How Does Coolsculpting Work?

Are you thinking about trying CoolSculpting to get swimsuit ready, but you’re not sure how it works?  Excess body fat is an aesthetic concern for many people, but Coolsculpting is an effective way to remove stubborn fat and contour your body.  So, how does CoolSculpting work?

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that uses a controlled cooling process to reduce stubborn pockets of fat.   Since CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment, there is no anesthesia, incisions, or scars.  

CoolSculpting is FDA approved to reduce visible fat bulges in nine areas, including the abdomen, upper arms, flanks, thighs, and knees.  

The CoolSculpting system has several applicators that target different areas.  For example, the CoolMini applicator treats excess fat in small areas such as the chin and knees.  

CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment but is designed to contour the body by reducing localized pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise.  

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting works based on the science known as cryolipolysis.  Cryolipolysis is a system that uses cold temperature to break down fatty deposits.     

The CoolSculpting technology was developed by Harvard scientists who observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks.  The scientists looked further into this and discovered that it’s possible to target and freeze fat cells without harming nearby skin and tissue.   The fat-freezing CoolSculpting technique evolved from these studies. 

During CoolSculpting treatment, the applicator is positioned on the treatment area and tightly suctions the skin.  The freezing energy selectively freezes the fat cells beneath the skin, causing them to crystallize and die.  The dead fat cells are naturally processed and cleared from the body over the following 5-8 weeks.  When this process is complete, patients typically lose 20-25% of the fat in the treated area. 

A single CoolSculpting session takes 45-60 minutes, which makes it the ideal lunchtime procedure.  

What To Expect After Treatment 

Redness, mild bruising, cramping, and tenderness at the treatment site are common side-effects of CoolSculpting.  However, these side-effects are temporary, and there is little to no downtime. 

How Soon Do You See Results?

Most patients start seeing results as soon as 3 weeks after treatment, but it can take up to 3 months to see full results.  If you are considering CoolSculpting, it’s essential to choose a highly trained provider who understands CoolSculpting technology.  A skilled provider can create a personalized treatment plan to ensure you get the best possible results. 

The results of CoolSculpting can be long-lasting if patients maintain a healthy lifestyle after treatment. 

How Many Treatments Do You Need?

Patients typically only need one CoolSculpting treatment to achieve optimal results, but repeat treatments can be recommended for further fat reduction.     

Is CoolSculpting Painful?

CoolSculpting treatment is intensely cold at the start, but the area goes numb after a few minutes.  Patients may also experience pulling, tingling, and tugging sensations, as well as cramping and aching, but it is not painful.  Most patients are comfortable during CoolSculpting treatment and pass the time listening to music, reading, or sleeping.  

Who Is A Good Candidate For CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting targets problem areas, so people looking to reduce specific areas of fat like the abdomen or flanks are suitable candidates.  Candidates for CoolSculpting should also be physically fit and at a stable weight.   People who are obese or need to reduce large areas of fat are not good candidates for CoolSculpting.

If you are struggling to get rid of that muffin top or tummy pooch, CoolSculpting can shrink that stubborn fat for you.  CoolSculpting uses safe, proven technology to reduce inches and contour your body without surgery or downtime.  

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