CoolSculpting has quickly risen to become one of the most talked-about, and beloved, noninvasive body sculpting options available today. With so much hype, can CoolSculpting really provide what it promises?
Research agrees: CoolSculpting can be highly effective. With each successive treatment, you’ll see a fat reduction of about 25%. If you’re looking for a noninvasive means of getting rid of those last stubborn fat pockets that exercise and diet alone can’t reach, CoolSculpting can help.
Dr. Amy Alderman is proud to offer this FDA-approved, groundbreaking procedure to provide impressive results without any need for surgical fat removal. Since its introduction to U.S. markets in 2010, CoolSculpting treatments have increased by 823%. But how does it work?
The Science Behind CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting’s powerful science relies on a process known as cryolipolysis. By placing fat between two panels and carefully cooling it to a controlled temperature, the fat cells freeze and die. However, as the surrounding tissue is more cold-resistant, everything else in the treatment area remains unharmed.
In 2009, a clinical study investigating the clinical efficacy of cryolipolysis found the process can reduce fat in a treated area by up to 25%. Results remained present for more than six months. Once your fat cells are frozen, the body naturally reabsorbs and excretes them for good. Over several weeks, results will continue to improve, revealing your newly toned figure within a few months.
Another major benefit of CoolSculpting is its versatility. This treatment can help reduce fat in nearly any area of the body; however, most commonly, our patients choose to target:
- Lower back
- Sides/love handles
CoolSculpting has also proven effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite on the arms, legs, and buttocks. Some patients choose to target excess fat under the chin.
Each target area takes between 30 minutes and an hour. If you choose to target larger or multiple areas, treatment times can increase. For further results, many patients choose to undergo additional treatment sessions.
Who Is CoolSculpting For? Are There Side Effects?
Though CoolSculpting works for a wide variety of patients across age, weight, and gender lines, it’s not for everyone. Most specifically, you should not confuse CoolSculpting with procedures like lap band surgery, which help obese people shed pounds quickly. Rather, it targets the surface layer of fat in targeted areas that weight-loss efforts like diet and exercise fail to address.
If you have any of the following conditions, you should avoid CoolSculpting due to the risk of complications. During your consultation with Dr. Alderman, we will work with you to find a safe and effective way to achieve your desired results.
These conditions include:
- paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
- cold agglutinin disease
Even if you don’t have any of these conditions, it’s essential to discuss CoolSculpting and other cosmetic procedures with your general practitioner before seeking help from a cosmetic surgeon.
Dr. Alderman does all she can to avoid the risk of any complications. However, some patients may experience mild side effects during or after CoolSculpting. The CoolSculpting device can cause sensations of pinching, stinging, aching, or minor pain at the treatment site. These symptoms can last for up to two weeks, though they tend to dissipate on their own without additional treatment in a few days.
Occasionally CoolSculpting causes short-term swelling, bruising, redness, or skin sensitivity in the treatment area as well. In extremely rare cases, CoolSculpting can cause an increase in the volume of fat cells. Data shows this condition is slightly more common in men than women, though overall, it occurs in less than 1% of cases. Though your likelihood of experiencing this issue is low, it’s essential to go into your CoolSculpting procedure armed with all the information available.
If you end up experiencing this rare side effect, known as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, other fat-removal techniques such as liposuction are an effective treatment.
Achieve Your Slimmer Self
CoolSculpting offers a permanent solution for stubborn surface fat. Once these fat cells are gone, they won’t come back as long as you maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise. This treatment is most effective when performed by a skilled, trained, and board-certified doctor. To see the best results, you may require several treatment sessions.
Some of the primary benefits of CoolSculpting include:
- Nonsurgical and noninvasive fat reduction
- No downtime
- A true “lunch break” procedure
If you’re considering CoolSculpting, the best step forward is to schedule a no-obligation consultation at our North Atlanta, GA, office. To get in touch, please give us a call at (470) 381-3610 or contact us online today.