It’s always easy to dismiss “trends” in body contouring. When it comes to the thighs, for example, the large and heavy look has never been popular. Recently, women are pushing the need for trim thighs to a new level, mimicking the runway and magazine models they idolize. This new “thigh gap” trend encourages women to sculpt their thighs enough to leave a gap between them. Ultimately, the idea is to be able to stand up without the thighs touching in the middle. Whether you’re looking to achieve the illusive thigh gap or just to trim down your thighs a little, CoolSculpting can help you accomplish your goals.
About the CoolSculpting Procedure
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq offers patients a revolutionary way to achieve better body contour through the removal of subcutaneous fat cells. First introduced in 2010, this new treatment is completely nonsurgical so there aren’t any incisions or anesthetics to worry about. Instead of a cannula to break apart and remove fat cells, CoolSculpting uses a specialized cooling device based on the research of Harvard medical scientists.
During your CoolSculpting procedure, you will sit or lie down in a comfortable position that allows the machine access to the treatment area. The CoolSculpting device is then placed over that area, where the tissue will be pulled gently but firmly in between two cooling panels. The patented technology delivers freezing temperatures to the fat cells at a controlled coldness that will not harm surrounding tissue at all. The fat cells will freeze, become slowly metabolized, and then permanently flushed by the body.
While this is happening, most CoolSculpting patients are able to relax with a book, take a nice nap, or work on a laptop. When the treatment is over, there is no need for downtime so most patients are able to resume the rest of their daily activities. Some initial results may be visible, but typically, it will take about three to four months for the fat cells to be completed flushed from your body and your results to become fully visible. On average, the final result is a 20 to 25% reduction in fat cells from the treatment area.
More Than One CoolSculpting Treatment
For some, a 20% reduction in fat cells is enough to achieve the desired final result. For other patients, more work may need to be done to get there. During your CoolSculpting consultation, you’ll discuss your personal expectations for your treatment and whether they are feasible with this nonsurgical method. If your surgeon finds that you are a good fit for CoolSculpting but recommends a fat reduction of more than 20%, you will work together to create a treatment plan that may include two or more visits. It is perfectly safe to have multiple CoolSculpting treatments, provided they are spaced out reasonably to avoid shocking your body. You may plan these treatments to focus on one area or more, as well.
CoolSculpting and the Thigh Gap
Now that you’ve learned a little bit more about CoolSculpting, you can probably see how this procedure could help someone to achieve that coveted “thigh gap” look. This nonsurgical body contouring procedure is an ideal choice for targeting small, hard to reach pockets of fat and providing a thinning result. Where a liposuction surgery might be too aggressive, CoolSculpting can achieve the right results and minimize recovery time and risks.
If you’re looking to treat the thighs to a CoolSculpting session, you’ll likely be able to both legs in the same session. Depending on how concentrated your fat cells are in this area, you may require multiple treatments, so give yourself the time needed to achieve your goal safely. Relax and enjoy your CoolSculpting treatment, then watch as your results slowly emerge. This treatment is a top pick for thigh fat removal and will deliver slimming results, however drastic you’d like to take them.
The Ideal CoolSculpting Patient
If you’re considering CoolSculpting treatments for any part of your body, thighs included, you’ll need to be a good candidate even though it is nonsurgical. You should be in good overall health and fall within 30% of your ideal body weight. To be a good candidate, you should already maintain good, healthy habits like regular exercise and a balanced diet. CoolSculpting is noninvasive and requires no downtime, so this procedure can be a great choice for candidates on a busy schedule or who don’t qualify for or don’t want surgery. Consult with a plastic surgeon to determine if CoolSculpting is a smart choice for you.
Contour Your Thighs and More With CoolSculpting
To get your desired results from CoolSculpting, start by consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon is the best way to get the information you need. Contact the office of Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech, a fully trained plastic surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, to book your consultation today. He will be happy to walk you through what you should expect from a body lift procedure or any other surgery that might address your areas of concern. A specialist in Minimally Invasive Aesthetics, he incorporates this philosophy into all of his surgical and nonsurgical procedures, while aiming to get you the best results possible. Dr. Steinbrech has been selected by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons. Contact his office, located at 60 East 56th Street, Suite 3A, in New York City, by calling (212) 750-0070.