CoolSculpting is a relatively new cosmetic procedure used to eliminate excess fat in a practical, noninvasive manner. The method uses freezing temperatures, as low as -10 degrees Celsius, to freeze and kill the fat cells in the treated area.
CoolSculpting procedures make use of rounded paddles, which come in several different sizes, to suction your skin and fat in a vacuum-like manner. You will be relaxed and in a reclined position throughout the roughly one- to two-hour process. Patients may feel mild discomfort or even a small degree of pain during and after CoolSculpting, but almost everyone can handle it without a problem. Eventually, the treated area goes numb, and you no longer feel anything at all.
The procedure aims to eliminate about 20 to 25 percent of the fat from each body part, and in most cases, patients will require multiple CoolSculpting sessions to reach the desired goal. Remember that this is not an aggressive fat-loss procedure, but one that will instead provide the patient with gradual and consistent improvement.
For several days to weeks after the session, the body continues to flush out the frozen, dead fat cells naturally. This process is an excellent option for people who are squeamish and do not want a procedure that requires incisions.
CoolSculpting Weight and BMI Requirements
Some patients who are overweight or close to overweight may be wondering if this procedure is right for them. Unlike other invasive treatments that require anesthesia, CoolSculpting has been proven to be a safe and effective method of fat-loss for patients of nearly all shapes and sizes.
Ideal candidates are at or close to their ideal weights, though there is some leeway here. In general, if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 35, you should have no problem with CoolSculpting.
For overweight individuals who qualify for CoolSculpting, the name of the game is patience. They must understand that it will take time for results to show, and adopting a steady diet and a healthy dose of exercise will likely be more effective in the long run than any cosmetic procedure, invasive or not. Combining a new lifestyle with CoolSculpting will not only accelerate the results window but will also ensure changes are long-lasting.
One additional benefit of CoolSculpting is its quick, almost nonexistent recovery time. After finishing a session, you can keep going about your daily activities with only moderate pain. To reduce the discomfort, patients can follow certain tips following CoolSculpting sessions to quicken their recovery.
Whether you are overweight or not, you should always prepare yourself before receiving a cosmetic procedure, and the best way to do this is to start living as healthy as possible. After all, the more in-shape you come into the procedure, the quicker and more effective the results will be.