Cool-sculpting, or cryolipolysis, is becoming increasingly popular as a way to remove unwanted and excess fat. Unlike lasers, Cool-sculpting uses cool temperatures rather than heat to do so. Coolsculpting was cleared by the FDA for the noninvasive removal of fat in 2010. Because it is a relatively new treatment, many are wondering, is it safe? Does it really work? Is this an option for me? Read ahead to decide for yourself if cool-sculpting is the real deal.
What Is It?
The physicians who discovered cool-sculpting discovered that fat cells break down more readily than regular cells when they’re exposed to cold. When the fat cells die, the body releases cytokines and inflammatory cells that dispose of the dead fat cells over some months. In the meantime, the body simply absorbs the lipids from the destroyed fat cells and excretes them. According to a Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon of Sunset Cosmetic Surgery, another good thing about cryolipolysis is that it doesn’t affect the surrounding tissue. Cool-sculpting is used when fat can’t be reduced through diet or exercise.
Who Gets It?
Patients who get Coolsculpting are in generally good health and have realistic expectations of what the procedure can do for them. It’s not the best option for those who have health issues and ailments due to obesity, or other illnesses associated with weight. This procedure is for relatively healthy individuals who are interested in losing weight fast.
How It Works
Coolsculpting is non-invasive and can be done in the doctor’s office. Right after the treatment, the patient can resume his or her daily activities. Patients can even work on a computer or listen to their favorite music while the procedure is being done. The doctor places an applicator to the targeted area that lowers the temperature of the tissue. The tissue is gently pulled into a vacuum cup held between two cooling devices. The applicator contains sensors to make sure that the procedure is consistent and allows the doctor to closely monitor it. Because the lipid in the fat cells freeze at temperatures that are warmer than water, the surrounding tissues, which are filled with water, are not affected.
The patients should begin to notice the reduction of the unwanted fat over a time span of eight to 12 weeks. The results can last for six months and patients might want to return every few months or so for a touch up.
The patient might see some swelling, redness or bruising in the area that was treated, but this is normal and should be gone in a few hours to a day or two. For other patients, the bruising might take longer to go away. Some patients also complain of numbness in the area, but this also fades after time. Although this procedure can freeze away certain amounts of fat, the patient should also attempt to live a healthy lifestyle and consider creating weight loss diet plans for themselves after the procedure. You can’t only rely on surgery to get you the body you want.
Though the results of Coolsculpting aren’t as overt as the results that come from a procedure like liposuction, the patient is spared the anesthesia, discomfort, risk of complications and the down time from even minimally invasive surgery like liposuction.