What You Need To Know About CoolSculpting®
Excessive fat can negatively affect your overall body contour and consequently hurt your self-confidence. While you may try to lose the excess fat through physical exercise and diet, these traditional techniques may fail to get rid of some stubborn pockets of fat. The good news is that several non-surgical methods can be used to remove such deposits of fat, and CoolSculpting® is one of the best ones.
Here is everything you need to know about CoolSculpting®.
What Is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting®, also known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive treatment used to remove stubborn fat by freezing it. Since fat freezes at a higher temperature than the skin, the procedure essentially destroys fat without necessarily damaging the skin and other tissues.
During CoolSculpting® in Bryn Mawr and Main Line, your doctor will use two paddles to hold the part of your body that needs to be treated. The paddles will cool down quickly and will be left for 35 to 75 minutes. During this time, about a quarter of fat cells within the targeted area will be destroyed. Your body will then be; left to remove the destroyed fat cells naturally. This means that you will not see the results immediately, and you will need to wait for several months to notice the difference the treatment made.
The Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting®
Unfortunately, CoolSculpting® is not for everything. A good candidate for the procedure should be a person with localized pockets of fat they would like to get rid of. Therefore, although the procedure will help patients to lose some fat, it is not a weight loss treatment. Therefore, if you would like to lose weight, you will have to exercise and check what you eat.
A good candidate for the procedure should also be in good physical health. If you have cryoglobulinemia, cold urticaria, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or Raynaud’s phenomenon, you will be advised to avoid CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting® is also not recommended for patients with poor skin tone or loose skin. You should also avoid the procedure if you are pregnant, obese, or can’t handle cold for whatever reason.
Before the procedure starts, the provider will assess your health and check your medical records to determine if the procedure will be good for you.
Benefits of CoolSculpting®
Compared to other fat removal techniques, CoolSculpting® has several benefits. For instance, the procedure is non-invasive, and it does not require any downtime. This means that you will be able to go back to your day-to-day activities straight from your doctor’s office. Besides, the procedure is quite effective in treating a wide variety of areas, including the love handles, lower abdomen, upper abdomen, inner thighs, knee chub, banana roll, double chin, and armpit pooch, among others. Last but not least, the procedure is quite cost-effective.
Risks of CoolSculpting®
CoolSculpting® is approved by the FDA, meaning that it is generally safe. However, it is associated with temporary side effects like mild pain, swelling, discoloration, and loss of sensation in the treatment area. Some patients may experience dizziness or nausea during the procedure.
CoolSculpting® Frequently Asked Questions
Is CoolSculpting® Painful?
CoolSculpting® is not entirely a painless treatment. Initially, you might experience some discomfort as a result of the strong suction and cooling effect. For instance, you may experience cramping, pinching, pulling, or tingling sensation. But with time, the treatment area will become numb due to cold, meaning you will feel comfortable for the rest of the session. After the treatment, the surface of the treated area may become hypersensitive, but this should go away within a couple of days.
Will I lose weight after the procedure?
CoolSculpting® involves reshaping the body contour by altering the distribution of fat. It is important to note that the procedure is not a weight loss solution. As such, the treatment will not help you if your goal is to cut weight. If you would like to lose weight, you will have to cut your calories and exercise more.
How long will it take to see the results?
Unfortunately, you will not notice any change to your body’s contour immediately after the treatment. Your body will need several weeks or months to naturally get rid of the damaged fat cells. You may start seeing some changes after a month or so, but you will need at least 12 weeks to see the full results of the treatment.
Will fat grow back after the procedure?
Once you reach adulthood the number of fat cells in your body remains constant, meaning that your body does not produce new ones. Therefore, once the fat cells have been destroyed, they will not grow back. However, it is important to note that the remaining fat cells might grow bigger or smaller due to weight fluctuations. Therefore, although the destroyed fat cells will not grow back, you will need to maintain a stable weight for the results of the procedure to last longer.