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Does CoolSculpting really work for everyone?

Posted by Nima | December 13, 2020

You’ve probably have heard of CoolSculpting more than a few times, at this point. It’s understandable, as it is a pretty impressive treatment. But many people present it as a fix-all for everyone. Is that really the case? Could anyone get CoolSculpting done? The answer is, not really. There are many considerations that one needs to cover before doing it. Plus, there are some people that it just won’t work for. We’ll talk about who CoolSculpting does work for and who it doesn’t work for, but first, let’s talk about what CoolSculpting even is. 

What exactly is CoolSculpting? 

In order to understand who CoolSculpting does work for, you need to understand how CoolSculpting SLC works. But don’t worry, it’s surprisingly simple. 

CoolSculpting is based on one simple fact about fat cells; it doesn’t take much to freeze them. The temperature at which fat cells freeze and die is much warmer than the temperature that freezes skin and muscle cells. This means that if you expose an area to a particular temperature, fat cells will die, but the surrounding cells will be untouched. So, CoolSculpting utilizes this fact to your benefit. 

This is one of things that makes CoolSculpting stand out from other weight loss treatments, like liposuction. Those tend to be intrusive and cause damage to surrounding areas. Not only that, but they generally require you to take time to recover. CoolSculpting doesn’t require any downtime. After each session, you can just get on with your day. This is because CoolSculpting isn’t intrusive and doesn’t cause any real damage anywhere. To help highlight this, let’s talk about how a CoolSculpting session works.  

It starts by a CoolSculpting technician getting you prepped by placing a protective pad on your target area. As mentioned, CoolSculpting is unlikely to cause any damage, but it’s always a good idea to help make sure that you’re kept safe. This pad does that. Then the technician puts the CoolSculpting applicator in place and turns it on. The applicator stays there for a predetermined amount of time. During that you can read, work, nap, play on your phone, do whatever, as long as it keeps you in the CoolSculpting chair. Then after that time has passed, the technician turns off the applicator and removes it and the pad. Then they massage the target area. This helps break up the frozen cells so that they go away faster. After that, you’re all done (at least, until your next session)! You can get back to work, errands, home, or whatever else you have planned for the day.  

One thing to note about CoolSculpting, and yet another difference from other procedures, is that it doesn’t have immediate results. After your CoolSculpting sessions are all done, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for you to see results. The time tends to vary depending on the target area and how much fat has been targeted. This is because the body needs time to find the dead cells and get rid of them. Massaging the target area helps, but it may still take a little while. So, you will need to be patient when you’re waiting to see results from your CoolSculpting. 

Another great thing about CoolSculpting is the fact that its results last. That isn’t to say that you’ll never gain weight again, you likely will. However, the fat that you gain will distribute evenly, instead of focusing in the areas that it did before. But it’s pretty common for people to be so thrilled with their results that they work hard to keep the weight off. 

You may also notice some minor side effects from CoolSculpting. During the session, it will be things like tugging and pinching sensations, but these sensations will eventually fade, as the target area will numb. No need to worry, though, because this numbing will also go away after a little while. After the session, you may notice some swelling, redness, and bruising in the target area. None of these are likely to be serious and they too will fade after some time. Overall, CoolSculpting is considered to be very safe. In fact, it is the only weight loss treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Those are the main basics that you need to know about CoolSculpting, so let’s get into some of the specifics.  

Does CoolSculpting work for everyone? 

So, now it’s time to answer the big question here; does CoolSculpting really work for everyone? As we briefly mentioned, no it won’t. But it will work for many people. Let’s talk about who it will and won’t work for. 

One thing that should be remembered about CoolSculpting is that it is made for people who are already close to their target weight. It is designed to get rid of concentrated areas of fat. This means that if you’ve been diagnosed with obesity, it will not work for you. If you’re interested in CoolSculpting, but not sure if you qualify on this front, be sure to talk with your doctor, they should be able to advise you on whether or not it will work for you. If it won’t they will be able to help you develop healthy habits to lose weight. 

Another group that can’t get CoolSculpting done is those who have been diagnosed with paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, cryoglobulinemia, or cold agglutinin disease, as those with these conditions could experience some major complications. 

The first step to being sure about whether or not CoolSculpting will work for you is to set up an appointment for a free consultation with one of our CoolSculpting experts here at the NIMA Institute. We will help guide you through whether or not CoolSculpting is right for you, how the procedure works, where your target areas are, and how many sessions you may need. You run no risk in in this free consultation, so why not set one up today? That is the main thing potentially standing between you and a new you.