What is Cool Sculpting?
If you’re reading about the pros and cons of CoolSculpting, you probably already have a pretty good idea of what it is so we’ll just do a quick recap. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat-freezing procedure that’s an alternative to liposuction. It’s an effective method for reducing fat in areas like the stomach, thighs, arms and back.
Pros of CoolSculpting
Non-Invasive: One of the biggest advantages of CoolSculpting is that its a non-invasive, simple outpatient procedure. There is no downtime and you can return to daily living as soon as the procedure is completed.
Targeted fat loss: Unlike exercise where you have to lose weight everywhere in order to get to stubborn pockets, CoolSculpting allows you to target specific, stubborn pockets of fat. This allows you to achieve a more “sculpted” appearance without intense exercise and dieting.
The results last: Since you’re freezing, and essentially killing the fat cells, the results are long-lasting. As long as you maintain a regular diet and exercise routine, the fat will not return to those areas.
FDA-approved: CoolSculpting is safe and FDA-approved. It’s been used on millions of patients worldwide with great results.
Cons of CoolSculpting
Price: Cool Sculpting is quite expensive. Treatments can range anywhere from $1,000 – $4,000 depending on the area being treated and the number of treatments required. The average cost of treatment is $3,200 according to the CoolSculpt website.
Area limitations: CoolSculpting is only suitable for treating small areas of the body at one time. If a larger area needs to be treated, you will require multiple treatments. However, this is true of any fat-freezing technology.
Not a weight loss solution: As with any fat removal treatment, CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution and not recommended for those who are significantly overweight. It’s ideal for clients who are close to their desired weight but need to target stubborn pockets of fat.
Discomfort: CoolSculpting is usually well-tolerated. However, you may experience some discomfort during the procedure such as redness, swelling, bruising, etc. (covered below).
Common Side Effects of CoolSculpting
The most common side effects of CoolSculpting are redness, swelling, bruising, and a tugging/pulling sensation at the site being treated. Extreme side effects include numbness, pain, scarring, and skin discoloration. Generally, extreme side effects are rare and not experienced by most patients.
How Long Will Side Effects Last?
The most common side effects of redness, swelling, and bruising usually go away within a few days. Extreme side effects can last longer but these are rare.
How Effective is Cool Sculpting?
CoolSculpting is considered to be very effective at eliminating unwanted fat cells in specific areas of the body such as your stomach, thighs, arms, and back. Most patients will see results within a few weeks and optimal results show within a few months. Results can vary depending on the individual’s body, diet, exercise regimen, and the amount of fat being treated.
How Long Will Results Last?
CoolSculpting is a permanent procedure. Since you’re eliminating the fat cells, the fat can’t return to those areas as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen. However, if you return to gaining weight, you may develop new fat cells and gain the weight back.
Better Alternatives – Cryo T Shock
Cryo T-Shock is another non-invasive procedure that uses cooling to eliminate unwanted fat cells. However, it also incorporates radiofrequency which is more gentle on your skin and body so it can be used on more delicate areas. CoolSculpting uses suction and a vacuum which makes it harder to distinguish between fat, skin, and muscle making it a more abrasive solution. Cryo T-Shock is also considered to be more effective than CoolSculpting in treating larger areas of the body and most patients see better results with Cryo T-Shock than they do with CoolSculpting.
Finally, Cryo T-Shock is more affordable than cool sculpting with single sessions costing just $200 and 3 sessions costing just $500. If you’re ready to eliminate stubborn fat on your belly, arms, chin, or any other areas, reach out to the Cryo T-Shock Spa today.