In a world where nobody wants to wake up to a double chin in the mirror every morning or bulging fat on the outer thighs, there’s been much discussion regarding CoolSculpting within the aesthetic community. The most pertinent question is whether or not CoolSculpting is worth it for fat reduction and to address different body concerns. In truth, unless you fully understand the science behind this technology, you can’t possibly answer these questions.
What you need to know about CoolSculpting
Approved by the FDA in September 2010, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure for fat removal from targeted compartments. The procedure is based on the principle of cryolipolysis whereby targeted fat cells are destroyed through the administration of controlled cooling. The treated fat cells then experience injury and are permanently removed by the body’s natural processes for the elimination of dead cells. The cooling is performed without physical skin penetration and is therefore very safe.
Currently, the CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of fat bulges in 5 specific areas including the abdomen, flanks, double chin, the inner thighs and the outer thighs.
What to expect following a CoolSculpting procedure
The thing to understand about CoolSculpting is that this procedure is specially designed for the treatment of unwanted fat in targeted areas. It is not an approach to weight loss. So if you’re overweight or you’re looking to lose the baby weight post a pregnancy, you are not a good candidate for CoolSculpting.
Additionally, the results are not instantaneous. As mentioned above, in CoolSculpting, the fat cells in the treatment area are cooled until they are crystalized and they die. These dead cells are then eliminated by the body’s natural processes. This whole cycle can take anywhere between 3 and 14 weeks to complete during which time your body will keep improving in appearance with a 25% reduction of fat in the treated areas.
Another attraction of CoolSculpting is how long the results last. Because the fat cells that are crystalized are permanently removed, once gone, the fat is gone for good. CoolSculpting are therefore results are long-term assuming a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Is CoolSculpting worth it?
When it comes to CoolSculpting as a fat reduction technique, there is little to no doubt about the safety and efficacy of the procedure. After all, the side effects are limited to transient redness and numbness for a few days following the procedure. The science behind the technology is also proven and FDA-approved. The question then is: Is CoolSculpting worth it in terms of cost?
And the answer is: The price for CoolSculpting procedures varies. It depends on a number of factors including where you live and the type of treatments you require. For instance, do you only need a fix for your abdomen or you are haunted by stubborn love handles as well? What about your thighs?
Equally important, most patients require more than one treatment in multiple body areas in order to achieve the phenomenal transformation they desire. At the end of the day, it comes down to your body, your goals and your budget.