The FDA first approved CoolSculpting in 2010 for use on the flanks, with approval for use on the abdomen in 2012. It’s easy to think that this amazing procedure that reduces fat cells in the treatment area by freezing the fat has been around longer than that. Maybe that’s because when it first came on the scene, everyone was talking about this non-surgical method of seriously reducing fat. It seemed too good to be true.
But Dr. Kearney’s patients are glad it’s real, and they have the slimmer contours to show for it!
Still, CoolSculpting is a bit of a mystery to some people. So, let’s answer a few common questions about CoolSculpting in this blog post.
What does a CoolSculpting procedure feel like?
We place a cool gel pad over the treatment area, and an applicator panel is placed on top of that. The panel has suction, and it draws up the skin and underlying fat. Then the panel delivers the cooling downward into the skin. At first, you feel a sensation of intense cold. This lasts a few minutes but then subsides as the area becomes numb. From there, you don’t feel much, and you can do whatever you like for the rest of the session: read, watch TV, work on your laptop, even catch a few zzzzz’s
Where does the fat go?
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized, they die. Your body immediately goes about the process of eliminating those dead cells through the lymphatic system, just as it does with any waste in the body. The treated cells are gone for good.
When will I see my slimmer contour?
Your results aren’t immediate. The cells begin to die immediately, but it takes time for the body to remove them. Some patients say they begin to see their results after three weeks. But most patients say they notice the most dramatic results around the two- to three-month mark. Your body continues to eliminate the dead cells for up to six months, so your results keep improving.
Is CoolSculpting safe?
CoolSculpting is completely safe and non-invasive. CoolSculpting is the only procedure approved by the FDA that uses controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat on the flanks, inner and outer thighs, and upper and lower abdomen.