CoolSculpting: 10 Questions Answered

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Maintaining a healthy diet and an active lifestyle can help you to get the slim and trim body that you deserve. However, even the fittest of individuals can find themselves facing stubborn areas of fat that can’t be targeted with diet and exercise alone.

For many years, liposuction was the treatment of choice for targeting that stubborn fat. Liposuction is effective at removing stubborn fat pockets, but it is a surgical procedure that does require some downtime for recovery.

The introduction of the CoolSculpting procedure offers an alternative to a surgical procedure, with almost no downtime required.


1. What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment for men and women who are looking to treat and eliminate fat. CoolSculpting technology makes use of a patented cooling process known as cryolipolysis. Through this process, fat cells are targeted and eliminated, without the need for surgery and with very little to no recovery downtime needed.

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The applicator is placed on the area being treated. Patients will feel a small sucking feeling as the applicator latches on. Following that will be sensations of cooling, tugging, tingling, cramping and aching. These sensations cause discomfort for a time but will subside once the area becomes numb.


2. Does CoolSculpting work?

When the CoolSculpting treatment is done by a qualified provider, it is very effective at eliminating stubborn areas of fat in both men and women. Results of the treatment should last indefinitely if the patient maintains a healthy weight after treatment. This is because once CoolSculpting destroys the fat cells, they do not return. If you do gain weight after treatment, you can gain the weight back in the treated area or in other areas that were not treated.


3. Can CoolSculpting be used to treat fat on all parts of my body?

CoolSculpting has been safely used on the body, jawline and under the chin. It can be used to treat stubborn fat on the abdomen, thigh, flank, upper arms, back and beneath the buttocks.


4. How long does each treatment take?

No two treatments are alike. The length of each treatment can be impacted by the area of the body that is being addressed, and on the number of areas, you plan on targeting during each treatment. Treating just one area could take 30-40 minutes, with extra time being added for each additional treatment area.


5. How many treatments will I need?

Like most types of medical and cosmetic treatments, CoolSculpting is highly individualized. Most patients are able to see up to a 25% reduction of fat after just one treatment. It will depend largely on individual factors and on the area that is being treated.

According to experts at Academy Face And Body, the best way to determine how many treatments you need is to work with your provider, who will take your individual factors into consideration.


6. How soon will I see results?

It will take a few months for changes to be noticeable after treatment. Some patients can see results as soon as one month out from treatment, while others may not see any changes until three months post-treatment. The final results of treatment may take as long as six months to be fully noticeable.


7. What happens to the frozen fat cells?

Fat cells are uniquely susceptible to cold. When fat cells are frozen, they break down and die. They are then naturally eliminated by the body. The fat cells won’t return unless the individual regains the weight. This is a much more gradual process than other fat elimination treatments, so results won’t be noticeable until some time has passed.

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8. How safe is the CoolSculpting treatment?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that has been demonstrated to be safe and effective in the reduction of stubborn fat. As with any type of treatment, be sure to provide your doctor with a complete medical history so that you can ensure CoolSculpting is the right treatment choice for you.


9. Are there any side effects after treatment?

After the CoolSculpting procedure, some of the typical side effects could include some temporary redness and swelling. There may also be some bruising, tenderness, aching or skin sensitivity after treatment. Side effects will not last for very long, and most patients feel back to normal within a few days of the treatment.


10. Is it possible to gain weight after having a CoolSculpting treatment?

The CoolSculpting treatment can help to eliminate stubborn areas of fat. However, since CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment, it’s very possible for anyone to gain weight after a CoolSculpting treatment if you do not keep up with a healthy lifestyle.

Keep in mind that this type of weight gain will likely take place all over your body and not just be focused on the areas that you get treated.

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