CoolSculpting. Could it be the ultimate way to get rid of stubborn fat without surgery? Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Simply freezing away fat. But how does CoolSculpting work, who does it work best on and are there any side effects?
What’s the history of CoolSculpting?
The story behind CoolSculpting (a type of cryolipolysis) is great! As with so many treatments out there, the idea for it came about by chance, and in this case, it was when Drs noted that the fat in children’s cheeks appeared to reduce as they continued to eat ice lollies to help with teething issues. This then led to the concept of freezing fat.
After a lot of research and trials, fat freezing became the non-invasive treatment for targeting stubborn areas of fat that won’t seem to shift, despite exercise and a good diet. It’s a great alternative to liposuction (which requires a lengthy and painful recovery period), and it helps reduce fat and create a slimmer look, though the treatment doesn’t actually tone the skin.
How does CoolSculpting work?
Incredibly, research found that when subjected to certain temperatures, fat cells actually freeze, yet the skin remains safe. Fatty areas are targeted by placing cooling paddles on them. These vacuum-like cooling paddles suck up the fat and freeze it, and these fat cells are then killed off, gradually broken down and removed from the body via waste.
CoolSculpting doesn’t hurt, but it can feel a little strange at first as your body gets used to the immediate impact of the cold temperature on your skin.
Will CoolSculpting work for me?
While CoolSculpting can lead to great results, it’s important to note that in order to keep the fat off and maintain the results, you should adhere to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
The fat freezing treatment works best on people who are already in good shape but can’t seem to budge fat in certain areas of their body. So, if you’re looking to shift that extra bit of stubborn fat, this could be a great option.
The downside? It may take several treatments to see any noticeable results, though some people see a difference after the first.
What’s the recovery period like with CoolSculpting?
There is no downtime with CoolSculpting, and you can get straight on with your day after your appointment. You may find that you have some bruising in the treated areas, and some people experience redness, tingling or numbness in the area.
Due to the potential redness and bruising, it’s a good idea to book your appointment at least a couple of weeks ahead of holidays or anywhere you may be showing off the area.
Can fat return after CoolSculpting?
Though the frozen fat cells themselves won’t come back, fat can return to the treated area if you don't maintain a healthy lifestyle, i.e. a good diet and regular exercise, as fat cells from other areas may expand into the treated spot.
As with all non-invasive cosmetic treatments, we recommend seeing a medically qualified practitioner who understands the treatment, its benefits and side effects completely, and who is able to answer all your questions and concerns.
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