CoolSculpting is a branded form of fat reduction method called cryolipolysis. It has Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. As with other forms of cryolipolysis, it uses freezing temperatures to break down fat cells. Fat cells are more affected by cold temperatures than other cells. This means that the cold does not damage other cells, such as the skin or underlying tissue.
Cool Sculpting: A Convenience in Body Contouring Field
During the procedure, the practitioner vacuums the skin above the area of fatty tissue into an applicator that cools the fat cells. The cold temperatures numb the site, and some people report a cooling sensation.
Most CoolSculpting procedures take around 35–60 minutes, depending on the area a person wishes to target. There is no downtime because there is no damage to the skin or tissue.
Some people report soreness at the site of CoolSculpting, similar to that they might have after an intense workout or minor muscle injury. Others report stinging, firmness, mild discolouration, swelling, and itchiness.
How does it work?
CoolSculpting uses a procedure known as cryolipolysis. A fat roll is placed between two panels that cool it to a freezing temperature. Some people who do CoolSculpting opt to treat several body parts, usually the thighs, lower back, belly, and sides (flanks).
CoolSculpting is also supposed to reduce the appearance of cellulite on the legs, buttocks, and arms. Some people also use it to reduce excess fat underneath the chin.
It takes about an hour to treat each targeted body part. Treating more body parts requires more CoolSculpting treatments to see results. More significant body parts may also require more treatments than smaller body parts.
Common side effects
According to the CoolSculpting website, some possible short-term side effects may occur on or around the part of the body undergoing the procedure. These can include:
- tenderness and aching
What are the risks of CoolSculpting?
In rare cases, CoolSculpting may increase the volume of fat cells in treated body parts (known as paradoxical hyperplasia) a few months after the procedure. This side effect is severe enough to warrant additional surgery to fix it, so it’s an important one to keep in mind. However, it is a rare side effect. Cutera Aesthetics and its professional team can ensure a safe procedure with minimal and temporary side effects.
It is always a good idea to talk with your primary care doctor about CoolSculpting before making an appointment.
Long-Term Benefits of Cool Sculpting
Sometimes getting a smooth, sleek body contour can be very difficult or even impractical by relying on exercise and diet alone. In this case, CoolSculpting can be an excellent choice in achieving the body of your dreams. Following are six benefits of CoolSculpting:
- Quick and simple
The time taken during CoolSculpting treatments depends on the size of the part of the body being treated. However, most procedures last only minutes, which is relatively fast and easy to do on your busy schedule. Furthermore, you can return to your daily activities immediately after your session.
- Natural-looking results
Any cosmetic procedure aims to enhance you. But CoolSculpting gives natural-looking body contours that begin to show gradually over time, just like how you would tone your body progressively by exercising. Furthermore, no surgery is done.
- Treats different areas
The common areas most people choose to treat with CoolSculpting are the thighs, love handles, and stomach, even though the non-surgical procedure can enhance other body parts.
One of the significant benefits of CoolSculpting is the non-invasive nature of the treatment, which translates to no downtime. It works through a cryolipolysis treatment method that freezes fat cells in the targeted areas, leaving the surrounding parts untouched. Your body gradually removes the cells over the following weeks, resulting in a leaner, well-contoured figure.
- Boosts self-confidence
You feel good when you look good, and that is what CoolSculpting can provide. After adhering to strict exercising routines and a great diet, you may have been discouraged since you haven’t seen the results you hoped for. You should know that we have very little control over where our bodies decide to store or lose fat, making our efforts to tone our bodies seem futile.
- Long-lasting results
CoolSculpting results can last long as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, the results begin to show gradually, so it’s essential to be patient and have realistic expectations.