat cells.
  • Enjoy activities that keep you moving. Have you wanted to try some new sport or activity? Now would be the time to give it a try. Even things like walking the dog, going for a swim, or a bike ride with family keep you moving.

CoolSculpting destroys fat cells in the areas that have been targeted. Those fat cells are damaged and processed out of your body through your liver. If you gain weight after CoolSculpting, remaining fat cells in untreated areas will increase in volume, minimizing your results. Adhering to a consistent healthy regimen of diet and exercise maximizes results!

Other Things to Keep in Mind After Your Treatment 

After your treatment, you will want to refrain from taking anti-inflammatory drugs, eating foods with a high sodium content, and drinking alcohol for about a week to aid with swelling, mild discomfort, and the healing process.

Compression garments are not necessary for full results with CoolSculpting. However, non-restricting, moderately snug undergarments may aid in keeping you comfortable during the brief period one is swollen, especially for areas such as the abdomen or back. In traditional liposuction surgery post-care, a “faja” or compression garment is necessary to help bind the skin with the underlying structures after a large amount of subcutaneous fat has been manually removed all at one time. This is to minimize skin laxity in the treated area. With CoolSculpting, the fat is processed more naturally and eliminates the necessity of a compression garment.

Which brings us to one last tip – be patient. It would help if you gave your body time to do its thing. The results of CoolSculpting can start to be seen around three weeks after your first treatment. Your body will continue to absorb the fat cells that have been eliminated, taking about 3 to 4 months for it to flush out the cells thoroughly. Your Provider will go into more detail about what you should expect from your procedure.If you are ready to make the decision to do body contouring but still have some questions or concerns, contact us at Vitalogy Skincare, where one of our highly experienced Providers can discuss CoolSculpting with you. Book an appointment online at any of our eight locations in Southwest Austin and the surrounding area.