What can a patient expect during and after their CoolSculpting treatment? After the patient has made an appointment and scheduled a consultation with a professional, the first thing that they can expect is that the medical professional will talk to them about whether or not they will be right for the treatment. The technology used for this procedure will also be discussed.
It’s important to note that CoolSculpting is not intended as a weight loss treatment. Instead, it is more for those people who have the figure they want, but have pockets of excess fat which have been resistant to diet and exercise. CoolSculpting helps to eliminate that excess fat. The professional will pinch certain fatty points of the body to determine where to get rid of it.
After The Consultation
Once the consultation has been finished, a date for the day of treatment will be scheduled if the patient is a candidate. The patient will visit the clinic and the applicator will be applied to the region of the body that needs to have excess fat eliminated. At first, the patient will feel an intense cold for between five to 10 minutes. After that point it will start to level off and they might feel a tingling or numbness. In general, however, most people have reported that they feel comfortable during the procedure. After those first five to 10 minutes, the patient can choose if they want to read a book, watch TV, surf the web, or take a nap. This is a low-stress, non-surgical procedure.
Results: What To Expect
Normally, you won’t see results until three to four weeks later, but it can take up to three months to see the full results from this treatment. This is because the body is metabolizing the dead fat cells that have been frozen and killed. After around day four or five, you may start to experience a burning sensation that clinicians refer to as delayed onset pain. Typically, it will be its worst at night, but the pain will usually resolve itself after a few days. Sometimes taking a Tylenol can help, but patients should call their physician if the pain continues to persist. In these cases, a prescription medication may be provided until this phase has ended.
CoolSculpting: No Downtime
The advantage of CoolSculpting is how the procedure does not require incisions or anesthesia. An individual may continue with their daily activities after the treatment has been given, and if they experience mild discomfort, they can take a Tylenol.
Compared to other options like liposuction, the recovery phase is remarkably short. Liposuction is performed using a cannula and subsequent bodily incision, and with CoolSculpting, there is no need for this incision. After the procedure has ended, the patient can return to work, get on a flight, or go to another appointment. Within minutes of finishing the treatment, the patient can get dressed and continue about their day as normal.
Patients should not be concerned if the tissue looks or feels stiff after the procedure has taken place. This is common and normally disappears 10 minutes after the procedure has ended, and people can continue their daily routine. After the applicator has been removed, that area of the body will be red for about 20 minutes. Mild redness might also be visible for a few hours after, but this is a temporary symptom of CoolSculpting. Sometimes the vacuum pressure can cause tenderness or bruising, but if that does happen, this will normally resolve itself after a few weeks. A patient who experiences swelling, redness or pain that seems to worsen and last longer than two weeks should call Dr. Lee at Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery immediately.