What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSclupting, also known as Cryolipolysis, is a form of body sculpting that uses cooling to eliminate stubborn body fat. It’s currently the most popular non-surgical option for fat removal and the only one that has FDA approval. As a noninvasive treatment, it has several advantages over traditional surgical options. It’s safer, requires less recovery time, and can be done in as little as an hour just to name a few. So, how exactly does it work?
How Does It Work?
CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat cells. This is generally done by pinching a section of body fat between two panels and freezing the fat cells. Once the cells are frozen, they die and are then absorbed by the body within a few weeks. Note that this does mean that results aren’t immediate — it takes a little time to see the full effects of the procedure.
What Is Recovery Like?
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure so the recovery process is typically quick and easy. Immediately after the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort including pain, swelling, and bruising. Some numbness is also fairly common. These mild side-effects will fade within a week or two. Otherwise, there are no restrictions on exercise or physical activity. You’ll be able to return to your normal routine immediately after treatment.
Who Is CoolSculpting Right For?
Like all of the other body contouring methods, CoolSculpting is completely noninvasive. That means that most people can undergo CoolSculpting without having to worry about serious complications. With that said, some people will respond to the treatment better than others.
CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity. It works great when targeting small areas of stubborn body fat, but it’s not effective at removing large portions of fat across the entire body. Ideally, you should be at or near your ideal weight before undergoing this procedure. In addition, if you have any of the following conditions, you should absolutely not seek treatment with CoolSculpting:
- Cold agglutin disease
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
As always, it’s best to consult with your doctor before undergoing any new treatment. They’ll be able to ensure that there is nothing about you or your medical history that could increase the risk of complications. If you find out that CoolSculpting isn’t right for you, there are a number of other non-invasive body sculpting options that you can look into.
Are you looking for an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your body sculpting procedure? Please, contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to find out whether CoolSculpting is right for you.