Body contouring is one of the most active areas of aesthetic medicine. Even before the development of non-surgical modalities like CoolSculpting, it was popular to refine body shape with liposuction and abdominoplasty. In our Denver office, body contouring is frequently performed to help patients naturally reduce body fat in areas of concern.
CoolSculpting may be recognizable to some degree. Many people identify this treatment as the one that freezes fat. However, that is just the beginning of getting to know what is possible with CoolSculpting and what to expect from treatment. Patients inevitably have questions about their procedure. We appreciate questions because it allows us to help each patient obtain the best outcome. Here, we discuss particulars that may help you determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.
What can CoolSculpting Treat?
This may seem obvious. CoolSculpting treats unwanted fat; but what fat? Initially, CoolSculpting was used to reduce belly fat. Now, through the development of innovative applicators, doctors can address a variety of areas. In addition to minimizing waist circumference and eliminating muffin top, CoolSculpting can be used on bra and back fat and also on the chin.
CoolSculpting represents a significant step forward in non-surgical body contouring, regardless of whether we are treating the midsection or the chin. Each applicator is designed to gently suction an area of fat and hold tissue between two cooling panels. The device platform alerts us to the precise temperature of tissue as it cools. Reaching target temperature induces cell death known as cryolipolysis.
One of the primary questions regarding CoolSculpting is how much pain occurs during treatment. No anesthesia is involved in treatment and no topical anesthetic. Patients understandably wonder what it must feel like to have fat “frozen” away. The idea that CoolSculpting is painful is a bit overdramatic. What patients report feeling as tissue is pulled between the cooling panels is a slight tug. This may feel slightly strange, like suction from a vacuum. As tissue cools, it is common for a mild ache or cramping sensation to occur. However, this lasts only a few minutes until nerve endings go numb.