CoolSculpting is a non-surgical and non-invasive way to get rid of fat and create a more shaped body. It is designed to get rid of those awkward bulges of fat that aren’t easily removed through diet and exercise. It is a medical procedure that basically removes fat cells from a problem area. The most common places to use CoolSculpting or Cryolipolysis are the arms, outer thighs, tummy and love handles.
How does it work?
CoolSculpting should always be carried out by a qualified medical practitioner as it is a medical procedure. They will use a special tool to freeze a localized area. It is cooled down until it reaches freezing point. The freezing basically kills the fat and over a few weeks those fat cells are broken down and flushed out of the system. Patients will feel the area number and they might feel a cooling sensation. It takes a few hours to complete the procedure.
The fact that it is non-surgical means that it is safer and less aggressive than a treatment like liposuction, and there is a no recovery time necessary compared to at least two weeks with liposuction. Patients may also suffer swelling and have to take antibiotics to prevent infection with liposuction. Patients who undergo CoolSculpting might feel what is comparable to muscle soreness after a workout.
Does it actually work?
Studies have shown that CoolSculpting works extremely well in removing fat cells and has many benefits over more traditional and more invasive methods. It takes three to fours weeks for the results to be noticeable as it takes that long for the fat cells to be broken down and eliminated from the body via the liver. But patients will usually see close to the finished result after eight weeks when 90 per cent of the fat cells have disappeared. But the whole process could take up to six months in total to get the finished results.
Every patient is different and results can differ from one to the next, but they will usually see a 20 to 30 per cent reduction in the treated area and many patients will lose several inches from their waists if that is the area they have targeted. The procedure doesn’t physically help you to lose weight, but this level of fat reduction will mean that patients will notice their targeted area is significantly slimmer and contoured.
How many times do you have the procedure?
One of the benefits of CoolSculpting is that you only need to have it done once. Once the fat cells are killed off they can’t grow back. They are gone! A patient might choose to have a further procedure down the line if they decide they want more enhanced results in the same area.
Can you still gain weight?
Your body has a certain amount of fat cells. You don’t gain fat cells when you put on weight, the fat cells you have grow and cause the weight gain. CoolSculpting kills off fat cells, so those cells can’t expand and cause you to put on weight. But, if you do not follow a good diet and exercise program then you still could put weight on as the fat cells remaining could still grow. Even with this procedure, doctors still encourage patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Are there any other benefits to CoolSculpting?
Some patients have noticed that their skin becomes more toned and smoother after the procedure. The reduction in awkward to move bulges of fat just makes the area look more shaped and just looks better.
Can you do the procedure yourself?
CoolSculpting should be carried out by a licensed professional. Ice packs don’t create the controlled temperature that is needed to freeze and kill the fat because they are warmed quickly by the person’s body heat.
Will this damage the liver?
Studies have shown that are no major health risks in using CoolSculpting and that there was no reduction in liver function or lipid levels in patients who were assessed as part of the studies.
How much does it cost?
CoolSculpting can cost between $700 and $1,500, it depends on the area selected for treatment and the number of areas being treated.
Who can undergo CoolSculpting?
The procedure is designed for people who are close to their ideal weight and want to get rid of stubborn and awkward bulges of fat that are difficult to move with diet and exercise. It is targeted at patients who are fit and healthy and have active lifestyles, those who know that it will take eight weeks to start to see results and those who understand that this type of treatment is not a short cut and it is not a weight loss solution.