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Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

Is it true? Can you really free fat away? Do you no longer have to spend hours in the gym “feeling the burn” to get the fat loss results you want? Hold your breath, it’s true. With CoolSculpting typically patients see a 25% reduction in fat loss in their first treatment with little or no down time. This article, posted on WRIC.com, gives the account of one women’s treatment with CoolSculpting. Read what she thought of this fat reducing procedure.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – There is a new two-hour cosmetic procedure promising to get rid of your saddlebags. CoolSculpting says it takes a couple of months to fully take effect, but does it really work?

Rebecca Donceel got the procedure in June. “After about ten minutes, I feel nothing. Just sitting here,” she said at the time, just moments after her CoolSculpting treatment began. The 53-year-old mom of two got the non-invasive procedure to fight the fat on her upper, outer thighs, a trouble spot many people see.

8News shared her story over the summer and then waited along with her to see the results. Fast forward to September.

“It has been amazing. I’ve seen a huge difference,” she says, showing off her loss in a pair of pants she used to gauge the procedure.

CoolSculpting was FDA-approved about four years ago for belly fat, and just this summer practices for the okay to treat saddlebags with it too. Dr. Reps Sundin says the machine destroys fat cells by freezing them. Once the paddle is on, it does all the work with little to no discomfort to patients.

“There was no down time at all,” Donceel describes her experience with CoolSculpting on her saddlebags. “They didn’t swell. They were a little numb, maybe tingly and then kinda of itchy like something was healing but never swollen.”

“It’s not the same results as liposuction but for a procedure where you can sit for a couple of hours and get a reduction in that area, it’s been pretty impressive,” says Dr. Reps Sundin of Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery. He treated about twenty patients over the past few months, and so far CoolSculpting for saddlebags has been a big hit.

Dr. Sundin explains most patients opt for one of two rounds. Each time they see about a 15% reduction in the treatment area. He cautions against any more than that because excessive fat loss in the saddlebag area can lead to divots. “I’m glad it goes slowly one step at a time.”

As for Donceel, she can rest easier now, knowing that she got the results she was looking for with CoolSculpting. It takes about two hours per thigh. “You can have it, go in at 10, be out at noon, go have lunch, play tennis, go shopping,” Donceel lists how a procedure like this fits into her busy schedule.

She says it was worth it. “In just those weeks I’ve seen a difference which there’s no amount of exercise that ever would have done that.”

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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