If you are someone who has been on the lookout for a great way to shape up without the fuss, you will probably have come across on the latest techniques to combat stubborn fat in your body. One of which will be the procedure called CoolSculpting. This innovative technique provides effective results with minimal side effects, being very apt at breaking down subcutaneous fat in the body.
What is CoolSculpting?
The science behind the technology is rather simple to understand. Since fat cells in the body cannot thrive in certain temperatures – in this case, extreme cold – they will shrink and gets naturally flushed out within a period of two to six months. During this time, there will be an estimated 20-25% removal of fat in the area that was treated. Although this may not seem like a significant amount, change to your physical appearance and well-being can be seen with this treatment.
CoolSculpting: How Does it Work?
As mentioned, the process is rather straightforward. When the CoolSculpting device is used on your target areas, the temperature of the tissue in contact with the applicator would drop to a temperature of approximately zero degrees celsius. This would trigger what is called a cold injury, in which the saturated fats that make up the fat membranes in the body would shrink. The targeted cells will then shrink and undergo fragmentation as they turn into particles known as apoptotic cell bodies. The final stage involved the particles being flushed out naturally by the immune system.
CoolSculpting may be a lesson in patience, but there is no doubt that the results would be worth the wait. Unlike other procedures like liposuction, CoolSculpting and other fat removal techniques are non-invasive and has little to no downtime. This means that you can drop by the clinic for a quick lunch-time session to shape up before heading back to work on the same day.
What Happens During a Typical Session of CoolSculpting?
After making an appointment for a session of Coolsculpting upon verifying that you are a suitable candidate, here is what you can expect from a typical session:
- The medical professional will review the area that you want to be treated.
- He or she will carefully inspect and mark the area of concern to indicate where the hand-held applicator for the treatment will go.
- Next, the medical professional will apply a protective gel pad on the area before allowing the excess fat to be pinched into the CoolSculpting applicator.
- The applicator will then suck your skin and fat like a vacuum while cooling it.
- The fat cells beneath the skin are then exposed to near-freezing temperatures.
- The target area would become tingly, then numb due to the cold and this numb feeling will continue throughout the treatment.
- A massage is to be done to the treated areas immediately after treatment to break up any frozen deep tissue.
It is common to experience some pinching and pulling of the skin during the procedure. But it should only be of minimal pain. If you experience any major discomfort, do check in with the medical professional if that is normal. They will be able to make adjustments to the machine to help you feel more comfortable. You will be in the treatment from anywhere between one and three hours.
CoolSculpting Vs Liposuction
What You Should Know About Liposuction
Although both procedures are intended for one purpose — to remove unwanted fatty deposits, CoolSculpting and liposuction are as different as night and day. If you are unaware, liposuction is a surgical procedure that must be performed under local anaesthesia. The patient is usually fully sedated before the procedure starts. The surgical procedure is typically used to improve the shape of the face, arms, back, hips, belly, thighs or buttocks. Liposuction can also be done with other plastic surgeries, including facelifts, breast reductions and tummy tucks. It works in a way whereby small incisions are made — less than a quarter-inch —to insert a thin tube, called a cannula that is connected to a vacuum to suction the fat from your body. However, this process may leave behind a scar and necessitate hospitalisation. Extensive downtime is also necessary for proper recovery, including the need to consume antibiotics to prevent infection of your body, complications from anaesthesia or uneven fat extraction.
CoolSculpting in Comparison to Liposuction
In comparison, fat freezing is a much safer and less painful procedure. The non-invasive treatment doesn’t need the medical professional to administer anaesthesia to the one seeking the treatment. The procedure is also much shorter as opposed to liposuction. Additionally, the side-effects of the procedure will not leave so much as a red mark on the skin. It is not uncommon to experience a delayed onset of pain around five days after the procedure, it takes about one to two weeks for any and all swellings to subside. Apart from that, your recovery period will be fairly short. It may take some time to see the final result of the procedure.
Why is CoolSculpting the Better Option?
As effective as liposuction in removing your fat fast and effectively, CoolSculpting has been heralded as the better option because of how safe, convenient and effective the treatment is as compared to its counterpart.
1. Non-invasive and No Surgical Risk is Involved
On the topic of safety, fat freezing has no surgical risks since it is a non-invasive procedure where scalpels and needles have no place for. From the dangerous procedures involved, anaesthesia is necessary to limit the pain incurred by the one that has undergone the treatment – this opens up the risk of negative reactions to anaesthesia in addition to side effects like blood clots and fluid accumulation. This treatment has the edge here since it only involves minor side effects like short-term bruising that dissipates within a few days or weeks.
