1Am I A Candidate?
The CoolSculpting procedure is designed for people who want to eliminate fat bulges in specific areas. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution (unlike weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass). People who choose CoolSculpting often want a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Good candidates for the CoolSculpting procedure have noticeable fat bulges in certain areas.
2How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting uses a freezing method that targets fat cells just below the surface of the skin. These cells become damaged and are processed and eliminated from the body via natural methods. This results in a permanent loss of these fat cells, which don’t regenerate or grow again. During a CoolSculpting treatment session, which typically lasts between 35 and 60 minutes, patients can expect to feel a cold sensation at first. This usually only lasts for a few minutes. After this, the applicator used to freeze fat cells shouldn’t cause any discomfort. In fact, the targeted areas typically become numb during treatment. Some patients experience tingling in the treated areas afterwards, but this is only temporary as feeling returns.
3Is CoolSculpting Safe?
CoolSculpting has received FDA clearance as a fat reduction method for fat bulges in certain parts of the body. These include the flanks, abdominal area, thighs and under the neck for double chins. Since CoolSculpting doesn’t involve using an invasive technique, patients are able to return to their normal activities following their treatment session. Patients should note that there are potential side effects, such as bruising, swelling and temporary redness in the treated areas. Some patients also experience cramping or stinging in the treated areas, but this is generally mild and doesn’t last long.
Additionally, CoolSculpting providers are licensed medical professionals with special training & certification to ensure your safety. CoolSculpting systems have built-in safety features to stop the cooling if sensors detect that skin becomes too cold. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Munir if you have any questions about these procedures.
4Where Does The Fat Go?
The frozen fat cells become crystallized, then die. The dead fat cells then are naturally processed and eliminated by your body. Some patients wonder if the results are permanent. CoolSculpting results are long term because those fat cells, and that fat bulge, are gone for good.
5When Will I See Results?
You may start seeing changes in your body as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment. The most dramatic results are usually visible after 2 months. Several months after your treatment, your body will still continue to flush out fat cells.
6Will I Need Supplements?
After your CoolSculpting treatment, no special supplements are required. You won’t need to change any of your lifestyle habits because it’s not a diet and exercise program. Many people do feel more motivated to take good care of themselves after a CoolSculpting treatment. They look better, they feel better, and they want to keep their reshaped body healthy.