Coolsculpting or cryolipolysis is a non-invasive, non-surgical medical procedure in which fat is removed from specific parts of the body. In comparison to other traditional surgical fat removal procedures, it has shown to have more benefits and impressive results. As of late, it’s popularity has also increased dramatically, particularly in the United States, receiving approval from the U.S Food and Drug Administration.
During the procedure, a roll of fat will be placed into two separate panels, which then cool the fat to a freezing temperature. When the fat cells freeze, they undergo a process called apoptosis, or cell death. After you gain weight, the fat cells become larger, but when you lose weight, they shrink. Rather than shrinking the fat cells, coolsculpting aims to completely remove the fat cells. However, doctors still claim that it shouldn’t be considered as a substitute for weight loss.
How Long Does It Take?
Those who decide to do coolsculpting treat different parts of the body, like the thighs, lower back, belly, sides, and even underneath the chin. Aside from reducing fat, the procedure also eliminates cellulite on the legs, buttocks, and arms. It takes an hour to treat each specific body part. In order to treat more body parts, more treatments will be required to see effective results. Larger body parts can also require more treatments than smaller ones.
How Effective Is It?
According to a 2009 study, coolsculpting reduced the fat layer by 25 percent. After six months, the results from the treatment were still in effect. Several weeks after the treatment is done, frozen, dead fat cells leave the body through the liver. Within three months, full results of fat loss will be seen. In comparison to traditional liposuction, it’s noninvasive, nonsurgical and requires no recovery time. The results should last indefinitely, as long as you don’t gain weight after the treatment. Otherwise, the treated areas will gain fat again.
What Are The Side Effects?
There are a few possible side effects that can be experienced from coolsculpting. When the doctor puts the fat between the two panels, patients can feel tugging. Two weeks after the treatment, there can still be sensations of pain or stinging, but they will go away on their own. Signs of sensitivity, including short-term redness, swelling, or bruising, can occur as well.
In rare cases, coolsculpting can lead to an increase in the volume of fat cells in treated body parts. There is no explanation behind this, but it has been found to be more common in men, and is seen in only less than 1 percent of cases. Even if the odds are very slim, people should still be aware of this side effect. Those who experience this effect, which is known as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, usually choose to explore alternative fat-removal treatments, like traditional liposuction.
Despite how safe and effective the treatment may seem to be, it can cause dangerous complications for those who have health issues, like cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (PCH). Regardless of whether or not you have those conditions, make sure to first contact your doctor to ensure if you are the right candidate for coolsculpting.
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