2. Zero Down Time
In terms of convenience, those who opt for liposuction can expect to sit out for the next week or so since time is needed for the wounds to heal. In contrast, fat freezing treatment promises little to no recovery time, allowing one to return to their daily lives almost immediately following the hour-long session. You may even resume with your regular exercise regimen without any concerns.
3. Effective Results that Your Body Can Adapt to Naturally
In terms of effectiveness, liposuction might have the edge over our fat removal treatment since it allows one to see results almost immediately after their wounds have healed. But that is not to say that our fat removal treatment is not as efficient. Because of how the fat cells are naturally flushed out from your body instead of a sudden drastic loss of fat, chances of getting an infection, inflammation or any sort of complications are pretty much non-existent. Though the procedure may require time and patience to get flushed out from the body, it is definitely worth the wait since your body can shape up and adapt to the changes that it is going through.
Is There Any Possible Discomfort or Side Effects to CoolSculpting?
As a noninvasive procedure, CoolSculpting is relatively safe. The process of targeting fat cells in nearly freezing temperatures, Cryolipolysis, has cleared itself of harm to the liver. However, there may be some side effects that a person who undergoes the treatment may come to face with. The common discomforts during treatment include:
- Sensations of intense cold
- Pulling of the skin
- Tingling sensation
- Stinging sensation
These should all subside once the treatment area is numb from the temperature. After treatment, you may experience temporary side effects that usually go away within the next few days. These side effects include, but are not limited to:
Who is a Suitable Candidate for CoolSculpting?
1. People with Stubborn Fat at Targeted Areas of Body
This treatment is especially common for individuals who are hoping to shape up certain areas of their body but find it hard to do so despite hitting the gym every day. Think along the lines of love handles, postpartum lower belly, the inner and outer thigh, abdomen, back, buttocks area and even double chins. An important point to note is that CoolSculpting would not be as effective for certain purposes like treating loose skin, tire belly and upper arm fat.
2. Women Who are Not Pregnant or Trying to Conceive
Firstly, women on their periods should avoid going for the procedure. Instead, reschedule for a session that is 2-3 weeks after the period has ended to avoid any complications. Pregnant women and those who are hoping to get pregnant should stay away from the treatment so as to prevent any complications in the pregnancy and conceiving. That said, breastfeeding mothers are also unsuitable candidates for the treatment.
3. Person Without Medical Condition or Metal Pieces in Body
Those with a predisposed medical condition, metal parts or implants in their body should also refrain in case it brings about side effects. If you are still unsure over your eligibility for the procedure, speak to a doctor or the seasoned professionals at the centres to get the green light before going for a session.
2 Important After-Treatment Care to Note
1. A Healthy Diet and Active Lifestyle
As its name implies, CoolSculpting only exists as a nonsurgical means to contour the body. It is not a weight-loss method on its own, but functions as a treatment that will aid in flattening stubborn areas that hold excess fat. This means that you should still be doing your part to ensure that the treatment was not all for naught. Adopting a healthy diet and active lifestyle is still key in maintaining your figure.
2. Keep Yourself Well-Hydrated
To get the most out of your treatment, apart from adopting a healthy diet and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, it is also important that you keep yourself adequately hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help your body naturally flash out toxins along with the targeted fat cells. For better results, consider wearing a compression garment for a few days after the treatment. This will help if you are feeling swollen or tender.
The Bottom Line
Stubborn fat can seem impossible to go away even after months of working hard at the gym or any intense dieting. However, with the help of CoolSculpting, it is possible to achieve the ideal physique that you have always been dreaming of. If you encounter issues targeting fats in certain parts of your body like your upper arms or inner thighs, the procedure is definitely a great and safe option to help you with that. That said, remember that adopting an active lifestyle accompanied by a good diet upkeeps the results attained.
As a minimally invasive procedure, you do not have to quake in fear over any potentially harmful side-effects — the treatment is approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has helped thousands achieve their svelte figures. Similarly, those who are hard-pressed on time would be happy to hear that the entire session would not last more than an hour, allowing you to drop in for a sitting during your lunch break.
If you are interested to find out more about fat freezing can help you in your journey to a slimmer-looking shape, speak to the experienced specialists at Geo Aesthetics.