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Coolsculpting: What Is It & How Does It Work?

Coolsculpting - What Is It & How Does It Work

The days when aesthetic surgery meant having to go under the knife are fast disappearing, and non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting are helping to push them out the door. CoolSculpting is a patented procedure that uses technology to cool areas with excess fat and thereby freeze fat cells.

After the treatment, the body removes the fat cells naturally so that you will have fewer fat cells after the procedure. CoolSculpting is best suited for patients who are in generally good shape but who wish to eliminate smaller zones of unwanted excess fat.
CoolSculpting body contouring is growing in popularity for multiple reasons, but perhaps most notably because of its non-invasive nature and natural-looking results. Not to mention, using CoolSculpting body contouring can be fast, convenient, and affordable. Keep reading to find out more about the main benefits of CoolSculpting and how the procedure works.

CoolSculpting is fast and convenient

One of the most attractive aspects of this treatment is that it’s quick – a CoolSculpting treatment is a short procedure, generally lasting an hour or less, and you can expect to see some results immediately. With this timeframe, most people can easily fit CoolSculpting into their busy schedules. Some patients choose to have treatment during their lunch break and go right back to work afterwards.

CoolSculpting requires no downtime for recovery

Surgical body contouring procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck are very effective for removing unwanted fat. However, a major concern with surgical body contouring is that patients must take time off work afterwards for recovery. Both procedures require a recovery period of 2 weeks or more before returning to work.

In comparison to other surgical options, CoolSculpting does not involve any incisions, blood loss, or stitches. After your CoolSculpting session, the treatment area may be slightly bruised or tender. However, any swelling should go down after a short amount of time. CoolSculpting can also be used on a variety of areas with excess fat. This means that patients who have more than one zone treated may wish to avoid their regular workout routine for a week or until any tenderness subsides. Otherwise, it should be business as usual after your CoolSculpting treatment!

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

The CoolSculpting body contouring treatment can be used on the thighs, abdomen, beneath the chin, and on love handles and excess “back fat.” The main requirement for a treatment area is that it should have “pinchable” fat that can fit into the CoolSculpting device.

Once the treatment area has been chosen and marked, you are asked to sit or recline in a comfortable position and a gel is applied to your skin in the appropriate zone. Then, the CoolSculpting applicators are placed on top of the “pinchable” tissue to be treated. The target tissue is “sucked” into the vacuum attachment, and the machine begins to cool the treatment area in a controlled manner.

During the cooling process, fat cells freeze, crystallize and stop functioning. The body then follows the natural process of absorbing these non-functioning cells. The result is fewer fat cells and a slimmer look in the treatment area, usually immediately. Your body will continue to absorb the remainder of these destroyed cells over the following weeks, and the area will become slimmer and more toned during this time.

Find Out More About CoolSculpting

To discover more about CoolSculpting body contouring, please contact the Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery to book a consultation. Our highly skilled and experienced Advanced Nurse Injectors will answer your questions, listen to your goals, and will be able to advise you on how CoolSculpting can best help you achieve your desired results.