CoolSculpting is a form of cosmetic treatment that’s used to tackle stubborn pockets of fat in various parts of the body. Fat cells are targeted and cooled using the CoolSculpting device, which causes them to die naturally with time.
What areas can it be used to treat?
CoolSculpting is currently FDA-approved as a treatment for the following areas –
- thighs (inner and outer)
- flanks (sides/love handles)
- double chin
Am I a good candidate?
A good candidate for CoolSculpting is a person who is a healthy weight but has stubborn pockets of fat on their body that they cannot get rid of through diet and exercise alone. For example, a lot of people have an excessive amount of chin fat that isn’t caused by being overweight but because of genetics or sudden weight loss. CoolSculpting is an ideal solution for this.
You should avoid CoolSculpting if you are breast-feeding, pregnant or excessively overweight.
Is it safe?
Yes. CoolSculpting is generally very safe. Any treatment that’s been FDA-approved has to be shown to be not only effective but also safe so you can seek out treatment without worry of complications.
Is it painful?
When the treatment first starts, there is usually an intense feeling of cold in the treated area. However this soon dissipates and after 5-10 minutes the area usually goes numb.
Is there any downtime?
No. The vast majority of patients are able to resume normal activities immediately after treatment. This is a big advantage of CoolSculpting over liposuction, particularly for those who cannot take a lot of time off work for recovery.
Will I need to change anything about my diet/lifestyle after the treatment?
No. Providing you do not gain any significant amount of weight, you don’t need to make any special lifestyle changes, or take any supplements, to enjoy long-lasting results from CoolSculpting.
When will I see results?
The first results of CoolSculpting can sometimes be seen after as little as 3 weeks, with dramatic results being apparent for most patients around the 2 month mark. Fat cells will continue to die for as long as 6 months after the treatment.