July 31, 2020

Freezing Fat With CoolSculpting: What Are The Pros And Cons?

Nothing is more frustrating than working out consistently, eating all your fruits and vegetables, avoiding fast food, and still being plagued with unwanted fat pockets that just don't go away! The sad truth is that sometimes maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn't enough. We all have a genetically determined fat deposition pattern that will form stubborn fatty areas at some point in our lives, despite our efforts. You know...that muffin top that can sneak up on us slowly or those pesky love handles. If your jeans don't fit as good as they used to, or if your little black dress isn't so little anymore, have hope! There is a way you can get rid of the stubborn fat holding you back from feeling your best without surgery. When pockets of fat are resistant to diet and exercise, think CoolSculpting!

Hundreds of thousands of people undergo traditional liposuction every year. For a long time, surgery was the only solution for focused fat removal. That is until a new technology called CoolSculpting made its appearance. Whether you have done your research or know quite a lot about CoolSculpting, understand that this treatment is recognized as the most effective, non-invasive way to lose unwanted fat. Pretty "cool," right?!

The idea for CoolSculpting emerged from physicians observing kids who routinely ate popsicles. Two Harvard University doctors noticed that when children who frequently ate popsicles grew up to be adults, they developed dimples because the cold was actually killing the fat cells in their cheeks! This principle, called cryolipolysis (using cold temperature to break down fat cells), is the fundamental foundation for CoolSculpting that has now been applied to multiple other parts of the body.

The CoolSculpting Experience

First, considering whether or not CoolSculpting is for you should begin with a consultation where you and our expert CoolSculpting technician will discuss your specific problem areas and create a treatment plan based on your goals. Once your customized plan is set, you will book an appointment to get rid of that stubborn fat once and for all! During the CoolSculpting procedure, our technician will carefully mark the problem area and then place an applicator on the skin. As the fat in the targeted area is pulled into the applicator, it contacts a chilled surface, and you will feel intense cold. There may be an initial spicy tingling, but that temporary discomfort soon will subside as the area goes numb. Once the targeted fat cells are chilled to a precise therapeutic level, they will naturally be eliminated by the body.

Now that you understand the process of CoolSculpting here are a few pros and cons of the procedure:

The 3 Pros of Coolsculpting Treatments

No Downtime:

Besides the goal of targeted fat removal, the #1 reason people are drawn to CoolSculpting is the lack of downtime. I mean, who wouldn't?! You don't have to worry about anesthesia and surgery, changing bandages, missing work, or having to halt workout routines. Freezing fat cells can be done on your lunch break!

If You Can Squeeze It, We Can Freeze It:

There are not many that CoolSculpting is not appropriate for. CoolSculpting can treat almost any "pinchable" area of fat on the body. These areas include the abdomen, bra roll, double chin, upper arms, thighs, love handles, and thighs (saddlebags and banana rolls).  

Coolsculpting Is Completely Non-Invasive:

If you struggle with specific body bulges but loathe to consider liposuction surgery, CoolSculpting was quite literally made for you. What's not to love about a treatment that doesn't require poking, tucking, or anesthesia? You literally get to sit back, relax, and wait for a smoother, leaner you!

The 3 Cons of Coolsculpting Treatments

Results Are Not Instant:

We humans love an instant fix. Liposuction results are more immediate; however, CoolSculpting fat reduction will not occur overnight. For some patients, this can be a bit of a mental setback. After your treatment, you will look the same for several days or weeks. Once the fat cells are frozen down to the therapeutic temperature, the body will naturally eliminate them. Sometimes "fast responders" will see a change after 30 days, but the most noticeable results happen gradually and steadily for 2-3 months after your CoolSculpting treatment.

CoolSculpting Is Not As Predictable As Liposuction:

Liposuction will always remain the gold standard for body contouring. This is because fat removal through liposuction is highly predictable and can sculpt and remove a substantial amount of fat. Although CoolSculpting is the most effective non-surgical body contouring alternative and is the desired treatment for many reasons, the procedure will only reduce a specific layer by 20%-25%. In addition, it's not as precise in sculpting the shape of a given area.

Potential Side Effects:

CoolSculpting is one of the safest fat reduction procedures globally, with millions of happy patients. However, it's important to know some temporary, common side effects with any medical procedure. After a CoolSculpting treatment, patients will experience swelling, redness, numbness, and even sometimes, bruising. While these side effects aren't desirable, they are always temporary and will subside within a couple of days and shouldn't get in the way of your daily routine.

With CoolSculpting, you not only lose the fat, but you gain back a sense of confidence -- a feeling that you are taking care of yourself so that you look and feel your very best! Making time for CoolSculpting might be the very thing that will help you become the best version of yourself! If you're interested in learning more and trying this revolutionary procedure, click here to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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