By now you’ll have heard of Coolsculpting, or Cryolipolysis. You can’t turn on the radio or television without coming across an ad for one clinic or another that offers the services. The procedure is becoming so popular that it seems a new clinic pops up everyday offering the service. But what is it? How does it work? Is it right for you, and who can you trust to perform it properly?
What Is Coolsculpting?
Initially discovered when scientists observed children eating popsicles, Coolsculpting is exactly what it sounds like. It is a process where stubborn fat cells are deep frozen and flushed out of the body naturally and safely. It is most commonly used on belly fat, but can also be used on the thighs, love handles, chin and buttocks.
How Does Coolsculpting Work?
The idea for Coolsculpting, or Cryolipolysis, came about when scientists observed the effects of children with popsicles in their cheeks. When children held the popsicle in their cheeks, their cheeks would flush and swell slightly. Later, after the flushing and swelling went away, they noted that the skin was thinner and tighter, and fat in the cheeks was diminished. The children were left with deeper dimples, or dimples that weren’t there before.
Scientists then began developing a procedure to freeze fat pockets on adults to create the same results. Thus Coolsculpting was born.
The Coolsculpting Procedure
Coolsculpting works by applying a specially designed suction device to the part of the body you want to remove fat from. The device sucks the fatty area in with vacuum pressure and then applies cold directly on it.
Once the fatty cells warm back up, they break loose from the area and are filtered through the body to be eliminated safely and naturally. Once the procedure is over, your body will do the rest on its own.
Is Coolsculpting Right For Me?
Coolsculpting is performed in a comfortable environment and does not cause pain. There are no incisions or lasers involved. You will be lying down for the procedure and made completely comfortable throughout the process. There is no anesthesia involved, so you won’t have to worry about getting home, or even back to work, safely.
When the specially designed suction device is applied to the skin, you may feel a bit of slight discomfort from having the area stretched into the device. It is not intense, though, and is only momentary.
You may feel the cold being applied to the area, but so long as you do not have a condition that makes you susceptible to cold, you will have no pain. Sufferers of cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria or cold agglutinin disease should speak with their physician prior to signing up for a Coolsculpting procedure.
You don’t have to worry about the cold affecting bone or muscle tissue, as the design of the device is created so that only fatty tissue will be frozen. This is why vacuum pressure is involved, to ensure that only the area where treatment is desired will be affected.
How Much Fat Can I Lose With Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is great for tightening and toning small areas of fat on the body. It will not, however, work on candidates suffering from obesity, or with large amounts of fat. These patients should speak with their primary care physician about how to lose excess weight and body fat before seeking these services.
The ideal candidate for Coolsculpting is someone who is within ten to twenty pounds of their goal weight, who is following a diet and exercise regimen. Coolsculpting will get rid of small pockets of fat that don’t seem to budge with diet and exercise. This leads to a sleek and toned figure that can’t be achieved with diet and exercise alone.
How Long Will I Have To Take Off Work?
The best part of Coolsculpting is that there is no recovery time! There is no anesthesia involved. This means your treatment can begin the moment you arrive and lie down on the bed or table. You won’t have to wait around after the procedure for anesthesia to wear off, either.
You can have your procedure done on your lunch break and return to work right after. There are no incisions and no trauma to the body that you’ll need to recuperate from. As soon as the treatment is complete, you can be on your way and continue with the rest of your day as if nothing happened.
Are There Any Side Effects From Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting may cause some numbness or tingling in the treated area after the procedure, as the area warms back up. There could be slight bruising of the skin from the suction of the device.
Since the Coolsculpting procedure was approved by the FDA in 2010, these are the only reported side effects. I think you’ll agree that these are very minor.
How Does Coolsculpting Compare To Liposuction?
If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to watch video footage of a liposuction procedure, you know how brutal it is. Incisions are made into the skin, and a tube is inserted under the skin to suck up the fat cells.
In most cases, the doctor performing the procedure will need to break up the fat cells that aren’t immediately under the surface of the skin. They will then use either an ultrasonic wand, which uses ultrasonic waves to vibrate the fat and make it come loose, or powered liposution, where the tube itself moves rapidly back and forth like a jackhammer through the fat to break it up.
The Dangers Of Liposuction
These procedures are painful and take quite a bit of recovery time. You might have to take off of work for weeks to recuperate from the trauma to the body from liposuction.
Liposuction is also dangerous. If the doctor performing the procedure is not extremely careful, they can hit an organ or muscle with the tube or ultrasound rod and cause serious damage.
People have died from damage to organs caused by liposuction. It can cause internal bleeding and the shutdown of major organs that have been damaged.
Coolsculpting Is Safe
Coolsculpting is noninvasive and completely safe. There is no possible way for organ damage or death to occur from the procedure.
No incisions are made for the Coolsculpting procedure. The device only vacuums up a small layer of fat, with no possibility of affecting organs or muscle tissue. Muscle tissue is hard and attached to the skeletal structure, making it impossible to be pulled into the device or damaged.
Is Coolsculpting Expensive?
Coolsculpting is incredibly affordable, especially when compared to the cost of more intrusive treatments like liposuction. More than one treatment may be necessary, depending on the amount of fat in the area, but you’ll discuss all of that with your doctor when you have your initial consultation.
Will The Procedure Take Long?
Treatment sessions are usually about an hour, depending on the size of the area and the amount of fat being treated. Just remember there is no anesthesia or recovery time needed, so you won’t have to schedule extra time for those things like you would with an invasive surgery.
Can I Walk In And Get It Done Today?
Although the procedure is quick and virtually painless, you will need to have an initial consultation. The doctor will need to discuss with you what it is you want from the treatment, examine the area or areas to be treated, and formulate a plan of attack, so to speak. Call today for a consultation appointment.
Where Should I Go?
There are thousands of places in this country to get CoolSculpting performed at, but like with any cosmetic surgery, very few can be trusted to be professional, safe, and follow the standards of the procedure.
Estetika Skin and Laser Specialists are one of the nation’s top providers of the Coolsculpting, or Cryolipolysis, procedure. They have been ranked as a Premiere Crystal Provider of Coolsculpting, and are a quadruple winner of the Black Diamond award for aesthetic services. They are one of the top providers of nonsurgical fat reduction treatment.
Estetika Skin and Laser Specialists are located in both Delafield, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Two locations make it more convenient for you to seek their services and be assured that you are getting the best Coolsculpting treatment available.
Estetika’s physicians will make sure that you get the best treatment available. They will ensure that you are comfortable, that you know exactly what will happen and what results you can expect, and you can count on them to perform your treatment with the highest professional standards.
Are You Ready To Lose That Stubborn Fat?
Call Estetika today and set up an appointment for your consultation! You have nothing to lose, except that stubborn fat!