It seems that every country globally has a vast population of people looking to reduce fat in some area of their body. Fat loss is one of the ways that people attain their ‘dream bodies’. Unfortunately, the concept of reducing fat on the body is harder than it sounds. Fat calls for dedication, time and patience. But, not everyone has the luxury of having all three elements. Those in the fat-loss industry noticed this and sought to engineer quicker and more efficient methods of reducing fat in the body. One such procedure is CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a brand name for a fat-freezing method whose objective is to get rid of stubborn fat in multiple areas of the body. The CoolSculpting method is known as cryolipolysis. Scientists first came up with the process when they studied the effects of frostbite on fat. Fat cells freeze quicker than skin in higher temperatures. This is the basis of the fat-freezing procedure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved CoolSculpting back in 2010 as a verified method of fat reduction. It is non-invasive with proof of positive results. This procedure is something everyone should consider.  

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

The process uses freezing temperatures to break down fat cells, thus reducing fat in the body. By applying cold temperatures to stubborn bulges of fat, the cell structure of the fat breaks down and sustains damage. The cold temperatures do not damage any other cells, even skin cells, because fat cells react faster to cold temperatures. Therefore, you will not notice any damage or scarring on the skin. The lymphatic system responsible for gathering and metabolizing dead and damaged cells will work on the frozen and now-damaged fat cells. Over time, the white blood cells will gather up the dead cells and discard them as waste.  

What Happens During The Procedure?

CoolSculpting does not use needles; it is not even intrusive, making it a non-surgical procedure. Instead, it is a straightforward procedure that is quick but effective. A doctor or expert healthcare provider will use a handheld device to conduct the process. The device has applicators that look like vacuum cleaner nozzles. So the doctor will apply a gel pad onto the target area and use the applicators. The applicators will deliver cold temperatures to the area, easily adjusted by the doctor. The healthcare provider will then glide the device over your skin, administering suction and cooling simultaneously. During the process, it is not uncommon to experience pulling and pinching. However, the overall procedure does not yield intense pain. A good professional will massage the treated areas immediately after treatment. This is to massage any frozen deep tissue and stimulate the absorption of the destroyed fat cells. Additionally, each treatment lasts about one to three hours, and you can receive multiple treatments in a day. To relax, you can listen to music or even watch something if you are comfortable.  

What Can I Expect After The Procedure?

CoolSculpting requires little to no recovery time. Most people comfortably resume their routines immediately after the procedure. In some cases, you may experience soreness in the treated areas, accompanied by some redness. This is no cause for alarm. However, if the side effects persist, you can visit your doctor to help ease these symptoms.  

Does CoolSculpting Work?

This is a frequently asked question because many people are skeptical about the effectiveness of this procedure. Science has proven that it does work. It is an effective fat reduction procedure that eliminates up to 25% of the targeted areas. Plus, it has fewer side effects than other procedures such as liposuction. You will often see results three weeks after the procedure. Most people reach ideal results three to four months after the process. Some may need more than one treatment, and studies show that more than 79% of patients saw a positive difference, especially in clothes fitting. It is important to note that it is not a miracle cure or a process of weight loss. Do not expect to see the complete removal of fat, mainly because it does not work the same way for different people. Lifestyle factors such as the regular diet will affect the fat reduction process. Additionally, the results are permanent, but you must adopt a healthy lifestyle to maintain the fat loss. Remember, just because the procedure destroys the fat cells does not mean that new ones cannot grow.  

Who Is The Ideal Candidate For CoolSculpting?

For effective results, you have to meet the criteria of CoolSculpting. Doctors will only administer the procedure to people who meet the following characteristics:
  • Not pregnant. There are no studies that show how this procedure could affect an unborn baby. Therefore, it is better to be safe than sorry by avoiding the treatment until after the baby is born. Also, postponing the procedure till afterwards will help determine which areas would benefit from the process best.
  • Within 10 to 20 pounds of ideal weight. Remember, CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution. Therefore, you need to be within this range to receive positive results. To avoid the frustration of ‘seeing no results, ensure that you are close to your body goals.
  • Have enough fat in targeted areas. On the other hand, you need to have enough fat in the targeted areas to qualify for this procedure. Experts say you should be able to pinch an inch to be eligible for the process. It requires not too much nor too little fat.
  • In good health. Lastly, like any other procedure, CoolSculpting can cause several side effects. The healthier you are, the better you will deal with the side effects. Studies have shown that that healthier patients are less likely to experience these side effects.
Always remember that the quickest way to determine if you qualify for these procedures is by consulting with a trained professional. It will also ease your mind of any doubt or concerns before the procedure. Just be sure to pick a certified and skilled professional to receive the best treatment possible.