CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure for eliminating fat cells to contour areas of the body. There are no needles used in the procedure, and no surgery. CoolSculpting is safe and effective, and the device used was FDA cleared in June 2012. Men and women alike, are using this relatively new system to achieve the body they always dreamed about. While it’s true that patients will lose fat cells, CoolSculpting treatment is not a weight loss therapy, or a remedy for obesity.
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HOW COOLSCULPTING WORKS
Cryolipolysis is the fat-freezing procedure commonly referred to as CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is the non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The CoolSculpting applicator is placed on the area of the body where contouring is desired, and low temperature is applied to the tissue via thermal conduction. In order to prevent frostbite, a specific temperature level and exposure are determined, such as 35 minutes at 23 degrees F., or -5 C. When fatty tissue is cooled below body temperature, but above freezing, the fat cell crystallizes, or freezes, and undergoes localized cell death. When the fat cell dies, the body eliminates it through normal processes, and it’s gone for good.
Coolsculpting is an FDA-cleared procedure that involves cryolipolysis, or “freezing” fat cells that don’t respond to traditional exercise and diet habits. It’s also sometimes used in the treatment of lipomas. Technically, the procedure is noninvasive, meaning that no surgery is involved.
SIDE EFFECTS OF COOLSCULPTING
Side effects of the CoolSculpting procedures vary by patient. Some patients read, check their email, or nap during the CoolSculpting procedure. For the first few minutes, patients feel intense cold, but it dissipates quickly. Other feelings might be a tugging or pulling sensation, mild pinching, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These effects generally resolve within days or weeks. There is no damage to the skin, only the fat cells beneath the surface are affected, and there is little to no downtime involved with CoolSculpting. It takes eight weeks to notice physical changes, and the most dramatic changes are seen after three months.
WEIGHT AND FAT CELLS
The number of fat cells in the human body typically become a fixed number by the age of twenty. The body is constantly processing dead cells away and making replacements. When a person becomes overweight, the same fat cells become enlarged. When a person loses weight, the same fat cells become smaller, but they do not go away. With CoolSculpting, the fat cell dies and is eliminated by the body. CoolSculpting is primarily applicable to limited areas of fatty bulges. When the body has the bulges reduced and is contoured, it may have the illusion of weight loss because clothes fit better, but it is fat cell loss. The main areas of the body that receive CoolSculpting are the abdomen, flank (also called muffin top or love handles), inner and outer thighs, chin, and upper arms. Stubborn belly fat is the most frequent complaint of patients.
IS COOLSCULPTING SAFE FOR EVERYONE?
CoolSculpting is performed by specialists who undergo in-depth training and certification, and it is always performed in a medical office under the supervision of a licensed professional to assure highest standards of care. Certain individuals who suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, should not receive CoolSculpting. There may be other conditions that preclude you from receiving CoolSculpting. You should consult with your certified specialist before receiving the CoolSculpting procedure.
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