The CoolSculpting® procedure has many advantages for patients looking to reduce fat in the body. Like all medical procedures, there is some information you should know before considering it. Let’s take a look at 5 things to know about it.
It is a treatment that uses cooling technology to eliminate stubborn fat cells without surgery or downtime. This safe, effective procedure can put years on your appearance by erasing pooch belly skin and muffin tops with little discomfort. CoolSculpting can also be used on other areas of the body like the knees, arms, and love handle.
2) How long does it take?
It takes about 1 hour to complete, depending upon the number of treatment areas. Although patients are able to return to normal activities immediately after cool sculpting, strenuous activity should be avoided for 24 hours. A patient may experience some redness before disappearing completely 1-3 weeks following coolsculpting.
3) What happens during the procedure?
A thin applicator is placed on your skin in order to cool the targeted fat cells below healthy tissue temperature for a sustained period of time. This causes these cells to become crystallized or “frozen.” Without blood supply or any nerve sensation, the fat cells eventually die and are naturally eliminated from your body over a few months.
4) Is it painful?
The procedure is not painful at all, but every patient experiences coolsculpting differently. Some patients may require anesthetic cream or ice packs to numb the area and provide comfort during the treatment. Most patients report feeling slight pressure as the applicator is pressed into place on their skin, followed by a cool sensation that dissipates after 5-10 minutes. This cooling technology is only effective on certain areas of the body with excess fat tissue. It will not have any effect on muscle tissue or nerves.
5) What results can I expect from it?
Individual results vary, but many patients have found it to be a safe, effective weight loss solution in the areas of their body with stubborn fat tissue. This procedure has the ability to eliminate up to 25% of targeted fat cells in one hour, with some patients seeing noticeable results within the first couple months following coolsculpting.