When people go under the knife, the first thing they think about is what could go wrong. It’s not an irrational fear. We hear stories of cosmetic treatments gone bad all the time. This can be true of liposuction which has the risks of infections, organ damage and fat clots if not carried out correctly.1 For some patients, CoolSculpting could be a better alternative to liposuction as it is a non-surgical procedure with fewer associated risks.
That’s the peace of mind you want when you’re taking steps towards a more confident you, which is why we’ve completed over eight million treatments. But what are the safety features of CoolSculpting®? This guide will look at the claims you’ve read in all your favourite fitness and lifestyle magazines to help you decide if CoolSculpting® could be right for you.
How does CoolSculpting® work?
CoolSculpting® is non-invasive. That means no surgical knives and no need to cut into your skin, which can leave you with scarring. It’s what sets CoolSculpting® apart from liposuction and that’s important because where liposuction requires you to be under general anaesthetic, CoolSculpting® doesn’t. Some people visit us on their lunch break, while others have treatments on the weekend.
Either way, patients who have CoolSculpting® can get back to doing whatever they enjoy. That might be playing tennis, eating out or going for a few drinks with friends. some patients may experience bruising or soreness in the area after treatment, but his resolves quickly.
The science behind CoolSculpting® dates back over 20 years. It’s based on a method called cryolipolysis, which is the scientific term for fat freezing.2 A while ago, scientists at Harvard found that ice may destroy fat cells. Years later, we developed CoolSculpting® as a means of targeting these cells in problem areas. What makes this procedure different to a general workout is that exercise and dieting only shrink fat cells.3 That’s why people often say they can burn fat everywhere but around their abs or flanks (love handles). But by freezing and destroying the stubborn fat cells that cause lumps and bulges, CoolSculpting® triggers a reaction called apoptosis.4 This is where the fat cells a destroyed by the cold and then your body naturally disposes of the dead cells.
What are the safety features of CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is a fat freezing treatment in the UK that’s cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is notoriously strict. The FDA only accepts treatments when they have gone through rigorous testing — the results of which are published in 70 major medical publications.
At the start of a treatment the practitioner will apply a gel pad to the area, this is to help protect the skin from the cold temperatures during treatment. An applicator to fit the area being treated is then applied. There is a vacuum within the applicator that draws the pocket of fat into the applicator cup and holds the area against the cooling surfaces of the applicator for optimal treatment and results.
The practitioner then commences the cooling, where patients will experience intense coldness but that will go numb from about 7 minutes. During the treatment unique, patented sensors within the applicator monitor the temperature of the treatment area and adapt to ensure the area receives the optimum cooling throughout. The sensors will also shut off the treatment should the area become to cold, this is to help prevent damage to the skin.
By now, you might be wondering what the procedure involves. In this next section, we’ll look at what to expect, recovery times and outlook.
What will happen during the CoolSculpting® procedure and is it permanent?
We’re sure all this sounds straightforward, but are there any CoolSculpting® side effects to be aware of or anything else you should worry about pre-treatment? Read on to find out.
Can CoolSculpting® cause side effects?
Like any procedure, CoolSculpting® comes with he risk of some side effects. Should you experience any, most are mild and resolved in a week or two. As CoolSculpting is only available in medical led clinics, you will have medical oversight should you have any concerns after your treatment.
Ria Murch, a medical aesthetician at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in London and Buckinghamshire, which offers CoolSculpting®, has explained this in more detail to the trusted fashion and lifestyle magazine Harper’s Bazaar (link below). Murch says:
“With any medical treatment, there is a recovery period for your body, so you may feel a bit tender and numb for a few days to two weeks afterwards. This does not generally interfere with your daily life and you can exercise as normal.”
In a similar article, Healthline reports that “CoolSculpting rarely causes serious side effects.” (link below) Again, that’s one of the benefits of our procedure. That being said, if you are worried there is ample care available pre and post-treatment, should you need it. After all, a little reassurance can make a lot of difference.
As you probably realise by now, there are no real CoolSculpting® dangers to be aware of for the majority of people, but there are some groups who we wouldn’t put forward for treatment. We’ll explore this in more detail next.
When is CoolSculpting® not possible?
Earlier in this guide, we briefly touched on CoolSculpting® not being an alternative to a balanced diet and exercise. In the interest of transparency, what we offer is not a weight loss solution. That’s relevant because CoolSculpting® is unsuitable for anyone suffering from obesity. If you are concerned that you may be obese then we would always recommend you speak to your GP in the first instance.
If you’re at a healthy weight, slightly overweight, or just outside the average fat percentage for your age and gender, CoolSculpting® is an option. The only other reason we would withhold treatment is if you have one of several cold-sensitive diseases. Anyone who suffers from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (illnesses that affect your antibodies) should not seek CoolSculpting® because it can make these disorders worse.
If you’re unsure, a clinician can talk you through everything during an initial consultation, which you can arrange below.
Why CoolSculpting® can help you feel more comfortable in your skin
We’ve taken a good look at the safety of CoolSculpting®, but how can a procedure such as ours positively impact your day-to-day life? There are many reasons that will differ from person to person. Some of our 8 million patients chose CoolSculpting® to help them feel more confident while playing a sport or being on holiday. Others talk about the freedom of being able to fit in any outfit without any unnecessary muffin top or bulges.
There are many different ways that CoolSculpting® can help you feel more comfortable in your skin. The benefit is that unlike before, your only option isn’t traditional liposuction.
You can find out lots more about CoolSculpting® on our blog here. including our recent guide on how much CoolSculpting® costs. Alternatively, we recommend speaking to a practitioner at one of the many clinics we work with across the UK.
To find out more, contact us below and take the first step towards feeling better about yourself. There’s no harm in finding out more information, and it could be the one thing you do for yourself today. Remember, we’re with you every step of the way with advice and help on our blog page and FAQs section, which includes more information on recovery times and how long you can expect to wait before seeing results. If you’re ready, get in touch below.