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What are the risks and potential side effects of CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is based upon the idea that cold can selectively affect and reduce fat cells without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue. This is the insight behind which the gentle, non-invasive CoolSculpting procedure is based.

How do I prepare for my CoolSculpting treatment?

Depending upon the area or areas to be treated, plan to stay for at least an hour and a half for prep, the CoolSculpting treatment, and after-care. We’ll mark the pre-selected area before you undergo the procedure, take before and after photographs, and make sure that you’re massaged for at least five minutes after treatment. Then, you may resume all your normal activities. If you go to the gym every day, you can go to the gym that same day.

Does CoolSculpting pose any health risks?

Because CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure risks like those posed by surgery, incisions, anesthesia or needles are absent. However, you should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. And keep in mind that CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

In addition to that, there are many new products out there that claim to perform similar procedures at home at a lower price, however this creates its own risks. Find out more about the risks of at home and DIY fat freezing treatments here.

Are there any side effects to CoolSculpting?

Localized bruising may occur after treatment, so patients are asked to stop taking anti-inflammatory agents, aspirin, herbal supplements, or blood thinners for 10 days before the procedure. The abdominal area may have some swelling or discomfort for several days after CoolSculpting, but most patients require no down time and experience no discomfort afterward.

Is the CoolSculpting process painful?

For the first four or five minutes, you’ll feel some tugging, which is the suction of the machine, but within five minutes, the area of treatment will be completely frozen and there will be no pain. Afterward, a patient may experience transient minor bruising, but most patients experience no discomfort after CoolSculpting.

Will CoolSculpting tighten my skin?

Coolsculpting does not affect the top layer of skin where the natural elasticity of the skin resides. Patients with good skin elasticity may see the skin contract as fat is slowly lost. Patients with pre-existing skin looseness (laxity) will not see their skin contract because elasticity has already been lost.

Are the results of CoolSculpting permanent?

CoolSculpting is unlike other weight loss surgery and other non-surgical weight loss procedures. Results from the CoolSculpting procedure can last long term, though should be done with a healthy diet and fitness routine.

How soon will I see results from the CoolSculpting treatment?

Dr. Green will evaluate your treatment results within four to five months after the CoolSculpture procedure. Because the process relies on your own body processes to treat the frozen fat, it takes a few months to see maximum results.

What are the pros and cons of CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting will contour your body and treat fat without surgery or downtime needed for recovery. Afterward, treated areas have fewer fat cells. And unlike what happens with other procedures, there’s no change in fat cell distribution in untreated areas. Yes, they’re all pros; the only possible con may be that CoolSculpting does NOT take the place of diet and exercise; it just targets the stubborn fat that has failed to respond to your efforts.

For more information and to book an appointment, contact us online today or call Dr. Michele Green’s NYC based office at 212-535-3088

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