14 Things You Must Know About CoolSculpting


The battle of the bulge has been happening for the longest time and technology has really advanced to that level where the most creative approaches have been tapped to win this war. Among these innovative treatments is coolsculpting or fat freezing, which works by freezing the fat away from the body. As whimsical as it may sound, the technology is fairly new and raises a lot of questions for the inquisitive and hungry mind. So, to get familiar with this device, pore over these 15 points and determine if this might just work out for you.

What is CoolSculpting about?

This FDA-approved treatment is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes a handheld device, which freezes the fat below the surface of the skin and eventually destroys it. Though this sounds like straight out of sci-fi movie, the technology has been proven to be effective. However, this is not for those who want to lose a lot of pounds. Rather, it helps to manage stubborn fats in areas that are difficult to trim down despite diet and exercise. This includes the abs, love handles, back, arms, and the area below the chin. From the name itself, it helps in sculpting the body rather than shed pounds of fat.

Is it the best for me?

Coming from the fact that it is meant for a more targeted approach to weight loss, the best candidates for this treatment are those who regularly exercise and keep a healthy diet, not more than 20 pounds from their ideal weight. For those who are overweight, it is best to shed off some pounds first through diet and exercise before seeking this procedure.

What are the health conditions to look out for?

Because the technology uses intense cold temperatures to freeze fat and fat cells, it would be important to avoid the treatment if you are suffering from cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, and cold agglutinin disease. To get a more confident opinion on the matter, go to a certified plastic surgeon and consult her on the possibilities of getting this treatment.

How much is this treatment?

For those who are really interested in the treatment, prepare to fork $2,000 or more. The price usually depends on several factors that include the number of necessary treatments needed to achieve the desired weight, the location where the procedures shall be performed in, and the kind of applicator to be used. Applicators come in different sizes, depending on the part of the body that needs the treatment.

Who is the best doctor for CoolSculpting?

To maintain the highest standards, Zeltiq – which is the parent company of CoolSculpting – made it a point to sell their machines only to those have undergone specific training for it. This means that other health practitioners can also perform it like nurses and physician assistants. However, these professionals should perform under the close supervision of a physician.

What to expect during the CoolSculpting procedure?

The procedure starts with a review of the areas for treatment by a medical professional. Once this is done, a protective gel pad is placed on the surface of the skin with the excess fat pinched into the CoolSculpting applicator. There should be no pain during the treatment, just some pressure and suction in the first few minutes. Then, it is time for the target area to become numb and really cold. A total of 60 minutes is needed to finish everything.

What to expect after the treatment?

The first thing you will notice after the treatment would be the redness over the treated area. This was the fat tissues that were being targeted by the applicator. To get rid of this, the provider will massage the area. There is no downtime needed after the treatment so the patient is free to do his or her regular activities again.

Will I lose a lot of fat?

Generally speaking, the patient could lose anywhere from 20% to 30% of fat in the areas that were treated.  To see the noticeable difference, one needs to wait around 3 months for them to be really obvious. Some respond immediately after a couple of weeks. But no matter what happens, the patient should maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise to achieve the best results.

Where does that fat go?

Once the treated fat crystallizes, they eventually turn into dead cells that are then naturally processed by the body. From this stage, the “janitor cells” locate the damaged cells and they are excreted through the urine.

How long will the results last?

Human beings do not really produce new fat cells and that means the remaining number of cells become permanent. However, as we gain weight, the fat cells expand again, and this will result in an increase in the size of the remaining fat cells. This means that the patient should focus on maintaining the ideal weight after the procedure to prevent the fat from forming again.

What are the possible side effects of CoolSculpting?

Should the treatment be performed by qualified and certified medical professionals, the patient can be assured of a safe experience. However, there are some minor side effects like redness, a little bruising, numbness, tingling, and some discomfort in the treated area. Generally temporary in nature, they resolve quickly as well.

However, some patients may experience discomfort, most especially if a larger applicator is used on the patient. Delayed onset of pain after the procedure is also common, specifically with those whose abdomen is the target of the treatment. It usually starts within three to five days after the procedure and can last up to 10 days.

Is CoolSculpting the same as liposuction?

Though both procedures are done for body contouring purposes, the right one depends on that patient’s present condition and the desired results. If the need is for non-surgical fat reduction, CoolSculpting is the best option. Liposuction, on the other hand, can make the dramatic results happen after one treatment.

Will CoolSculpting affect a woman’s pregnancy?

The good news is that it will not affect any future pregnancies because the reproductive system shall not be affected at all. But what female patients should be concerned with is the reaction of their body to the procedure. Some require another procedure to bring back the glorious results of the initial procedure.

Can the procedure be replicated at home with ice?

Though the approach seems to be similar to using ice on the tummy, it will not be enough to cool deep below the surface and eliminate the fat cells.

To learn more about CoolSculpting, visit us now at Renewal Aesthetics in Singapore. Our specialist, Dr. Tyng Tan, is certified to perform such treatment with years in training and a long list of satisfied patients.

Call us or simply fill out our inquiry form to schedule your consultation with Dr. Tan today.

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