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All About CoolSculpting
What is Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is a medical procedure that uses cooling technology to remove fat from target areas of the body. It is totally non-invasive (no surgery involved whatsoever) and has been approved by the FDA. Coolsculpting in particular targets stubborn fat. This refers to the fat that refuses to go away despite every effort at exercise and diet. It has continuously proved effective over such kind of fat.
Coolsculpting is not to be confused with liposuction. In fact, some people unknowingly think they refer to one and the same thing. This isn't the case. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses special tubes to suck pockets of fat out of the body. Coolsculpting on the other hand is not a surgical procedure and involves fat freezing.
How is coolsculpting done and how does it work?
A coolsculpting procedure roughly takes 30 to 60 minutes. During this time, a patient is made to lie down and then a fat-freezing applicator device is carefully placed over a targeted area. Once the applicator is powered on, the fat elimination process begins. Health personnel also use some special gels in the procedure.
Coolsculpting eliminates body fat through a process known as cryolipolysis. This explains the Cryolipolysis® patent name that developer Zeltiq uses to refer to coolsculpting. Cryolipolysis aims to destroy fat cells without destroying any surrounding tissue. This is the reason why the skin and other areas remain unaffected in spite of the freezingly low temperatures involved in the entire procedure.
During the process of coolsculpting, the extremely low temperature causes fat cells to crystallize and die. Over time, your body will eventually eliminate the dead cells while also metabolizing the weak and shrunken ones. Please note that fat cells crystallize faster than body cells. This ensures that the skin and surrounding tissue are protected. A single session of coolsculpting can remove up to 20% fat. You'll continue losing more fat as you continue going for additional sessions.
Who can have a coolsculpting procedure?
Anyone, both males and females, can have a coolsculpting procedure. It's only necessary that you be at least 30lb within your ideal weight. Coolsculpting is a body contouring procedure and not a weight loss procedure. It should therefore not be a first option for those needing help with obesity and other overweight conditions.
Additionally, it's also important that you keep on leading a healthy lifestyle. Coolsculpting shouldn't be a total substitute for exercise and diet, it should only complement them. At the end of the day, it's your overall wellbeing that matters.
What areas can be treated by coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is right for any area with stubborn fat. These include:
Chest and pectoral areas
Is coolsculpting safe?
Yes, coolsculpting is a totally safe procedure. First and foremost, it's FDA approved. The FDA holds itself to very high standards and wouldn't give a green light to anything which can harm the health of Americans. It only allows qualified and licensed health professionals to perform coolsculpting on patients. Secondly, coolsculpting a safe procedure because it's non-invasive. This makes it low risk compared to other fat removal operations.
How much does coolsculpting cost?
The cost of coolsculpting may vary from region to region. Usually, charges are calculated based on the number of targeted areas and the type of applicator required. The more the areas you need treated, the more the amount of money you'll need to part with. Also the more sophisticated the applicator is, the more the amount you'll pay.
A coolsculpting procedure will averagely cost you about $2,500. Charges in U.S. medical facilities range from $2,000 to $4,000.