If you’re considering CoolSculpting, you probably have questions. Of course, you know CoolSculpting is one of the most popular and effective treatments for reducing stubborn fat without the need for surgery. But before taking the plunge, you probably want to know more about the procedure, its benefits, and what to expect. So let’s dive right in and answer some common CoolSculpting questions!
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a body contouring treatment that targets and freezes fat cells, which are then naturally eliminated by the body. It is FDA-cleared and non-invasive. Using controlled cooling, CoolSculpting reduces unwanted fat without the need for surgery or downtime.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting uses a technology called cryolipolysis to target and freeze fat cells beneath the skin. The freezing process causes the fat cells to crystallize and die, after which the body naturally eliminates them over time. Healthy surrounding tissue remains completely unaffected. The result? A visible reduction in fat in the treated areas, plus a more contoured and toned appearance.
Is CoolSculpting Safe?
As we mentioned, CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for use on various parts of the body. The procedure is considered safe and effective, with millions of treatments performed worldwide. However, as with any medical treatment, it’s essential to consult with a professional to determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.
What Areas Can Be Treated with CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting can effectively target and reduce fat in many areas of the body. Some of the most popular choices include:
- Love Handles
- Inner and outer thighs
- Upper arms
- Underneath the buttocks
- Double chin
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of CoolSculpting treatments required varies depending on the individual’s goals and the areas being treated. Some may see results after just one session, while others require multiple treatments to achieve their desired outcome. During your consultation, a CoolSculpting professional will discuss your goals and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve the best results.
What Should I Expect During the CoolSculpting Procedure?
During the procedure, a gel pad and applicator will be placed on the treatment area. CoolSculpting technology delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat cells while it leaves the surrounding skin and tissue unharmed. You may feel a cold sensation, followed by numbness in the area, but this typically subsides within a few minutes.
How Long Does it Take?
The duration of a CoolSculpting session depends on the size of the treatment area as well as the number of areas being treated. A single treatment can take as little as 35 minutes, while multiple areas may require more time. During your consultation, the CoolSculpting professional will discuss your treatment plan and provide an estimated duration for your session.
Is There a Recovery Period?
One of the key benefits of CoolSculpting is that there is no downtime associated with the procedure. Most people can return to their typical daily activities immediately after treatment. However, you may experience some redness, swelling, bruising, or tenderness in the treated area, which typically resolves within a few days to weeks, and you should wait several days before engaging in strenuous exercise.
When Will I See Results?
CoolSculpting results are not immediate, as the body needs time to naturally eliminate the destroyed fat cells. Most people start to notice a visible reduction in fat about 3 weeks after their treatment, with more dramatic results appearing between 1 to 3 months. The body continues to flush out the damaged fat cells for up to 6 months following the procedure, so your results may keep improving over time.
How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Last?
CoolSculpting results are long-lasting because the fat cells affected by treatment are permanently destroyed and eliminated from the body. In fact, once the cells are removed, they are gone for good. However, it’s essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to preserve your results, as it is possible for your body to create additional fat cells or for the remaining fat cells to grow.
Are There Side Effects with CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure with minimal risks and side effects. Some patients experience temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the treated area. These side effects commonly resolve on their own within a few days or weeks.
In extremely rare cases, a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) can occur, in which the treated fat cells increase in size instead of being destroyed. If you are concerned, talk to one of our experts about potential side effects and their likelihood.
How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?
The cost of CoolSculpting varies depending on factors such as the number of areas being treated, the size of the treatment area, and the geographic location of the provider. During your consultation, we will discuss your treatment plan and provide a personalized quote based on your specific needs.
How do I Choose a CoolSculpting Provider?
When choosing a CoolSculpting provider, it’s important to look for a qualified and experienced professional who specializes in the procedure. Do your research, read reviews, and schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and ask any questions you may have. A reputable provider will help you understand the process, set realistic expectations, and develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
Am I a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is ideal for individuals who are close to their ideal body weight but still have stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to exercise and diet. But remember, it is not a weight loss treatment or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re considering CoolSculpting, schedule a consultation so we can answer any other questions you have.