What is CoolSculpting? – Overview
In this era where people care about how they look more than ever, it is common to hear of cosmetic and medical procedures designed to help people achieve the perfect bodies.
One such procedure is CoolSculpting which essentially utilizes cold treatment to destroy fat cells to help achieve a leaner body.
This particular fat-destroying procedure is currently trending mostly because it is non-invasive and comes with fewer side effects.
But just how effective and safe is this treatment? Read on to find out.
What is it?
CoolSculpting is a method of breaking down fat cells using freezing temperatures.
The thinking behind it is that cold damages fat cells in a way that it does not all the other cells. That means there will be no damage to the underlying tissue or the skin where the treatment is applied.
The process is carried out by a professional practitioner who vacuums the skin covering the targeted area. The cold temperatures are supposed to numb the area where fat cells are going to be destroyed.
Typically, the procedure takes about an hour or so to complete and there is no recovery time because as we have previously mentioned, there is no tissue damage.
It may take 4-6 months for the treated fat cells to leave the body after the procedure. During this waiting time, the fatty area will decrease by about 20%.
Does It Work?
CoolSculpting has a high success rate and is therefore ideal for effectively eliminating stubborn fat from the body.
It is also preferable because it is non-invasive and comes with fewer side effects compared to other fat elimination procedures like liposuction.
Now, although this method can eliminate fat, it does not deliver miraculous results. As such, you should not expect to experience a complete elimination of fat.
Moreover, the procedure may fail to work for some people and some people may have more serious side effects than others.
Lifestyle is also to be considered here because even if the procedure works for you and you go on to lead a sedentary lifestyle and continue with unhealthy eating habits, the fat is likely to come back or worse still, not leave at all.
As we have already mentioned, CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure. Therefore, you will not require medication, anesthesia, or incisions.
That makes the likelihood of experiencing side effects less.
The only side effect that most people who have undergone the procedure seem to experience often has to be the loss of sensation for a while in the treated area.
Other side effects may include localized pain, skin redness, sensitivity, bruising, and swelling.
How long do CoolSculpting Results Last?
CoolSculpting damages fat cells, and the destroyed cells never come back. Nevertheless, no scientific studies are looking into the effectiveness or long-term effects of the procedures.
So far, studies on it followed up on subjects for just a few weeks after treatment.
What you need to keep in mind is that destroying fat cells does not stop new cells from forming. That is why people who undergo the procedure are encouraged to adopt a healthy diet and lead an active life.
Who Is It For?
Contrary to what most people think, CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss method. Doctors will usually suggest it for people who have unsuccessfully tried dieting and working out to eliminate stubborn fat.
People with conditions like cold urticaria, poor skin tone, and loose skin should desist from getting the procedure.
The most common areas where CoolSculpting is applied include upper arms, along the bra line, below the backside, belly, thighs, and under the chin.
CoolSculpting is more of a cosmetic procedure rather than a medical one. As such, you should not rely on it to counter the underlying issue that is causing you to have unwanted and stubborn fat.
People with metabolic issues, diseases like diabetes, as well as those who lead an unhealthy lifestyle are likely to regain the fat eliminated through CoolSculpting.
Even as you consider the procedure, you want to keep in mind that while stubborn fat in particular areas of the body is common, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue.
Therefore, you may want to consult a doctor before going ahead to get the procedure.
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