Does CoolSculpting® Reduce Belly Fat?

As we all know, losing weight can be challenging. One of the reasons why it’s so difficult for people who are overweight to lower the number on the scale is that their body actively works against them and attempts to prevent lasting weight loss. Although diet and exercise have an influence on your weight, there are also other factors that affect it. Complex interactions between hormones and neurons in the hypothalamus are greatly responsible for how much you weigh.

Even after successfully losing weight, we are still often left with specific, isolated areas of fat that we can’t decrease just by exercising—such as a stomach bulge. With all of this in mind, a common question people ask about body contouring treatments is: “Is CoolSculpting® worth it for belly fat?” Our Westlake Village-based team at Pierre Skin Care Institute believes that the nonsurgical fat-freezing strategy is highly effective for removing excess, resistant fat on the belly area. 

Having a “spare tire” or “muffin top” is something many people are self-conscious about, so it’s no surprise that the midsection is one of the most common areas where patients focus their efforts. The CoolSculpting® device helps to remove resistant fat on the stomach area, even after pregnancy or significant weight loss. Multiple sessions may sometimes be needed to maximize the weight loss results. Also known as cryolipolysis, the process will naturally get rid of fat cells by causing them to freeze. CoolSculpting® is ideal for a person who wants to make their stomach slimmer so that it is more proportional with the rest of their body, as well as to help clothes fit in a more flattering way. 

The best cosmetic procedure for you depends on the cause of the extra volume on your midsection. CoolSculpting® only works on the soft, visible fat that is directly below the skin and can be pinched between the fingers, which is called subcutaneous fat. It won’t reduce the hard, visceral fat s located close to the organs. Additionally, CoolSculpting® does not correct diastasis recti—a common post-partum condition that causes the six-pack muscles to separate and allow tissues to bulge out.

CoolSculpting® works best on patients who are at or close to their ideal body weight and have elastic skin that can easily conform to the newly slimmer contours. For these men and women, the treatment is ideal for reducing belly fat.

Our team at Pierre Skin Care Institute can explain more about what you can expect from this procedure. Contact us today by calling 805-496-9190 or fill out a contact form to request an appointment. 

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