For many years, plastic surgeons have been using procedures like liposuction to remove stubborn fat that is hard to get rid of through diet and exercise. CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis as it’s called, is a new treatment that is used for the same purposes.
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure, meaning that it does not involve any cutting or wounds, which makes it by far safer than liposuction. All this has made this procedure very popular nowadays, that is why we are going to tell you all you need to know about CoolSculpting in this article.
What is CoolSculpting?
In the last ten years, a new technique that uses freezing to get rid of stubborn fat was approved by many health organizations around the world, including the FDA. The concept of this procedure is using freezing temperatures to destroy fat cells and ‘sculpt’ the body, and that is why it was called CoolSculpting.
The freezing temperatures break down only the fat cells and don’t affect other types of cells, which makes this procedure very safe. It lasts only an hour, in which the doctor uses the machine to vacuum the skin above the fatty tissue that we want to get rid of, and you will not feel anything other than cooling sensation and a little bit of numbness.
After the procedure is done, no recovery time is needed because it is a noninvasive procedure, but some people experience some sort of soreness, which is completely harmless and fades away soon.
The estimated fat amount that is broken down by each CoolSculpting session is around 20 percent of the entire fat of a certain area.
Is CoolSculpting really effective?
Since it was approved, a lot of research was conducted on CoolSculpting, and the results are indeed very promising. As we said, it is estimated that an average of 20 percent of the fatty tissue will break down with this procedure. These numbers were measured by doctors and researchers using different methods and even ultrasound.
A lot of research was also conducted to ensure the safety of this procedure, and the results are very comforting. The researchers didn’t find major side effects after this procedure or any evidence of any harm to the body tissues.
Another thing worth noting is that researchers didn’t find any proof of reduction of the lipid levels in the blood, which means that this procedure is purely cosmetic and it can’t be used instead of diet or exercise as a treatment for diabetic or cardiac problems.
But unfortunately, these researches are somehow limited. The numbers of participants were a little bit low and the researches followed up the participants for only a short time after the procedure. That is why a lot of professionals feel the need of conducting more comprehensive studies with longer follow-up periods. But as we said, the results are very promising so far.
What are side effects of CoolSculpting?
As we said, the researchers didn’t find any proof of any harm to the body tissues after CoolSculpting, which makes this procedure relatively safe. However, some patients reported some side effects like numbness and skin redness and localized pain. The most reported complication of CoolSculpting was the reduction of sensation in the treated area.
A rare complication called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia was also reported after cryolipolysis. in this condition, the affected area becomes larger due to fat accumulation, which results in a painless lump. Fortunately, the incident of this complication is only around 0.005 percent of all patients undergoing the procedure and it is treatable.
Are the side effects of CoolSculpting permanent?
Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are gone forever. But the body can always make new fat cells to replace the old ones. That is why it is very important for the patient to have a full lifestyle modification, meaning healthy diet and exercise, after undergoing CoolSculpting to maintain the desired appearance.
Is CoolSculpting expensive?
It is not easy to answer this question because the cost of this procedure is different from one country to another. It also depends on the experience of the doctor performing the procedure, the device used, and the number of sessions required to affect the whole area.
The prices vary between $700 to $1500 per session. You can contact us for a price quote for CoolSculpting in Iran via email, WhatsApp, phone, or online chat.
What are the alternatives to CoolSculpting?
An obvious alternative to CoolSculpting is liposuction. Liposuction can get rid of fat faster in comparison to CoolSculpting, but it is an invasive procedure, which has its own disadvantages.
There are other noninvasive procedures that are used to get rid of stubborn fat like laser lipolysis, radiofrequency lipolysis, and injection lipolysis.