Posted by: Skin and Cancer Institute in Cosmetic Procedures

Summer is just around the corner, and if you’re already starting to think about getting beach-ready, CoolSculpting can help you achieve your goals. CoolSculpting results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look great from every angle! Here’s what you need to know.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, FDA-cleared procedure that uses controlled cooling to eliminate fat cells without damage to surrounding tissues. It can be used to target specific areas of the body, including the abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms, and chin. CoolSculpting is safe and effective.

A provider will assess your goals and determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment.

When deciding if CoolSculpting is the right treatment for you, a provider will assess your goals and determine if you’re a good candidate. Factors that will be considered include:

– The amount of fat you want to lose

– The size and shape of the area you want to treat

– Your general health and medical history

– If you have any previous procedures or surgeries on the same area

If you are a good candidate, the provider will mark the areas to be treated.

These areas to be treated are usually sketched onto your skin with a marker. This helps guide your provider to place the pads in the desired position. These markings will fade over a few days.

A special cooling device will be applied to the area, which will numb the skin and underlying fat cells.

A gel pad and applicator will then be applied to the skin. The CoolSculpting device will be placed over the gel pad, and controlled cooling will be applied to the targeted fat.

The CoolSculpting device will then cool the area for about an hour, causing the fat cells to freeze and die.

This process is known as cryolipolysis, and it’s a non-invasive way to get rid of that muffin top or those pesky love handles. You may feel pulling, tugging, or mild pinching as the applicator delivers controlled cooling to the fat cells beneath the skin. The treated area may also feel firm or stiff. These sensations usually subside as the area becomes numb. You should generally plan on CoolSculpting treatments taking about an hour per session. However, larger areas may take longer.

The dead fat cells will be naturally flushed out of your body.

The coolsculpting device freezes the fat cells, which causes them to die. The dead fat cells will be naturally flushed out of your body over the next few weeks.

Results are usually visible within a few weeks.

Results are usually visible within a few weeks after treatment and continue to improve over the next few months. This improvement is gradual because it takes a while for your body to eliminate the dead fat cells naturally.  

There is no downtime.

There is no downtime required for this safe and effective treatment, so you can continue with your normal activities immediately. Most people tolerate CoolSculpting very well. However, some people experience temporary side effects after treatment, such as redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, or itching. These usually resolve within a few days or weeks. Some people also experience numbness in the treated area. This is usually temporary and resolves over time.

If you’re looking for a way to shape up for summer, CoolSculpting may be the perfect solution. If you’re interested in learning more about CoolSculpting and how it can help you get beach-ready for summer, contact the Skin and Cancer Institute today.