Sometimes it seems like no matter how much you exercise, how many kale salads you consume, or how much you limit your daily calorie intake, areas with stubborn fat just don’t seem to disappear. And though the recent body positivity movement has helped adjust our perspective on fat, most of us are still learning how to either embrace it or erase it.
You’ve likely heard of liposuction and recognize it as a treatment to get rid of fat. But the newest kid on the fat-reducing block is CoolSculpting.
What is CoolSculpting?
Scientifically known as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting is a procedure done to freeze (and thereby kill) fat cells. During a CoolSculpting procedure, the doctor uses an applicator to apply suction to the target area and carefully regulated cooling plates to lower the temperature of fat cells and irreversibly damage them. Other cells, tissue and skin are not damaged by the cold.
The process typically takes 35 minutes per area and there is no recovery time.
Once the FDA-approved procedure is over, the fat cells will be naturally eliminated by the body over the next few weeks and months. Patients will see results after a few weeks, but will need to wait three months to see full results.
CoolSculpting can target the abdomen, thighs, “love handles,” upper arms, “bra fat,” back fat, “banana roll” underneath the butt, and the double chin. For CoolSculpting to work, the patient should have enough fat for the applicator to adhere to, or pinch.
Common Myths About CoolSculpting
If you’ve struggled with stubborn fat, CoolSculpting may sound like a miracle cure. But unfortunately, it isn’t. Let’s clear up a few myths about the procedure.
Myth #1: Fat will be completely removed.
Though the procedure will in fact help eliminate fat, patients should not expect to see all fat removed from a particular area. Results will vary from patient to patient.
Myth #2: Lifestyle factors don’t play a role.
CoolSculpting does not take the place of eating healthy and exercising. Just because you’ve seen great results with the procedure, doesn’t mean your body won’t create more fat if you continue eating a poor diet and living a sedentary lifestyle. To experience maximum fat reduction, patients should eat a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis.
Myth #3: Skin will become tighter.
After significant fat loss, it is normal to have loose and sagging skin. CoolSculpting will not tighten loose skin and it will take some time to lose the excess skin.
Why Choose CoolSculpting
Here are a few reasons why patients should consider CoolSculpting:
- It’s the best option for patients with significant fat to remove.
- The side effects are minimal: light bruising, swelling or soreness.
- It’s minimally invasive, meaning it doesn’t require surgery, cuts or anesthetic.
- It carries fewer risks than liposuction.
- CoolSculpting is one of the most effective FDA-approved fat-reduction procedures.
- Fat cells are actually eliminated (rather than reduced in size), providing lasting change.
A 2014 clinical trial showed that CoolSculpting provided up to a 25 percent reduction in subcutaneous fat in the treatment area.
If you’re considering CoolSculpting, contact The Bliss Room Medical Spa & Wellness and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.