Some people like going to the gym to lift weights and some people don’t. However, to achieve ideal weight loss and health, you must increase your lean muscle mass. If you aren’t enthused by the idea of weight training, you may want to consider building up lean muscle mass with an aesthetic treatment. A non-invasive treatment like CoolTone at RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK can sculpt your body and strengthen your muscles.
How Does CoolTone Work?
CoolTone is a treatment that works by exposing the muscles in your body to magnetic muscle stimulation, a type of electromagnetic energy that stimulates muscle contractions. During your treatment, thousands of muscle contractions will be produced at one time, accomplishing more muscle building in a single 30-minute session than you can complete in a week of weight training.
The goal of CoolTone is to contract your muscles to burn fat and increase lean muscle mass without spending hours at the gym. During your treatment, you will simply need to wait for 30-60 minutes while electromagnetic applicators stimulate and strengthen your muscles.
What Does the Treatment Feel Like?
This treatment feels like any other muscle contraction. It’s important to note that a muscle contraction is much different from a cramp. If you have ever done crunches or squats, you may be familiar with the tingling burn of an effective muscle contraction. This treatment feels remarkably similar to your average workout session, it’s just the muscle contractions or more rapid and more effective.
How Soon Will You See the Results?
Many people will be able to see initial results as soon as two to four weeks after treatment. These early results will include visible muscle definition through the layer of fat that remains beneath your skin. As this fat reduces after additional treatments, your muscles will appear more defined and will become stronger. Increased muscle mass and definition may last for as long as six months after your initial round of treatments.
How Many Appointments Will You Need?
To get the most out of your CoolTone treatments, you may need as many as four treatments to achieve optimal results. Specifically, clinical studies indicate that for areas such as the abdomen and buttocks, you will need at least four treatments twice a week for at least two weeks. Other areas, such as the thighs, may require fewer treatments.
How Can You Maintain Your Results?
The results of this treatment are not permanent. Just like when you build muscles the traditional way by lifting weights, you can only maintain the results of this muscle toning treatment when you can keep up your muscle definition through weight management and toning exercises. For longest-lasting results, it’s a good idea to adopt a consistent workout routine.
If you gain a significant amount of weight after your treatment, the increase of fat in your body will prevent your results from being visible. For this reason, you should try to avoid gaining more than 10 pounds after you have achieved your optimal results.
That said, for women, it’s necessary to learn about the difference between true weight gain and water retention associated with the menstrual cycle. Many women can gain as much as 10 pounds in water weight during ovulation or right before a period. This weight will drop off after the cycle has finished, and this is the best time to get a measure of your true body weight.
Toning your muscles with traditional exercises can also be a good idea. For example, some of the best toning exercises can include Tai Chi, yoga, pilates, and even something as simple as walking. If you want to maintain lean muscle mass, toning exercises are essential.
However, if you want to build more muscle mass, you may need to hit the gym again to undergo weight training or resistance training, both of which can dramatically increase your muscle definition, strength, and mass.
Finally, some people may choose to maintain their desired results with regular maintenance treatments. You can come back for additional electromagnetic stimulation once every three to six months to maintain your desired muscle definition and strength. Still, it’s best to maintain your weight and use toning exercises at least once or twice a week between your maintenance appointments.
1. Where Can You Use This Treatment?
This treatment is FDA approved for use in the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen. If you are interested in toning other areas of your body, such as your arms, you will need to discuss other treatment options with your aesthetic expert. However, because the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen are often the most difficult places to build muscle definition through traditional exercise, this treatment is a highly effective option for your body sculpting goals.
2. Will This Treatment Help Reduce Cellulite?
One of the benefits of this treatment is the ability to reduce cellulite. Although cellulite is caused by a combination of collagen reduction and increased tension in fibrous tissue between the skin and the thin layer of fat cushioning muscles, this treatment can reduce collagen in treatment areas. This works because the stimulated muscle contractions will also stimulate moderate fat burning in the treatment area, which will smooth out the appearance of cellulite.
3. Does This Treatment Tighten Loose Skin?
Just like when you exercise and traditionally lose weight, stimulating rapid muscle contractions in your desired treatment areas can also tighten loose skin. This is because your body responds to the increased muscle metabolism by producing properties that can heal the body, including collagen. Simply put, your body will respond to less fat and increased muscle definition by tightening the skin.
4. Can This Treatment Burn Fat Too?
Although this treatment will not help you lose a significant amount of weight, it is associated with reducing fat in the desired treatment areas. This is beneficial in two ways. The first is that reducing the layer of fat over muscles will help your muscles appear more defined and will also contribute to tightening your skin so your results look better.
But more importantly for some patients, the ability to build muscle and burn a mild amount of fat at the same time can help achieve body sculpting goals more quickly. If you only need to lose that last inch of that around your middle section, for example, this treatment can trim up your waist so you can reach the last step of your weight loss journey.
5. Can You Pair CoolTone With CoolSculpting?
CoolTone and CoolSculpting are sister treatments that can be used together to achieve certain aesthetic goals. While CoolTone can only be used on the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs, CoolSculpting is a treatment that can be used on virtually every area of the body, including the neck and chin, underarms, back, chest, abdomen, hips, thighs, and sometimes buttocks.
Pairing these two treatments together can create more comprehensive body sculpting results. Furthermore, depending on your current weight and body shape, it may be necessary to complete a round of CoolSculpting treatments before you can use CoolTone effectively. This is because CoolSculpting can significantly reduce body fat by up to 25% in any given treatment area, which will then make it easier for your electromagnetic stimulation treatment to work effectively.
6. Are You a Good Candidate?
Both men and women are good candidates for this muscle-tightening and body-toning treatment. As long as you are healthy, near your target body weight, and you are committed to a healthy lifestyle that will make it easier for you to maintain your results, you’re likely a candidate.
However, you may not be eligible for this treatment if you still need to lose a significant amount of weight or if you are currently pregnant. There may also be certain medical restrictions associated with this treatment. If you have a medical implant such as an ear implant, pacemaker, or implanted defibrillator, you are not eligible for this treatment.
Get the Toned Body of Your Dreams
Toning up your body at the gym means countless hours spent lifting weights. If you’re not someone who enjoys spending time at the gym, achieving your body goals can seem like an impossible uphill battle. Fortunately, a treatment such as CoolTone can strengthen your muscles, define your body shape, tighten your skin, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. If you think this treatment is right for you, get in touch with RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK to schedule a consultation.