By now, you’re probably at least vaguely familiar with body contouring treatments. They’ve advanced majorly in recent years—many of these treatments even target muscles that are hard to work at the gym. I first learned about the ultramodern treatment from actress Malin Akerman, who, like other Hollywood favorites, used CoolTone® to get the firmer and more toned abdomen she’s struggled to achieve with exercise.
Why I Tried It
Toning up is my Achilles heel. When I’ve put on a bit more weight than I would have liked, I’ve pushed myself in the gym to get to my goal and gave myself a big pat on the back for it. But getting my muscles (that seem to do more of a putty type of thing) sculpted is a different story. I want to preface this statement by emphasizing that I’m very proud of my body, grateful for its capabilities, and have truly learned to love its “softness.” However, when I heard that there's a noninvasive treatment that will help give me the midsection I just can't quite get in the gym, I was intrigued.
I had three sessions of CoolTone® done at Hudson Dermatology and Laser Surgery in New York City by Dhaval G. Bhanusali, MD. Like most body contouring treatments, you can find a practice in your area that has CoolTone® on its list of services, or go to CoolSculpting.com to find a provider.
I was prescribed a series of four sessions to help achieve my desired tautness—usually, a package of four to six sessions is recommended. Unfortunately, a busy work schedule kept me from my last appointment, but I can firmly say that after three sessions, I was happy with the change (although subtle) I saw in my before-and-after photos.
Meet the Expert
- Dhaval G. Bhanusali, MD is a leading digital health entrepreneur at Hudson Dermatology and Laser Surgery in New York City.
When I’ve put on a bit more weight than I would have liked, I’ve pushed myself in the gym to get to my goal and give myself a big pat on the back for it. But getting my muscles sculpted is a different story.
In this age of social media, we often think solely about aesthetics when it comes to toning. But Bhanusali broke down the functional benefits of having a toned abdomen. "In theory, you have a stronger, firmer, and toned abdomen," he says.
When I underwent the CoolTone® treatment, it was perfect timing. I had a lot on my plate work-wise, the holidays were in full-force, and the combination of the stress of the past year and the winter season kept me indoors glued to my computer, eating all types of processed deliciousness. I was totally off my usual fitness and nutrition regimen and thankful to have a treatment that made me not look like I had been.
What is CoolTone®?
Plainly, the FDA-cleared CoolTone® treatment uses Magnetic Muscle Stimulation (MMS) technology to strengthen, tone, and firm the abdomen muscles, buttocks, and thighs. Patients’ "before and afters" are concrete testaments to its toning powers.
What did the CoolTone® process look and feel like? I went into my provider’s office, laid down with the applicator firmly strapped around my abdomen (my area of choice) while he gradually raised the intensity of the vibrations penetrating below the fat layer to tone. The whole process took no more than a half-hour and that’s it! I didn’t miss a beat on treatment days.
Bhanusali said everyone takes to the vibrations differently, and it's up to the patient and the doctor to find the appropriate comfort level. The aim is to increase the intensity of each session. To provide you with an idea of what I mean, in my first session, I ended around a 70 percent intensity level, and by the last session, I finished at 100 percent. The next day, my abs would feel sore as if I had done a rigorous ab workout. After my first session, I felt weird since I had done no such workout, but it was not unfamiliar from the post-workout aches I’ve experienced before. Many providers offer a package of four treatments at a reduced rate of $400 to $500 per treatment.
Did It Work?
If you’re looking for a dramatic change, this probably isn’t the treatment for you. This also isn’t a fat reduction treatment—that’s CoolSculpting®. CoolTone® is sometimes recommended after CoolSculpting® sessions. Exercise and good eating habits while undergoing CoolTone® are encouraged for optimal results, so I can only imagine what my "after" photos would have looked like if I had put in more effort. In that same vein, if I could show you my Uber Eats charges during this period, you’d still be thoroughly impressed.
While CoolTone® didn’t give me a total body transformation, the treatment did give me a more toned, stronger, and firmer abdomen, which gave me the strength to get my butt back in the gym with my trainer. It may have even given me a little boost of confidence to even to don a bathing suit on holiday after a diet of mostly fries!
To learn more about CoolTone®, visit coolsculpting.com/cooltone.
The CoolTone® device is FDA-cleared for improvement of abdominal tone, strengthening of the abdominal muscles, and development for firmer abdomen. CoolTone® is also FDA-cleared for strengthening, toning, and firming of buttocks and thighs.
Important Safety Information for CoolTone®
The CoolTone® procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolTone® treatment in areas with metal, electrical, or electronic implants/devices like cardiac pacemakers, implanted hearing devices, implanted defibrillators, implanted neurostimulators, drug pumps, or hearing aids.
Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions as CoolTone® should not be used over a menstruating uterus, over areas of the skin that lack normal sensation, in patients with fever, malignant tumor, hemorrhagic conditions, epilepsy, recent surgical procedure, pulmonary insufficiency, or pregnancy.
CoolTone® should be used with caution in patients with Graves’ disease (an autoimmune disorder that causes overactive thyroid), active bleeding disorders, or seizure disorders.
Women who are close to menstruation may find that it comes sooner, or cramping is increased or intensified with CoolTone® treatments, therefore, it is recommended to not undergo treatment during this time of the month.
CoolTone® should not be used in the heart or head areas, areas of new bone growth, over the carotid sinus nerves, or over the neck or mouth. CoolTone® should not be applied over swollen, infected, inflamed areas or skin eruptions. Caution should be used for patients with suspected or diagnosed heart problems.
Common side effects may include, but may not be limited to, muscular pain, temporary muscle spasm, temporary joint or tendon pain, and redness at or near the treatment site.
Ask your Healthcare Provider if CoolTone® is right for you.
Please see full Important Safety Information for additional information at coolsculpting.com/cooltone.
Results and Patient Experience May Vary.