Summary: Does Coolsculpting really work, or is it a procedure that’s propped up by clever marketing? I think the reason this question comes up is not because there’s much doubt about Coolsculpting but because it sounds too good to be true. You can eliminate unwanted fat without the need for surgery? That sounds great, so–the thinking goes–there must be a catch. Well, we’ll take a look at Coolsculpting and draw some conclusions about whether or not this procedure seems to work.
Does Coolsculpting Really Work?
It’s still new enough to be considered novel, but Coolsculpting has been on the block for a few years now. Does Coolsculpting really work, though? There are, after all, a few non invasive fat mitigating procedures these days. Which means that competition is fierce. When Coolsculpting was introduced, it was really the only option on the block.
So how does Coolsculpting stack up to its competitors? That’s a good question. We’re going to take a look at the benefits (and some of the drawbacks) offered by Coolsculpting in an attempt to figure out if it really works.
That said, the best place for definitive answers about Coolsculpting and how it might impact you personally is going to be your local cosmetic surgery clinic or medical spa. All bodies are different, ultimately, and there’s no procedure that’s going to work universally. So the true answer to this question will vary based on the patient. That said, we can make some general conclusions (this article, by the way, is not intended to replace the medical advice you’ll get from your surgeon–we’re here for entertainment purposes only).
What Do Coolsculpting Results Look Like?
In a clinic setting or at a medical spa, Coolsculpting treatments work by harnessing the power of cold. Your skin, sensibly, has a much higher threshold for cold than anything beneath your skin. And you know what’s right under the surface? Fat. So the skin is exposed to a significant but safe amount of cold–enough to damage the fat underneath but not enough to harm your skin.
The fat cells exposed to this level of cold eventually break down. And as they break down, your body slims, at least in the area targeted by the procedure. There’s no downtime associated with Coolsculpting, typically, and the process is generally painless (though patients can occasionally experience some discomfort after the procedure). The “cool” temperatures do a pretty good job of numbing the target area.
This means that patients can, essentially, undergo a successful body contouring procedure with little to no downtime or discomfort. When you look at it like that (especially compared to liposuction), it’s easy to see why Coolsculpting is as popular as it is.
Are There Drawbacks to Coolsculpting?
That’s not to say that Coolsculpting is going to be the right fit for everyone. There are some instances in which Coolsculpting has a few drawbacks. Those drawbacks include:
- Coolsculpting is specially designed to eliminate fat. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know when fat is the problem. When patients attempt to treat areas that are largely caused by excess skin or other tissues, they won’t see the results they’d like to.
- Coolsculpting can sometimes take several treatments in order to produce the desired final results.
- In most cases, Coolsculpting results will not appear immediately. It can take several weeks for the fat to appropriately break down and be absorbed into the body. Peak results will typically show themselves roughly four to six weeks after your final treatment.
- Coolsculpting results can be subtle. In some cases, it can be difficult to predict just how successful the procedure will be. Most results are subtle, but some can be bold.
Capable of Treating Multiple Areas
That said, there are definitely some benefits to Coolsculpting as well. As mentioned previously, patients are able to achieve body contouring results with little in the way of discomfort. Most patients, in fact, will come in for an appointment with an iPad or a book to pass the time comfortably.
Additionally, Coolsculpting is capable of treating a wide variety of areas. While it’s particularly popular for treating fat around the abdomen or back, patients will often also use Coolsculpting to treat the neck, the jawline, arms, legs, and so on. It’s an incredibly versatile treatment option. That said, the larger the area treated, the more appointments might be necessary.
Coolsculpting Isn’t Going Anywhere
So does Coolsculpting work? Maybe not for everyone and maybe not all the time, but it does definitely seem to work. If Coolsculpting didn’t work, it would be long gone (useless procedures tend to fade away very quickly, no matter how clever their name or clever their marketing). So, yeah, Coolsculpting works!
If you want to know if Coolsculpting might work for you or your desired results, the best place to find answers is from your local medical spa or cosmetic surgeon. They’ll be able to give you information that’s unique to you and your questions.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing and talking about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years now. He’s constantly in communication with surgeons from across the country to ensure his information is accurate and up to date.