CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure that aims at removing fat in a non-surgical treatment. The procedure freezes fat cells by applying a hand-held device on the area with the stubborn fat. The freezing destroys the fat below the skin surface. The common treatment areas are under the chin, love handles, arms, thighs, and the back. However, it is not an alternative to weight loss.
Is it right for me?
Healthy men and women within 20 pounds of their healthy weight and have a healthy diet are good candidates for the procedure. However, if you are overweight and obese, you will need to shed off the extra pounds.
People suffering from certain diseases such as cold agglutinin or cryoglobulinemia should not undergo the procedure since the technique uses intensely cold temperatures.
What to expect during the procedure
The medical professional will review and mark the treatment area. A protective gel pad is placed on the skin surface, and the excess fat is pulled into the CoolSculpting applicator. It is not a painful procedure, but you will feel some pressure and suction on the treatment area for a few minutes. The target area becomes cold and numb. The treatment takes about an hour during which the person can sleep, read, or watch a movie.
After the treatment, the treated area appears red, and it looks like there is a stick of butter under the skin. It is the fat sucked by the applicator. A quick massage will make the life disappear. Since the procedure is not- surgical and less invasive, there is no downtime. The patient can resume their usual duties right away.
How much weight is lost?
You will lose about 20-30 percent of the fat from the treated region in one session. Most noticeable results occur as early as a few weeks or three months. However, you must avoid gaining weight during the treatment for best results.
Possible side effects
CoolSculpting is a safe procedure. Typical side effects include:
Discomfort on the treated area
Tingling and numbing
Redness and minor bruising
If you feel intense pain, ask the physician to prescribe some Neurontin.
Results and patient experience may vary.
CoolSculpting and pregnancy
The procedure will not affect future pregnancies since it does not interfere with the reproductive system. However, since different women react differently to pregnancy, some women may need a repeat procedure. Alternatively, you hold off the procedure till after you have given birth.
Benefits of CoolSculpting
It is non-invasive
It requires no surgery and can be done over lunch break. It does not affect the daily routine of an individual. There is no downtime or recovery time.
Safe and effective
It is an FDA approved fat freezing technology which involves no surgery or artificial substances. The side effects are minimal and well-tolerated.
Get natural looking results that motivate future behavior
CoolSculpting reduces fat, but it should not replace exercise and a good diet. It helps people choose a healthier lifestyle and makes the health conscious.
Offers long lasting results
The procedure removes the fat cells from the body permanently.
Dr. Karo Kassabian is a leading cosmetic surgeon specializing in CoolSculpting and other procedures. Call him today for a personalized medical care.