Exercising and diligently watching what you eat are great habits for your overall health. That those habits result in a trim, attractive body is an added benefit for many people. But for others, genetics and the aging process can disguise even the most well-toned muscle with layers of fat, especially in specific trouble spots.
That can certainly be frustrating. At our plastic surgery practice, we see patients from Saratoga Springs to Schenectady who are runners, cyclists, CrossFitters, and others leading active lifestyles who wonder why they still have “love handles,” a belly pooch, or a double chin.
Take the specific example of a person who practices yoga consistently. A regular yoga practice creates long, lean arm muscles and develops a strong core or midsection, yet stubborn pockets of fat may hide those abdominal muscles or toned upper arms. Or consider a young woman who spends several hours a week at her gym’s Spin® class or on a treadmill, yet appears to have excess fat just below her chin.
CoolSculpting is an ideal, nonsurgical treatment for those concerns. The popular procedure uses carefully controlled cold temperatures that target specific areas where fat tends to accumulate, even for people in good physical shape. Specially designed applicators fit snugly on the area and gradually cool the fat cells, triggering a breakdown of the cells. The temperature never gets cold enough to damage the skin or surrounding tissue; instead, it maintains a temperature that only affects fat cells.
Active people may tend to think of cosmetic treatments such as CoolSculpting as a type of “shortcut” to getting the toned bodies they want — but the truth is that no amount of exercising or healthy eating habits will get rid of fat in certain areas of the body.
It’s also great for athletic people who don’t want to be sidelined by a surgical procedure such as liposuction. CoolSculpting can take just a few sessions to get the desired results, and there’s no downtime. At most, you may need to skip the gym the afternoon of the treatment.
It fairly common for patients to choose a couple of treatment areas, since unwanted fat is rarely so cooperative as to be centered in only a single spot. We’ve priced it accordingly: the more treatments you get, the more you save. CoolSculpting starts at $750, and we offer up to a 25% discount, depending on the number of treatments. We’ve also talked a bit more about CoolSculpting pricing at our practice in an earlier blog post.