Body image is crucial to our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, but unfortunately, many people are unhappy with their bodies. One study found that 59% of women are dissatisfied with their figure. Negative body image impacts men as well, with upwards of 40% saying they’re unhappy with the way their bodies look.
It’s easy to get stuck in a vicious cycle of stubborn fat and low self-esteem, causing you to fight the battle on two fronts.
Our team of specialists at Harmony Aesthetics Center, led by Dr. Stacey Naito, understands how difficult it can be to lose weight and feel confident in your body. We want to fight alongside you and give you the push you need to finally shed the stubborn pounds and refine your figure.
Here’s everything you need to know about CoolSculpting® and how it can help you achieve your goals.
What causes belly bulge?
Love handles, muffin tops, and spare tires — why do we give cutesy names to such frustrating problems, and where do they come from in the first place?
The fat that bulges and hangs over your jeans can stem from any number of causes. Here are some of the most common reasons for belly bulge.
Normal weight gain
We all gain and lose weight differently. Some are fortunate enough to experience even weight gain and loss throughout their whole body. Others might only notice weight changes in certain areas. Your belly might be the place your body naturally stores fat, which also means it’s likely the first place you’ll lose weight.
Drinking beer can play a large role in your belly bulge. You might not realize it, but every glass of cold beer contains lots of calories you guzzle down without even thinking about it. Those extra calories contribute to extra weight gain.
Furthermore, the hops in beer contain phytoestrogens, which are plant hormones that act similarly to female sex hormones. It’s believed that these plant hormones can impact the way your body stores fat.
As you reach menopause and your hormones change and fluctuate, you may notice some extra weight gain, especially in your belly. In addition to hormone imbalances, menopausal weight gain can also stem from other common symptoms of menopause, including insulin resistance, decreased muscle mass, and sleep deprivation.
Post-pregnancy weight gain
They say that you eat for two when you’re pregnant, and those extra helpings have likely contributed to the belly bulge you see long after delivery.
Some stress is healthy; it’s your body’s way of telling you to leave a potentially dangerous situation. But stress isn’t meant to last. If you’re always on edge, the constant release of adrenal hormones can lead to unintended weight gain.
How can CoolSculpting help?
No matter what’s behind your belly bulge, CoolSculpting gives you the jumpstart you need to win the battle against stubborn fat. This noninvasive, FDA-approved treatment effectively reduces the amount of fat around your belly and other body parts.
The CoolSculpting system delivers powerful cold energy that freezes your fat cells. Over the following months, your body processes the destroyed cells as waste, leaving you with a trimmer figure. Though you may need multiple treatments, many patients see a 20-25% reduction in their fat after just one session.
Are you a good candidate?
The ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are close to their goal weights and have been unable to lose the last pockets of fat even with diet and exercise. You can benefit from CoolSculpting treatments if you struggle with stubborn fat in other areas of your body, too, including:
- Bra area
- Upper arms
CoolSculpting can even address pockets of fat under your chin. Talk to us about which areas are most frustrating, and we’ll help you decide if CoolSculpting is right for you.
What happens during CoolSculpting?
During your treatment session, you recline comfortably in a chair as we apply the handheld device to your skin. As the fat-freezing cold energy travels through your skin and deep into your fat layers, you may notice some mild sensations, such as tugging, pulling, cold, pinching, and tingling. We apply a gentle numbing cream to keep you completely comfortable.
What’s best is that you won’t need to clear your schedule for CoolSculpting. It only takes around 35 minutes, so you can squeeze a treatment in over your lunch break.
Following your treatment, you may notice some swelling, redness, bruising, tingling, or tenderness at the treatment site. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication help these temporary side effects subside even more quickly.
Otherwise, CoolSculpting doesn’t require any downtime, meaning you can get back to your normal routine right away.
If you’re ready to finally win the war against bulging fat, request an appointment online or over the phone at our Los Angeles, California office to see if CoolSculpting is an option for you.