What is it?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical method of eliminating stubborn areas of fat. The treatment “freezes” fat through a process called cryolipolysis, in which targeted fat cells are destroyed, leaving behind a slimmer, sleeker you. It’s the only procedure approved by the FDA for eliminating fat through controlled freezing. The freezing process crystallizes targeted fat cells, which eventually disappear through your body’s natural elimination processes. These fat cells are permanently destroyed, and non-fat cells aren’t affected. While CoolSculpting is ideal for targeting specific areas of the body, it’s less effective for people who are too thin or obese. Commonly targeted areas include the stomach, love handles, underarms, the chin, back, inner and outer thighs, and even above the knee.
What to expect
CoolSculpting is painless, non-invasive, and safe. Each session results in an average fat reduction of 25%, and is designed for individuals who want to rid themselves of smaller areas of fatty deposits. However, it’s worth noting that CoolSculpting is meant to be a supplemental fat loss method, not the main method. Poor diet and a lack of exercise will increase the chances of fatty areas returning, so it’s important that you speak to your dermatologist to learn how to best maintain your results. Treatments can last 1-2 hours, depending on the number of areas you want to be treated. During the procedure, you can even nap, relax, read, or even listen to music.
After the procedure
CoolSculpting has no downtime, meaning that you can return to work immediately after undergoing the procedure. Most patients begin noticing results after three weeks, although full results typically take 3 months or more. Side effects are mild and can include itching, redness, tenderness, swelling, and perhaps bruising, and most subside within 7-10 days after the procedure.
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