Will CoolSculpting Tighten Your Arm Skin?
Coolsculpting is the newest trend on the market right now for reducing stubborn areas of body fat, but how useful is it?
If you haven’t heard about coolsculpting yet – where have you been? But, don’t worry, read on to have all your questions answered.
CoolSculpting – What Is It?
Coolsculpting is a non-invasive, and non-surgical cosmetic procedure. This means that it doesn’t break this skin barrier, no scalpels are involved, and it also means that no anaesthesia is required.
Due to these factors, coolsculpting is a procedure that can be done in a short period of time, and there is no recovery time.
A patient can come to the clinic, have the treatment performed, and leave within a few hours and continue on their normal daily routines.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting was originally the brainchild of two Harvard scientists, who observed how fat cells were killed in response to cold.
From here, they found that the use of cryolipolysis could be utilised to target specific areas of body fat, and help the body to remove the fat itself.
It works by targeting an area of unwanted body fat with freezing temperatures. The fat cells are frozen, and they then die, and the body removes the dead cells in the same way it removes all unwanted material from the body.
A patient has the unwanted area of fat placed between two panels, and the panels are then reduced to a temperature of freezing, or just above.
The temperature is measured exactly so that it only harms fat cells, and does no damage to other bodily tissues in the same area.
Sounds Great! What Are the Results Like?
Coolsculpting works quite slowly compared to other fat loss procedures such as liposuction, as the body has to remove the dead fat itself, unlike lipo, where the surgeon physically removes the fat themselves.
Coolsculpting reduces fat in the area by up to 25%, but do not expect to see results immediately, you will start to notice a difference about two weeks after the procedure, with the final results being seen at five to six months post treatment.
Coolsculpting is ideal for areas that hold on to stubborn fat, such as the abdominal area, thighs, lower back and under the chin.
Another common use is having an arm area CoolSculpting. The upper arm is a notorious area for being difficult to remove fat from.
The good thing about coolsculpting is the slow pace at removing fat. This means that any skin in the area has the chance to constrict to the new body shape, rather than having lots of loose, baggy skin that can be seen with such procedures as liposuction.
So, although coolsculpting itself doesn’t tighten skin, as the fat slowly disappears from the treated area, the skin naturally tightens, which can be helped by exercises for that area.
Sounds Amazing! Are There Any Downsides?
CoolSculpting does sound great doesn’t it! Many people are drawn to coolsculpting because it can be done in a few hours, and there is no recovery time, meaning it barely interrupts your busy life.
Coolsculpting does come at a cost though, with the average session costing between $1500 to $2500, depending on the area being treated. Some areas take longer than others.
There are some side effects to be aware of as well, although coolsculpting is generally thought of as a very safe procedure.
At the time of the treatment, the initial cold feeling can be uncomfortable, and there is likely to be some tugging and pulling sensations on the area, which some people find slightly unpleasant.
In the first few days post treatment, many people experience some redness and swelling, with occasional bruising and soreness, but this goes away without any treatment quite quickly.
There have been rare reports of completely losing sensation at the area that has been treated, but returns without intervention in 14 – 21 days.
There are very rare incidences of coolsculpting causing more fat to be deposited at the treatment site, with further treatments of coolsculpting only exacerbating this.
The reasons behind this are unclear, but what is known is that liposuction is needed in these cases to remove the unwanted fat.
However, it should be noted that this complication is very rare, and only happens in a handful of people, more men than women, but still very few people.
If you decide that coolsculpting is something you want to pursue, make sure to find a reputable, licensed clinic, and have a thorough consultation beforehand with a doctor you trust.