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Is CoolSculpting For Weight Loss?

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of people who choose noninvasive body contouring procedures. These procedures are popular because they are cost-effective, require no surgery, and often come with little to no downtime. Patients are looking for treatments that do not disrupt the patient’s daily life. Most often, when people consider body contouring procedures, they are wondering how much weight they can lose. However, body contouring procedures like Coolsculpting permanently eradicate fat in targeted areas. The team at CARE Plastic Surgery can help you understand the benefits of this procedure and some of the associated misconceptions. 

How is Weight Loss Achieved?

The difference between losing fat and losing weight lies in the process of removing fat cells from the body. By the time you are an adult, your body has a set amount of fat cells. Weight loss occurs when fat cells shrink in size. Conversely, when fat cells get bigger, weight gain occurs. The size of your fat cells corresponds with how much energy from the food you eat gets stored in the cells. This is why the best way to lose weight is through diet and exercise because you are expending more energy than what is stored in your fat cells. However, sometimes you can have stubborn pockets of fat that never go away. This is where CoolSculpting comes in.

Fat Loss with CoolSculpting

Fat loss occurs with the removal of fat cells from the body. Fat cell removal will change how your body looks but may not result in significant weight loss. Fat does not weigh much for people with a healthy BMI. Your fat only makes up about 10-30% of your total body weight. With CoolSculpting, patients can achieve a 20-25% reduction in fat in the treatment area even with just the first treatment, but this will not necessarily change the scale.

How Does Coolsculpting Work?

CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical, noninvasive FDA-approved procedure proven to eliminate fat cells. The treatment works by applying cooling temperatures to the area which freezes the fat cells and causes them to die off. The body then removes the fat cells through the lymphatic system. This results in a gradual fat loss in the desired and targeted areas. It is still possible to gain weight after CoolSculpting and you can gain fat in areas that are not treated. For the best results with Coolsculpting, you must commit to a healthy lifestyle with a diet and exercise routine.

Fat Loss VS Weight Loss

Focusing on fat loss is not always the best strategy to obtain your goals. Weight is the only indicator of health, fitness, or even physique. You do not have to lose weight to change your body, and you can improve your diet and exercise without seeing a major change on the scale. Bodyweight is determined by multiple factors, including water, muscle, bone density, and more. Therefore, fat loss is more important to focus on than weight loss. Fat loss causes changes you can visualize in your body more than what the scale might be telling you. CoolSculpting is a great way to reach your body goals even if it doesn’t result in weight loss.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about the difference between fat loss, body contouring, and weight loss and see how CoolSculpting can benefit you, contact our team at CARE Plastic Surgery in Cary, NC.

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