Despite our greatest efforts, sometimes diet and exercise are not enough when it comes to getting rid of stubborn body fat. As a result, many people turn to gastric bypass and similarly invasive procedures to lose weight. However, there are nonsurgical procedures that are just as effective like CoolSculpting, for example. If you’re not familiar with CoolSculpting, it is a treatment used to destroy body fat that doesn’t require breaking through the skin. Best of all, you can achieve noticeable results in a matter of minutes and optimal results within four months. However, CoolSculpting may not be right for everyone. In this article, we detail what CoolSculpting for weight loss entails and the risks/ side effects associated with the procedure.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A COOLSCULPTING PROCEDURE
To help you decide if CoolSculpting is right for you, let’s take a moment to identify what the treatment entails. At the start of your treatment, your physician will apply an applicator to the area of the body where fat will be removed. The applicator, which is designed to freeze the fat tissue beneath the skin, can remove as much as 20 percent of targeted fat. The removal process involves the use of radio waves to help destroy fat cells, which later exits the body as waste. All in all, the procedure takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes with little to no downtime. In fact, most CoolSculpting patients can resume normal activities immediately following their procedures as the procedure does not require the use of anesthesia.
IS COOLSCULPTING PAINFUL?
CoolScuplting is an effective and relatively painless procedure. Most patients reported feeling cold and slightly numb during the initial procedure but admitted that those symptoms quickly subsided. That said, you can expect some soreness and skin irritation following your procedure. Nonetheless, the procedure is very safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. To further quell any concerns that you may have, an article published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons described CoolSculpting as a safe way to remove fat without being subject to extreme side effects.
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER COOLSCULPTING?
CoolSculpting is commonly used to remove fat from the thighs, back, arms, stomach, and arms. While it is effective, it can only remove a maximum 20 percent of targeted fat from these areas at any one time. As such, it may not be a good fit for those needing to lose significant amounts of weight. Treatments like liposuction, which can remove as much as 90 percent of fat, might be a better solution. Generally speak, if you only need to lose a few pounds and you’re in otherwise good health CoolSculpting can be a great way to lose weight.
IS COOLSCULPTING EXPENSIVE?
When discussing CoolSculpting cost, it is important to note that the procedure is not covered by insurance and costs can vary depending on how many treatments are needed. That said, the cost of CoolSculpting is comparable to that of liposuction, meaning patients can expect to spend anywhere from $2000 to $4,000 per treatment. Considering there is no downtime as with liposuction, CoolSculpting comes in as less expensive.
For more information on CoolSculpting and other ways to improve your appearance, consider scheduling an appointment with Advanced Skin Therapy of Smokey Point.