CoolSculpting® vs. Weight Loss: What’s the Difference?

Hoping to get sculpted in the new year? The standard methods of trimming down body fat—like working out regularly with plenty of cardio and strength training while following a healthy diet—are effective for toning up your entire body … to a point. What about that frustrating problem area that lingers even after you’ve shed a lot of weight? That pocket of fat that literally stands in the way of your gaining your better-defined physique? Maybe it’s a double chin, wine waist, beer belly, or love handles you’ve been battling for years. Wherever the undesirable flab is located, chances are good that CoolSculpting® from Los Angeles’ Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills can slim it down.

The human body contains a lot of water, fat, and muscle. Most nutritionists recommend incorporating exercise to build muscle and maintain a good metabolism, as opposed to simply losing weight by dieting alone. Aside from the perks of going down a few clothing sizes, reducing your number on the scale, and feeling more confident about your appearance, keeping the extra pounds off helps you to prevent chronic conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. But even healthy, generally slimmer bodies can carry around stubborn pockets of large fat cells. This is because excess energy consumed is stored in the body in the form of fat. The body saves this energy to maintain its functions when need, whether you’re physically active or resting.

When we “lose” weight, the body is tapping into those energy stores, but fat cells aren’t really lost. Instead, they shrink through metabolic processes as some of the banked energy is used up. Some of the cells’ lipids are broken down, filtrated, and flushed out. When the flushing is significant, it can lead to a visible reduction in volume. Muscle or water loss can also contribute to overall weight loss, but there’s no way to precisely control where or when any of this happens on the body. This explains why one area can slim down, while another remains bulky.

The CoolSculpting® system addresses this problem by actually causing unwanted fat cells to break down—not just shrink. The treatment can be used on most areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, bra fat, double chin, flanks, and upper arms. As it is non-surgical, there is no significant preparation or recovery time required. The applicator precisely crystallizes and destroys fat cells under the skin, without harming surrounding skin, tissue, muscle, or bone. This fat is gradually eliminated over weeks and months, leaving behind slimmer contours. Unlike conventional weight loss, CoolSculpting® can permanently eradicate fat in isolated spots.

Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills provides body contouring services with CoolSculpting®. Set up a personalized treatment plan in Los Angeles today! To learn more about your options, call 310-246-0495 or write online to schedule a consultation.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.