How risky is CoolSculpting?
It feels like everywhere you look there’s some sort of advertisement for an easy way to lose fat. But most are wary of these ads and for good reason. Many of these programs and treatments aren’t good for you. In fact, some of them are downright dangerous. So, what about CoolSculpting? In recent years it has gotten a lot of attention. But is it safe? What kind of risks are you running if you get it done? These are good questions that absolutely should be addressed before you have CoolSculpting SLC done. Luckily, here at the NIMA Institute, we are one of the countries leaders in CoolSculpting, so we’re experts in this area. Let’s get started, shall we?
What is CoolSculpting?
Let’s start by explaining what CoolSculpting is and how it works. That way, you have a better idea of what effects it may have.
CoolSculpting takes advantage of one interesting fact about fat: It freezes at a much higher temperature than all of the cells surrounding it. Meaning that the temperature that freezes and essentially kills fat cells leaves the surrounding cells untouched. So, if you expose an area to a particular temperature, the fat cells will freeze and die, but the skin and muscles will be fine. This is pretty different from other weight loss procedures, as they can cause a fair amount of damage to the surrounding cells. For example, because liposuction is an intrusive procedure, you may have damage to your skin and have to heal after the procedure is done. That recovery time is actually another point where CoolSculpting tends to stand out.
To explain CoolSculpting further, let’s touch on what happens during a CoolSculpting session. Your session will start with a CoolSculpting technician placing a protective pad on your target area. While in general CoolSculpting is considered safe (we will touch on what other problems you may run into later), this pad is an added precaution to help make sure that you are completely protected. After the pad ais in place, your CoolSculpting technician will then place the CoolSculpting applicator on the target area for a predetermined period of time (usually falling within 15 to 45 minutes). During this time, you can do whatever you like (as long as it keeps you in the CoolSculpting chair). Many people catch up on sleep or work. Then after that predetermined time is over, the technician will remove the applicator and pad and massaged the target area. The massage helps break up the frozen cells to help them expel more quickly.
This is the part that really makes CoolSculpting stand out. After the session is over, you’re done (at least, until your next session)! You can go back to work, back home, or back to running errands. Whatever you were planning on doing that day, you can still do it. This is part of the reason why people love CoolSculpting so much. There is no need to recover after the procedure. You can just get back to your life.
People also love CoolSculpting because the results are pretty incredible. Not only does the fat go away, but it stays away. This doesn’t mean that you won’t ever gain weight again. You may very well still. But the weight won’t be focused in your target areas like it was before. Instead, the weight will be more even distributed. However, usually people are so excited about their new bodies that they work hard to keep the weight off.
It should be noted that CoolSculpting’s effects are not immediate. Your body needs time to figure out that the cells have died and get rid of them. Depending on the area and the amount of fat in that area, this can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to four months. So, remember to be patient.
What risks are associated with it?
All of this sounds pretty to good to be true, doesn’t it? You may be thinking, “Alright, what’s the catch?” The thing is, there isn’t really a catch. Most who are approved for CoolSculpting don’t deal with any major effects. You may experience some pinch and tingling sensations during the session, but those go away eventually. Granted, they go away because the area goes numb, but that numbness goes away a little while after the session has ended. Afterwards, you may see some swelling, redness, and bruising, but these also fade. But there is a little bit more to this.
In the above paragraph we mentioned that people have to be approved for CoolSculpting. This is because it isn’t for everyone. It is mainly made for those who are just about at their target weight. This means that if you’ve been diagnosed with obesity, you can’t get CoolSculpting done. Also, it shouldn’t be sought out by those with cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. If you do have any of these conditions, you do run some serious risks that most people do not. There is also a risk of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. This is a very rare effect of CoolSculpting where instead of the fat going away, it hardens and gets bigger. As mentioned, this is very rare, and it isn’t really life threatening. But it’s still something to be aware of.
However, each of these risks listed above are not common. CoolSculpting really is considered to be safe. It is even the only Food and Drug Administration approved weight loss treatment. That says a lot about its general safety.
If you’re trying to decide if CoolSculpting is right for you, but still can’t. Set up an appointment with us here that the NIMA Institute. We offer free consultations for CoolSculpting. We will help guide you through the process and help you figure out if it is right for you. If you are still unsure, talk to your doctor. They should be able to guide you on the right path.
Stubborn fat is no fun to deal with. But there finally is a virtually risk-free option for you to get rid of it. So, give us a call so that you can start loving your body. Click here to learn about CoolSculptiung cost.