CoolSculpting ®: You’ve probably heard about it in the news, seen it on billboards around Tucson, or spotted it on social media. Maybe you’re even thinking about receiving the treatment yourself! This nonsurgical body contouring treatment has become a popular solution for people around the country to tone and slim their contours without surgery.

The patented CoolSculpting technology freezes fat cells in the treated area, crystallizing and killing them without damaging surrounding skin and tissue. Then, your body’s natural processes remove the fat cells over the following months, leaving slimmer, more toned contours. Sounds pretty great, right?

If you’re still unsure about the treatment process, we’re here to help. Here’s some insight into what you can expect before, during, and after a CoolSculpting treatment at Body by Skin Spectrum.

Before the Treatment

Before a CoolSculpting treatment, we meet with you for a consultation to discuss your candidacy. Our practitioners ask about your goals for the treatment, share more detail about what to expect during the procedure, and provide you with a better understanding of the results you may see. Most people who have stubborn fat pockets that don’t respond to diet and exercise are good candidates.

Once we determine you’re a candidate, there’s nothing else you need to do to prepare — it’s that simple.

During the Treatment

When you come in for treatment, you may want to bring some comfortable clothes to wear afterward and a book, magazine, or tablet device to use while you’re receiving the treatment. Each cycle lasts about 1 hour, so you can even come in on your break from work, and eat lunch while you’re at it! You simply sit back, relax, and know that you’re in great hands with our experienced and knowledgeable staff.

We begin by rubbing a gel on the area to be treated and covering it with a piece of material that helps the CoolSculpting applicator adhere to the skin. Then, you’ll feel a gentle suction as we place the applicator on the treatment area and it begins to pull in the bulging fat using vacuum power. This will be followed by a cool, tingling sensation as the cooling part of the treatment kicks in. Finally, the area will go numb, and you probably won’t feel a thing.

After the Treatment

As soon as we take the applicator off, your skin and fat in the treated area will look like a stick of butter from the shape of the applicator. But don’t worry! We’ll massage it out, and you’ll be ready to go home or head back to work. You may feel some tenderness around the treated area for a few days following the procedure, but it should subside within 2 weeks. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within 1 or 2 days after their treatment, including going to work, caring for their families, and exercising.

Results won’t appear overnight, but you will start to notice a reduction in fat within 1 to 3 months. Ultimate results will be revealed after about 6 months, and they get even better after multiple treatment cycles, which are spaced a few months apart. During your consultation, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of the treatment plan that fits your goals and lifestyle the best.

See a before-and-after photo case from a CoolSculpting patient in Tucson.

I encourage you to visit our before-and-after photo gallery to see the results of our Tucson CoolSculpting patients, like this one above, who have been able to eliminate fat in stubborn areas such as the lower abdomen.

If you’re interested in CoolSculpting, now is a better time than ever to receive the treatment! If you book now, you’ll be able to enjoy your results come summer. Plus, from April 1 through April 29, 2016, you can purchase 3 areas of CoolSculpting and receive the 4th area for free! That’s a $650 value! Call our practice for more information at (520) 797-8885, or visit our specials page to learn more about this opportunity.