CoolSculpting treatment explained

31st January 2022

It might not be too much of an exaggeration to claim that most people are unhappy with their body shape. Getting thinner is an aesthetic goal that many of us aspire to, especially at the beginning of a new year when we’re setting resolutions for the months ahead.

Body dysmorphic disorder perhaps accounts for the growing demand for CoolSculpting – the non-surgical fat freezing procedure. CoolSculpting is an alternative to surgical treatments such as liposuction, undertaken by trained technicians.

If you’re curious to learn how CoolSculpting works, you’ve come to the right place. Here are your questions answered…

What exactly is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting involves a specialist vacuum-like, precisely controlled applicator which suctions targeted fat cells under the skin on areas such as your chin and jawline, thighs, abdomen, upper arms, flanks, back and buttocks. Once the machine is removed, your technician quickly massages out the ‘frozen’ areas. Your fat cells are essentially deep frozen – they die and are naturally expelled via your lymphatic system and metabolism process.

Are CoolSculpting results permanent?

In a word, no! While the fat that’s died won’t come back, fat can still grow if you gain weight. As part of the process, expect to be weighed before and after treatment. If you gain a few pounds, results will wear off. Treatment providers will promise more permanent results if you embark upon more than one set of treatment. Two or three sessions are recommended for larger areas.

Is CoolSculpting designed for areas large and small?

Following on from the above, some clarity. In theory, CoolSculpting can be used on any fatty area. In reality, it can prove difficult to administer to smaller areas due to the size of the applicators. Bigger, stubborn areas of fat are better suited to the CoolSculpting devices.

Will I instantly look better after CoolSculpting?

Possibly but not definitely. It’s unlikely you’ll look thinner walking out of your first treatment. The actual process takes time. As a general rule of thumb, 20-25% of fat’s reduced after two sessions and you’ll see the best results three to six months after this second session. Patience is a necessity.

Does CoolSculpting hurt?

CoolSculpting is advertised as being non-painful. The actual procedure might cause a level of discomfort because it’s extremely cold. The most uncomfortable part is the post-application massage as you could potentially feel the pressure only rather than the touch itself, thanks to the body area being icy-cold at this stage.

Are there side effects from CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting supposedly eliminates only fat cells and doesn’t impact other adjacent tissue, unlike certain other methods of fat reduction. It should allow for the immediate return to normal activities although redness may appear in the treated area, lasting from between a few minutes to a few hours. Some localised bruising or swelling may occur too – this is said to clear within a few weeks. A temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area has also been reported, lasting several weeks as well.

As with any beauty treatment, then, adverse reactions are not inconceivable. In the case of CoolSculpting, this could involve frostbite-type symptoms in addition to the aforementioned pain. To avoid any mishaps, check that your technician is using a legitimate CoolSculpting machine, ask about possible side effects and only proceed if your fears are alleviated. CoolSculpting is supported by extensive research and medical papers. Seek these out so that you’re fully informed ahead of your appointment.

If your CoolSculpting treatment goes awry and you suffer harm by your aesthetician, find out if you’re eligible for injury compensation by contacting our specialist lawyers for claims against beauty therapists and salons. Email, call 0800 141 3682 or 0333 202 6560, or complete our online enquiry form.

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