Hello and welcome to the first part of this 5-part guide to CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting first rose to prominence in 2010, when it was often featured on TV and other forms of media as a cheaper and non-invasive alternative to liposuction. If you’re considering CoolSculpting yourself or you just want more information then you’ll find this guide extremely helpful. In Part 1, we’re going to cover how to decide if you need CoolSculpting and what makes a person a good candidate.
Is CoolSculpting right for me?
The first thing to say about CoolSculpting is that just like liposuction, it is not an alternative to dieting and exercise. If you’re obese and looking for an easy way to lose weight then CoolSculpting certainly isn’t it.
It is intended to be a spot reduction treatment (i.e. it targets a specific area of the body) for people who have stubborn pockets of fat around their stomach that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise alone.
There are many people of a healthy weight who have an active lifestyle, yet they’re not able to achieve the flat appearance they desire on their abs. It helps with this since it gets rid of fat cells in the area around the stomach – providing a much flatter and more pleasing appearance.
Am I a good candidate?
Just because you want CoolSculpting doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a good candidate for it. The best type of patient is someone who has an active lifestyle and is not excessively overweight. You should also be aware of how it works and the results you can expect.
It is a non-invasive procedure, which means you’re able to resume activities straight away. However, the final results are not seen immediately. The results can start to be seen in as little as 3 weeks in some patients, although it varies from case to case.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding then it’s usually not advisable to have CoolSculpting performed. Although there’s no evidence that it’s harmful, there’s no evidence to the contrary either since the device used for it hasn’t been tested on woman who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
In Part 2 of our complete guide to CoolSculpting, we’ll be looking at whether or not it is safe and what the common side effects are.