Get More Definition and Muscle Tone—Without Exercise!—in Grand Rapids
When it comes to reaching your body contouring goals, fat reduction is only one piece of the sculpting puzzle! For a truly toned physique, you should also focus on taut and firm skin and visible underlying muscles. For patients who want to take their body sculpting to the next level—without surgery, injections, or downtime—the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery provides CoolTone™ in Grand Rapids.
Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to get the lean, sculpted look we want. Even with low-calorie meals and a workout routine packed with sit-ups and squats, a diet-resistant belly and lower body areas can remain particular trouble spots for many people. That's because you can do all the right things—like staying active, exercising regularly, and watching your weight—but may still struggle to achieve your desired body shape. CoolTone™ can give you the edge you're looking for.
What Is CoolTone™?
It's no secret that having sculpted muscles in the right areas can make you look slimmer and can even help with posture and improve your metabolism! CoolTone™ is industry pioneer Allergan's cutting-edge body-contouring device cleared by the FDA for stimulating muscles and improving tone in the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. It is now being used in cosmetic practices across the country.
Since fat reduction alone is often not enough to generate desired contours, CoolTone™ serves as a way to effectively build healthy muscle. The treatment works best for men and women who need just a little extra "push" to get them to the next level in toning their torso or firming up their buttocks and thighs.
How Does CoolTone™ Work?
The CoolTone™ treatment utilizes magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS) to penetrate muscles with high-frequency electromagnetic energy and encourage involuntary "superphysiological" contractions. That means the muscles will be flexing extremely rapidly—like an incredibly intense workout without the actual sit-ups. In fact, there's no way to replicate the intensity of these contractions on your own at home or in the gym.
The goal is to build muscle mass and strength in such a way that would be impossible otherwise, even with thousands of repetitions. Women and men who choose CoolTone™ often feel stronger right away as a result. The CoolTone™ session itself is brief and no down time is required. Patients can go back to their normal activities right away, often reporting that they feel like they just blasted through an incredible workout session.
While one treatment is enough to begin to generate results, some patients require multiple treatments to get the best possible outcome, depending on the treatment area. To preserve CoolTone™ results for as long as possible, it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle: eat healthy foods, keep up the exercise, and live well!
How Does Muscle Growth Happen?
Skeletal muscles (one of the three major muscle groups in the body) are connected to bones, which allow you to move parts of your body at will. These muscles can grow weaker due to inactivity or grow stronger with intense exercise, such as weight training. Such activities cause localized trauma to the muscles, which is why it's common to feel sore after an intense workout.
To repair this trauma, the body sends specialized cells to the site of the "injury" so they can make repairs. In a process known as "hypertrophy," new protein strands are created to replace the damaged ones. The new strands make the muscles themselves larger and stronger.
CoolTone™ is an alternative way to kick-start hypertrophy for muscle growth. Like intense exercise, it causes trauma to muscles, leading to an increase in size and strength.
Who is a Good Candidate for CoolTone™?
CoolTone™, like all forms of nonsurgical body contouring, is well suited for adults who are in a good state of overall health, close to their ideal weight, and simply have a few problem areas they want to address. The best candidates for CoolTone™ are those who are already trim, but are looking for a little extra help to improve muscle definition.
CoolTone™ For Women
The most common trouble zones women want addressed are typically found on the lower body, where the female body tends to store excess fat. A patient's goal may be to have balanced curves in the "right" areas, which muscle building with CoolTone™ helps to achieve.
As we get older and go through hormonal shifts, we can gain more body weight. Excess fat is difficult to target with conventional exercise and dieting, which may slim down areas on the upper body or even the belly, but leave the lower body a little bulkier and not as firm as we'd like.
Women often choose CoolTone™ to lift and firm up their thighs or sculpt a more round butt. The treatment may also help repair sit-up muscles that have been separated from pregnancy.
CoolTone™ For Men
Cosmetic procedures have been considered as something strictly "for women" for decades. In recent years, however, men have demonstrated a growing interest in self-care, and society has become more accepting of treatments designed to help sculpt the ideal physique. Some of this change may be due to a more competitive job market and dating scene, both of which have changed as social media and online networking gained popularity.
Now, it's easy for anyone—from an employer to potential date—to find an image of you and form an opinion based on quick first impressions.
Men who choose CoolTone™ typically desire a more athletic, sculpted physique with a V-shaped torso (broad shoulders, muscular arms, solid chest, and narrow waist). Since guys are prone to storing extra fat around the midsection in the form of a "beer belly" and "love handles," they often seek out CoolTone™ to be able to show off more chiselled, toned abs, or to bulk up a skinny lower body.
Does CoolTone™ Work with CoolSculpting®?
CoolTone™ manufacturer Allergan is also the maker of CoolSculpting®, which targets areas all over the body for nonsurgical fat reduction to create slimmer and more balanced body proportions. While CoolTone™ stimulates muscles to build strength and volume, CoolSculpting® targets fat cells to crystallize them so they are gradually broken down, absorbed, and eliminated by the body.
The surrounding skin and tissues are unharmed and ideally draw in around the leaner contours. When used together, the two treatments can reduce the fat that covers abdominal muscles and strengthen the muscles themselves. Despite what its name might suggest, as well as its relationship to CoolSculpting®, there is no "cooling" involved in CoolTone™.
More Body Contouring Options
For optimal body contouring results, many patients find a look they love by combining various procedures to target the three necessary components: muscle, fat, and skin.
CoolTone™ is ideal for improving the look of targeted muscles, while CoolSculpting® is a popular choice for fat reduction. The Bengtson Center also offers Kybella® injections for slimming a double chin, as well as surgical liposuction for more dramatic results all over the body.
Loose skin that hides strong muscle can tighten with help from THERMItight® or Ultherapy®. In cases where a significant amount of skin laxity causes a flabby look, surgery—such as a tummy tuck or Brazilian butt lift—can help.
Our Master Medical Aestheticians and Clinical Providers can work with you, starting at a personalized consultation, to figure out which options would best sculpt your physique for the lean and toned look you want!