Answering Your 13 Most Burning Questions about Coolsculpting
With bikini season on the horizon in some parts of the world, people obsess about slimming down. Some resort to cleaning up their diets and others think big – fat freeze. The technology has been around for many years now and there is a chance that you’ve heard of it already. What is it about, is it safe, and does it work? Shortly, you will be getting the answers you’ve been looking for.
But before we look into this, let’s get one thing straight. When you lose weight, you don’t really part with your fat cells. Yeah, that truth must have derailed a number of diets when it came to light a few years ago. Scientists have found that fat cells shrink in size but they don’t disappear. So, when you start to gain the weight back, the ones you already have become larger. It’s not the other way around.
With that in mind, scientists created a technology that can destroy fat cells. That way when you add pounds after a while, they won’t show in the areas that have been treated with the device.
Rumour has it, the idea that cold can help lose weight was first conceived a few years back. Some doctors observed that fat is temperature sensitive. What they noticed was children’s cheeks got smaller when they ate heaps of ice pops. Then the doctors discovered fat cells die sooner than skin cells when exposed to cold, and figured out how to take advantage of that.
What is a fat freeze?
Fat freezing means exactly what it says – fat cells in problematic areas are frozen for a definite period. How? With the help of special devices. The aim is to reduce fat and improve body shape. It is a great non-invasive alternative to liposuction targeting fat on the arms, thighs, tummy, and chin. Note that it should always be done by a professional.
What is Coolsculpting?
Let’s clear up any possible confusion here. Unsurprisingly, we have come across works online where these two terms are used interchangeably. But that’s incorrect. Coolsculpting is a major manufacturer of devices for fat freezing. In fact, it is one of the most trusted brands on the market when it comes to this type of treatment. And as an added bonus, it is FDA-approved. A lot of people think that fat freezing and Coolsculpting are synonyms, but they are not. The former is a cosmetic procedure, and the latter is a company selling devices that aid in the process.
How does it work?
A fat freezing machine like Coolsculpting comes with a bunch of cooling applicators (pads, paddles) that go to different parts of the body. They vary in size and are designed to treat certain areas. Patients have to take a seat and wait patiently as the cooling handpieces work their magic for up to two hours straight. That’s roughly speaking. Normally, a session lasts from 35 to 70 minutes, depending on the device used. Throughout the whole time, the pads work hard to crystallise the fat cells in the treated area.
Who can operate a Coolsculpting device?
Only certified experts are allowed to use the technology. The devices are normally sold to healthcare facilities.
Are there any risks?
Like we already pointed out, the procedure is non-invasive. This means the risks it bears are low compared to other treatments. Yes, there may be a little bit of swelling following a session, however, it will go away quickly. A great advantage of the Coolsculpting machine is that it has its own built-in safety feature which keeps the risk to a minimum.
Notice, though, that if fat freezing is not performed correctly, you risk getting a scar instead of the desired results. This is why you should choose your clinic and physician with utmost care. Make sure they have either Coolsculpting or another device from a renowned manufacturer.
Who is it for?
Fat freezing is great for people with minor fat deposits. Your physician will take into account a lot of factors. As in how pinchable or thick your tissue is. Or whether your skin is capable of rebounding. And, of course, your age. Put another way, they will want to know if your skin will look good after all the fat is removed.
Is it painful?
No. During the procedure, you may experience a mild discomfort in the area being treated, but that should be easy to tolerate. What you will actually experience is cooling sensations coupled with suctioning. It’s not a big deal and in fact, it will make you feel so relaxed that you may doze off. Patients can even bring in their laptops and get some work done if they want.
When is the right time to start it?
It is important to note that results will not show for at least a month after the fat freezing procedures are over. This is why the best way to go is to schedule your appointments three to six months in advance. Do keep in mind that a single session will probably not give you the results you’re looking to get. Also note that each session has a downtime, so an ideal timeframe would be a few weeks in between procedures.
What happens to the fat cells once they are treated with a Coolsculpting device?
Long story short, they die. The process is called apoptosis. This is the main goal of the treatment and the results are permanent. After each session, the body’s natural mechanism of dealing with dead cells steps in. The liver does its thing flushing the waste out of the body. And when the fat is gone for good, usually within three weeks after the procedure, you will notice an improvement.
How many sessions are necessary?
It depends on the case and the results you are after. For maximum effectiveness, you want to receive the treatment a few times.
Will you lose weight?
That’s a tricky one. You will definitely get rid of some fat, but that won’t necessarily show on the scale. The thing is, fat is lighter than muscle. And even though you will be shedding fat, it may not result in you actually losing weight. But what matters is that you will be able to see it and feel it on your tummy, love handles or hips. What is more, you may even drop a couple of sizes in clothing.
Will fat freeze help with cellulite?
Not really. Fat freezing does not work for cellulite. The reason is that the procedure is used to treat fat beneath the skin, whereas cellulite happens to be a skin-related problem.
How much does it cost?
A single session with a fat-freezing device costs between $350 and $750.
Now that we’ve answered all these questions, we hope you will schedule your procedure armed with knowledge and confidence. But don’t just take our word for it. Consult with a specialist about fat freeze and remember to discuss your concerns with them before you dive into it.