The Cool Sculpting process is based on cryolipolysis, a scientific technique that utilizes cold temperatures in breaking down fatty tissues in the body. Basically, energy is extracted from the unwanted fat layers that, in turn, causes their fat cells to gradually die. The surrounding muscles, nerves and tissues around these fat cells, however, are unaffected while the digested fat cells will be filtered out as waste products by the body’s lymphatic system.
Do you still want more information about it? Then, read on to find out the before, during and after phases of Cool Sculpting.
Before: The Preparation
Doctors use Cool Sculpting in the reduction of fat in several areas including the upper and lower abdomen, the inner and outer thighs, the flanks, the arms, the chin, the bra and back fat, and underneath the buttocks. Patients can undergo the procedure on one or several areas at once.
While the procedure doesn’t require as much preparation as other types of plastic surgery, you should be relatively healthy to be considered a suitable candidate. Your current weight should also be as close to your ideal weight as possible. You should also be aware that it isn’t a weight loss solution – instead, it’s a great way to eliminate the unsightly body bulges.
Your doctor will also provide instructions on what to do and what not to do before the operation. You may, for example, be asked not to take anti-inflammatories like aspirin before the procedure.
During: The Procedure Itself
The Cool Sculpting process is done while the patient is awake. You will then be able to observe the doctor and his assistant, a great thing when you’re the inquisitive type. You can, however, also listen to music, read a book, and even work on your computer.
Your doctor will use a handheld device with applicators, which have a similar design as a vacuum cleaner’s nozzles. He will apply a gel pad and an applicator on the treatment area; the latter provides controlled cooling. He will then move the device over your skin several times while also administering cooling and sucking technology over the treatment area.
You may experience mild feelings of pinching and pulling but there should also be minimal pain. Your doctor may also immediately massage the treatment area, which will break down the frozen deep fatty tissues. You may or may not experience mild discomfort during the massage, too.
The procedure lasts between one and three hours depending on the size of the treatment area, among other factors.
After: The Recovery Period
Unlike many types of liposuction, there’s little to no recovery period with Cool Sculpting. You may even resume your normal daily activities immediately after being discharged from the clinic; Cool Sculpting is an outpatient procedure.
In many cases, the results are noticeable within three weeks after the completion of the procedure. The fat-flushing process itself can last up to six months.