As of 2018, over two million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed all over the world. So, what’s behind this procedure that has tons of happy patients singing its praises as they shimmy into bikinis and skinny jeans? While CoolSculpting has been reviewed and assessed by over 40 peer-reviewed journals, there are still many misconceptions about the process. Let’s run down five facts you need to know if you are considering CoolSculpting.
Fact #1: CoolSculpting is Ideal for Problem Areas Not Responding to Diet and Exercise
For patients who work out regularly and eat right but are having a problem getting those last few inches around their waist to budge, CoolSculpting is an ideal weapon in their aesthetic arsenal. Patients who are a healthy weight or just slightly overweight use CoolSculpting to say adios to stubborn belly fat that just won’t budge. New moms also use CoolSculpting to get their pre-baby body back. It’s especially effective for those areas where fat deposits stay way past the delivery date, which are famous for increasing the size of the flanks and thighs.
Fact #2: It’s Not for EVERY Body
It’s unfortunate, but CoolSculpting is not intended for everyone. While CoolSculpting can help patients lose a small amount of weight, it’s not meant for patients with a BMI of 30 or more. It won’t harm a patient with a BMI over 30, but it won’t the yield the dramatic results they might be expecting. CoolSculpting reduces the amount of fat in a targeted area by about 24%, which just isn’t enough to make a noticeable difference in larger deposits of fat.
Fact #3: CoolSculpting is a Noninvasive Procedure
When patients get CoolSculpting, they won’t have surgical wounds since no incisions are made. This is great because patients can get back to their normal activities quickly. That said, some patients do experience some mild pain and discomfort after the procedure. If you are one of the ten percent of patients that experience mild to moderate soreness and swelling, you can manage the pain with over-the-counter pain relievers and a cool compress.
Fact #4: CoolSculpting May Improve Skin Condition
While this has only been tested anecdotally, for now, some CoolSculpting patients have found that the treatment improves their skin laxity. Fat freezing procedures, such as CoolSculpting, stimulate the body’s healing response. This causes the body to send more collagen to the area being treated. Since collagen is essential to keeping skin firm and hydrated, the skin texture improves. This special bonus is one reason that new mothers who are dealing with loose skin from pregnancy are loving CoolSculpting.
Fact #5: The Best Things in Life…Have a Little Wait Time
CoolSculpting doesn’t extract fat directly from the body like liposuction, so you won’t see results overnight. We know, it’s a bummer, but the process is as effective as surgical fat removal (just without the surgery and recovery time!). CoolSculpting uses extreme cold to damage fat cells, and that causes the body to expel those fat cells slowly. Most patients will see the full results of their CoolSculpting treatment after two to three months.
Now that we’ve covered some of the most common facts about CoolSculpting, are you excited to learn more? If you have specific questions or want additional clarification on the above information, please reach out and contact us. We are excited to talk to our patients about this groundbreaking fat freezing treatment and look forward to chatting soon!