Minor bulges can usually be masked by different types of clothing, but they may not be appropriate for every occasion. In this case, fat removal treatments like Coolsculpting and liposuction can be very beneficial. Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove fat, whereas Coolsculpting is a non-surgical procedure of fat removal developed by ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc and approved by FDA. Coolsculpting utilizes a technique called cryolipolysis, in which the fat is frozen and then removed. Here’s what you should know about it.
The concept of freezing fat was developed by Harvard dermatologists from studying teething toddlers who acquired cheek dimples by sucking on pain-relieving popsicles due to selective freezing of fat cells. Fatty bulges were reduced to about 20 – 25%, which suggested 1-3 Coolsculpting sessions for patients interested in fat reduction.
To perform Coolsculpting, the practitioner marks the area to place the device, followed by placement of a transparent gel pad to shield the skin. The applicator head is put on the mark and vacuum is turned on. The bulge is sucked into a cup and the area under the cup is numbed by two cooling panels. Fat cells are frozen via controlled cooling, protecting the nerves, skin, and muscles. After the removal of the application cup, the practitioner massages the frozen mound to break up the fat cells further.
While liposuction offers complete surgical fat reduction, immediate results, and better contouring, Coolsculpting is considered a wonder medical device due to the advantages served by it. The foremost advantage includes the procedure being non-invasive, with no downtime. Coolsculpting is cost-effective with minimal prices and fewer risks. So, it is considered the best and most preferable option for those who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure for fat elimination.
There are a few limitations of Coolsculpting versus a liposuction procedure. These include the potential for surface irregularities, decreased results if the fat bulges are not pinchable enough to fit into the cup, risks of paradoxical increase in fat, and less dramatic results compared to liposuction. Fat under loose skin can be removed, but might result in saggy, hanging skin from both liposuction and Coolsculpting. In this case, a surgical lift procedure is preferred.
CoolSculpting can be a great option for patients looking for non-surgical results from their fat reduction. To learn more and see what CoolSculpting can do for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our CoolSculpting technicians.
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