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Our location in Banff, Canada, means we are all too familiar with winter weather. The bone-deep chill of a western Canadian winter keeps most of us bundled up and gravitating toward all things warm and cozy. Your beach body may seem like a distant goal while you layer scarves and sweaters, and it is easy to excuse a bit of winter weight due to holiday foods and hibernation. But winter can also be an excellent time of year to consider a cosmetic procedure to help you keep the physique you worked for over the summer. Holiday vacations give you time to relax and recover among friends and family, and full-coverage winter clothing can help hide signs of your procedure as well as bulky compression garments. Although its name certainly sounds like something you might want to avoid when there is snow on the ground, CoolSculpting can be an ideal choice to maintain a slimmer profile through the cold winter months.

Freezing Temperatures: Friend or Foe?

Choosing CoolSculpting to combat winter weight gain has a certain kind of poetry. Fat adds a protective layer between our bodies and the elements and can be burned to generate heat and extra energy during times when our ancestors struggled to find food and shelter. But some theories and research suggest that becoming acclimated to cold temperatures may cause our body to metabolize fat differently, storing it for insulation rather than burning it for heat and energy — in this scenario, cold temperatures can actually make losing fat more difficult.

CoolSculpting, though, harnesses the power of extreme, short-term cold to combat your body’s long-term fat storage mechanisms. CoolSculpting works by applying freezing temperatures directly to fat layers under the skin, so you don’t have to feel cold to see the benefits. When your fat cells are frozen, your body reacts by processing and eliminating them, reducing the amount of fat in that area and visibly shrinking unwanted bulges.

Fat Reduction, Naturally

Since CoolSculpting works with your body’s natural processes to eliminate body fat, it takes time before your effects fully take shape. For most CoolSculpting clients, complete results are visible between three and four months after their last session. Depending on the areas and amount of fat you want to treat, you may choose to schedule two or three sessions approximately one month apart — it can be close to six or seven months between your first session and your final new body. Scheduling your first session in the winter will give you results in time for summer, so you can proudly reveal your new body in lightweight clothing or a bathing suit.

Keep Your Winter Options Open

Winter in a place like Banff might be cold, but it is also beautiful — the snowy mountains and lakes bring visitors from all over the world despite the freezing temperatures. Skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and sledding are activities that many of us look forward to every year. If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure this winter but are hesitating because you do not want your recovery to interfere with your favorite seasonal pastimes, CoolSculpting may be the right fit for you. The procedure is quick — sessions typically last an hour at most — and you can return to normal activities right away. Some clients report bruising or mildly uncomfortable spasms or tightness for up to a week after the procedure, but you will not need bed rest or time away from your day-to-day life. Additionally, discomfort can be eased with light compression garments or bandaging; you can easily conceal this and any bruising under sweaters and long pants.

To learn more about CoolSculpting and other body sculpting procedures at Banff Plastic Surgery, call us today at 403-762-2055. You can schedule a consultation with expert plastic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Hall-Findlay to help you determine if CoolSculpting is right for you this winter.