The coldest part of a CoolSculpting treatment is the gel pad that is applied to the skin prior to application of the cooling device. Oddly, while this gel pad is at room temperature it feels ice cold. The purpose is to protect the skin from frostbite. Once the cooling device is applied it feels cool but not cold for 5-10 minutes. Then the nerves become desensitized and you feel nothing at all. The 2-minute post-treatment massage is the most uncomfortable part of the CoolSculpting treatment but most people feel this is quite tolerable.
The fat that clears after CoolSculpting will be gone for good and many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, are motivated to take even better care of themselves. If you do gain weight, however, the weight will be more likely to accumulate evenly all over your body, not localized in the treated areas where it previously tended to accumulate.
Yes, we can do your treatment no matter what your ethnicity.
Yes, it absolutely can, and it can do so without the risks of plastic surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations, however. A single round of non-surgical body-contouring cannot get rid of as much fat as a single lipo-suction plastic surgery can. Additional treatments could be required to achieve results comparable to plastic surgery. The cost for CoolSculpting is less so additional rounds could still cost less than plastic surgery. Another thing to consider is that non-surgical body contouring cannot correct loose skin like a tummy tuck can.
It only requires one treatment to see undeniable results, although many people opt to do another round of treatments for further reduction. Those who wish to debulk should expect that a second round will be required.
Inflammation is to be expected and the nerves in the fat that was treated will be temporarily desensitized. It is normal to feel a numb sensation afterward but this typically resolves within a few days or 2-3 weeks at most. Bruising is not uncommon and at some point within the first two weeks you may experience one or more of the following sensations: deep itching, tingling, pain in the treatment area, mild to severe cramping, muscle spasms, aching and/or soreness. Side effects have been dramatically reduced since the introduction of the new cooling devices. Other less common side effects will be discussed at the time of your consultation.
No, this is part of the post-treatment instructions following SculpSure, but is not required after CoolSculpting.
You could go straight to the gym immediately following your treatment. The treated area will feel tender for a few days but there is no reason to not exercise.
Fat is not heavy compared to its volume. A single pound of fat is the size of a pound of butter. When you think about reducing fat from a localized area, a small weight change makes a big difference. When you look at before and after photos of CoolSculpting results, the best examples will be those that show little or no weight-change. If the weight has not changed the fat-loss is clearly a result of the treatment, not weight-loss results from diet or exercise.
CoolSculpting is not for weight-loss. It is a body-contouring treatment that can reduce localized areas of fat. An ideal candidate will be within 30 pounds of their ideal weight, but anyone wishing to reduce a localized area of fat could be a good candidate. Only the area of fat that is treated will be reduced in size so it is important to have realistic expectations.
Firstly, as with all treatments, CoolSculpting results do vary from person to person. There are hyper-responders, average respond-ers, low responders and, unfortunately, a rare non-responder. Justifiably a few people are disappointed with their results, but on the flip side, most are satisfied and many are delighted. The most common reason for the few reviews that claim the treatment didn't work has nothing to do with the treatment at all. It has to do with the simple fact that what the eye doesn’t see every day the brain forgets. When people return to the clinic for post-treatment photos, sometimes they have forgotten what they looked like before. The photos almost always leave them convinced and happy. The “not worth it” reviews are often written by people who did not return to their treatment provider to see their before and after comparisons. CoolSculpting has the highest “worth it” rating of all body-contouring treatments.