Following childbirth (whether naturally or via cesarean section), many women are left with stubborn fat deposits, especially in the lower stomach area. CoolSculpting is an effective non-invasive procedure designed to reduce or eliminate unwanted fat, so increasing numbers of women consider CoolSculpting after childbirth. There are, however, certain factors that must be taken into consideration before CoolSculpting can be recommended.
General medical opinion is that it’s best to wait six months following childbirth before undergoing any cosmetic procedures, including non-invasive ones. This gives your body the time to fully recover from the significant changes that it undergoes during pregnancy and will also give your body the opportunity to lose much of the fat gained during pregnancy naturally.
Pregnancy and childbirth are not the only causes of stress to your body – breastfeeding also involves significant changes to your metabolism and brings with it major changes in the way that your body manages fat, which is, of course, needed to produce nutritious milk when breastfeeding. We recommend waiting a further three to six months after stopping breastfeeding before considering CoolSculpting.
C-Sections and CoolSculpting
Cesarean births require additional recovery time – typically in the four to six weeks range, but often result in a flabby pouch forming above the C-section scar. This pouch normally reduces over time but may never totally disappear. The pouch is partly due to excess skin, the natural result of your pregnancy, but is primarily due to excess fat deposits.
Some women are able to reduce or even eliminate this pouch through diet and exercise; others may not be so fortunate.
The good news is that CoolSculpting is able to reduce this pouch in most cases substantially. You’ll need to be evaluated by a medically qualified CoolSculpting practitioner, who will be able to advise you if you’re a good candidate for fat reduction using CoolSculpting.
Multiple CoolSculpting treatments are required in almost all cases. Each procedure removes up to 25% of fat cells in the area being treated, so multiple sessions are usually needed to achieve maximum fat removal. Fat cells in the treated area will be naturally eliminated from the body in the weeks and months that follow.
Weight Loss and CoolSculpting
There’s one area where CoolSculpting cannot help – although the procedure is an effective way to reduce or eliminate subcutaneous fat in many parts of the body, it is not intended to be used as a way to lose weight. This is primarily because CoolSculpting can only address fat deposits that lay close to the skin – the same fat deposits that cause the majority of cosmetic issues. CoolSculpting cannot affect other fat deposits, such as the visceral fat deposits that surround abdominal organs deeper inside the body. For this reason, CoolSculpting should not be considered a substitute for exercise and eating a healthy diet.
Quality of Results
If you decide to proceed with CoolSculpting, you will need to pay attention to the practitioner’s skill and experience – getting a natural and symmetrical “look” actually requires considerable skill on the part of the person performing the procedure. It’s unfortunately quite possible to be left with “lumpy” uneven skin after treatment if the practitioner is inexperienced or the procedure is rushed. So, do your homework before deciding where to go.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care’s medical professionals are qualified and highly experienced in the application of CoolSculpting. We can provide you with expert advice on how best to use CoolSculpting to address your particular concerns and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about using the procedure to address belly pouches or unwanted fat in other areas. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures and can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.