According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans are spending more money on cosmetic procedures than ever before. Many of these treatments, such as liposuction and CoolSculpting, aim to contour the body and create a more attractive silhouette. The latter is a less invasive technique that reduces fat in stubborn areas, such as the tummy, arms and bra line, by freezing fat cells so the body can naturally remove them.
CoolSculpting patients have fewer unsightly bulges and, as a result, more confidence. The procedure creates a well-proportioned and sexier physique, and the final outcome is permanent.
Until then, here are the answers to six FAQs about this revolutionary fat-reduction technique:
1. How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting is a simple procedure. It is virtually painless because it is non-invasive. Practitioners place gel pads and special applicators to the targeted area and then cool those fat cells enough to kill them. At the same time, the procedure stimulates the body to metabolize the dead fat cells and excrete them via the urinary tract.
2. How long does CoolSculpting take?
It takes approximately one hour to treat a single area, such as one love handle. Depending on how big the area is that you want to target, it can take several hours.
Your practitioner will tell you how long the procedure will take. If time is an issue, then you can schedule several appointments to target all of your areas.
3. Is CoolSculpting uncomfortable?
The procedure is a gentle one that requires no pain medications or anesthetic. The majority of people do not feel any pain.
There may be mild discomfort for five minutes until the coldness numbs the area, but few patients report significant discomfort. You will be able to read comfortably, listen to music or even watch movies throughout the process.
4. Is CoolSculpting safe?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure with no serious side effects. The cooling system is precise and controlled, harming no other cells in the body and only targeting fat, which is significantly more sensitive to cold. It will not damage any tissues, organs or other parts of the body. Furthermore, because CoolSculpting is not invasive, there is no risk of surgical side effects, such as infection or anesthesia complications.
5. How long is the recovery process?
CoolSculpting does not require any recovery period. You can go back to work immediately. You can even leave the appointment and go to gym.
The procedure will not affect your daily activities. There may be some redness, swelling, bruising or tenderness for a few hours or days, but it will not stop you from participating in what you love most. There are also no contraindications with sun exposure.
6. Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting?
The procedure is ideal for those who are fit and healthy yet struggle to get rid of stubborn fat in areas that do not respond well to exercise or diet. CoolSculpting does not address obesity or related problems, and it is not a substitute for liposuction or weight loss. Furthermore, results are not immediate and may take several weeks to notice. Patients who desire fast results should consider another option.
CoolSculpting has no effect on skin laxity. If you lose a significant amount of weight and have excess skin, then a skin tightening procedure, such as Thermage CPT Radiofrequency, can help with that problem.
Call Evolve Medical Associates at (704) 610-5776 for information about CoolSculpting and to see before and after photos. A practitioner is available to answer your questions and address your concerns.