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How does Coolsculpting work?

Maybe you heard your friends talk about CoolSculpting, or your doctor has mentioned it, but you don’t understand how the process works. Either way, it’s essential to know about the process, risks, potential side-effects and safer alternatives before committing to a treatment plan. 

Since its inception in 2010, more than six million people have used extreme cold to try to reduce body fat. However, there have been risks and side-effects that should be addressed, as well as active lawsuits from participants.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive, non-surgical medical procedure that aims to eliminate fat deposits below the skin and various other parts of the body. It was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) back in 2010.

Cryolipolysis uses what happens to fat during frostbite. Fat freezes at higher temperatures than skin does, and cryolipolysis cools fat to a temperature that destroys it without affecting your skin and other cells and tissues. So if you are wondering “What areas can CoolSculpting help” here are some areas to focus on: 

  • Flanks (sides)
  • Thighs
  • Abdomen
  • Lower back  
  • Buttocks
  • Legs

How does CoolSculpting Work?

The device used to perform the procedure holds the fat of the body part you’re targeting between two paddles. 

These paddles remain in place for approximately 35 to 75 minutes depending on the placement and cool at a high rate during that time, subsequently destroying 20 to 25% of fat deposits in the target body part or area.

Any results may not be evident until after a couple of months. However, you may observe some small changes within several weeks as the body excretes the frozen dead fat cells out of your body.

Is CoolSculpting Permanent?

As for the full results of fat loss, you may have to wait for about three months before you can be sure that the loss will be permanent. Fat deposits can return, and the procedure would need to be repeated. 

When effective, CoolSculpting kills all fat cells in the target area, and new deposits would need to grow for them to return.

Who Is the CoolSculpting Procedure For?

CoolSculpting is not for everyone. It’s not a way of losing a large amount of weight or obesity treatment. It’s for removing those small amounts of additional fat bulges resistant to other weight loss methods. 

Certain groups of people should never try cryolipolysis. 

These include people with some conditions for which the treatment places them at risk of severe complications. 

Therefore, people with the following conditions should avoid cryolipolysis:

  • Cryoglobulinemia: A condition where abnormal proteins present in your bloodstream thicken under low temperatures.
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (PCH): A type of anemia that affects your blood cells and destroys them when the blood is exposed to cold temperatures.
  • Cold urticaria/ agglutinin disease: People with this condition develop hives on their skin when exposed to very low temperatures.
  • Poor skin tone
  • Loose skin

CoolSculpting Risks

Cryolipolysis is a procedure that your doctor can perform in their office. After the procedure, the doctor can allow you to return home almost immediately, and follow-up is not required unless another procedure is needed. 

In some instances, you may observe several CoolSculpting side effects during and after the procedure, and CoolSculpting dangers do exist. 

During the procedure:

  • You may experience a feeling of tugging or pulling on your skin as the area of fat is pressed in the CoolSculpting device. There may also be the feeling of severe cold which may last throughout.

After the procedure:

  • Soreness, bruising, swelling, or skin sensitivity to the treated area, which may require a procedure like Morpheus Body skin resurfacing
  • There may be mild pain such as aching, stinging, or nerve pain at the treated area, occurring up to two weeks after treatment. 
  • Your skin may appear rough or look damaged afterward.

Another rare complication that occurs most often in men and people of Hispanic origin is paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH). 

With this condition, fat cells (adipose) in the treatment area increase instead of decrease after treatment. Reports of this condition occurring are less than 1% of people who undergo CoolSculpting. 

If you suffer from this condition, you can turn to other fat-removal treatments. Examples of alternative treatments include:

  • Heat treatments
  • Electromagnetic treatments
  • Radiofrequency procedures such as FirmSculpt
  • Traditional liposuction

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

Many people ask the question “Does CoolSculpting Hurt?” CoolSculpting doesn’t usually hurt and is considered to be safe. However, there are risks. It’s not a procedure that should be carried out on everyone and is not 100% effective.

How effective is CoolSculpting? It usually reduces the fat deposit in the target area by about 20-25% in most people, although alternative methods may work more efficiently.

Coolsculpting benefits include:

  • Reduction of fat in the target areas
  • No incision site
  • It can be used to treat many areas of the body

Active Lawsuits

While the treatment may be safe for many people, several lawsuits have been filed against Zeltiq, the parent company for CoolSculpting.

