Excess fat that is stubborn enough to stay put despite a healthy diet and dutiful workouts is definitely frustrating to deal with. There are many methods to reduce or eliminate these unwanted bulges and CoolSculpting is one of the most popular ones. Read on to learn more about this procedure.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that has been approved by the FDA. It involves the use of a hand-held device that freezes fat under the skin’s surface and destroys them, a contrast to Laser Lipo’s method where heat is used to melt fat. Although it won’t significantly affect weight, it would remove excess fat and flatten unwanted bulges. Common areas for CoolSculpting are abs, backs, arms, love handles, and under the chin.
What are the Qualifications for This Procedure?
This procedure can be done to both men and women as long as they have the following qualifications:
- Does regular exercises or workouts
- Has a healthy diet
- Has a current weight that is within 20 pounds of the ideal for their height
- Must not be suffering from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.
How is the CoolSculpting Procedure Done?
On the day of the scheduled procedure, the areas that need to be treated are reviewed and marked. A protective gel pad is applied on the skin surface and the excess fat is pressed or pinched into the CoolSculpting applicator. Although some pressure and suction action felt in the first few minutes, it is painless. After that first few minutes, the target area will turn cold and numb. The entire treatment lasts about 60 minutes. The great thing about this is that you are not restricted during the procedure. In fact, you can read a book, watch a movie, or even take a quick nap while being treated.
What to Expect After the Procedure
When the applicator is removed from the pinched area, it would be quite red and appear as if there is a stick of butter under the skin, caused by the suction. This will be massaged by the treatment provider until the lump disappears. There is no downtime involved in this type of procedure so you should be able to go about your day as you usually do. It is important for patients to remember that weight must be maintained during the course of the treatment or the results will be unsatisfactory.
FAQ on CoolSculpting
Q. How much fat is lost?
A. Generally, about 20% to 30% fat is lost in one session. Noticeable results are evident in a few weeks to three months.
Q. Where does the fat go?
A. The excess fat is frozen until crystallized, transformed into dead cells, and then it is up to the body to natural process and eliminates it permanently from the body. These dead cells are often expelled through urine.
Q. Are there side effects?
A. As long as the procedure is done by an accredited and experienced provider, it is absolutely safe. There are minor side effects such as redness, minimal bruising, numbness, tingling, and a bit of discomfort in the areas treated. All these are temporary and will resolve on its own. Some patients may experience delayed pain about 3 to 5 days after the procedure. This can last up to 10 days but can be managed with pain medication.
How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?
CoolSculpting is more affordable than a liposuction, with a cost ranging between $1,200 to $5,000 in the St. Louis, MO area. This is because the results are not as dramatic as that from lipo. This procedure is best for those who only require a small reduction in excess fat.
If you want to know more about this innovative fat reduction procedure, we invite you to give New Improved Body a call. We would be more than happy to address your inquiries.