Before we tackle any medical procedure, we want to know what to expect and what you have to prepare yourself for, With CoolSculpting®, candidates hear the word “freezing” and immediately think they’re going to freeze like an icicle. CoolSculpting®, in reality, is a very different type of procedure that uses a new and innovative concept that most have a hard time understanding. SculptMD wants to help you understand CoolSculpting® and answer your questions of what does CoolSculpting® feel like.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is known globally as a way to remove any unwanted fat cells that bother us and stick around no matter how many diets or exercises we try. It is a new, inventive procedure that allows this fat reduction to occur without any anesthesia, incisions, or surgery. It’s completely non-surgical and non-invasive.
CoolSculpting® performs the method known as Cryolipolysis which is the means of using cold temperatures on fat cells on areas of the body to freeze and permanently remove those cells. Once the fat is frozen and crystallizes, it dies away. They pass through the body naturally and out through our body’s waste process, never to be seen again.
What Happens During CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure, which means that you will no experience intense pain or be put under anesthesia. There is no downtime after the procedure, which means you’ll be able to return back to your regular lifestyle once your appointment is over.
After your first meeting with our doctors at SculptMD, you’ll schedule your first CoolSculpting® appointment. During your appointment, you may want to bring a book, some work, a pillow, or just relax and take a nap. Your procedure could take anywhere from 35 to 60 minutes, so you’ll want something to entertain you.
A CoolSculpting® gel pad will be placed on the body in order to protect the skin and nerves from the cold. That way, the only thing freezing on your body and dying away is your fat cells. The applicator is then placed on top of the gel pad, which looks like a glowing vacuum. It is attached to the area of fat you are targeting and it sits there for your treatment.
As the applicator’s vacuum draws in the fatty areas, it simultaneously cools the fat and begins the process of freezing it. Once the procedure is over, the applicator and gel will be removed and you’ll be back on your feet to continue your day.
What Does CoolSculpting® Feel Like?
As the cooling starts, you will feel a very cold chill for about 5 to 10 minutes before the area goes numb. This is completely normal, like when you apply an ice pack to a bruise and the surrounding area numbs from the cold.
Because of the vacuum device that suctions the fat into the applicator, you may feel some pulling, tugging, or mild pinching. This also fades since the cold numbs the area. You don’t have to worry about the numbing being any sort of damage to the body.
After your procedure, you barely feel anything at all. For the first 2 to 3 minutes directly after the procedure, you may feel a tingle as the skin and nerves wake up from their cold sleep. Think of it like your foot or hand falling asleep and it starts to tingle as it wakes up again.
Is CoolSculpting® Safe?
CoolSculpting® is incredibly safe. It is approved by the FDA and has been through thousands of clinical trials to approve its methods. While there are cooler temperatures that you feel a freezing or numbness from, none of those cause any long-term damage to your skin or body. If you have a natural sensitivity to cold temperatures or a skin condition, it is important to let us know here at SculptMD so we can take the appropriate precautions.
While your results aren’t instant or immediate, you can actually see your results in as little as 3 weeks, with the most dramatic results appearing after 2 months. You can even see results happening as long as 4 to 6 months after you first treatment. The amount of treatments you may need will be discussed at your consultation with your doctor.
The results of CoolSculpting® are permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Like any diet, you don’t want to fall back into bad eating habits that cause you to gain weight or fat. While 20-25% of your fat cells are eliminated in your treated area, the remaining cells can still grow. Not only will staying healthy help your results, but it’ll help your overall health.
CoolSculpting® at SculptMD
With SculptMD, you will get some of the best treatment in the Livermore area. We ensure the highest level of comfortability for our patients. We have trained physicians and nurses to help you through your CoolSculpting® process, and we even offer the best treatment on the market.
SculptMD can help your results enhance by about 50% more than other CoolSculpting® locations. With the Zimmer ZWave integrated into our CoolSculpting® treatment procedure, patients have reported seeing more improved results than those who went to other locations without the Zimmer ZWave. Not only that, but Zimmer ZWave can help treat cellulite, stretch marks, and other body blemishes. Contact us today to see if CoolSculpting® is for your, and to schedule your first treatment!