CoolSculpting Unveiled: What You Need to Know Before Freezing Your Fat

April 10, 2024

CoolSculpting Unveiled: What You Need to Know Before Freezing Your Fat

Everyone wants to stay fit and fine, and for that, they follow extreme diets and undergo surgery. Nevertheless, you no longer need to worry about the complications of undergoing the knife or sacrificing your desired foods. You can still achieve the body of your dreams without doing any of these things. Are you wondering how? By opting for a CoolSculpting procedure, a non-invasive fat reduction treatment, you can get rid of those excess fats and get a slimmer, well-toned body. If you are new to this procedure, you might have questions like how it works, whether it will work for everyone, its risks and side effects, etc.

This blog will answer all questions concerning the CoolSculpting procedure, guiding you to make an informed decision.

How Does CoolSculpting Procedure Work?

During the process, your provider will place gel pads on the targeted areas and then utilize an applicator that delivers controlled cooling to the treatment area. This freezes the fat cells without damaging the surrounding skin or tissue. Following the procedure, it could take up to six months for the body to completely metabolize and remove dead fat cells.

The procedure can take about 60 minutes to treat each targeted body part. Large body parts like the abdomen and thighs may require more sessions than small body parts like the arms and neck. The cold temperature and suctioning may make you feel slightly uncomfortable at first, but after a while, the treatment area will either feel normal or numb.

Who Might Consider CoolSculpting?

Good candidates for the CoolSculpting procedure are those:

  • Who don’t have visceral fat (fat around the organs, as it could be from breast cancer, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, etc.)
  • With a BMI under 25
  • Who want to get rid of subcutaneous fat (pinchable fat on the lower body parts)
  • Who want to remove small amounts of extra fat that have not been resolved with diet or exercise
  • Who are ready to maintain the achieved results with an active lifestyle

CoolSculpting is not a procedure for those:

  • Wanting to remove excess skin that develops post-delivery or weight loss
  • With cold sensitivity disorders, such as Cryoglobulinemia, Raynaud’s Syndrome, and Cold Urticaria
  • Having poor blood flow in the treatment area
  • With poor skin tone or loose skin
  • Who are obese
  • Who cannot handle the cold
  • Who are nursing or pregnant
  • Having nerve problems, rashes, lesions, or varicose veins in the treatment area
  • Experiencing Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria

Common Side Effects of CoolSculpting

Following the procedure, you may experience these common side effects:

  • Firmness
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Discoloration
  • Tenderness and aching
  • Tingling
  • Swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Rash
  • Stinging 

The Risks of CoolSculpting 

In rare instances, CoolSculpting can cause:

  • Enlargement of fat cells in the treated areas, known as paradoxical hyperplasia, following a few months after the procedure.
  • Irregular ripples or divots.
  • Your skin to appear less smooth.
  • A feeling of fullness in the back of the throat (for those who received CoolSculpting around their neck).
  • Persistent numbness.
  • Freeze burns.
  • Small, temporary lumps.
  • Nerve damage that may change the tongue’s or lip’s position temporarily (if the procedure is done at the chin area).

It is also essential to consider other potential risks based on your medical history. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with your primary care doctor about CoolSculpting before scheduling an appointment.

How to Find a CoolSculpting Provider?

While CoolSculpting may be available in nonclinical environments like medical spas, consulting with a qualified medical professional before the procedure is important. Seek out a board-certified dermatologist with the expertise to guide you through various treatment options and determine if CoolSculpting is the right choice for your needs. You can also check out their patient testimonials, online reviews, and before and after photos to get an idea about their treatment expertise and care.

Final Thoughts

CoolSculpting provides a safe and reliable option for those looking to enhance their body contours without the risks and recovery time associated with surgery. With minimal to no downtime, it offers a convenient alternative to traditional surgical procedures such as liposuction. While CoolSculpting can help individuals achieve a more sculpted physique, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet are key components in maintaining the best outcomes. As CoolSculpting does not work for everyone, consulting with a dermatologist can help you decide your eligibility for the procedure.

Effortlessly Eliminate Excess Fat with Our Effective CoolSculpting Procedure

Are you struggling with those bulging fat spoiling your body structure? Illinois Dermatology Institute is at your service! We offer a reliable CoolSculpting procedure that freezes and eliminates stubborn fat cells, helping you achieve your desired shape. 

Our dermatologist, Dr. Omotara Sulyman-Scott, has years of experience performing CoolSculpting procedures with desired results. So, you can be assured of burning your fat and getting in shape. Don’t wait anymore to get rid of the bulging fats. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about our CoolSculpting services.

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