Exercise and diet are two essential components in losing weight, but if you have a busy lifestyle or hate working out, fat-removal cosmetic treatments might be the one for you.
Suppose you’re not into the traditional surgical body operation that requires multiple visits to the clinic. In that case, Coolsculpting is a new and innovative way for fat removal, adding to the array of cosmetic procedures like lip fillers and facelifts.
In this article, you will know the basic yet essential information about Coolsculpting, from what it is and what differentiates it from traditional treatments.
What is Coolsculpting?
Unlike traditional body sculpting—laser and surgical—Coolsculpting prevents and reduces love handles through targeted cold treatment. It’s a procedure that eliminates a small amount of stubborn fat that can’t be achieved through diet or exercise.
It reduces up to two percent of fat, depending on the duration and regularity of treatment. It’s a clinically proven fat loss treatment for anyone with a BMI ranging from 25 to 30.
How does Coolsculpting work?
Typically lasting 30 minutes to 1 hour per session, Coolsculpting works by applying gel using an applicator to the targeted body area where you plan to reduce fat. It crystallizes fat cells and breaks them down.
The applicator is cold at first because of its metal surface, but this cool sensation isn’t typically painful.
What to Expect after Coolsculpting Treatment
Aside from skin swelling on the treated area for one week to one month and skin bruising in a few cases, you will not see extreme skin side effects. You may expect swelling or bloating and mild redness in the treated area.
However, these side effects are temporary. These can persist for up to three weeks after the treatment.
They’re also mild and nothing to be concerned about. But of course, if your side effects last longer than three weeks, be sure to visit a medical professional.
Coolsculpting vs. Liposuction
There are two main differences between Coolsculpting and liposuction. First, doctors advise Coolsculpting for smaller fat-bulging bodies.
So typically, the fat to be removed should be in small amounts for mild to moderate results. The ideal candidate is within 10 to 30lbs from their ideal body weight.
You can also lose within 20% to 80% of fat in your target area, depending on the size. So if your target area is something small like your arms, you can expect to lose 80% of the fat in that area.
If you have a lot of excess fat across a wide targeted area, you’d lose 26% on average.
Meanwhile, liposuction is advisable for heavier people with more excess fat to remove.
For liposuction, there’s an extraction limit of between 11 to 12lbs in total. The extracted substances don’t only include your fat but also your blood and other fluids.
Your surgeon will likely suggest less than the extraction limit for your safety.
Another difference is the method by which they remove or reduce fat. Unlike cosmetic treatments like a tummy tuck, Coolsculpting uses non-surgical means to reduce fat.
This procedure removes fat cells in the targeted area through freezing temperatures. The extreme cold stimulates cell break down, and the damaged cells are naturally disposed off by the body over time.
Meanwhile, liposuction is an invasive method, as an extractor is surgically inserted into a body’s targeted area to remove fatty tissues through suction. Its healing time takes longer than Coolsculpting, which requires no post-treatment maintenance.
When it comes to self-care and body enhancements, it’s your body, your rules. If you want to enhance your body’s shape but not risk killing healthy skin cells, then Coolsculpting will be best for you.
Be sure to visit the nearest clinic to schedule Coolsculpting appointment or give them a call. Although Coolsculpting has several reports of patient swelling and bloating, its relatively fast effectiveness still makes it worth the pay in every session.
It’s also non-invasive, so you don’t have to worry about getting yourself stitched up after treatment if you’re scared of needles and knives. On the day of your procedure, don’t forget to bring your health insurance with you and inquire whether it covers your procedure or not.