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The Dos and Don'ts of Coolsculpting Treatment

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Are you searching for a way to tone your tummy, thighs, back, sides, or buttocks—minus the need for an invasive surgical procedure? Coolsculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, can help. If this is your first experience with fat reduction, take a look at the dos and don'ts of cryolipolysis treatment.

Do Make Sure Cryolipolysis Is the Right Treatment For You

Before you schedule a treatment appointment, make sure that you are the right candidate for cryolipolysis. Consult with your doctor or the treatment provider to learn more about how your individual needs match up with the requirements and contraindications for cryolipolysis.

According to the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), cryolipolysis candidates should have at least ⅔ of an inch of abdominal fat to use this treatment (for belly fat reduction). Contraindications include, but aren't always limited to, people with cold sensitivity/cold urticaria, Raynaud's disease, neuropathy, open wounds, skin infections, bleeding disorders, the use of blood thinners, scar tissue (in the treatment area), a hernia in or near the treatment area, some types of dermatological conditions (such as eczema), or an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator. Along with these reasons to skip cryolipolysis, pregnancy is also a contraindication.

If you don't have a known contraindication and are looking for a way to reduce stubborn belly, back, buttocks, thigh, or flank fat, cryolipolysis is an option to consider. This procedure can help to reduce fatty areas that persist after you've made dietary and physical activity changes.

Don't Expect Immediate Results

Cryolipolysis takes time to work. This noninvasive cosmetic procedure uses freezing technology to target fat cells. The cryolipolysis practitioner uses a special vacuum to pull skin (and fat) up and freeze it. This destroys the fat cells. Over the next few months, your body will naturally move these cells, leaving you with a slimmer appearance in the treatment area.

Do Consider Cryolipolysis If You Don't Want A Surgical Option

This procedure isn't the only way to remove or target fat cells. Liposuction and other surgical treatments can also remove stubborn belly, buttocks, thigh, or other types of fat. Unlike liposuction and surgical interventions, cryolipolysis won't require incisions, sutures, or a long recovery time.

If you don't want an invasive (surgical) procedure or you don't have time to recover at home, cryolipolysis is a better choice than liposuction. Even though you won't see the full results on your treatment day (or even during your treatment week), you won't need anesthesia, there's no need for potentially scar-causing stitches, and you can return to work, school, or most other similar activities on the same day as your treatment.

For additional information, contact a coolsculpting service in your area to speak to a professional.