CoolSculpting: What Is It and How Does It Work?

CoolSculpting: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Here’s everything I want you to know about this fat freezing treatment

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a patented non-surgical cooling technique used to reduce fat in targeted areas. While this body contouring procedure is a fairly new technique, approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012, it’s definitely one to try. Most fat removal procedures require lasers or surgery, which can injure or damage the surrounding tissue. With CoolSculpting, you don’t have to worry about that as it freezes away the tissue and promises to stimulate fat loss, with absolutely no downtime. A study conducted in 2009 observed significant reductions in the superficial fat layer thickness, ranging from 20% to 80%, following a single cryolipolysis treatment.

How does it work?

Unlike conventional treatments like liposuction, CoolSculpting doesn’t involve any incisions or damage to the skin near the treatment area. Instead, CoolSculpting uses the science of cryolipolysis. It works by placing a roll of fat into two panels that cool the fat to a freezing temperature and destroy the fat cells. The procedure is usually performed by a doctor or a trained healthcare provider. During the procedure:

  • Your doctor will place a vacuum applicator on the skin to bring it into contact with cooling panels.
  • You will feel a cold sensation for a few minutes, as it produces an anaesthetic effect.  
  • The provider will then move the device over your skin while administering suction and cooling technology to the target area. 
  • The procedure will last for up to an hour.
  • Immediately after the treatment, the provider will massage the treated areas to break up any frozen deep tissue. The massage will help your body absorb the destroyed fat cells.

What are the benefits of CoolSculpting?

If you want to get rid of stubborn fat bulges without going under the knife, then Coolsculpting is a great body contouring treatment option for you. The treatment has a plethora of benefits:

  • Highly effective and safe procedure

Since it is a non-surgical procedure, there is no risk of infection. However, you can experience a few side effects.

  • No downtime

Unlike surgical procedures like liposuction that involve extensive downtime, CoolSculpting is an easy and quick procedure. There’s no downtime and you can resume your daily activities right after the treatment. 

  • Painless

With this treatment, you will get rid of fat bulges with minimal discomfort. 

  • Gradual but long-lasting results

You will see significant results within 8-12 weeks. And for best results, I recommend at least two sessions. However, since CoolSculpting permanently destroys the fat cells, the results are long-lasting.

  • Can reduce cellulite

This treatment can also reduce the appearance of cellulite on the legs, buttocks, and arms. 

What are the targeted areas for CoolSculpting?

What are the targeted areas for CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting can reduce minor fat from multiple body areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Fat underneath the chin
  • Lower back
  • Flanks
  • Under the armpit

Are there any side effects of CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting does not involve cutting, tissue manipulation, or anaesthesia, so it is a highly safe procedure. However, you can experience some minor side effects around the area of treatment. 

Common side effects of CoolSculpting include:

  • Redness
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Tenderness
  • Minor swelling
  • Numbness
  • Muscle cramping
  • Pinching sensation
  • Itchiness
  • Bruising

Who should avoid CoolSculpting?

Who should avoid CoolSculpting

Even though it is a safe procedure, you should consult a doctor before going for the treatment. You should avoid it if:

  • You are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding
  • You have a weakened immune system
  • You have  Raynaud’s disease
  • You are dealing with skin conditions related to the immune system, such as eczema and psoriasis
  • You have severe anxiety disorders
  • You have a pre-existing hernia
  • You have gone through surgery recently

Are the results of CoolSculpting permanent?

The results of CoolSculpting are long-lasting as the fat cells are destroyed and removed from the body. However, it cannot prevent the formation of new ones. For long-lasting results, I advise that you pair this treatment with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

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