As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to understand the process, the facts, who the ideal candidate is and more. Here are 10 facts about CoolSculpting to keep in mind as you contemplate undergoing the treatment:
CoolSculpting boasts an impressive list of accolades, including approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In short, this means that the procedure has been extensively tested and evaluated in many clinical studies and the FDA has finally approved it for use.
2. It can be applied to 9 areas:
The FDA has recognized the benefits of CoolSculpting and approved its use in 9 specific areas:
- Under the chin and jawline.
- Fat around the bra line
- Under buttocks
- Upper arm
While most patients seeking fat loss have heard of CoolSculpting, many are unfamiliar with how the treatment works. One of the many wonderful benefits of the procedure is that it is completely non-surgical and non-invasive.
The applicator, which is attached to the CoolSculpting machine, is superficially attached to the skin, without the need for injections or anesthesia.
4. Virtually painless:
In addition to the fact that it is non-invasive, CoolSculpting is virtually painless and requires no downtime. While patients will experience a cooling sensation, tingling, mild stinging and possible cramping at the site during treatment, it is generally very well tolerated and not considered painful. Patients can return to work or normal daily activity immediately without restriction. Some patients report mild swelling or bruising in the short term.
5. No damage to healthy tissue:
With the proven science behind CoolSculpting, patients enjoy peace of mind knowing that the treatment is designed to specifically target fat cells and will not affect or damage any healthy skin or tissue.
6. Fat Loss; Not Weight Loss:
CoolSculpting can produce visible and significant results, but it is important to remember that the procedure is designed for fat loss and not weight loss. The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting should be within 5 to 30 pounds of their ideal weight, having maintained that weight for at least six months. CoolSculpting specifically targets stubborn areas of fat such as arms that do not respond to diet and exercise.
7. Fat cells are permanent:
The scientific side of CoolSculpting is technical and important to understand when learning how the procedure actually works. CoolSculpting specifically targets and destroys fat cells, a certain amount of which are present and permanent at a young age.
Typically around adolescence, the body “settles” on a number of fat cells to retain for the rest of its life. As our weight fluctuates, the fat cells may swell or shrink, but the amount of cells remains the same. CoolSculpting targets these fat cells and destroys them.
8. Perfect for both men and women:
Because of the many different areas it can treat, CoolSculpting is perfect for both men and women. It’s really important to find a surgeon that is well versed in the various benefits of CoolSculpting that men and women can obtain, respectively, and the experienced team that can guide you through the process and expected results during your initial consultation.
9. Fast Results:
One of the favorite advantages of CoolSculpting for patients is the speed at which they can get results. After just one treatment, most patients will see a 20-25% reduction in fat and inches in the area that was treated.