Table of Contents
- What is Coolsculpting?
- Cryolipolysis vs. Cryotherapy
- A Word Of Advice
- Wrapping Up
Losing weight requires patience and discipline, and unfortunately, only a few have a considerable amount of both. Perhaps that’s the reason why weight loss surgeries exist. You can think of them as the easy way out, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, many people are talking about weight loss procedures nowadays, and among these trends is CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting is a recently-developed weight loss surgery that’s taken the health industry by storm, as more and more people claim that it’s the perfect weight loss procedure.
It’s only natural to question the advantages of this recent surgery over others, and that’s what this guide is for, but before that, you might want to know what CoolSculpting is in the first place.
What is Coolsculpting?
Contrary to common belief, CoolSculpting is not a name of a weight loss procedure but a company that performs the procedure.
CoolSculpting uses a procedure called Cryolipolysis, where they place excess fats from your body into cooling devices that will freeze the fat cells and killing them.
A widespread debate regarding CoolSculpting is whether it’s a fat loss or weight loss procedure, but the beauty of CoolSculpting is that it can be both.
The name ‘CoolSculpting’ comes from the fact that you will have a sculpted appearance after the procedure. Moreover, CoolSculpting has become quite popular because it’s the only FDA-approved brand that can perform Cryolipolysis.
Although you can consider CoolSculpting a recent surgery, there have been many procedures similar to it, such as liposuction and cryotherapy.
Cryolipolysis vs. Cryotherapy
Many people make the mistake of thinking that Cryolipolysis and cryotherapy are one and the same due to their similarities. While they use the same method of cooling cells, their purpose is very different from each other.
To begin with, cryotherapy deals with pain relief and muscle recovery. In contrast, Cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting, deals with weight loss, and unlike Cryolipolysis, several companies are eligible to perform cryotherapy, such as RFP.healthcare.
Lastly, their price tags are incredibly different from each other. According to the CoolSculpting website, each session’s average cost is around $3,000, which is a far cry from the cost of cryotherapy, which tends to range from $60 to $100.
With that said, you might be wondering why CoolSculpting is so popular despite its price. You might understand once you read the succeeding sections:
1. You Have Full Control
When going on a diet, it’s difficult to control which parts of your body will lose fat, but that’s not the case with CoolSculpting. To be precise, CoolSculpting can perform Cryolipolysis on different areas of your body, such as:
- Abdomen: Doctors can remove fat hanging over your pants through CoolSculpting.
- Back: You can also eliminate fats on your backside, which are extremely difficult to remove through diet and exercise.
- Breast: If you can pinch the area between your armpit and breast, you might have a chance to reduce the fat through CoolSculpting.
- Thighs: It’s possible to lessen the fats within your outer and inner thighs that are often difficult to remove by simply exercising.
- Upper Arms: Flab hanging under your upper arms that make you feel like you have wings can be CoolSculpted.
- Jawline and Double Chin: You may also contour your face so you can have a sexier or sculpted appearance
In other words, you have complete control over which parts of your body to treat, and of course, depending on which body parts you choose, the price will differ.
Similarly, the risks will also differ accordingly, but you shouldn’t worry about it. After all, unlike other procedures, the side effects of CoolSculpting are temporary.
2. You Will Only Suffer From Short-Term Side Effects
Just like any other treatment, CoolSculpting also carries risks, but unlike some, its side effects are not as severe that it can reduce your quality of life or even pose health risks.
More particularly, CoolSculpting only has short-term side effects, such as:
- Plucking Sensations: As previously said, a CoolSculpting procedure involves placing rolls of your fat into panels. Whether you like it or not, you’ll feel as if the cooling devices are pulling your body, but it should only happen for at most two hours. It may be uncomfortable, but that’s not as bad as how other treatments will make you feel.
- Constant Pain: After the CoolSculpting treatment, you may feel continuous pain or ache within the body parts that were CoolSculpted. Experts say that this is because of the extremely low temperature you were exposed to and that this side effect will only last for 3-11 days after the treatment.
