Do you suffer with stubborn areas of fat that won’t shift no matter what you do? Well coolsculpting could be the answer for you.

If you’ve never heard of coolsculpting, then this is the article for you! Hopefully you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about this innovative fat freezing treatment.

Is CoolSculpting Cosmetic Surgery?

Coolsculpting is a cosmetic treatment rather than a surgery. It is not invasive, and it is not surgical.

The procedure does not penetrate the skin, and does not require anaesthesia or a stay in hospital.

It can be done in a few hours, and you can then go around your normal daily routine and activities afterwards.

It does, however, require you to visit a cosmetic clinic, and have the procedure carried out by a registered and experienced doctor to give you the safest and best results.

What Is CoolSculpting Used For?

Coolsculpting is used to target small areas of stubborn fat that won’t go no matter how much exercise and dieting you do.

The areas that are often targeted are the buttocks, under the chin, belly fat, lower back and you can even freeze fat off your thigh area.

Coolsculpting is used to contour the area, and reduces fat in the area by around 20 – 25%, so it is not for dramatic weight loss.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

Coolsculpting uses a method called cryolipolysis, which is a bit of a mouthful, but essentially means that it freezes fat.

When you arrive for your treatment, you will be settled into a comfortable chair or on a bed, and metal panels will be applied to the area you are having treated, and the fat placed in between the two panels.

The panels are then cooled to a temperature that is around zero degrees celsius, or freezing. This temperature is detrimental to the fat cells, and causes them to die, but it does not harm the skin tissue.

The fat cells, once dead are removed from the body naturally, in the same way that the body gets rid of all unwanted material.

Results are not immediate, as the cells have to die, and then your body has to remove them in it’s own time.

Therefore, you can expect to see results within a month, but it can take three or four months to see the final results.

What Are The Results Like?

Coolsculpting is more geared towards subtle results, and does not produce dramatic, instant results like liposuction can.

Some people have a coolsculpting procedure on their thighs, as this is often a very difficult area to remove fat from, and many people suffer with cellulite here.

This type of application is exactly what coolsculpting is for, and great results are often seen when used in this way.

The results of coolsculpting are permanent, in the way that the fat cells that are targeted are killed and removed, so those specific cells cannot return.

However, if you were to gain weight after the procedure is completed, the fat cells could be deposited back in the area you previously had treated.

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

Coolsculpting is considered a very safe procedure, as it is not invasive or surgical, and there is no recovery time.

Coolsculpting is suitable for most people. However, there are some people who would not be ideal for this treatment.

There are several medical conditions which mean coolsculpting could be dangerous for you.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not have coolsculpting treatments.

People who are considered obese are not ideal candidates either. Coolsculpting is all about targeting small areas of stubborn, persistent fat, and cannot be used for overall body fat loss.

There are some side effects that can happen after a coolsculpting procedure.

The most common side effects are bruising, swelling and redness, which is usually seen immediately after the treatment, or appears within 24 hours. However, these effects don’t generally cause too much of a problem, and disappear on their own within a few days.

Some people report a tingingling, pins and needle type sensation at the treatment site, but this disappears within a week or so.

Others have reported a complete loss of sensation at the site that has been coolsculpted, but sensation usually returns within two weeks.

The rarest side effect of them all, is that after the treatment, instead of a reduction in body fat, there is instead an increase of fat.

It’s unknown why this happens, and it’s impossible to tell who this will happen to before a procedure is carried out.

If you decide to go for coolsculpting, make sure you have a thorough consultation with a reputable doctor beforehand.

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