CoolSculpting is a cosmetic treatment that reduces excess body fat. It's designed to be an alternative to liposuction, which can be invasive and expensive.
The procedure is non-surgical and doesn't require anesthesia or downtime.
CoolSculpting works by freezing the fat cells, which then shrink over time and gradually disappear from your body naturally without surgery. It doesn't target individual parts of your body, so it can be used to reduce pockets of fat on a wide variety of areas, including stomachs, hips, thighs, etc.
You're probably wondering whether it works! Keep reading for more information about CoolSculpting, what you should expect during the procedure, and how much it costs.
Does CoolSculpting Work?
The truth is that no one really knows for sure. When the procedure was first introduced to the market in 2008, it seemed promising enough, but there have been very few studies done about its effectiveness. It is an FDA-approved technology that is safe. The effectiveness is what is up for debate.
It's hard to say for sure whether or not CoolSculpting reduces fat permanently. However, when you have your first treatment done and then go back in for follow-up sessions every two months afterward, all those stubborn pockets of fat tend to start disappearing without any additional effort at home.
The best thing about it? It doesn't require anesthesia, so there are no risks associated with having an operation and little if any downtime after each session. CoolSculpting can be used alone as a cosmetic procedure or in conjunction with a weight-loss plan. People usually have the procedure done on the stomach, sides, lower back, and thighs. CoolSculpting has also been found to improve skin elasticity and texture. It is FDA-cleared as an "over the counter" cosmetic procedure, but it can only be done at certified clinics or doctor's offices.
The procedure is not for everyone, and some medical conditions may prevent you from having the procedure, such as heart disease or uncontrolled high blood pressure.
What's The Process Of A CoolSculpting Session Like?
The actual procedure is also known as cryolipolysis. It is performed by using a tool to apply controlled cooling over the targeted area. You may feel some discomfort for about two minutes, but it usually feels like an intense pressure or cold sensation that comes and goes.
Afterward, you'll be able to resume your day as usual-working, driving, exercising with no restrictions! That's because CoolSculpting doesn't require anesthesia, so there are no risks associated with having an operation and little if any downtime after each session.
CoolSculpting results vary depending on age and body fat content at baseline compared to other treatments such as liposuction or diet/exercise programs; however, most patients see eventual reductions in fat of up to 20-25%.
CoolSculpting sessions are generally quick and painless - they generally last only an hour or two. You'll need a series of six treatments (once every two months) to get the results you want, though!
There is no need to worry about side effects because the skin is numbed before each session with ice packs. There is nothing to feel other than pressure and cold on the area being treated.
The procedure is non-invasive. It has no downtime or recovery time required after the treatment other than mild redness of about 15% that will go away within a few hours.
What are Coolsculpting Side Effects?
As with any medical procedure, some side effects can include discomfort or bruising at the treatment area(s). There may be mild swelling, numbness, or tingly feeling around your body as well. More severe reactions such as pain, fever, chills, and excessive redness require immediate emergency attention from a doctor for evaluation.
How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?
The procedure takes about an hour per treatment area, with no appointments required since several devices are available for use in every doctor's office around the world. The cost ranges greatly depending on where you live. It typically varies between $400-$700 per treatment session; once again, this depends largely upon location (in some cases). Results from CoolSculpting are generally permanent and long-lasting, but there is a chance that you will need to have "touch-ups" in the future if you regain the weight.