Is Body Contouring
With CoolSculpt® Safe?
We know what you’re thinking—the idea of freezing fat away forever sounds too good to be true. If you’re on the fence about body contouring with CoolSculpt®, we assure you that safety risks should not be a reason to hold you back. CoolSculpt® technology is scientifically proven and FDA-cleared as a non-surgical method to treat visible fat bulges under the chin and jawline, along the abdomen and flank, as well as fat pockets in the back, underneath the buttocks and in the upper arm. It uses a scientific process called cryolipolysis, also known as “fat freezing,” to permanently kills fat cells.
Body Contouring Risks
There are many types of body contouring methods, with cryolipolysis and liposuction being the only ones that permanently eliminate fat cells, rather than simply shrinking them. Any body contouring procedure has its own unique risks, but the risks do vary.
FDA Cleared Treatment
CoolSculpting® is FDA cleared and backed by hundreds of clinical and scientific studies. It is chosen by doctors as one of the safest, most effective fat removal options available. The applicator freezes treatment areas to a temperature of around 39°F, so of course the surrounding skin will develop temporary redness, tenderness, numbness, tingling or bruising. Complications or long-term side effects are extremely rare and often avoidable with proper application.
Choose an Experienced Provider
The cosmetic team at Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting are professional CoolSculpting® experts, having attended numerous trainings on ensuring the highest safety standards are met and the best outcomes are achieved for our patients. For optimum safety, you should only receive CoolSculpting® treatments from board-certified dermatologists at reputable medical facilities like Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting.
Liposuction, the surgical alternative to CoolSculpting®, became popular in 1982. It uses suction, rather than cryolipolysis, to remove fat from specific areas of the body. It carries similar risks to any other major surgery, such as bleeding or a reaction to anesthesia. Serious complications from liposuction can include fluid accumulation, infection, internal puncture, fat embolism or lidocaine toxicity.
Another “fat melting” option is Kybella®, an FDA-approved injectable treatment for destroying fat cells in the area under the chin. It is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Two major downsides to Kybella® are the number of treatments it requires to see worthwhile results (most patients receive a series of six treatments) and its potentially serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw, trouble swallowing and injection site trauma.
Safety Features of CoolSculpting®
Before adhering the CoolSculpting® applicator to your body, a member of the cosmetic team at Plymouth Meeting Dermatology Associates will carefully apply a clear gel pad to your specific treatment area. This pad creates a barrier between the cooling panel and your skin, helping to reduce unpleasant side effects and making the treatment more comfortable. The CoolSculpting® machine also offers built-in safety features, such as an automatic shut-off function if it senses the skin getting too cold.
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Freeze Stubborn Fat With No Downtime
It is important to keep in mind that CoolSculpting® is not a weight-loss treatment; rather, it is for patients who want to reduce fat in one or more of its nine FDA-cleared treatment areas. For many patients who are candidates for body contouring, CoolSculpting® is a top choice because it is non-surgical, minimally invasive and requires no downtime. Results appear in as soon as one to three months post-treatment, with final results showing in six months or more.
Schedule your appointment at Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting to learn more about the safety of CoolSculpting® and have all of your questions answered. At your appointment, we can determine if you are an ideal candidate for body contouring with CoolSculpting®. Take advantage of its FDA cleared technology to achieve a more sculpted and toned appearance.