Sometimes no matter how healthy you are and how well you eat or how frequently you exercise, you just can’t ditch those stubborn fat pockets. We’re talking love handles, muffin tops and saddlebags on the sides of your thighs. While feeling healthy is always top priority, sometimes you need a little extra help targeting those problem areas that fall outside of the realm of fitness. Coolsculpting is the safe, non-invasive answer to help you smooth out those areas.
To find out more about Coolsculpting, I went to the trusted folks at SpaMedica in Toronto to get a consultation for my troubled areas: love handles and muffin top tummy.
What is it?
Coolsculpting is an FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses a controlled cooling method in order to kill fat cells in a specific area of your body.
After the fat cells are frozen and crystallized, it takes approximately three months for them to be naturally eliminated from the body. The reason this procedure has become so popular—and gaining positive reviews—is that once the dead fat cells are eliminated, they are gone for good (yes, seriously). The procedure promises to eliminate and flush out approximately 30 per cent of fat in the treated area over the course of three months.
Because I was treating a few areas I split my appointments over the course of two days. Once you are ready to go, the area you are treating—for example your tummy—gets sucked into a vacuum-like device, which then begins to freeze and crystallize fat for over the course of an hour. If you’re going in for inner thighs, expect the procedure to take two hours, one hour per side,
Having experienced the procedure, I can tell you that the first 60 seconds of being suctioned is a bit painful, which is natural because an area of your body is being pulled and pinched. However, after that short time, the pain subsides and becomes numb as the cooling sensation takes over. Over the course of an hour I remained comfortable and relaxed, read emails and even napped.
Once the area was complete the suction machine was removed. The esthetician then vigorously massaged the treated area immediately after for a few minutes (this part is painful, so hold your breath!) to help disperse and break down the cells.