Losing unwanted fat and getting the body of your dreams can be a challenge. Many people struggle to reduce excess fat through lifestyle changes, especially as they become older. Fortunately, at Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek in Denver, Colorado, we can help you enhance your look with CoolSculpting and Vanquish.
Body Sculpting FAQs: What Is the Difference Between CoolSculpting and Vanquish?
CoolSculpting and Vanquish are body sculpting treatments that can help you reduce unwanted fat and improve your appearance. CoolSculpting uses state-of-the-art cooling technology to reduce your fat. Vanquish, in contrast, uses radiofrequency technology to help people eliminate excess fat.
These non-invasive treatments allow people to reduce their excess fat without going through complex procedures. Although they work in different ways, they are both safe, quick, and effective.
Why Is It So Hard to Lose Unwanted Fat?
It’s common to struggle with unwanted fat. Many people develop stubborn pockets of fat on their stomachs, thighs, and other areas of their bodies. These fat deposits may not respond to diet or exercise changes, especially as people become older. There are a variety of reasons why people struggle to address these issues on their own.
The Nature of Fat Cells
Many people think that they can lose fat cells by dieting and exercising. This is not accurate. Instead, fat cells increase in size when a person gains weight. When a person loses weight, fat cells become smaller. However, they will not disappear. The consistency of your fat cells may explain why it is so hard to reduce unwanted fat.
The Aging Process
People may also have more difficulty losing excess fat as they age. Changes in people’s metabolisms, hormone balances, and other age-related factors can prevent people from successfully improving their bodies. Further, people may struggle to fit exercise into their increasingly busy work and childcare schedules.
The Problem With Problem Areas
People also struggle to improve their appearance because they are not always able to lose fat in specific areas of their bodies. When people exercise and eat better, they can’t control which areas of their bodies will respond most effectively to their actions.
This means that people can have excess fat deposits on their stomachs, thighs, and other areas, even if they exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet. Further, people’s genes may influence which areas of their bodies store the most fat.
A Better Way
Fortunately, people don’t have to reduce fat on their own. Unlike diet and exercise programs, body sculpting treatments can permanently remove fat cells on targeted areas of people’s bodies. CoolSculpting and Vanquish are therefore excellent options for people who haven’t been able to reduce excess fat on their own.
How Does Each Treatment Work?
Each of these treatments uses unique technology to reduce excess fat.
This treatment uses powerful cooling technology to reduce unwanted fat. Not long ago, scientific researchers realized that fat in people’s bodies freezes at a lower temperature than other tissues in their bodies. This fact allows healthcare providers to freeze fat cells without harming their other tissues.
Today, medical providers perform this treatment using an innovative device that lowers the temperature of the patient’s targeted area to the freezing point of fat.
Once the area reaches the proper temperature, the fat cells will begin to die. The cooling process can kill about 30% of the fat cells in the targeted area. Over time, the patient’s body will naturally eliminate these dead cells. The person will have a sleeker, more attractive look.
Vanquish uses the power of heat to reduce excess fat. During a patient’s treatment session, their medical provider will use a device to send radiofrequency energy to the target area. The device will determine the precise level of energy that can provide an optimal result. This process will cause the underlying fat in the target area to reach a higher temperature than the surface of the patient’s skin.
This heat causes the person’s fat cells to die. As with CoolSculpting, the person’s body will slowly eliminate the dead fat cells through natural processes. This treatment will provide the patient with a slimmer, more contoured appearance.
What Areas of My Body Can These Treatments Improve?
People love these treatments because they are great at targeting unwanted fat in specific areas of the body. People often use these treatments to enhance features they haven’t been able to improve through lifestyle changes.
CoolSculpting can reduce fat on your thighs, flanks, upper arms, and back. It can improve the area underneath your buttocks. It can also address fat under your jawline and chin.
This treatment can reduce fat on your upper thighs, sides, upper arms, and abdomen.
How Will I Prepare for My Treatment?
You’ll begin by having an initial consultation with us. During this meeting, we will examine your body and talk about your desired outcomes. We will also discuss your medical history and any medications that you’re taking. We will use this information to help you decide which body contouring treatment is right for you. We will also tell you about any specific rules you need to follow before you receive your treatment.
