Going into a doctor’s office to treat unwanted fat and leaving without it, without cuts or scars, seems like the dream of every woman. But it is reality! But there are many doubts about this procedure. So, let’s get to know the myths and truths about Coolsculpting?
Myths and truths about Coolsculpting
Does Coolsculpting treatment cause weight loss? Myth!
It is worth emphasizing that the procedure treats localized fat that resists even when dieting and exercising. An example would be a person that is in his/her ideal weight, but even so has fat in the abdomen, culottes or flanks.
Is the procedure painful? Myth!
Actually, what the patient will feel is a strong suction in the beginning of the session, but the treatment is not painful. However, it is a totally tolerable procedure. In addition, some patients may experience sensitivity such as a very slight local tingling or a slight anesthetic sensation that is also temporary.
Is it necessary to rest after the procedure? Myth
There is no need for rest after the session. Thus, the patient can return to her normal activities after the treatment.
Will the skin be deformed where the treatment was done? Myth!
What happens is that, in a period of up to 90 days, about 20% to 25%1 of the treated fat can be eliminated. But this does not deform the body; on the contrary, it leaves a more defined silhouette.
Does Coolsculpting end with flaccidity and cellulite? Myth!
Coolsculpting is not a procedure destined to treat flaccidity or cellulite, however, with the reduction of fat and the stimulation of collagen in the location by the inflammatory and regeneration processes, we can often expect a greater firmness and texture of the skin. However, the result is not immediate, because it occurs after 2 to 3 months of treatment.
Is the treatment only for the belly? Myth!
The treatment can be done in different places of the body where there is localized fat such as stomach, flanks, inner thighs, back, double chin, known as jowls, and arms.
Does the treatment have contraindications? It does!
The restrictions for the treatment are for patients who suffer from cryoglobulinemia, umbilical hernia, coagulation alterations, people with great overweight, urticaria when cold, pregnant and lactating women.
Is a diet associated with treatment with coolsculpting mandatory? Myth!
In general, no diet is mandatory to perform the treatment. However, since we are dealing with localized fat, it is best to follow a healthy diet for long-lasting results.
Are there side effects? It’s true!
The treatment has a safety protocol against injuries caused by cooling the skin, but some side effects may occur, such as: redness, itching, and numbness in the first days after the treatment. However, there are also rare side effects such as: darkening of the skin, frostbite, some hardened nodules at the application site, and paradoxical hyperplasia, i.e. an enlargement of the region. In these cases, surgical intervention may be necessary for treatment.
But, it is important to reinforce that, to minimize the risks, it is necessary that the patient performs the procedure with a specialist doctor, such as a plastic surgeon.
Can I develop any skin allergies with the treatment? Myth!
In general, the procedure does not cause allergies, but it is contraindicated for patients allergic to cold.
It is important to emphasize that you should seek the advice of a doctor in case of any side effect.
Coolsculpting treats jowls? It’s true!
The CoolMini tip, the new CoolSculpting equipment, reduces on average from 22 to 25% of the fat under the chin in a single session. Most patients need only one session, which lasts from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. The results are visible as of three weeks and it also collaborates to enhance the facial contour.
Is any preparation necessary before the procedure? Myth!
Because it is a needle-free treatment, it is not necessary to change eating and physical habits before the application. There is also no need to undergo any laboratory tests.
Pregnant women cannot undergo the treatment. It’s true!
For pregnant women it is not possible, but after an interval of six months after delivery and breastfeeding it is possible to perform the procedure, as long as it is authorized by the doctor.
The treatment is not invasive? It’s true!
Coolsculpting is one of the main non-invasive fat reduction treatments. It is an innovative way to contour the body by freezing unwanted fat. However, it does not involve surgery and requires minimal recovery time.