Remove Unwanted Fat with CoolSculpting Procedure
CoolSculpting is a relatively new body contouring treatment method which uses Cryolipolysis to remove stubborn, unwanted fat from various parts of the body; which has a finite amount of fat cells. Cryolipolysis is the method of destroying fat cells within the body by freezing them.
Made for cosmetic enhancement, men and women can benefit from choosing CoolSculpting to treat trouble areas. Some examples include women suffering from excess arm fat or men who have larger love handles than desired.
Continue reading to learn more about this procedure including its history, benefits, potential side effects, and getting started with CoolSculpting.
The History of CoolSculpting
The CoolSculpting treatment was created by Dieter Manstein from Massachusetts General Hospital and Rox Anderson from Harvard Medical School in 2008. Clinical trials began in the same year.
This procedure has been granted FDA approval for the following treatment areas:
- Submental and submandibular area (double chin)
- Abdomen and flank
- Bra fat
- Back fat
- Underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll)
- Upper arm
Growing in popularity, this treatment has been highly touted by celebrities such as Kristin Davis and Khloe Kardashian for its ability to help remove stubborn fat. According to a recent study, the number of CoolSculpting procedures increased by 7% in 2017 over 2016 and is expected to continue growing in popularity.
Benefits of CoolSculpting
Designed for people who are roughly within 30 lbs of their ideal weight. Patients use this treatment to focus primarily on trouble areas such as the neck, stomach, arms, and hips.
Patients benefit from the following with this procedure:
- No pre-surgical preparation
- Gentle treatment with minimal discomfort
- Removal of fat through natural bodily processes
- No need for anesthesia, incisions, needles, and/or pain medicine
- Little to no downtime
- Remarkable, natural-looking results
As a person gets older, their body fat percentage rises, making it difficult to maintain their ideal weight. By using CoolSculpting as a component in your Anti-Aging and Age Management approach, you can reduce the total number of fat cells within the treated area leaving you with:
- Shapely arms
- A more defined midsection
- Reduced bulges in bra and waistband area
- And more
With CoolSculpting, the aging process has never been in such good hands. Maintain your youthful appearance by eliminating your rising fat stores with this anti-aging procedure.
Potential Side Effects of CoolSculpting
While CoolSculpting is minimally invasive there are potential side effects to be aware of before you begin this treatment. We’ve provided a breakdown for your review:
During the Procedure
- Mild pinching
- Intense cold
After the treated area goes numb, you can expect the listed sensations to subside.
- Temporary Redness
- Skin sensitivity
- A sensation of fullness in the back of the throat (submental area treatment)
In general, these side effects are expected to resolve themselves within days or weeks. Some additional side effects may occur depending on the patient. Just as you would with any medical procedure make sure to consult with your physician to determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.’
Getting Started with CoolSculpting
Finding an expert is as simple as visiting our online community. With AgeMD, valuable information detailing CoolSculpting as well as qualified practitioners for this treatment is at your fingertips. Keep in mind that your health and safety comes first with any treatment. That’s why our mission is to give consumers control over their health by getting them connected with practitioners that are licensed, verified experts focused on CoolSculpting.
FAQs about CoolSculpting:
Here you will find answers to our user’s most common questions. Our goal is to keep you easily informed as you research ways to realize your age management potential.
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How much does CoolSculpting cost?
The total cost depends on a number of factors that include: the number of treatments needed, areas of concern, starting point, and final goals. Make sure to work with the practitioner to determine exactly what you need to meet your goals as they may offer package pricing depending on the areas you want to be treated.
That being said, the average cost is about $2,000-$4,000.
Due to the high cost, most locations that offer CoolSculpting also offer financing for their patients.
To date, this procedure is not covered by insurance as it is deemed to be strictly cosmetic in nature.
How many CoolSculpting treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed is based on your goals and desired treated areas. Your physician will work with you to design a treatment program. Each specific area treated is considered to be a treatment. For those who choose multiple areas, they may actually have multiple treatments in the same session. One for each area.
The best results occur with patients who are diligent about sticking to their follow-up appointment to review results and determine the need for any follow-up treatments to reach their goal.
How long is the recovery time with CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical so patients can go back to regular activities immediately after treatment. Some patients may feel uncomfortable going out the first day or two due to the treatment crystalizing their fat stores. This dissipates quickly through natural body processes.
Keep in mind, there are potential side effects so some patients may want to wait before resuming some activities depending on how they feel after the procedure. Patients who treat multiple areas at the same time may be at increased risk of side effects due to the multiple treated areas. Strong communication with your physician will help you stay on top of the side effects to continue regular activities unimpeded.
How quickly will I see results from CoolSculpting?
Patients may see results in as little as three weeks after treatment. The most dramatic results are experienced about 2 months after the procedure. This treatment is designed to flush out the dead fat cells to get the results you desire. Patients can expect this to continue for between 4-6 months after treatment is completed.
While not guaranteed, patients who follow a diet and exercise routine may experience quicker or more dramatic results than patients who do not follow such a routine. If you’re concerned about the speed of your results, consult with your physician to determine if additional treatments may be needed to achieve your desired results.
How long will my CoolSculpting results last?
The CoolSculpting procedure is designed for long-lasting results. The procedure works by freezing the fat cells themselves which kills them. The body over time naturally processes the dead cells and eliminates them from the body. This leaves behind fewer active fat cells in the treated area.
Keep in mind that there will still be fat cells left over. Weight increase through fat gain is a result of increasing the size of the fat cells. In order to keep the results, many patients turn to a diet and exercise regimen to maintain their new shape.
Are there other similar options to CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting was designed and created on the basis of Cryolipolysis which is the removal of fat cells by freezing them. As science and technology continue to improve, other treatments that use this method have become available. One such example is cryotherapy.
In addition, there are other non-surgical procedures that use different methods like the Sculpsure procedure which uses laser energy to remove unwanted fat. Most important with any of these procedures is to work with your physician to determine the procedure that is best for you and your goals.