Coolsculpting and Coolsculpting Elite are FDA-approved, non-surgical procedures that remove stubborn fat. They are not meant to lose weight but are more suited to those that want to remove stubborn fat after weight loss. Coolsculpting Elite is regarded as more effective, with faster results. They both freeze fat via a treatment that causes a freezing cold sensation called cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis causes fragile fat cells to die or freeze.
Coolsculpting and Coolsculpting Elite target the underarms, belly, thighs, back, jawline, and more. The treatment can be completed within an hour or two, and patients may even be able to continue their day afterward. Results can be seen over the next months. However, there are certain safety concerns one must take into account before an appointment.
Your treating physician will develop a customized treatment plan for you, but it’s important for every patient to have a realistic outlook on results. The ideal patient will be medically cleared for treatment barring any conflicting conditions, but also recognize the results require additional help from the patient. Coolsculpting is not a weight-loss treatment but is instead a fat reduction treatment that may be discouraged by physicians at a certain BMI.
Diet and Exercise
Thus, creating a healthy exercise regimen is recommended as the first place to start your Coolsculpting journey. It is the most effective way to expedite results and see the changes you want to see in your appearance from Coolscuplting. Continue to eat a healthy balanced diet and workout, if you currently are. If you have met with an appointment, work with them to see how far you need to go to meet your eligibility goal.
Along with dieting and exercising, they are sure to inform you that certain anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided. They will increase the risk of bruising.
Be Aware of Long-term and Short-term Side Effects
Other than medication, common side effects can include stinging pain, redness, aching, swelling, and bruising. Long-term effects can occur as far as a month after an initial procedure, such as pain. PAH (paradoxical adipose hyperplasia) is known to occur in rare cases.
It is an unfortunate occurrence in which fat cells, instead of dying from the extreme cold, enlarges, giving an appearance of additional weight gain. This can cause insecurity and an understandable panic. In reality, it is not fatal but can create a shocking swelling and hardness in the treated area akin to a rectangular shape. Be sure to discuss the likelihood of PAH with your doctor, as well as trivial symptoms that may not align with your future plans.
Take Care of Your Skin
Broken, tanned skin may cause your skin to be tender, which will conflict with a topical care procedure like Coolsculpting. Once your appointment begins, you may receive a change of clothing. You may be able to bring something to occupy your time with, but it depends. Lying still for over an hour is common; some patients occupy their time by watching television.
Once finished, you might feel a little sore. It is wise to wear loose, comfortable clothing for this. It should be clothing you wouldn’t mind throwing away, either, since the applied gel could stain.