- Swelling: You will also notice redness or swelling of the treatment sites, and just like with constant pain, it’ll go away by itself after a few weeks. It may seem more noticeable to some, but there’s no need to worry since frostbite is impossible.
As you can see, the side effects of CoolSculpting are mild and goes away after a short time. No wonder it’s become popular. If you compare it with liposuction, it’s a lot more convenient.
Experts don’t call it a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure for nothing. Speaking of which, studies seem to have already determined the extent to how CoolSculpting can remove fats.
3. You Can Lose More Fats Than With Other Procedures
Liposuction is known to remove at most 11 pounds of fat, and removing more than that can lead to severe side effects. On the other hand, not only is CoolSculpting able to remove fats with only mild side-effects, but it can also remove 20%-80% of fat in any given body part. This is surprisingly far more than what other procedures can remove, such as.
- Vagal Blockade
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Adjustable Gastric Banding
- Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Biliopancreatic Diversion
However, take note that the fat reduction will vary according to the largeness of the treatment site. As a rule of thumb, the larger the treatment site, the more fats CoolSculpting can eliminate.
For example, if you decide to do CoolSculpting on your neck or jawline, you can remove up to 80% of the fats. On the other hand, if they’re going to treat your back or abdomen, you can lose approximately 20% of fat around that area. Either way, regardless of how much fat you lose, the fat reduction should be permanent.
4. You Can Enjoy The Effects Permanently
Unless you go back to your bad habits of eating excessively or unhealthily, the effects of CoolSculpting should be permanent. This is mainly because instead of shrinking the fat cells like other treatments, CoolSculpting ultimately kills the cells, so they shouldn’t return.
The best part about this is that the fat reduction right after the treatment isn’t final. You’ll still gradually lose weight or fats weeks after the treatment.
The majority experience the final results within three weeks, but some still benefit from CoolSculpting six months after the procedure. Besides, you can improve the results of CoolSculpting through simple means.
5. You Can Maximize The Results With Effort
Another difference between CoolSculpting and other weight loss procedures is that you can improve the results of CoolSculpting by putting effort into little things.
For instance, you can speed up the results by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’ll also help if you exercise regularly. As a matter of fact, many people claim that you can improve fat reduction by 50% if you massage the treatment site regularly. As silly as it may seem, what’s there to lose.
Lastly, hydrating oneself seems to have a positive effect, especially considering how drinking water tends to speed up the process of eliminating dead cells. Of course, you can do all this right after the CoolSculpting treatment mainly because there’s no need to recover.
6. You Recover Quickly, If There’s Any Need At All
CoolSculpting is non-surgical, which means it doesn’t consist of any surgical procedure, despite people claiming its effects as a weight loss surgery. It doesn’t involve any incisions, insertions, or even excessive use of force like liposuction.
For that reason, there’s no need for you to recover after treatment. There may be mild side-effects, as mentioned earlier, but that’s it. In other words, you can continue your daily routine like nothing happened, except for the fact that you lost weight considerably.
A Word Of Advice
Although it’s clear how beneficial CoolSculpting is, it’s not for everyone. To be precise, CoolSculpting is not a procedure to treat obesity. Instead, it’s meant to eliminate fat that is impossible to remove through exercise or diet. You can think of it as a last resort for fat loss.
Furthermore, it’s not advisable for people with health conditions to undergo CoolSculpting, especially those with the following conditions:
- Cold Agglutinin Disease (CAD)
- Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria (PCH)
To be on the safe side, it might be better to avoid CoolSculpting altogether if you have a condition triggered by cold temperature. As always, you should consult your doctor or a medical practitioner before going to any CoolSculpting branch.
Due to CoolSculpting being a relatively new approach to weight loss, not much is known about it. However, with this guide, you should be able to grasp the benefits of CoolSculptingo and how it performs against other weight loss procedures.