Will My CoolSculpting Treatment Be Painful?

CoolSculpting is a relatively new medical body sculpting procedure that targets and eliminates body fat. Its distinguishing factor compared to liposuction is that it is non-invasive, which significantly lowers health risks and eliminates any scarring. CoolSculpting works by freezing fat cells, which then die and are naturally secreted from the body via the bloodstream. It works because fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than other cells, so if the temperature is lowered just right it will freeze the fat cells without harming other types of cells or tissue. This cool freeze may sound a bit uncomfortable, but you would be surprised by how relaxing the treatment can be.

The CoolSculpting Experience

Summer woman in sun gardenThe non-invasive CoolSculpting procedure begins with taking before pictures, insuring the ability to show the results that take place during the process of your treatments. You are then asked to lay down, which is followed by placing the hand piece on the targeted area.”Initially, the skin and fatty tissue is sucked into the hand piece,” explains Dr. Miriam Hanson, a board certified Dermatologist and cosmetic expert at Sanova Dermatology. “Once the suction firmly positions the target tissue in the hand piece, the CoolSculpting machine begins to lower the temperature.”

How Cold is Cool?

“It’s probably the most common question we get,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “While freezing the skin sounds cold, most of our patients describe it as putting an ice pack on the area, or similar to the sensation of when your foot falls asleep.”

Overall the treatment is extremely well tolerated. Many patients take advantage of this time to rest or catch up projects. “Most of the patients bring a book or work with them to occupy their time,” informs Dr. Hanson. “although, I will say, it’s not uncommon that we have to wake patients up at the end of their session!”

Post-Procedure

Rarely do patients complain of any pain after undergoing the CoolSculpting procedure. “Mild bruising in the treatment area can occur, but it’s not that common,” Dr. Hanson explains. Redness is often the only post procedure side-effect observed, and this tends to dissipates within the first few days following the treatment. Overall the CoolSculpting procedure is a great way to target troublesome areas, contouring your body in a pain-free process!

 O.K., So How Does It Really Feel?

CoolSculpting seems like a very safe, easy, and reliable procedure, which may prompt people to wonder if it’s too good to be true. “What are the long-term effects of CoolSculpting?” they might ask. Well, there are actually no proven long-term side effects of CoolSculpting (other than fat loss, of course). CoolSculpting is FDA-approved with no negative effects in the long term. There are a few short-term negative effects, however, that you should be aware of, such as inflammation and stinging pain. These are usually quite mild, but even in the small percentage of people who experience them more severely, prescription medication can treat the symptoms within a week at the absolute longest (although it usually doesn’t take more than four days). Late onset pain has been reported a week or so after treatment, but is easily managed and resolves over a few days to a week.

You should not get CoolSculpting if you have any of a variety of  cold-sensitive disorders or a neurological disease, nor is CoolSculpting a reliable way to treat obesity.

Overall, CoolSculpting is a very safe and effective procedure. It doesn’t require any sort of anesthesia, it doesn’t leave scarring, and it doesn’t have any long-term side effects. In addition, any short-term side effects it does have are completely treatable and go away in a few days. It is definitely recommended for anyone looking for fat reduction and body contouring.

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