CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses controlled cooling to eliminate unwanted fat cells. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and under the chin.
CoolSculpting works by freezing fat cells to death. When fat cells are frozen, they crystallize and die. Over time, the body naturally eliminates the dead fat cells.
CoolSculpting feels like a cold sensation at first, but most people find the procedure to be comfortable. There may be some mild discomfort, such as tugging or pulling, but it is usually well-tolerated.
A CoolSculpting treatment typically takes 35 to 60 minutes, depending on the area being treated.
You may start to see results from CoolSculpting as early as two to three weeks after treatment. However, final results may not be visible for up to three months.
CoolSculpting results are permanent. Once fat cells are frozen and eliminated, they cannot come back.
CoolSculpting is a good option for people who are close to their ideal weight and have noticeable fat bulges that do not respond to diet and exercise. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment, and it is not recommended for people who are obese or who have certain medical conditions.
CoolSculpting is generally safe and well-tolerated. However, there are some potential side effects, such as bruising, swelling, redness, and numbness at the treatment site. Other, less common side effects include paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), which is a rare condition that causes fat cells to grow larger instead of smaller.
If you are considering CoolSculpting, it is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the treatment and to choose a qualified provider.
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