CoolSculpting is the world’s first FDA-approved, non-invasive, permanent fat reduction technique. This non-invasive fat reduction technique involves using controlled cooling to remove unwanted fat tissues from nine areas of the body — abdomen, banana rolls, bra and back fat, face and neck, flanks, legs, male chest, and upper arms. CoolSculpting targets subcutaneous fat tissues just underneath the skin to help you achieve a slim and contoured body. It’s an extremely popular treatment used on millions of people worldwide.
How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting works on the science of cryolipolysis and the understanding that fat cells in the human body don’t like extremely cold temperatures. CoolSculpting subjects subcutaneous fat tissues to controlled cooling, which results in the fat cells being frozen and expelled from the body via the lymphatic system. Once the unwanted fat cells are removed, the targeted area looks slimmer and better defined, making your body look toned.
The adult human body has a fairly consistent number of fat cells throughout a lifetime. When you gain or lose weight, your existing fat cells may increase or decrease in size, but the number remains constant. As such, when you have stubborn fat pockets, that’s because particular parts of your body have a higher number of fat cells. CoolSculpting kills and removes the unwanted fat cells, thereby helping you achieve the ideal contours.
Your body doesn’t have the ability to regenerate fat cells. Once your fat cells are gone, they cannot return, making CoolSculpting a permanent form of fat reduction. However, the existing fat cells in your body can still expand and decrease in size, so you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The results usually appear 9 to 12 weeks after the CoolSculpting session, and each round of treatment can reduce 20-25% of unwanted fat from a targeted area.
Is CoolSculpting effective?
CoolSculpting is an extremely effective fat reduction technique with a stellar track record. You can achieve 20-25% fat reduction in the targeted area with one session over 2 to 3 months. The results appear gradually as your body sends the frozen fat cells into the lymphatic system for eventual expulsion. However, you must pair CoolSculpting with regular exercise and a balanced diet to maintain the results.
What are the side effects of CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an extremely safe procedure with minimal post-treatment side effects. After the procedure, you may feel mild swelling, redness, numbness, and tingling sensations on the targeted areas. These side effects should gradually dissipate within a few days or, in some cases, weeks. Some of the more rare side effects of CoolSculpting include late-onset pain, hyperpigmentation, subcutaneous induration, vasovagal syncope, or first or second-degree frostbite — these side effects also resolve automatically.
Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) is perhaps the most concerning potential side effect of CoolSculpting. This is a condition wherein the treatment area becomes larger, with a clearly demarcated border. Patients experiencing these side effects generally need to undergo surgery. However, this side effect is extremely rare, and most practices don’t see any incidents of PAH in their patients. We will also perform thorough tests before the procedure to ensure you’re a viable candidate for CoolSculpting.
Am I a candidate for CoolSculpting?
You might be a candidate for CoolSculpting if you have stubborn pockets of subcutaneous fat that you want to remove. You should be close to your ideal body weight and be willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet after the procedure. Our providers will discuss your goals, examine your body, and run numerous tests to ensure you’re a suitable candidate. Please schedule a complimentary consultation to determine if you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting.