CoolSculpting is a safe and effective technique for those looking to reduce excess fat from certain areas of the body. It uses cold gel pads to freeze and dismantle subcutaneous fat cells, dropping the skin to temperatures in the range of 10 degrees Celsius/ 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Later the frozen fat will naturally start to die in the weeks following CoolSculpting, making it a preferred procedure for those unwilling to receiving anesthesia or incisions.
CoolSculpting is broken down into a certain number of sessions, depending on the patient’s body and goals. These sessions are quick and tend to have minimal recovery time, allowing you to literally walk out of the procedure and keep going about your regular day. This is a significant advantage because it enables you to schedule sessions at your convenience. Each one will last about 45 minutes to an hour.
While CoolSculpting is much less risky than an invasive fat reduction method, certain groups should still avoid the procedure. Patients who have weak immune systems and often get sick are not ideal candidates for a cosmetic procedure like CoolSculpting. Other conditions that could keep patients from undergoing CoolSculpting or any other cosmetic procedure include:
- Being pregnant or looking to become pregnant soon
- Breastfeeding (reviewed more below, as you should be finished before CoolSculpting)
- Diminished circulation
- Sensitive skin
- Nerve conditions
- Scars in the treated area
- Deformities due to trauma
- Anxiety disorders
What You Should Know About CoolSculpting and Breastfeeding
If you are breastfeeding and considering CoolSculpting, please consider alternative methods that can help you with weight loss. No studies exist that show a negative correlation between CoolSculpting and breastfeeding safety. Still, doctors advise holding off on any cosmetic procedures until finishing the breastfeeding period to avoid unnecessary risks to the body. Furthermore, many women will naturally lose significant amounts of weight gained during pregnancy on their own, without the need for a fat procedure.
After you have finished breastfeeding and plan on having no more pregnancies, you should come in for CoolSculpting. Again, we must reiterate that due to the procedure’s associated risks, we recommend waiting until you are firmly through the breastfeeding period. Combining this treatment with a routine of clean eating and regular exercise will always yield the best results.
Fat Loss During Pregnancy
Here are a few additional steps to follow for fat loss during breastfeeding:
- Do not rush; take your time and ease into it.
- Start with substitutions, like changing your current snacks for healthier snacks. Every bit helps.
- Prepare for success by making sure the food you buy for the house is healthy, since after all, you will be spending most of your time at home during this period.
- Reduce the caloric intake, but don’t be drastic.
- Eat smaller portions, but more frequently.
- Start working out; begin slow and build up that resistance.
Please keep in mind there is always time to get a cosmetic procedure, so there is no need to rush into it. Take your time recovering from the pregnancy and then come in to see the incredible results that can come from fine-tuning your body.