Sensations and Downtime Associated With CoolSculpting®

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CoolSculpting in Idaho Falls is an FDA-approved nonsurgical procedure that freezes and destroys fat below the surface of the skin. It is not intended for significant weight loss, but rather for getting rid of stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It can treat areas such as the abs, love handles, back, arms, and under the chin using precise and controlled cooling.

  • CoolSculpting doesn’t require an incision, so there’s essentially no downtime. Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately following a CoolSculpting procedure, and many even undergo treatments during their lunch hours. A typical session lasts only 60 minutes, so you can be in and out of your appointment in the same amount of time it takes to get your nails done or a haircut.
  • During the procedure, you’ll probably feel a pulling sensation or pressure, as well as intense cold. The doctor will gently pinch the fat between the CoolSculpting applicator arms, which will then cool the area to a temperature that causes fat cells to crystallize and die without harming the surrounding tissue. The area usually goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes. Most patients describe the sensation as tolerable, and find the hour-long session can be a great time to relax. Many use the opportunity to read, watch Netflix on a tablet, catch up on work, or even take a nap.
  • Following your treatment, you may experience redness, tingling, numbness, minor bruising, or discomfort in the affected area. Sometimes patients who get treatment on their chin feel a sensation of fullness in the back of the throat. These side effects are temporary and, in most cases, do not hamper patients from returning to normal activities.
  • In the weeks to follow, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminated dead cells. The results are long term because the treated fat cells are permanently gone. The feeling of numbness after a treatment varies from person to person. Typically, it lasts around 10-14 days. It will resolve; it just takes time. Results can generally be seen at 3 weeks, but it usually takes 3 months to see your final results.

CoolSculpting is one of the best nonsurgical fat reduction procedures available. It is a great alternative to liposuction, which is invasive and has a longer recovery. CoolSculpting doesn’t require you to miss work and can give you notable results with time. If you want to learn more about CoolSculpting or think it may be right for you, schedule a consultation online.

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