If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to get rid of stubborn bulges on your belly or flanks you might want to try CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is one of the most popular minimally invasive body contouring procedures on the market. In this article, we explain how CoolSculpting can reduce the hard to target fat on your body.
What Exactly is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction technology that eliminates fat cells using a system of controlled cooling. The procedure is FDA approved for reducing fat on the abdomen, flanks, back, arms, under-buttock area (often called the banana roll), thighs, and below the chin.
CoolSculpting freezes and breaks down stubborn fat cells in a treated area by up to 20-25%. It is important to note, that these cells are permanently removed from your body.
How Controlled Freezing With CoolSculpting Reduces Fat
CoolSculpting reduces fat based on a system known as Cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis is a fat reduction technique that involves controlled exposure to cold temperatures. The technique was developed by scientists at Harvard University, and is based on cooling the fat cells to a specific temperature, for a fixed period of time.
The CoolSculpting device has a suction applicator. The applicator is placed on the area being targeted for treatment and it then sucks in the skin and fat. There is some initial discomfort in the first few minutes, but the area soon becomes numb.
The low temperature freezes the fat cells below the surface of the skin, which eventually succumb to the cold. The cold only affects the fat cells, as they are more susceptible to the cold temperature than other surrounding tissue. As a result, the surrounding skin, vessels, nerves, and muscles are not damaged in any way by the procedure.
The fat cells that are treated with CoolSculpting are naturally eliminated by the body over time, resulting in a more contoured physique.
An after treatment massage is often done in order to enhance the results of the CoolSculpting procedure. Some changes in the body can be seen as quickly as 3 weeks after treatment, but the most dramatic results can take up to 3-4 months, as the body slowly removes the treated fat cells. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and takes about 60 minutes to complete.
There is no downtime associated with CoolSculpting. Some patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and tenderness that can last for up to 7 days. Most patients require one CoolSculpting treatment to achieve the desired outcome, but there are times when multiple sessions may be needed to get maximum results.
Who is a Good Candidate?
If you have stubborn fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise, and you are near your ideal weight, you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is generally for men and women looking for a minimally invasive procedure to shape and contour their body. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution, and is therefore not intended for individuals that have a lot of fat they need to remove. It is designed to get rid of isolated pockets of stubborn fat.
Are the Results Permanent?
The results gained with CoolSculpting are permanent because the fat cells that die won’t come back. Although the fat cells are gone for good, doctors recommend that patients adopt a lifestyle of regular exercise and healthy eating to maintain results.