How old do you have to be to get CoolSculpting®?
In general, CoolSculpting® can be performed on adults 18 and older. Factors that may also determine candidacy include how much stubborn fat is present in the desired treatment area and your expectations regarding the outcome. Treatment is most effective for individuals who do not mind the results unfolding gradually, and who are willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle to preserve their contours.
Is CoolSculpting® safe?
Yes! The safety of CoolSculpting® has been explored in countless clinical studies and years of scientific research, which both resulted in the treatment’s FDA-approval in 2010. The most important factors in determining the safety of CoolSculpting® is the skill and experience of your provider. Ideally, you should receive treatment from a practice led by a doctor or board-certified plastic surgeon who has a team of certified CoolSculpting® technicians. Given this high quality of care, your CoolSculpting® provider should be able to properly assess your candidacy and provide timely intervention in the rare event of complication.
Can I do CoolSculpting® at home?
Although controlled-cooling has been proven to destroy fat cells, Cryolipolysis™ — the technology behind the effectiveness of CoolSculpting® — is only safe and successful when employed by a trained provider who is able to properly regulate the device’s temperature settings. CoolSculpting® is equipped with safeguards that target the subcutaneous fat layer while preventing damage to the surrounding skin tissue and the development of cold-related diseases, such as frostbite. For these reasons, our practice strongly discourages DIY (“do it yourself”) methods of controlled-cooling, as they can be ineffective at best and harmful — both to your appearance and your health — at worst.
Does CoolSculpting® hurt?
As the cooling panels reach the desired temperature, patients typically feel intense coldness before the treatment area goes numb. This can be uncomfortable, but should improve quickly as your body becomes acclimated to the sensation. You may also feel mild tugging, pulling, or pinching as the device draws in the fatty tissue, but most patients do not describe their experience as painful. Your CoolSculpting® provider will let you know exactly what you can expect during your appointment.
How many inches can you lose with CoolSculpting®?
With the ability to reduce up to 25 to 30 percent of fat, it’s possible to shrink a patient’s waistline by several inches depending on their figure and the unique details of their treatment plan — particularly when CoolSculpting® is combined with CoolTone™. Results vary based on each person’s aesthetic goals, so your CoolSculpting® provider will be able to provide you with more insight into whether your desired outcome is feasible during your appointment.
How much weight can be lost with CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is more intended to sculpt bulges of exercise-resistant fat rather than produce weight loss, therefore the actual amount of weight shed is typically marginal. In general, this body contouring treatment is most successful for patients who are already at or near their ideal weight. The aesthetic procedure should not be viewed as a substitute for a weight loss program, and we encourage individuals interested in losing weight to consult with a bariatric surgeon.