Those filing the claims state that they have developed disfiguring side-effects that have made it difficult for them to live their lives, such as hard masses under their skin in the areas where the Coolsculpting device was placed for the procedure. 

Others have said that practitioners did not clearly explain the risks to them. One plaintiff believes she will now require surgery such as liposuction to correct the side effects. 

CoolSculpting Cost

Because CoolSculpting isn’t considered a medically necessary procedure, the patient is responsible for all expenses. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) estimates that the average CoolSculpting price per treatment for CoolSculpting was $1,481 in 2017.

The CoolSculpting official website says the average CoolSculpting pricing is between $2,000 and $4,000 per session.

Alternatives to CoolSculpting

With the possible risks, choosing an alternative procedure like FirmSculpt to remove fat or Morpheus Body RF to tone skin may be the best option for you, especially if you are in a category for slow recovery or possible side effects. 

UGlow Firmsculpt

UGlow customizes Firmsculpt procedures for each individual. We know women have different shapes and body goals than men, so it’s important to voice your physical concerns before undergoing treatment. Whether you can’t target certain areas in your workouts or finally want to achieve your dream body, UGlow can help.

How Does Firmsculpt Work?

Firmsculpt is a surgical awake liposuction procedure that uses a proprietary process and unique technology to eliminate inches from your waist, thighs, hips, arms, or any area you want to change. 

Firmsculpt is a minimally invasive procedure; you can undergo treatment safely compared to other forms of liposuction. UGlow professionals do not use general anesthesia during this liposuction treatment so you’re awake and aware throughout the entire procedure.

There is less downtime and faster healing after your Firmsculpt procedure than traditional liposuction. UGlow also includes PRP (platelet-rich plasma) aftercare in each package to ensure you bounce back and feel better than ever after treatment. PRP promotes collagen production to effectively regenerate healthy tissue during recovery.

Paired with Firmsculpt, BodyTite radiofrequency technology works to tighten the skin internally and externally to permanently remove fat and tighten your skin. BodyTite is safer and more efficient than lasers used in other procedures. 

The efficiency of the BodyTite treatment means you won’t have to undergo follow-up procedures to tighten loose skin. While CoolSculpting patients have to have skin removed separately, or even get liposuction to correct PAH, Firmsculpt and BodyTite by UGlow covers everything safely and efficiently.

FirmSculpt Benefits

  • Customized Firmsculpt procedure done in one session
  • Permanent fat removal and tightened skin
  • Faster healing
  • Advanced aftercare

​​UGlow Morpheus8 Body Resurfacing

Morpheus8 body resurfacing is a non-invasive treatment to repair damaged skin and reverse the signs of aging. If you have acne scars, sun damage, or stretch marks, this procedure will clear your skin. It can even correct rosacea and melasma, two skin conditions that are notoriously difficult to treat.

You don’t have to suffer from skin conditions to benefit from the Morpheus8 body treatment. This procedure tightens loose skin and improves your skin’s texture so you look and feel younger.

How Does It Work?

The process uses radiofrequency regeneration to inspire your body to naturally regenerate collagen. Because your body is producing more collagen, your skin naturally smooths out wrinkles and lines. It also increases blood flow and circulation so your skin looks younger while innately getting healthier.

You can treat other skin conditions with micro-needling tissue repair. These fractional treatments carefully penetrate subdermal tissue suitable for every skin type.

Morpheus8 Body Benefits

  • Tones and tightens skin regardless of skin type
  • Non-invasive Morpheus Body RF procedure
  • Customizable

Whether fat loss or a sculpted body (or both) is your desired goal, these two alternatives performed by qualified professionals offer procedures that don’t pose the same risks as CoolSculpting. 

Before You Go

It’s important to weigh the benefits and risks of CoolSculpting. It can be effective, but it’s not for everyone and can have side effects, some of which may require additional surgeries to correct. 

If you feel CoolSculpting is not the right fat-reducing treatment for you, reach us at Uglow

We can recommend safer solutions such as FirmSculpt and Morpheus8 Body Resurfacing that are non-invasive to help you get rid of those bulges and feel better about how you look with little to no downtime.