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Can You CoolSculpt My Butt?

Butt of Course!

When you discover just how many areas of your body can be treated with CoolSculpting to get rid of stubborn fat, it might be a bit difficult to decide where to begin. However, one of the most popular and effective areas to have treated is (along with the stomach, of course) – drumroll… the butt!

Or, more precisely, the buttuck area.

Have you heard of a “banana roll?” No, it isn’t a dessert (at least in this case). It’s the nickname for pockets of fat under your derrière. It also happens to be one of the number one areas people want CoolSculpting performed since the results are so significant.

Banana rolls are called this because they make a banana shape underneath the butt (upper back thighs). Many people have them. With CoolSculpting treatments, the fat cells in those banana rolls can be banished forever in about two hours. (That’s one hour for each side.)

If you’re wondering if CoolSculpting is the right treatment to try, note that the best candidates are individuals who are in fairly good shape, but who are having trouble getting rid of fat in certain areas.

Take the “pinch test.” If you can pinch all of the fat you’re trying to lose, CoolSculpting will most likely be ideal for you. If the fat you’d like to get rid of is kind of firm, it might be too difficult to “vacuum” into the CoolSculpting equipment, and you may not get the result you want. The area of fat that you’d like to have treated should be soft and malleable enough to be pulled up into the CoolSculpting applicator and make the right amount of contact with the panels that freeze the fat cells.

So basically, if your bum is squishy enough, it can be treated! Just remember that it needs to be fat that can be pinched, and not muscle. And as mentioned before, the derrière area is one of the most asked-about parts of the body to treat. Once the fat cells have been frozen away, they die and never come back. As long as you maintain healthy eating habits and a basic amount of exercise, your newly-sculpted butt (or any other treated area) stays sculpted.

CoolSculpting is FDA-approved, safe, fast, very effective, and requires no downtime. At Monterey Laser, we’re a leader in CoolSculpting treatments in the Bay area. If you’re interested in freezing your fat and getting the sculpted look you’ve been wanting, call us at (831) 869-8865 for a free consultation.

Tips for Maximizing Results After CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is an opportunity to reduce fat cells in treated areas 25 percent. While that might not sound like a big difference, it can be a matter of inches. The decision to treat yourself to CoolSculpting means you’re serious about getting rid of those stubborn areas of fat that remain no matter how well you eat or how hard you exercise. It’s natural to want to do anything you can to maximize the results.

You’ll find several tips online, but like everything, you must evaluate the source and always check with your certified CoolSculpting provider before following them. We’ve taken some of the most common tips for maximizing results after CoolSculpting and given you the ones that work and the ones that won’t.

Massage post CoolSculpting.

Massage of the treated area will help the healing by getting rid of edema and softening the scar tissue. Ask your partner to massage the area twice each day for the first two weeks. Be sure to ask your partner for a foot rub and a back rub.

You should wear a waist compression garment after CoolSculpting to help sculpt the area.

Your certified CoolSculpting provider’s consultation is where all the sculpting begins. CoolSculpting is as artistic as it is a procedure. Your provider is trained to have an eye for symmetry and results. A compression garment can help with any swelling you have and help you heal in the shape that you desire. Most patients wear a garment like SPANX.

Watch your diet and exercise.

Ding. Ding. These are the two most important factors in getting great CoolSculpting results, and maintaining them. In fact, as the treated areas begin showing results, many patients start to exercise even more and diet becomes even more important. CoolSculpting results become their inspiration.

If you’d like to schedule a complimentary consultation about CoolSculpting, call Monterey Laser at (831) 869-8865 or use our contact form.

DIY CoolScuplting

Do At-Home CoolSculpting Devices Really Work?

No. However, it’s easy to see why DIYers might think they would. The whole concept behind CoolSculpting started when Harvard scientists noted the effect eating popsicles had on some children’s cheeks. So, if eating popsicles had an effect on fat cells in cheeks, then surely applying that idea to other areas isn’t all that crazy. But there is more to freezing fat away… a lot more, so don’t go to bed with ice packs on your stomach tonight or buy a “CoolSculpting” device off Amazon or eBay.

CoolSculpting is a procedure that does freeze fat cells, but the device is designed to do so without harming other skin cells. First, a gel pad is applied to the treatment area, which protects your skin cells from freezing. The gel pad is like a protective layer, similar to wearing gloves in freezing winter temperatures. Exposed skin to freezing results in frostbite, and can result in the skin dying. You’ve probably heard of extreme cases in which people’s toes and fingers were amputated due to frostbite. Same concept applies here. The CoolSculpting device placed over the gel pad carefully lowers the temperature of fat tissues underneath the skin.

At-Home Attempts at “CoolSculpting” are Painful and Dangerous

The CoolSculpting device works with the system to regulate temperature throughout the entire procedure. In fact, fat cells are not really “frozen” as the “freeze fat away” slogan suggests, but merely taken down to 39 to 41 degrees, the point at which fat cells die. The CoolSculpting system does not reach a low enough temperature to harm your skin, but that cannot be guaranteed by using ice packs directly on your skin or non-FDA approved CoolSculpting knock-offs. Not only would attempting to do this at home hurt, but also, it’s dangerous. The harm that would be done to your external skin layer, nerves and muscle tissue trying to get fat cells to the temperature at which they are destroyed could be irreversible.

At-home CoolSculpting devices do not work, and should not be attempted, because there is skill and technique involved with performing the procedure. Monterey Laser & Skin Care professionals undergo hours of training, are licensed, and perform the procedure on clients multiple times a day. In-office CoolSculpting is performed under the supervision of a physician to ensure clients’ safety and satisfaction with end results. This is something you cannot be guaranteed when attempting to DIY CoolSculpting at home.

Last, but not least, CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is the ONLY FDA-approved technique for Cryolipolysis (the medical term for freezing and destroying fat cells). It is available for sale only to trained medical professionals for use in their offices or clinics. Any at-home “coolsculpting” device or system is not the same you’ll find in med spas like Fremont Laser & Skin Care. Using any of these non-Zeltiq devices will result in disappointment in results at best, and scarring, burns and blisters at worst.

Safe and Effective CoolSculpting at Monterey Laser & Skin Care

Schedule a complimentary consultation with our trained and licensed CoolSculpting professionals. A 360-degree body assessment will be performed and we’ll discuss how we can achieve your goals safely and effectively.