So, I’m thinking about getting Coolsculpting, but I’m a little hesitant. Should I try Coolsculpting? Or should I may do something else? After all, I haven’t heard a whole lot about this non invasive body contouring procedure. It might work, it might not. All I really know is what I’ve seen on commercials (and commercials can be, you know, deceiving).
Should I Try Coolsculpting? Or Some Other Procedure?
This particular train of thought is not necessarily unique. Maybe you’ve even entertained these thoughts yourself, leading up to your own Coolsculpting procedure. And it’s certainly an understandable train of thought.
The trick is to make sure Coolsculpting actually is the right move for you. These days there are tons of body contouring options out there–both surgical and non invasive. It can be hard to tell which one is the right selection for your needs and desires. That’s why it’s vital that you discuss all of your body contouring options and desires with your plastic or cosmetic surgeon. That’s what a consultation is for! (Obviously, this article is not a substitute for consultations or medical advice of any kind.) So, should you try Coolsculpting? It depends! But let’s take a look at some of the factors you might consider.
How Does Coolsculpting Work?
Coolsculpting is slowly and surely making its way into the popular consciousness. One day, it might even reach the kind of awareness enjoyed by the most premium procedures (we’re looking at you, Botox). But just because people are aware of Botox doesn’t mean that they necessarily understand how it works–and the same is true of Coolsculpting.
So how does Coolsculpting actually work? Well, it works by using cold! Here’s the basic idea:
- Skin cells and fat cells have very different thresholds for cold temperatures.
- Fat cells break down at much higher temps than those that typically damage skin cells.
- There are many fat cells that are located approximate to the skin.
- By exposing the outer layers of the body to the cold temperatures, the fat cells are damaged but the skin cells are not.
So, that’s the basic idea: using cold to disrupt fat cells in a way that won’t damage your skin cells. This means that you can get rid of the fat without having to undergo a liposuction procedure. That’s what makes Coolsculpting a relatively effective non invasive body contouring option.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Coolsculpting
But that doesn’t mean Coolsculpting is going to be the right approach for everyone. Indeed, there are some benefits and drawbacks to Coolsculpting to consider as you’re thinking about this procedure.
Benefits of Coolsculpting
The benefits of Coolsculpting are pretty evident. They may include:
- Mitigating unwanted fat from a wide variety of areas on the body. Coolsculpting can be used around the abdomen, the arms, legs, back, and so on. Patients have a wide variety of options here.
- Results are effectively permanent.
- In most cases, there’s no necessary recovery period. Patients can resume most normal daily activities almost immediately.
- The cold that is an integral part of Coolsculpting procedures also effectively numbs the operational area, meaning most patients experience very little discomfort beyond a feeling of cold.
Drawbacks of Coolsculpting
That said, there are some drawbacks to Coolsculpting. Some of those drawbacks may include:
- Limitations of effectiveness. For patients with a large amount of excess skin, Coolsculpting may not provide the desired effects.
- It may also take several weeks to see your optimal Coolsculpting results.That’s because it takes some time for the fat to break down after exposure to the cold.
- Subtle results. Coolsculpting can effect noticeable changes, but many of those changes are somewhat subtle. For some patients, though, this might be a benefit. Some patients want only a subtle shift.
Ask About Your Options
If you’re leaning towards Coolsculpting, it’s still worth asking about what other options you might have. Body contouring can take surgical and non invasive tracks. There’s no single best answer–only the best answer for you and your body.
The best place to get answers, then, is often from your plastic or cosmetic surgeon. If you’re thinking about trying Coolsculpting, but you aren’t sure whether it’s the best option for you or not, you aren’t alone.
So start asking those questions today. The sooner you get answers, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your transformation.