As a non-surgery fat removal technique, the results of a CoolSculpting treatment aren’t immediate. Instead, they will appear over time as the fat cells and your body responds.
How long does it take to see my CoolSculpting results?
How long it takes before you start noticing the changes in your body after your fat reduction treatment will depend largely on how your body responds. How many CoolSculpting treatments your treatment plan consists of and the schedule of when they are performed will also affect when your final results appear.
The CoolSculpting procedure involves a specialised FDA-approved applicator to transmit controlled cooling to the targeted site whether that’s your tummy, love handles or thighs. The stubborn fat is frozen which causes the fat cells to die.
Over time, the body naturally metabolises the destroyed fat cells, removing them via the lymphatic system. It’s when the cells are expelled from the body that you’ll start to notice the results of the fat freezing treatment.
Unlike a fat reduction surgical procedure, like Liposuction where the fat is removed immediately, this process can take anywhere between 1 to 6 months. Typically, you’ll begin to see the results of your fat reduction procedure after three weeks. Your clothes might start to feel a little looser or you may receive comments on your weight loss.
However, the final results of CoolSculpting won’t be visible until at least three to four months after the treatment.
While you won’t walk out of your CoolSculpting appointment looking a size smaller and you’ll have to wait longer to see the outcome, there are significant benefits for the walk-in, walk-out treatment over surgery. There is no downtime required allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately. You also won’t have the risks associated with surgical cosmetic treatments.
Are there ways to improve or speed up my fat reduction results?
Waiting to see your results of the CoolSculpting treatment can be testing, especially if you start obsessing about the size of your waist in front of the mirror or measuring your love handles daily.
We often ask if there are ways you can speed up the process of removing the excess fat or how you can improve your body sculpting results.
There is little research into how you can speed up the body’s process of eliminating the dead fat cells. However, as it is the role of the lymphatic system to flush out the debris, supporting this system may prove beneficial.
- Hydration is required for optimal function of the lymphatic system;
- Increase your variety and intake of fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables;
- Anti-inflammatory foods like garlic, ginger and turmeric help to reduce the load on the lymphatic system;
- Deep breathing may help pump the lymphatic fluid and encourage detoxification;
- Exercise stimulates the circulation of lymph and blood around the body;
- Dry brushing may stimulate lymphatic flow and release congestion;
- Yoga poses and inversions help to enhance the lymphatic system and stimulate the flow;
- Sympathetic massage stimulates lymph flow and reduces side effects like swelling and bruising.
These healthy lifestyle and dietary suggestions may also help to improve your CoolSculpting results long term. Focusing on the quality of your diet and the regularity of your physical activity is important for you to sustain the body sculpting results and prevent an increase in more stubborn and unwanted fat.