Straight Talk: What is CoolSculpting and How Well Does it Work?
- Posted on: Apr 11 2016
CoolSculpting is a Nonsurgical Fat Reduction Procedure
CoolSculpting disrupts fat using a form of controlled frostbite. Research has shown that during frostbite fat cells freeze before the skin freezes. The cryolipolysis method used in CoolSculpting works in the same way; freezing fat but not your skin. The “frozen fat” dies and is absorbed by your body over time. The treatment is conducted by applying a hand-piece to the surface of the fatty area and slowly cooling it. One or more treatments may be needed depending upon the amount of fat to be eliminated. The procedure usually takes under an hour.
Benefits of CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting is quick and easy and can be performed in an office setting. It requires no anesthesia and no downtime. Comparing that to other methods of fat reduction, it sounds great. So, why consider other options?
The downside to CoolSculpting is that it achieves significantly less fat reduction than other methods; therefore not everyone is a great candidate for it.
Who is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is good for treating undesirable, but limited fat deposits on the abdomen, flanks, or back on patients who are at their ideal body weight, and who do not have excess skin in the area being treated. For patients with realistic expectations who have small pockets of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise programs, CoolSculpting might be ideal.
When Liposuction Might be a Better Option
For other patients wishing to address larger fat deposits and/or excess skin, a more traditional method of fat reduction, such as liposuction or a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is likely a better approach to achieving the desired results.
In short, CoolSculpting is good for some people, but not everyone. A good surgeon will provide candid and honest feedback regarding what will best fit your needs and expectations.
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