CoolSculpting is like that fresh new kid on the block— it is an innovative, state of the art technology that has a proven track record. A CoolSculpting procedure is commonly referred to as a cryolipolysis, a term derived from Greek roots cryo (cold), lipo (fat), lysis (destruction).
This process uses gel-like pads cooled to extreme temperatures to destroy your fat by freezing the cells underneath the skin to the point of breaking down. The procedure is completely noninvasive, which means no incisions or anesthesia are required, and the frozen fat cells are flushed naturally from the body. This procedure has proven to be so effective both in results and in reducing risks, that in its short time, it has already been FDA-approved for treatment on a wide variety of body parts.
Although it is relatively safe and has been FDA-approved, the procedure still has minor side effects. These side effects are minimal and do not last long, but you can expect some discomfort and tenderness due to the drastic change in temperature involved in the procedure. The extreme cold numbs the treated area, so during the procedure, it is usually painless. Still, the first five minutes of the cooling process can really sting until the treated body part goes completely numb.
Following each session, you can anticipate some discomfort as your body acclimates and flushes out the frozen fat cells. Furthermore, the massage you will receive after a CoolSculpting treatment can hurt considerably, as it must be vigorous enough to break down partially damaged fat cells.
CoolSculpting does not cause any damage to the underlying tissues or the nerves in the treated area, but as a result of the procedure, the patient may feel some ongoing numbness or soreness that can last for several days. Note that you should not take anti-inflammatories to treat this pain, as they can hinder your body’s ability to discard the dead fat cells.
Some of the other side effects associated with the procedure include:
- Mild bruising
- Mild pain
This procedure offers several advantages that other surgical ones do not, like its noninvasive nature and reduced risks and side effects. But one of the differentiating factors of this technique is its quick recovery time, allowing you to resume daily activities with basically no restrictions after your roughly 60-minute session.
The quick nature of the sessions and minimal recovery time is what truly sets this procedure apart from other fat-reduction methods. You can continue your life like you would any other day, though you may feel some mild discomfort and numbness. Also, know that an exceedingly small number of patients may have an adverse reaction to cryolipolysis known as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.