If you have ever watched children eat popsicles in the summertime, you know this is a positive experience for them. Usually, they are laughing and playing as the cold liquid drips down their chin and onto clothing. This frozen snack is not painful for the children and most are quite comfortable while enjoying it. CoolSculpting ®, although a bit more intensive, is a process directly derived from research into the effect of popsicles on cheek fat loss.
Children who eat popsicles have a higher occurrence of dimples in their cheeks, something which triggered the interest of two Harvard doctors. These doctors realized that dimples can be formed in cheeks when frozen fat from popsicles is eliminated from the body, never to regenerate. Where those children held the frozen treat in their mouth and against their cheeks, dimples could form. This made the doctors realize that the same could be done elsewhere on the body, for small regions of unwanted fat.
Just as popsicles froze fat but did not damage other tissue in the mouth, CoolSculpting ® is safe, effective and freezes only the unwanted fat. CoolSculpting ® recovery is easy, painless and not limiting. In essence, there is no real period of CoolSculpting ® recovery.
To understand the ease of CoolSculpting ® recovery, it is best to first understand CoolSculpting ® treatment at Orange County CoolSculpting ®. CoolSculpting ® recovery is as easy and painless as the CoolSculpting ® process is, itself.
To undergo CoolSculpting ®, the patient is comfortably situated in our specially designed CoolSculpting ® room. Zeltiq’sCoolSculpting ® applicators are then placed on the areas of the body for which the patient desires fat reduction. Through the applicators, controlled cooling is delivered to the body area from the CoolSculpting ® machine while the patient sits back and relaxes, most often reading, enjoying a movie, sending emails or doing other things to occupy the less than one hour treatment time. Some patients even take a nap, indicating how truly painless CoolSculpting ® is for them, just as CoolSculpting ® recovery will be painless.
Controlled cooling is essentially the equivalent of those popsicles from childhood. The freezing targets only unwanted fat, not in any way harming skin, muscle or other tissues. This is because fat freezes at a higher temperature than skin, muscles and other body parts.
For about an hour, the freezing occurs while the patient rests or relaxes. When it is completed, the applicator paddles are removed and a massage is administered to the treated area to return normal blood flow and facilitate the body’s natural reactions to the frozen fat. This first step of CoolSculpting ® recovery is quite pleasurable, as any massage may feel.
Fat crystallizes when frozen. It is then targeted by the body for removal as waste. This process requires about 6 weeks to complete and final CoolSculpting ® results are seen after that cycle has finished. This aspect of CoolSculpting ® recovery is entirely normal for the body. It is a standard cycle of cell life, death and elimination from the body.
When the patient leaves Orange County CoolSculpting ®, CoolSculpting ® recovery begins and very quickly ends. The patient is able to return to all normal daily activities, except for strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. Those should not be conducted for a few days. In essence, all other activities can be completed as normal.
CoolSculpting ® recovery is comfortable. Some patients experience skin sensitivity as part of immediate CoolSculpting ® recovery, but this is easily managed. There is really no authentic CoolSculpting ® recovery period, as the body does not undergo any form of invasive surgery, scarring, trauma or strain.
Like the CoolSculpting ® procedure itself, CoolSculpting ® recovery is painless and the easiest of any cosmetic procedures that produces permanent fat reduction. This is in contrast to liposuction which can be painful for several days, and requires a dedicated recovery time for healing and before return to normal daily activities. Also, patients must refrain from exercise and strenuous activities for weeks after liposuction. On the other hand, CoolSculpting ® recovery is a time when patients are actually encouraged to pursue continued fitness. CoolSculpting ® recovery is so gentle on the body that exercise only enhances results.