CoolSculpting treatment absToning and reshaping your body is hard work, especially when fat is stubborn. Despite doing barre or pilates almost every single day, you might notice that it's still challenging getting rid of fat in trouble spots, such as the stomach or flanks. That's where non-invasive body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting can help.

What is CoolSculpting?

In a nutshell, CoolSculpting is a procedure that kills fat cells by freezing them. The FDA first approved CoolSculpting in 2010, and it quickly gained national attention as a body contouring procedure that is an effective non-invasive alternative to traditional liposuction.

CoolSculpting uses rounded paddles to suction the skin and fat, similar to a vacuum. The cooling panels crystallize fat cells without harming surrounding tissue. This is because fat is more sensitive to temperature changes than skin. Most clients experience only mild discomfort during the procedure. Once fat cells are frozen, the body eliminates the dead cells within two-to-six months after treatment, resulting in up to a 25% reduction of fat in treated areas.

Who is it for?

CoolSculpting is ideal for those looking for mild improvements. In theory, CoolSculpting can eliminate just about any unwanted bulge, such as love handles, thighs, upper arms, and even chin. But, clients have to have enough fat in the treatment area for the applicator to adhere to, i.e., enough fat to pinch.

Does CoolSculpting actually work?

Several clinical trials have yielded impressive results. In those trials, participants demonstrated up to a 25 percent reduction in subcutaneous fat in the treatment areas. But, it does take a few treatments to achieve optimum results. Essentially, the more treatments you have, the more results you'll see. And not only that, but results are permanent. This is because the body actually eliminates fat cells. You should keep in mind, though, that it is crucial to maintain a healthy weight to maintain results. CoolSculpting doesn't make you lose weight, but it does smooth out specific areas of concern, leading to a slimmer-looking waistline, for example.

Is it safe?

Since CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure, the risks and side effects are pretty minimal. Most side effects are temporary and include tugging sensation at the treatment site, redness, swelling, bruising, and skin sensitivity. Contour irregularities can occur the same way they might in liposuction, but that is also rare.

Yes, you should consider CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is genuinely a fantastic non-invasive treatment that produces noticeable and permanent results. If you are a healthy, stable weight, and you're looking to smooth out stubborn areas of fat that aren't responding to diet and exercise, then CoolSculpting may be right for you.

References
  1. "Does CoolSculpting Work? Here's What Happened When I Tried It," Reader's Digest, n.d.
  2. "Does Fat Freezing Work? Two Experts Weigh In on CoolSculpting," Vogue, June 4, 2018.
  3. "What are CoolSculpting and SculpSure, and Do They Actually Work?," Allure, April 18, 2018.

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