What Will My Treatment Be Like?
These are both easy, non-invasive treatments. These body contouring techniques are therefore ideal for busy people who are looking for quick, straightforward ways to enhance their appearance.
We have two CoolSculpting machines. These machines allow us to provide you with faster treatments. During your treatment, the machines will use suction techniques to cool your target areas.
As your body numbs, you will feel comfortable. Many people take phone calls, perform work, or watch television during the treatment process. Although everyone’s treatment is unique, the cooling process can take several hours.
If you choose to use Vanquish to reduce fat, you will begin by lying down on a bed. We will put the Vanquish device above your target area. Since this technology can treat your body from a distance, we will put the device a few inches above your skin. It will not touch your body.
The device will direct targeted radiofrequency energy toward your treatment area. This is a comfortable, quick process. People often take a nap or read during their treatments. This process usually takes about forty-five minutes.
What Will My Recovery Period Be Like?
Since these treatments are non-invasive and gentle, you don’t need to go through a lengthy period of recovery after your appointment. In fact, most people can return to their jobs and other activities soon after receiving their treatments.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Since everyone’s body is unique, your treatment plan will be personalized. The number of sessions that you need will depend on how much excess fat you have, how many areas of the body you would like to improve, and other factors.
In general, people receive four Vanquish treatments. We will wait a week between each treatment. People may also receive multiple CoolSculpting treatments to achieve their desired results.
When Will I See Results?
Both of these treatments provide long-lasting, noticeable results. That said, it will take some time for your body to remove your dead fat cells.
It typically takes your body about eight to twelve weeks to process your dead fat cells after your CoolSculpting treatment. Many people will notice improvements in how their clothing fits after about four weeks. People typically see the full benefits of their treatments after about twelve weeks.
People often receive four Vanquish treatment sessions. People can notice positive changes in their target area after the second treatment session. Their results will continue to improve for several weeks after they complete their treatments.
People are often thrilled with how slim and attractive they look. In fact, people who use this treatment on their abdomens typically lose two to four inches of fat in this area.
Are These Treatments Safe?
These treatments are non-invasive and easy. They have excellent safety profiles. They use gentle methods to reduce your fat cells without requiring you to go through a lengthy period of recovery.
Many people have successfully used these methods to improve their bodies. During your initial consultation, we can address any questions or concerns you have about the safety of these treatments.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for These Treatments?
These are gentle treatments that are available for a wide variety of people. Healthy adults who are trying to reduce excess fat often achieve the best results from these treatments. That said, these treatments are not intended to be used as weight loss methods.
They may not be suitable for people who want to reduce very large amounts of fat. Further, you should tell your healthcare provider about any recent procedures or cosmetic treatments that you have received.
People With Health Conditions
There are some health conditions that may prevent people from receiving these treatments. In particular, people who have implantable devices like a copper IUD should not use Vanquish. Further, people who have cold agglutinin disease, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or cryoglobulinemia should not use CoolSculpting.
Will My Results Be Permanent?
These treatments are extremely popular because they provide permanent results. CoolSculpting and Vanquish will destroy fat cells in your target area. Once your body has removed these fat cells through natural processes, they will be gone for good.
However, people experience the best results when they adopt healthy diets and exercise programs after their treatments. In fact, many people feel motivated to take better care of themselves once they see the positive results of their treatments.
What’s the Difference Between These Treatments and Liposuction?
Liposuction is an aesthetic procedure that removes fat. During this procedure, a medical provider will use a thin tube to suction excess fat out of your body. This is an invasive procedure. Patients usually must take time off from work and other activities while they recover.
CoolSculpting and Vanquish don’t require you to receive incisions or deal with scarring to achieve beneficial results. These treatments use non-invasive methods of fat reduction. Although they don’t provide the exact same benefits as liposuction, these methods allow you to improve your appearance and reduce fat without going through a complex procedure.
Further, these treatments have minimal to no recovery time. They are therefore ideal options for people who are looking for an easy way to reduce their fat.
Schedule a Consultation
You can say goodbye to your unwanted fat and get the sleek, sculpted body that you’ve always wanted with CoolSculpting and Vanquish. To learn more about how these body sculpting treatments can help you, contact us at Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek in Denver, Colorado for an initial consultation today.