Although CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure, the results are comparable to liposuction. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, this revolutionary treatment has an interesting history: Researchers noticed that fat freezes long before skin does in hypothermia cases. CoolSculpting works off this discovery by freezing fat cells so the body can remove them naturally.
Until then, read on to learn 10 questions to ask before undergoing this treatment:
1. Is it safe to undergo CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved technique. With more than 2 million successful treatments to date in the United States, there is ample proof that it is safe for removing fat without surgery.
2. Are you a good candidate?
The ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are already near their goal weight. The technique removes subcutaneous fat in areas that are resistant to exercise and diet, but it is not an effective solution for obesity.
3. How many sessions will you require?
It takes an hour to treat a single area with CoolSculpting. Depending on your specific goals and your health, it may be necessary to schedule several sessions.
4. How much fat does CoolSculpting actually remove?
CoolSculpting does not remove any fat. It kills fat cells, which the body removes over the next few weeks. However, patients usually notice 20 percent to 25 percent fat reduction in the target area.
5. How long will it take to notice results?
Each patient responds differently to CoolSculpting. Many notice results within three weeks. For most, the full results become apparent within two months. Some people may take longer.
6. What happens to the fat?
The CoolSculpting machine targets fat cells with extreme cold, which forces them to crystallize and die. The body transports these dead fat cells to the urinary system, which eliminates them from the body.
7. Are there alternatives to CoolSculpting?
Several alternative procedures exist. The most common is liposuction. Although liposuction is a surgical treatment, it can remove more fat than any other technique. However, there is a 20-pound limit per treatment.
8. How many procedures has the practitioner completed?
It is important that you choose a practitioner with extensive experience performing these procedures. Do not be shy to ask this question.
9. Does the practitioner have a gallery of results to show you?
Any good CoolSculpting practitioner will be happy to show you before and after photographs of previous patients. Ask to see them.
10. What can you do to maintain your results?
CoolSculpting results are permanent. However, new weight gain will hide them.
It is vital that the CoolSculpting provider you choose can answer all of these questions. Knowledge is powerful and can help you decide if this is the right treatment for your needs.
Although online CoolSculpting reviews can help you decide if this is the right procedure for you, there is no substitute for the advice of a doctor. Evolve Medical Associates is available at (704) 610-5776 to discuss your concerns. Call us today to schedule an appointment.