If you’re struggling with stubborn body fat, you may have considered surgical solutions. Well, there is a safe, effective, non-surgical solution to stubborn body fat called Coolsculpting. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved non-surgical procedure for removing localized fat. It is not a treatment for obesity. It is intended for people who have already lost weight through diet and exercise but still have fat on some parts of the body.
How does it work?
The scientific word for the process behind CoolSculpting is “cryolipolysis” or freezing fat. Freezing fat cells crystallizes and kills them, and the body’s immune system dispatches enzymes that break down the fat cells so the body itself can absorb them. The idea behind CoolSculpting is to reduce the number of fat cells in the body. Weight loss doesn’t do that; it simply makes the fat cells smaller.
What is the procedure like?
The doctor places a gel pad over the area being treated to protect it. The CoolSculpting machine has a paddle-like applicator. The doctor puts the applicator on the treatment area. The patient will feel intense cold that might be accompanied by cramping, stinging, aching, or tingling. As the treatment area becomes numb, these sensations will fade. The session lasts about an hour. Afterwards, the doctor will massage the treatment area to restore blood flow.
The typical patient will see a 20 to 30 percent reduction in fat. Consequently, one session may be enough in some cases. However, if the patient is targeting something like ‘love handles,’ they may need to undergo a series of treatments. Our medical team will work with you to determine the most effective treatment plan for your specific needs.
Are there side effects?
The most common side effects resulting from CoolSculpting include bruising, redness and swelling. All of these typically clear up within 1 – 3 weeks of the treatment. Some people have a reduced sense of touch in the treated area, but this is also temporary. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately after CoolSculpting.
Who should not undergo CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is not for people who need to lose large amounts of weight. It is therefore not for obese people or women seeking to lose weight gained during pregnancy. The perfect candidate for CoolSculpting will be within 20 pounds of their ideal weight.
People with the circulatory disorder called Raynaud’s Syndrome should not undergo CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is also not used for removing facial fat, for it can only be performed on areas big enough to accommodate the applicators. It is used for abdominal, back and flank fat. Contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to schedule your consultation. We’ll work with you to determine if Coolsculpting is right for you.