It wasn’t very long ago that we began hearing about an innovative and exciting new technology to help reduce unwanted fat. Since CoolSculpting first became available, it has risen to fame as the gold standard of nonsurgical fat reduction and body contouring. One of the primary reasons that people like the idea of nonsurgical treatments is because they feel safer and more convenient. However, we still get questions about the safety of the CoolSculpting process. We’re going to discuss that here.
How CoolSculpting Works
You may have heard that CoolSculpting freezes stubborn body fat. The process is referred to as cryolipolysis and, yes, it is freezing fat cells. Treatment is conducted through cooling panels between which a small area of fatty tissue gets secured with suction. Once the fat is held firmly and gently, the device decreases the temperature of the cooling panels to around 39 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature crystallizes the lipids in fat cells without affecting skin cells. After crystals form, the body views fat cells as damaged and flushes them through natural metabolic processes.
Are There Side Effects?
There are common side effects that CoolSculpting patients may experience to some degree. Most side effects are mild and go away within a few days. These include swelling, redness, tingling, numbness, bruising, and tenderness. Mild aching or cramping may also occur.
Side effects are normal and not an indication of complications. The CoolSculpting device received FDA-clearance in 2010 after rigorous clinical testing. In those clinical trials, less than 1% of people treated experienced any form of complication. The most common complication noted was a temporary loss of sensation in the treatment area. Since its clearance for non-invasive fat reduction, this device has been used to help millions of people sculpt areas of the body including the abdomen, thighs, backs of the arms, and chin.
If you’re interested in reducing unwanted fat, we can help. While liposuction remains a popular option for some people, it isn’t the only option. CoolSculpting has a proven track record of success, which is why we have added it to our comprehensive menu of services.