Due to its ease as a non-invasive alternative to surgical weight loss procedures, more people are turning to CoolSculpting to take care of their stubborn belly fat once and for all. Think freezing fat sounds too good to be true? Think again! CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a cooling treatment that crystallizes fat in the midsection area. These crystallized cells are then naturally absorbed by the body over the course of a few months, and, while maintaining healthy diet and exercise, will also have long-term results.

So, you’ve now decided that, after trying all the right things for your body, that pesky stomach bulge just won’t go away and a CoolSculpting treatment is right for you! Here are some things to keep in mind to properly prepare yourself for your first CoolSculpting session.

Eat Right!

This goes without saying, but treating yourself to a healthy meal before any procedure helps your body to react and recover as fast as possible since you’re giving it the nutrients it needs to function efficiently. While you might fantasize about indulging in one last greasy burger before getting your belly fat frozen off, you’re really just slowing down your body’s optimal amount of recovery. The same also goes for smoking, which can slow down your body’s defenses. Considering slowing down your nicotine intake or quitting altogether will only help increase your best results. So, avoid smoking and be sure to eat a light, healthy meal before coming in!

Avoid Certain Medications or Supplements

Supplements such as fish oil, St. John’s Wort, and anticoagulants like aspirin all have blood-thinning effects, meaning that taking these before a medical procedure increases your risk of bruising. To properly get them out of your system, stop taking these supplements about a week before your CoolSculpting session, and consult your doctor about alternative remedies that could assist you in the meantime.

Take Care of Your Skin

Since the CoolSculpting procedure involves massaging and suction, make sure the skin of the region undergoing treatment is free of cuts, scabs, or open wounds. Please allow time for these to heal before going in for your appointment.  The same precaution should be taken regarding tanning or sun exposure that could result in burns, which make your skin more sensitive and potentially cause discomfort during treatment.

Wear Something Comfortable and Loose

If you want to make the procedure easy for yourself and the technician, wear something easy to move and lounge in, but not something that you’ll mind getting gel on! And don’t skip the underwear!

Since CoolSculpting is non-invasive, a nice perk of the procedure is not having to worry about doing a lot a lot of preparation before going in. Bring something to read or occupy yourself, since sessions can take anywhere from one to three hours. Once you’re done, know that it doesn’t mean all of your problems are fixed! Full results occur over the course of the next few months, and you will still need to stick to a healthy diet and exercise regimen to maintain your new physique.

If you find that CoolSculpting is what you need to feel like your best self this summer, contact the experts at the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery, who offer CoolSculpting sessions in a variety of different packages based on your needs. Call today for a consultation and say goodbye to that stubborn belly fat for good!