What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment which uses cryolipolysis (fat freezing) to target stubborn pockets of fat to contour and shape your body with minimal to no downtime. CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared to treat 9 different areas of the body: visible bulges under the chin and jawline areas, thighs, abdomen and flanks, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks, and upper arms. Each session permanently reduces the amount of fat cells in the treated area by up to 25%.
The applicator will be placed on the treatment area and there will be a slight sucking sensation as it adheres to your body, followed by that signature cooling effect. During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. After the applicator is detached, your provider will do a brief massage on the area to break up the treated fat cells and enhance the fat reduction. That’s it!
Each treatment takes about 35 minutes or up to a few hours depending on the treatment area(s).
There is minimal to no downtime after having the treatment done. Most people may return to their daily activities without any interruption.
Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment. Rare side effects may also occur. In rare cases, paradoxical hyperplasia (visibly enlarged tissue volume in the treated area) may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction.
When fat cells freeze, they die and are then naturally eliminated through the body’s natural process. This process happens so gradually, you won’t necessarily notice a difference in your day-to-day life. Results may be seen as early as 1-3 month after treatment. However, you may need more than one session to reach your desired results.
CoolSculpting permanently reduces the amount of fat cells in the treated area(s). CoolSculpting® is a fat reduction treatment targeting certain areas of the body, not a treatment for weight loss. Some may see weight loss after CoolSculpting® treatment, however and does not replace a healthy diet and exercise. When you eat healthy and exercise regularly, those fat cells shrink to give a slimmer shape. If you stop those healthy habits, they will expand in size which in turn causes your waistline, hips, double chin or thighs to expand, adding unwanted bulges. Individual results may vary.