Coolsculpting is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses fat freezing technology to reduce stubborn weight especially in areas like stomach, underarms, thighs, and butt. Although different body contouring procedures exist today, coolsculpting session is different because it offers almost-immediate results, has no downtime, and can be done in less than an hour. Are you thinking about fat freezing as an option to get rid of stubborn fat? Here's what you need to know about coolsculpting in San Diego:

Is Coolsculpting dangerous?

Coolsculpting is a fairly new procedure, only approved by the FDA in 2012. A typical session takes about an hour and will set you back around $1,000. One or more treatment area is covered per session, and several sessions are required to attain the best results. Research on coolsculpting shows that it's much safer than traditional cosmetic procedures that require surgery.

The procedure is painless, and most people don't feel any sensation aside from a normal tugging sensation where the skin is being cooled. No cutting is involved, and there's no tissue manipulation, no anaesthesia, and no recovery time is needed. Once the session is completed, you can resume your normal activities.

What are the possible side-effects?

While the risks associated with this procedure are considered mild and manageable, it is worth mentioning a few reported side effects. Following a successful procedure, some people may experience mild side effects such as:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tingling
  • Bruising
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Numbness

These side effects are easily manageable and are expected to go away within days. Keep in mind that many of these side effects are associated with under-qualified or inexperienced medical personnel. It is important that you work with a qualified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon in order to get the best results. At the very least the procedure should be done by a technician who is qualified to perform coolsculpting and has some experience with coolsculpting technology.

What areas of my body can I fix?

Coolsculpting is performed on specific body regions that are considered safe for removing fat deposits. These areas include:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Chin, or under the chin
  • Flanks
  • Underarms
  • Butt
  • Thighs

Is it safe for me to use coolsculpting?

For most people, the procedure does not pose any danger, but it should not be used as a general weight loss technique. Coolsculpting is effective at removing pockets of fat that would otherwise be difficult to remove by other means like exercise and dieting. It is not a treatment for obesity, and it does not prevent weight gain - proper weight management is needed to keep the weight off.

Individuals with a weak immune system may not be ideal candidates for coolsculpting. Other conditions that are thought to interfere with the body's ability to handle very low temperatures must also be considered. These include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Cryoglubulinemia
  • Cold agglutinin disease
  • Paraxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
  • Nerve conditions
  • Injury to the skin
  • Certain allergies
  • Bleeding conditions
  • Implanted medical devices
  • Chronic pain
  • Current use of blood thinning medications
  • Hernia
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema

What do positive results look like?

One major reason coolsculpting is so popular today is the fact that fat cells are destroyed, meaning they won't return on getting bigger with weight gain. That being said, it is still possible to gain weight in other areas. After a successful procedure, the patient can expect to see results in the following days and weeks, as the dead fat cells are gradually removed from the body through the liver. Results do not look superficial, as the new look develops gradually after the procedure.

In summary, coolsculpting is perfect for minor body contouring and it can boost confidence and your sense of well-being, particularly when combined with exercise and a good diet.