We can probably all agree that losing weight can feel like an uphill battle. Sometimes, the closer we get to our goal weight, the harder it is to shed those last stubborn pounds that seem to localize in certain areas. You may have some of those areas right now; the abdomen that just won’t flatten, or the backs of the arms that won’t slim down, or the thighs that continue to rub together uncomfortably. We get it. It’s difficult. That’s why CoolSculpting has become a prime service in our Denver office. Here, we discuss what CoolSculpting is and what you can expect if you get this treatment.
CoolSculpting is a body-contouring device. It works by triggering the natural elimination of excess fat cells by exposing them to very cold temperatures. During a treatment session, a small area of fat is suctioned in between two cooling panels. The device is then set to approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature affects fat cells without affecting the skin, so it is very safe. It takes some time for fat cells to reach this target temperature, up to an hour, but discomfort caused by cold is mild and only temporary. By reaching a target temperature, the device ensures that crystals will form inside the fat cells, causing them to become damaged and inciting their metabolism. Fat reduction occurs naturally over 12 weeks. Results can be maintained indefinitely with a healthy lifestyle.
What Does CoolSculpting Feel Like?
This is the big question. Many people have heard that CoolSculpting is painful. It isn’t. Device technology has improved since CoolSculpting first gained FDA clearance, reducing the severity of side effects. Even then, patients rested comfortably during sessions. Now, it’s even better! During and/or after CoolSculpting, patients can expect:
- Tingling or aching during sessions as the tissue is taken down to its target temperature. Within a few minutes, these sensations are replaced with numbness.
- Redness, swelling, and bruising may be noticed after treatment.
- As fat cells crystallize and transform, patients may feel tingling, cramping, or aching. This can last approximately one week.
- Skin sensitivity that lasts up to two weeks.