Given the ever-changing nature of today’s cosmetic procedures, it should come as no surprise that new technology has produced innovative treatments that reduce fat and tone muscles without surgery. One of the more recent methods to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration is called CoolTone, developed by the same company that developed CoolSculpting.
Although they were both created by Allergan, CoolTone and CoolSculpting are entirely different treatments. CoolSculpting uses a process called cryolipolysis, which exploits the fact that fat freezes more quickly than other tissue. Comparatively, CoolTone does not focus on eliminating fat, but instead, the technology centers on strengthening and toning muscles.
The procedure uses magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS), which delivers electromagnetic energy to your muscles to produce involuntary contractions. These automatic responses strengthen the muscles, resulting in firmer and more defined musculature. Such a process is similar to the muscle contractions induced during Emsculpt procedures.
Understanding the CoolTone Procedure and Associated Pain
As a noninvasive procedure, CoolTone does not require any anesthesia or pain medication, and patients remain awake and alert for the duration of their session. Approximately 25,000 muscle contractions occur during a single CoolTone session, which should last about 30 minutes. The muscle contractions should not be too painful, as they feel similar to an intense abdominal workout. Depending on how you may feel during the treatment, patients can adjust the level of contraction if the pain unexpectedly spikes.
Are You The Right Candidate for CoolTone?
The ideal CooTone candidate is not interested in eliminating stubborn areas of fat on their body. Instead, they seek a nonsurgical treatment to produce a more toned, firm, and strengthened musculature.
The best candidates for CoolTone treatments have committed to a healthy lifestyle of a proper diet and regular exercise; yet, they’re still having trouble obtaining results in areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
CoolTone Results & Recovery
CoolTone claims to be the golden standard for magnetic muscle stimulation, as their website purports the devices deliver 50 percent more magnetic strength than Emsculpt. They also claim that studies have demonstrated an average muscle mass increase of 16 percent after a full course of treatments.
Optimal results usually appear after roughly four treatments, but this can vary according to each individual’s needs and body. CoolTone patients will notice results as soon as three weeks later, yet the dramatic changes occur after two to four months. It is important to note that CoolTone should not be viewed as a weight-loss method for those who are above their target numbers.
In terms of CoolTone recovery, there is no actual recovery time post-procedure. It is reported that you will feel as if you endured a strenuous workout afterward. You’ll be able to continue your ordinary day, free of any pressing restrictions.
CoolTone providers usually recommend between three to eight treatments, depending on the treated areas and specific body goals of the patient. Given this vacillating number of treatments, a complete CoolTone treatment fluctuates at a price between $2,700 and $3,700 per muscle group. Body parts currently treatable with CoolTone include the abdomen, buttocks, triceps, and thighs.