Will I Lose Weight with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a body-contouring procedure that works by freezing away fat cells with the help of a vacuum-like device. Sounds great for weight loss, right?

Not exactly. In fact, if you’re wondering how much weight you’ll lose with CoolSculpting, the answer is None.

CoolSculpting works to lose fat, but not weight. Yes, there is a difference. The number of fat cells in an adult’s body is typically a fixed number. Your body reaches this number sometime during your teens, then will stay the same for the rest of your life. So, weight loss isn’t caused by getting rid of fat cells. Instead, it happens when they get smaller. Similarly, when you gain weight, it’s because the fat cells you already have get bigger. The size of fat cells (and your body) is due to how much of the energy from the food you eat gets stored into your fat cells.

Sometimes, though, it can seem like no matter how much you diet and exercise, stubborn lower belly fat, love handles, etc. are never going to go away. This is where fat loss procedures come in. Fat loss is the removal of the fat cells from the body entirely; but, this doesn’t result in significant weight loss. This is because fat doesn’t actually weigh very much in people with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI). In fact, your fat only makes up about 10-30 percent of your overall body weight.

In short, CoolSculpting is a fat-reduction treatment that only targets specific problem areas and offers best results for people who are generally fit. If weight loss is your goal, there are other surgical treatments that may work for you, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction. Your provider will help you choose the right one. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting -- or if your needs are better met with a different procedure is to request a consultation with the team at Windsor Dermatology. Call us today!


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