Ask the Plastic Surgeon: Answers to Top CoolSculpting® Questions

You may have heard of CoolSculpting somewhere – in the news, magazines, or endorsed by public figures like Molly Sims. It’s the popular fat freezing treatment that offers results without any surgery. But like some of my Idaho Falls patients, you may still have a few questions about the procedure, its results, and more. I love getting my patients involved with my blog posts, so I’ve collected a few of their most common questions about CoolSculpting and provided some honest answers about it, in the hopes of giving everyone a better idea of what to expect from the treatment.

1.      What areas can CoolSculpting treat?

CoolSculpting can be used on a variety of areas around the body, including the lower abdomen, love handles, back, flanks, hips, thighs, arms, and even under the chin! Recently, CoolSculpting released the CoolAdvantage® applicators, which are designed for use on specific areas of the body and offer more precise, effective treatment than the original products. We’re excited to offer these applicators to our patients for even more targeted results.

2.      Is abdominal swelling normal after CoolSculpting?

Yes, you’ll likely experience some swelling in your abdomen after the treatment. When the fat in the treated area breaks down as the cells freeze, your body immediately begins working to remove those cells from your body. With the extra attention to that area, you’ll experience some swelling.

3.      Where does the fat go after it is frozen?

The frozen fat is broken and removed, cell by cell, through natural processes. Just like your body removes other types of cells every single day, these fat cells will be excreted from your body by natural waste. Remember that you won’t see the fat disappear all at once: It’ll be removed slowly over the course of several weeks. This means that your results will improve gradually over time.

4.      What are the long-term effects of CoolSculpting?

During the hours following the procedure (and for some patients, 2 to 3 days afterward), you will experience some soreness and discomfort in the treated area. However, you should be able to return to your daily activities immediately following treatment. Aside from this initial discomfort, there are no long-term effects.

5.      How can I improve my CoolSculpting results?

This is a great question and one that I’m always enthusiastic to answer. Your results may be maintained through a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. Many patients may require at least 2 or 3 treatments to meet their goals. Make sure you discuss this treatment plan with your provider during your consultation, so you can achieve the results you want. Additionally, it’s important to note that weight gain, pregnancy, the effects of aging, and other health concerns may diminish your results.

6.      How effective is CoolSculpting compared to more invasive body contouring treatments?

CoolSculpting works best on patients who want to smooth those tricky areas of fat that are not responsive to diet and exercise. It will slightly tighten and tone skin in a treated area. However, it will not be as effective on patients who have extra skin left from weight loss or pregnancy. This excess amount of skin will be best treated through a tummy tuck in the abdomen or a lift procedure elsewhere in the body. These procedures are designed to remove that skin and create a more contoured figure, as well as remove unwanted fat.

Do you have more CoolSculpting questions you’d like answered? I’d love to help! Feel free to include them in the comments below, and we’ll follow up with you soon.

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