What is CoolSculpting?
Coolsculpting is a cosmetic treatment that can target and shrink specific areas of unwanted fat by effectively freezing it away.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
A conductive gel is placed on the skin in the area of the body where the reduction of fat is desired. A cup like device is then used to suck in and grip that portion of the skin, and the accompanying fat underneath. While it is sucked into the cupping device, the area is cooled up to -10 ° C (14° F).
The cooling action of this procedure damages fat cells just enough for your body to view them as defective and start a process of cell death. As the cells die they are cleaned up by the immune system and the area gradually shrinks.
Does CoolSculpting Damage the Skin?
CoolSculpting is able to affect the fat cells under the skin, while leaving the skin unharmed because the fat cells are more sensitive to freezing. They get damaged and are cleaned out, while the skin cells remain just fine.
Does CoolSculpting Hurt?
Coolsculpting may cause some discomfort when the skin is sucked into the device and pinched. A sharp cold sensation may also be felt for a brief moment, but soon disappears as your nerves are cooled, effectively anesthetizing the area. After treatment the area may become swollen and tender.
Results of Coolsculpting
After 30 days the area where the procedure was performed begins to shrink. Expect full results after 90 days have passed. An asessement is usually performed at the end of this period and the need for additional sessions is considered. The minimum time interval for performing this procedure is 2 months.
Cost of CoolSculpting
The cost of CoolSculpting can range from $650 to $1,000 for small areas like love handles, back, and bra fat. Large areas like the abdominal area will be more expensive at about $1,200 to $2000.
Where Can I Undergo CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting sessions are available in cosmetic and physical therapists clinics, as well as specialized doctors in large cities.