What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction procedure that involves no anesthesia, needles, or incisions. It’s based on the principle of cooling subcutaneous fat to the point that the fat cells are destroyed by the cooling process and absorbed by the body. Subcutaneous fat is the layer of fat just under the skin.
CoolSculpting was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012.
The procedure is non-invasive and doesn’t require anesthesia.
Almost 4,000,000 procedures have been done around the world to date.
You may experience temporary side effects, which should go away within a few days following treatment. Side effects may include swelling, bruising, and sensitivity.
CoolSculpting may not be right for you if you have a history of Raynaud’s disease or severe sensitivity to cold temperatures.
The procedure lasts 1 to 3 hours.
You can expect minimal recovery time. Normal day-to-day activities can resume almost immediately after the procedure.
It’s available through a plastic surgeon or physician who is trained in CoolSculpting.
What to expect after CoolSculpting
There is little to no recovery time after a CoolSculpting procedure. Most people are approved to resume normal day-to-day activity immediately after. In some cases, some minor redness or soreness may occur in the area treated, but all minor side effects typically subside within a few weeks.
Results in the treated areas may be noticeable within three weeks of the procedure. Typical results are reached after two or three months, and the fat-flushing process continues for up to six months after the initial treatment. Certain people and areas of the body may require more than one treatment. According to CoolSculpting market research, 79 percent of people reported a positive difference in the way their clothes fit after CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting addresses specific areas of the body, so further treatment is usually only necessary if you want to target a different area. CoolSculpting doesn’t treat obesity and shouldn’t replace a healthy lifestyle. Continuing to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly is crucial to maintaining results.