Trying to lose fat can be a very frustrating experience, especially when you have worked on your diet and do regular exercise. Unfortunately, in some situations fat deposits are nearly impossible to shift using traditional dieting and exercise alone. The good news is that modern procedures have been designed to help and have been proven to effectively work to remove these stubborn fat deposits.
We understand that these procedures can seem quite expensive and individuals understandably wish to save money when they can. With this in mind, our clients occasionally ask us whether it is possible to have CoolSculpting types of treatments at home and applied by the patient themselves. The reason for this is because they have read online about so-called home remedy fat freezing treatments that claim to work just like the FDA approved CoolSculpting treatment. However, there is a risk to doing it yourself and not relying on an experienced medical professional.
What are the risks these home treatments have?
Lately there has been a lot of online talk, videos, forums, discussions, news, blogs, etc about DIY fat freezing techniques that can be done at home, saving men and women money on professional cosmetic costs. Fat freezing devices such as lipo-belts have also gained in popularity. A lipo-belt is a device that is fitted with cold-packs that have been chilled in the freezer and then applied to the body, with the goal to reduce fat. The idea is that they work in the same way a CoolSculpting machine works. However, it should be noted that currently there is no medical evidence that these devices work, and since they are not classified as a medical device, there is no requirement for FDA approval.
Another popular internet claim is that it is possible to kill fat cells using an ice pack applied to the stomach area. This is not the case, and at best you will get a cold stomach and at worst, it is possible to burn your skin. Overall, the reasons that these rumors about short-cuts to fat freezing exist is because you may have read that the way CoolSculpting works is based on how it kills fat cells by ‘freezing’ them. This is an overly simplified explanation as to how the treatment works, used to help explain to patients in broad terms what the process involves. It is true that a CoolSculpting machines ‘freezes’ fat cells, but it does so in a very sophisticated way.
How does fat freezing such as CoolSculpting work?
A CoolSculpting machine works at a very precise temperature, and does not damage the skin or the surrounding tissue around the fat cells. You cannot control the temperature precisely using an ice pack or belt. In addition, the CoolSculpting machine “pulls” fat to the surface using a vacuum, ensuring that the cryolipolysis process works effectively. An ice pack or belt cannot do this.
A skilled and trained practitioner is also needed to carry out the work, to ensure that the treatment works as it should, since it is important to place the CoolSculpting machine in strategic places on the body instead of simply guessing.
Do the Fat Removal home and DIY devices even work?
The truth of the matter is that if a device that cost $20 worked effectively at removing fat, then more people would be using them and there would be no requirement for professionals to carry out treatments on patients for fat removal. Unfortunately, as with many things in life, DIY fat freezing is a concept that is too good to be true.
When dealing with your body and your personal health, our advice is to not take any chances with home kits, or treatments that are untested and unproven. This applies to fat freezing and other cosmetic treatments that are meant to be carried out by a trained doctor such as Dr. Michele Green, a NYC based board certified dermatologist.
What is the advantage of CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting treatments, carried out by Dr. Green in her New York practice, are precisely controlled, the treatment cycles take 35 minutes to carry out and multiple sessions can be carried out in one visit. Results can be seen four months after the treatment, plus the process can be repeated in one to four months depending on the area being treated.
Post-treatment, some patients experience mild bruising, there can be some minor numbing and tingling sensations for up to eight weeks after the treatments, which is normal, however many people do not experience any side effects at all. And in all cases, Dr. Green will help advise you on how it can work for you, whereas a DIY method can result in some unknown issues and reliance on untrustworthy sources.
If you are looking for a way to help reduce fat safely and effectively, there’s finally a nonsurgical solution that can help. To learn more about CoolSculpting in NYC, patients can contact us online today or call 212-535-3088.