Coolsculpting is one of the most innovative and popular non invasive body contouring options on the market today. While the procedure itself has been available for a number of years, recent breakthroughs in Coolsculpting technology have made this a more reliable and effective option for many patients.
Put simply, Coolsculpting works by freezing fat away. There’s no surgery or incisions required. Patients walk into a clinic, spend a couple of hours being treated, and are typically allowed to resume normal activities immediately after the appointment.
If you want to know more about how Coolsculpting might be able to help you eliminate some unwanted fat from around your body, contact your local cosmetic surgeon or medical spa in order to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you’ll be able to discuss Coolsculpting in detail–especially at it applies to your own body.
What is Coolsculpting? How Does it Work?
There are two very related and very common questions we typically see around this procedure. People want to know what Coolsculpting really is and how Coolsculpting really works. It’s one thing to say that Coolsculpting uses cold to mitigate fat. It’s another to truly understand how that process works.
Coolsculpting can work the way it does because your skin has a much higher threshold for cold than do fat cells within your body. The cold employed by Coolsculpting (via a handpiece device) does little more to your skin cells than make them feel a bit numb. But that same temperature of cold breaks down fat cells that reside in close proximity to your skin.
The Coolsculpting handpiece engages in a kind of double-action for maximum effect:
- Suction: The suction of a Coolsculpting device serves a dual purpose, ensuring that the cold is distributed evenly and that as much fat as possible is drawn closer to the surface of the skin (in order to maximize the effect).
- Cold: Once the suction is in place, the cold gets to work. As discussed, the cold works to break down fat cells, which ultimately works to eliminate fat in the targeted areas. The cold also functions to effectively numb the area, removing the need for any kind of anesthetic in most cases.
The most recent generation of Coolsculpting devices is able to achieve significantly more reliable results than previous ones, ensuring that this procedure will be a staple of the cosmetic surgery scene for years to come.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Coolsculpting
As a non invasive body contouring procedure, Coolsculpting offers several significant benefits and drawbacks. Whether Coolsculpting is the right fit for your particular desired results will, ultimately, be between you and your surgeon.
Drawbacks of Coolsculpting
The drawbacks of Coolsculpting procedures typically have to do with how limited non invasive body contouring techniques tend to be.
- Results from Coolsculpting tend to be subtle. Patients who desire a bold transformation may not be totally satisfied with Coolsculpting.
- It may take several weeks for your Coolsculpting results to become apparent. The fat takes some time to break down and be reabsorbed into your body.
- Coolsculpting cannot address any issues that are related to excess skin. It’s important, therefore, that patients know whether they’re seeking to address excess skin or excess fat.
- While Coolsculpting works for most patients, there are some patients who do not respond to this particular therapy.
Benefits of Coolsculpting
With those drawbacks in mind, there are some significant and definite benefits to Coolsculpting that patients should keep in mind:
- Patients can typically return to normal activities immediately after their Coolsculpting session.
- Coolsculpting is capable of treating a wide variety of areas on the body (and also covering a significant amount of surface area).
- Coolsculpting does not require any surgical incisions, making it an effective non invasive option.
- While sessions can take a couple of hours to complete, patients are able to pass the time reading or on a tablet–or something to that effect.
- Coolsculpting can be performed multiple times in order to achieve the patient’s desired results.
Because Coolsculpting is a non invasive procedure, it’s widely available at cosmetic surgery clinics and medical spas. You always want to make sure that you’re getting the best care possible when you undergo Coolsculpting. While most patients are able to return to normal activities right away, there may sometimes be some bruising or other effects you’ll want to consult with your surgeon or medical professional about.
If you want to know more about Coolsculpting or what Coolsculpting can do for you, contact your local cosmetic surgeon or medical spa to schedule a consultation and get all of your questions answered personally. That’s really the best way to see if a procedure is the right fit for your individual needs or wants.