Does CoolSculpting Really Work?
By: Julia Weston
CoolSculpting has consistently been one of the most popular treatments at the Centre for Plastic Surgery. This decade has brought many innovations to non-invasive aesthetic procedures and patients have caught on. They want easy treatments with little to no downtime, and CoolSculpting is one of those treatments. One of the questions that people ask is “Does CoolSculpting really work?” The answer is, yes! The main reason that we consistently offer and promote this procedure is that we see fantastic results. However, it is really important that realistic expectations are set for CoolSculpting patients, as is true with any procedure.
CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared treatment of its kind that works through a patented process called Cryolipolysis™. It is a patented method that uses a carefully controlled cooling mechanism to reduce fat without harming the skin or other tissue. During the CoolSculpting process the cells are cooled to a temperature that triggers their natural death. Then they are gradually eliminated through your body’s own metabolic processes (like urine or sweat), reducing the thickness of the fat layer over a period of approximately three months. Most CoolSculpting patients will experience a twenty to twenty-five percent reduction in the fat cells of the area treated with each procedure. The best part is that can immediately resume their normal activities while CoolSculpting is gradually working within the body to eliminate unwanted fat.
The CoolSculpting patients that see the best results are those that are at or close to a weight they are comfortable with. It’s not a “get out of jail free card” or a weight loss procedure. The reduction of fat cells that takes place during the procedure is permanent, but it is still possible for the residual fat cells surrounding the treated area to grow in size when a patient gains weight. We always suggest that our patients maintain the healthy lifestyle they were already living, but no additional dieting is required to achieve great results.
CoolSculpting does not address concerns like muscle separation or lose skin. While some of our CoolSculpting patients have reported an improvement in skin laxity, it’s not something that should be expected. If muscle separation and lose skin are a concern, surgery is usually recommended. Having full access to three board certified physicians at the Centre for Plastic Surgery is one of the many benefits of coming to our practice. It allows us to offer comprehensive treatment options to all of our patients. Simply stated, if CoolSculpting isn’t right for you we are able to offer many other options.
To find out more about CoolSculpting, explore our before and after photos, attend one of our events, or schedule a consultation! Our staff is always more than happy to answer your questions and help you to decide if CoolSculpting might be right for you.*Individual results may vary.