CoolSculpting, what is it and who is it good for?
CoolSculpting, also called cryolipolysis, is a medical procedure that helps get rid of excess fat cells under your skin. While there are several benefits to CoolSculpting, it is important to be aware of the risks if you are considering this procedure. During a CoolSculpting procedure, a plastic surgeon or other licensed physician uses a special tool to cool certain parts of your body to freezing temperature. The procedure freezes and kills the fat cells in the part of your body. Within a few weeks of treatment, these dead fat cells are naturally broken down and reddened by your body through the liver.
The US Food and Drug Administration has certified CoolSculpting as a safe medical treatment. CoolSculpting has many advantages over traditional liposuction. It is non-surgical, non-invasive, and does not need recovery time. And it is effective in reducing fat cells in a given treatment area by up to 20 to 25 percent.
“It is common for people to consider coolsculpting before liposuction, because it is a non-invasive option of fat reduction. This is what makes its so attractive! There is also little to no downtime. Unfortunately, the impact of coolsculpt is variable and multiple treatments are usually required to see even subtle changes.
Even though there are lower upfront costs, multiple sessions can result in growing costs and can sometimes exceed a single treatment of liposuction!” – Dr. Maleka Ramji, Plastic Surgeon at artandfact.ca, Calgary’s leading plastic surgery and medical aesthetics clinic
Who Should Avoid CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a safe and effective treatment for reducing body fat in most people. However, there are some people who should not receive this treatment. People with the following conditions who do not need CoolSculpting:
- cold agglutinin disease
- paroxysmal cold hemoglobulinuria
CoolSculpting can lead to serious complications for people with these diseases. Whether you have these pre-existing conditions, it is important to talk to your doctor before looking for a plastic or cosmetic surgeon to perform the procedure. It is also important to note that CoolSculpting is not a cure for obesity. Instead, it can help remove small amounts of excess fat that you can’t easily get rid of with diet and exercise.
“There are non-responders to the Coolsculpt treatment, which means that sometimes you pay for nothing. Liposuction, although surgical, is minimally invasive and always works and often costs the same amount of money” – Dr. Justin Yeung, Plastic Surgeon at Art&Fact – Lasers, Injectables, Plastic Surgery Clinic
CoolSculpting works but the results can be subtle. the price of multiple treatments can add up to several thousand dollars and a real percentage of patients are unhappy with the results and end up spending the same amount of money for liposuction. The cost for liposuction is comparable and much more effective but also not for everyone.
Is CoolSculpting Worth It?
CoolSculpting is most effective with an experienced doctor, proper planning, and several sessions to achieve maximum results and reduce the risk of side effects. If you are considering CoolSculpting, you should weigh the benefits against the risks and talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you.