CoolSculpting is FDA-approved and safe medical treatment.
However, people still have hesitations when it comes to booking their first CoolSculpting procedure.
The idea of freezing fat cells can seem quite unusual, so this article aims to answer any questions you might have about CoolSculpting.
By the end of this article, you’ll understand the benefits of freezing fat cells, who an ideal CoolSculpting candidate is, and be fully aware of any side effects you may experience during or after this cosmetic procedure.
One of the major benefits of the CoolSculpting procedure is that it is non-invasive.
This means unlike other cosmetic procedures, you will not be going under the knife, require anesthesia or have to consider the risks of surgery. Freezing fat cells is a largely painless procedure and safe.
During your treatment, a machine is applied to the area you wish to target for fat reduction. This will be discussed prior to your treatment and can be almost anywhere on your body.
So whether your problem area is your stomach, under your arm, around the inner thighs, or perhaps under your chin, you can enjoy the benefits of this targeted fat reduction treatment.
First suction is applied and then you will experience an intense cold sensation. This will usually last a couple of minutes and will cause numbing.
Basically, the machine is freezing the fat cells in order to encourage your body to naturally dispose of them over the next couple of months.
When fat cells are exposed to intense cold temperatures, they are absorbed by the body, and eventually flushed out via the liver. This leaves you with an improved appearance in your problem area.
Since the procedure is painless and requires no surgical intervention, it is done while you’re awake and comfortably sitting in a chair or lying down.
Depending on how many areas of your body you’d like to target, you might wish to bring something to keep you entertained as CoolSculpting can take half an hour up to a couple of hours.
While CoolSculpting is not an alternative to weight loss surgery, it is much safer than a cosmetic treatment such as liposuction.
However, with any procedure, you may experience some side effects.
Are There Any Associated Risks With Freezing Fat Cells?
When we think of risk, usually something life-changing or life-threatening comes to mind, but with CoolSculpting technology, this is not something you’ll need to worry about.
There are some possible side effects to be aware of which we can explain in detail during a complimentary consultation.
In the meantime, we’ve listed the most common secondary effects of the CoolSculpting procedure below to give you complete transparency of the process and what to expect during and post-treatment.
When the machine is cooling your problem area, you might feel a tugging or pulling sensation, that is not painful but may be uncomfortable. This can continue for the entire treatment, which may be a couple of hours.
A common side effect post-treatment is redness and swelling around the target area. This happens as a result of the machine suction and cold temperatures. Any redness, swelling, or even bruising will go away after a couple of days and is nothing to worry about.
Some people may experience stinging or aching during or immediately after treatment. Again, this is due to your skin exposure to very cold temperatures. However, this will improve with time and is not a cause for concern.
The ideal candidate for this particular cosmetic procedure is someone who has a small amount of fat that they are struggling to get rid of through diet and exercise alone.
The amount of fat needs to be enough for the machine to be able to use suction technology to target it.
Here are the recommended regions where CoolSculpting is considered a safe and effective cosmetic procedure to remove fat cells:
For some people, this treatment is not recommended. People who have cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria should not undergo the CoolSculpting procedure.
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