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The popularity of CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is an increasingly popular non-invasive method to reduce body fat in multiple different parts of the body. This is in large part due to it being a relatively quick (usually lasting between 35 and 60 minutes in total) and comfortable procedure, with little downtime. In fact,  after undergoing CoolSculpting, most people have found that they were able to continue with their regular day to day activities such as working or shopping etc. If you’re currently wondering about the ‘CoolSculpting options near me’ then here is some useful food for thought to help you make a decision about whether CoolSculpting is right for you.

The safety of CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting has been rigorously tested to ensure that it is a safe and gentle treatment. In fact, it is currently the only FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved non-surgical fat reduction treatment. This has been the case since 2010 for the treatment of flanks (sides), since 2012 for the treatment of stomach fat and since 2014 for the treatment of thighs. Furthermore in 2015, the FDA approved the usage of the CoolMini, a special applicator for treating smaller pockets of fat.

Clinical trials of CoolSculpting also demonstrated its safety, as those who were tested demonstrated no abnormalities following treatment.

How does CoolSculpting work?

The process of CoolSculpting is also sometimes known as cryolipolysis or ‘fat freezing’. The cryolipolysis process works by cooling the fat cells in a certain area of the body. These cells that have been cooled will then crystallise and die over the following weeks, allowing your body to metabolise and thus dispose of the dead fat cells naturally. For this reason, CoolSculpting shows noticeable results quickly, within the first few weeks of treatment. In particular, CoolSculpting works best at reducing the size of visible bulges of fat on the body which are resistant to regular methods of healthy eating and exercise.

Be aware though, CoolSculpting is a procedure designed to help you lose fat, not to lose weight. Losing weight entails that the fat cells in your body decrease in size, whilst CoolSculpting is designed to decrease the number of fat cells. Therefore, you will probably weigh a similar amount both before and after your CoolSculpting treatment. However, you will still look thinner and your body will become more contoured and shapely.

After the procedure

After receiving CoolSculpting treatment, your CoolSculpting practitioner will round off the treatment by giving the affected area a massage. This massage helps to accelerate the treatment because it is designed to break down fat cells manually. This massage will last for at least two minutes, and it will involve both a kneading motion performed on the skin, as well as a circular massage. These techniques have been reported to improve the rate at which fat is lost by approximately 60%.

How many procedures should I have done?

There is no set number of CoolSculpting treatments that you should or should not have, it all depends on the amount of fat in your targeted areas, as well as your personal goals. To better assess how much CoolSculpting you would like to have done, it is advisable to have a consultation before treatment, that way a practitioner can discuss your questions with you, and answer them all in detail.