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Why does CoolSculpting not work for everyone?

Posted by Nima | January 16, 2021

You’ve probably heard of CoolSculpting a few times by now. You may have seen billboards, TV ads, or seen articles or other stuff about it online. No matter how you heard of it, one fact remains; it’s a little hard to believe. Freezing fat away doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense at first. But it really does work. It can be incredibly effective and help people get rid of those last vestiges of stubborn fat once they’ve reached the end of their weight loss journey. 


But there is an important thing to know about CoolSculpting – it doesn’t work for everyone. Those that it does work for see incredible results, but not everyone is eligible to get it done. So, let’s talk about why CoolSculpting works for some people, but not for everyone. 


How does CoolSculpting work? 

Let’s start just by explaining what makes CoolSculpting work. As mentioned, it is essentially just freezing away fat. If you think back to your school days and science classes, you’ll likely remember that everything has a freezing point. A point at which the molecules inside it stop moving. For somethings, that point isn’t that big of a deal and can regain their former state with some heat. But for most organic things, like cells, reaching that freezing point kills them. But not all freezing points are the same. Fat cells freeze at a much warmer temperature than skin cells or muscle cells. This means that a temperature that may kill fat cells will leave all of the surrounding cells untouched. 


That idea is what drives CoolSculpting. It is a process where an area with a certain level of excess fat is exposed to cold temperatures that kill the fat but leave skin and muscle alone. The fat, after it’s been frozen, is expelled from the body, getting rid of that stubborn fat. But before we go on, let’s explain how a CoolSculpting session works. 


When you first come in and sit down in the CoolSculpting chair, your technician will place a protective pad on the target area. While CoolSculpting is considered to be generally very safe, this pad is just another safeguard to help ensure it. Then they will place the CoolSculpting applicator on the target area and allow it to sit there for a predetermined period of time. During this time, you can do whatever you like. Some people read, others work, even more nap. Whatever you want to do, is fine, as long as it keeps you in your chair. Then after the time is up, your technician will remove the applicator, and message the target area to help start the process that breaks down the cells, then you’re free to get on with your day. 


That last part is one of the craziest aspects of CoolSculpting. There isn’t any recovery or downtime. At the end of each session, you get to just leave. You can get back to your very busy schedule. This is very different from other procedures, like liposuction. Those require time for you to recover. That’s because they cause damage to the surrounding tissue. But CoolSculpting doesn’t do that. It leaves the other tissue virtually untouched. The worst you may see from CoolSculpting is a bit of bruising or swelling in the target area. But these are rarely bad enough to be cause for alarm and go away with time. 


One thing to note about CoolSculpting is that it may take a little while before it actually takes effect. Some people see results in only a week, others it takes up to four months. So, you will need to be patient. The body takes a little while to notice that there are dead cells and that they need to be gotten rid of. The amount of time that it takes depends on a lot of things including the amount of fat in the target area. Allow your body to take its natural course and you will see results. 


How can I know if it will work for me? 

So, now that we know how CoolSculpting works, let’s talk about how you can tell if CoolSculpting will work for you. 


One thing to cover right off the bat, is that CoolSculpting is designed with people who are almost at their target weight in mind. It is a way to get rid of small pockets of fat. It will not work on areas that have too much fat. It won’t work for you if you have been diagnosed with obesity. It is also not safe for those who have been diagnosed with cold agglutinin disease, cryoglobulinemia, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria to get CoolSculpting done, as they may experience some serious side effects. But other than those who have these conditions, there are very few people who can’t get CoolSculpting done. 


However, if you’re still unsure about whether or not CoolSculpting is safe or right for you, there are two things that you need to do. The first is to talk with your doctor. They will be able to tell you if CoolSculpting is a safe choice for you. Once you have gotten the go-ahead from your doctor, the next thing you need to do is schedule a free consultation with us at the NIMA Institute. During this consultation, we will go over with you what CoolSculpting is, what to expect, what makes you eligible for CoolSculpting, what your target area (or areas) is, how many sessions you may need, and how long those sessions may need to last. After that consultation, there’s no obligation to get CoolSculpting done. You’re free to never think about it again if you so choose. 


But we think that you may want to do it. There are so many reasons why CoolSculpting is one of the best options for weight loss treatments. The fact that it can be done by just about anyone is definitely one of the top ones. So, why not schedule your consultation today? It’s free of charge, free of risk, and free of pressure. Will CoolSculpting work for me?