Four Questions Patients Often Have About Coolsculpting

19 November 2018
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If you are looking for a way to remove unwanted fat deposits, but you do not wish to undergo surgery, then you may want to talk to your doctor about Coolsculpting. This exciting new procedure uses special technology to freeze only your fat cells, triggering them to release the fat that they're holding onto. It's a safe and effective choice for many people, but you probably have a few questions before you schedule a session.

Where can Coolsculpting be used?

Coolsculpting can be used almost anywhere on the body. Many people have it performed on love handles, on the thighs, the abdomen, and the chin. The manufacturer makes a small applicator that can be used on smaller, more delicate areas, like under the chin. If you are not sure whether your fat deposits are treatable with Coolsculpting, reach out to a local cosmetic surgeon for advice.

Does Coolsculpting hurt?

When your doctor is applying the freezing device to your body, you may feel a little discomfort. It may feel very cold or a little bit achy—but this is not severe enough to bother most people. Afterwards, you might feel just a little sore in the treatment area. But again, this discomfort should not be so serious that you even need to take pain-relieving medications.

How long does Coolsculpting take?

That really depends on the area you have treated. If you have your love handles or another large area treated, it may take an hour or two, plus some time spent waiting in the doctor's office. Smaller areas, like beneath the chin, might only take fifteen or twenty minutes to treat. You can go home or back to work as soon as the treatment is over, so it should not eat into your day too much.

When will you notice results?

The results will not be immediately apparent, which is frustrating for some patients. You need to wait for the fat cells to release their fat, which happens over a month or so following the treatment. You should notice the size of the fat deposits beginning to reduce. Your pants or other clothing will slowly become looser. The good news is that the results are permanent unless you gain more weight.

Coolsculpting is pretty innovative, but it's a safe and easy treatment to go through. If you have any remaining concerns, bring them up when you call to schedule your appointment.