Everyone is talking about CoolSculpting. Even actress Debra Messing is sharing her experience and showing off her results. It is unlikely that you haven’t a least heard of this revolutionary treatment, but unless you have met with a medical professional for a consultation about CoolSculpting, you probably have some questions.
What Is CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists both dieting and exercise
How Cool is the Treatment?
Once you and your physician have determined which area to treat, controlled cooling is delivered via an applicator to freeze the targeted fat. You may feel intense cold initially, but this will gradually subside as the targeted area numbs. Most CoolSculpting applicators use a vacuum to draw fatty tissue into the applicator cup, so you may also feel some pulling, tugging, and/or mild discomfort.
How Long is a Treatment?
Depending on the number of areas being treated, the length of your treatment may vary. The latest technology of CoolSculpting can treat a patient in 35-60 minutes. Some providers have multiple CoolSculpting systems and applicators, allowing a patient to have multiple areas treated at once.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the thighs, abdomen, flank and the submental area below the chin. There are different applicators, each designed for specific areas to provide the best results.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
The type of results you get from your initial Coolsculpting treatment will help determine how many treatments are needed to achieve your desired results. A single treatment typically reduces the amount of fat in the area by 20 to 25 percent. For greater results, two or more treatments in the same area will probably be needed. You may begin to see results as early as 3 weeks after your treatment. The final results of a treatment usually take 8 to 12 weeks. Your physician may recommend waiting to see the final results of your initial treatment before receiving additional treatments.
Can I Multitask During Treatment?
Yes! Bring a book, check your email, watch a movie on your mobile device or just sit back and relax. It might be the perfect time to catch a quick power nap!
Will There be Downtime?
Because CoolSculpting is a completely non-surgical procedure, the is virtually no downtime. You will be able to return to your normal activities after treatment. Some people even go for a treatment on their lunch hour and immediately return to work afterward.
Are There Any Side Effects?
While there are no serious side effects, you may experience temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity following your treatment. When the submental area is treated, you may feel fullness in the back of the throat. These are all temporary and typically disappear within days or weeks. Though rare, some additional side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, consult with your physician before treatment. They will review your medical history and determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.
Who is a Good Candidate?
CoolSculpting was designed for people who have specific areas of stubborn fat that diet and exercise have not resolved. The treatment is not a weight loss solution for those who suffer from obesity. CoolSculpting can be a great non-surgical option for people that want to eliminate annoying bulges and skip the liposuction.
Are the Results Permanent?
With CoolSculpting, the treated fat cells are gone for good, but if you overeat, your remaining fat cells can become enlarged. It is still necessary to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine after the procedure. Eat well-balanced, sensibly-sized meals that leave you satisfied, not stuffed. Be sure to include some sort of exercise in your daily routine.
Learn More About Coolsculpting
Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics is a unique medical practice and a CoolSculpting provider. It is the first medical practice in the area specializing in weight loss and aesthetic medicine. Schedule your consultation today and let us help you decide if CoolSculpting is the right option for you.