CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure to remove fat from underneath the skin. It became popular because of its non-invasive nature as well as easy recovery. Apart from this, it also has many other benefits that people find more helpful than the traditional surgical method of fat removal.
How does the procedure works?
Two Boston doctors developed the CoolSculpting procedure who noticed that cold from icy treats and popsicles seem to “melt” the fat cells away from the children’s faces. Thus, they created a procedure based on this concept and named it CoolSculpting.
The proper name of the procedure used in this medical treatment is called cryolipolysis. In this, a roll of fat is placed in two panels that work to cool the fat down to a freezing temperature. A study showed that cryolipolysis effectively reduces the treated fat layer by 25%.
The fat reduction on the treated areas starts around 3 weeks after the treatment. The excretion of the frozen, dead cells takes place through the liver. The complete result of the treatment will be visible in 3 to 4 months. It takes around an hour to treat each targeted area.
Body parts where CoolSculpting works
Most of the patients that opt for CoolSculpting usually get it done on the following body parts:
- Lower back
- Arms and
Some people even use it to reduce the stubborn fat underneath their chin. The treatment also effectively reduces cellulite on the buttocks, arms, and legs.
Side-effects of CoolSculpting
The most common side effects of CoolSculpting are:
- The patient can feel a tugging sensation during the treatment as the fat rolls are laced between the panels.
- After the treatment, a slight ache or stinging feeling can be felt. It is only temporary and will subside in 2 weeks. No additional treatment is required to reduce it.
- The treated areas can also seem red, slightly bruised, and sore.
In very rare cases, like in less than 1% cases, the treatment can increase the fat volume in the treated areas. This side effect is usually seen more in men than in females. The reason behind this is still unknown but, it is necessary to know about this side effect before going for the procedure.
Is it effective?
CoolSculpting is a fat removal procedure meant to remove any stubborn fat that does not reduce even after following a healthy lifestyle and doing regular exercise. This treatment is not designed to reduce obesity.
The reasons why one should choose it over liposuction are:
- Non-surgical and
- Requires no to less recovery time.
The people who decide to get CoolSculpting should choose a doctor who is experienced in this treatment. Always ask about the coolsculpting cost beforehand. Do proper planning and book several appointments so that the procedure can have better results and have fewer side effects.
After the treatment, avoid wearing tight clothes to reduce the soreness and be patient about the results. Meet the doctor and have a detailed talk with them to weigh the risks and benefits before making an appointment.