There are many technologies now available for fat reduction, and they all promise a sleeker, smoother figure. CoolSculpting is a next generation fat reduction treatment that delivers on the promise of great results. It achieves this with minimal effort and no downtime. Since the procedure uses innovative fat-freezing technology, it’s understandable that people have been wondering, “Is CoolSculpting safe?”
CoolSculpting is a minimally invasive fat reduction procedure that freezes and destroys fat cells. CoolSculpting has a treatment time of one hour and does not require anesthesia. It’s an effective way to achieve the sculpted body that has eluded you despite your commitment to a healthy diet, and regular exercise.
CoolSculpting contours the body using Cryolipolysis, which is a process that selectively targets fat cells. The cooling plates apply controlled cooling to the area being treated until the fat cells crystallize and die. They gradually shrink over time, and are eliminated by the body in the following weeks.
The results with CoolSculpting are not immediate, as the body takes some time to process the treated fat cells. Patients can expect to see results within 4-12 weeks. This typically represents a 20% reduction in fat in the treated area. CoolSculpting may require one or two treatments, depending on the size of the area being treated. CoolSculpting has become a popular body sculpting option because it is minimally invasive, has fewer risks and much less downtime than liposuction. The procedure can be done in-office.
Who is a Good Candidate?
The procedure is not meant to be a weight loss solution, and it is therefore not recommended for individuals that are overweight, and have a lot of body fat. If you have isolated pockets of fat that cling to such areas as the flanks, abdomen, and inner and outer thighs, CoolSculpting can target these areas for you. Ideal candidates should be within 10-20 lbs. of their target weight. Both men and women can benefit from CoolSculpting.
Is CoolSculpting Painful?
Some people think that applying cold air to the skin would be a very uncomfortable experience, but in reality this is not so. CoolSculpting is actually a relatively painless procedure, and most patients say that it is quite comfortable. There is generally some discomfort at the start of the procedure, as the skin gets very cold, and the suction pulls the skin towards the cooling plates. However, most patients don’t feel anything after the area becomes numb.
Is CoolSculpting Safe?
CoolSculpting has a very high safety profile, and has been performed successfully thousands of times throughout the world. Since fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other tissue, there is no injury to the nearby tissues. The cooling process is also carefully controlled, to ensure that only the fat cells freeze.
However, there are some common side effects associated with the procedure such as numbness, soreness, and bruising, but these are temporary, as they usually last for about one week. Since these symptoms are mild and short-lived, they normally don’t prevent patients from resuming regular activities after treatment.
There have been a few cases in which patients have experienced pain after the procedure. However, reports of pain are rare.
There are few long term effects associated with CoolSculpting, and there is no irregularity or lumpiness, as is the case with other laser lipo options.
Benefits of CoolSculpting
- Permanent results: The fat cells that are destroyed with CoolSculpting are gone for good, and you won’t grow additional fat cells. However, if you do gain weight, the remaining fat cells will get bigger.
- Low risk: It is a non-surgical option so there is no anesthesia, and there are fewer risks when compared to traditional liposuction.
- No downtime: The vast majority of people who undergo the procedure don’t require any downtime.
If you have bulges of fat that you would like to eliminate, and you’ve been looking for a non-surgical option, CoolSculpting may be the right alternative for you. The results achieved with CoolSculpting look natural, and are long lasting. Why not contact Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa, Pewaukee, WI for a consultation, to find out if you would be a good candidate.