CoolSculpting is an innovative approach for treating stubborn fat pockets on the body. Utilizing cooling technology, CoolSculpting provides noticeable results without invasive surgeries or complicated procedures. The entire process requires no downtime and most patients can return to their usual activities immediately following the procedure.
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved to reduce the appearance of stubborn body fat on areas including the thighs, abdomen, arms, flanks, and under the chin. With a special applicator and gel pad, freezing energy crystallizes and destroys fat cells, which the body gradually eliminates through natural metabolic processes.
During the procedure, some patients report feeling sensations of pulling, tingling, cramping, or intense cold at the treatment site. All of these are normal but quickly subside as the treatment area becomes numb. It is important to let your doctor know if you experience any pain, as a mild anesthetic can be provided if needed.
Due to the noninvasive nature of the procedure, side effects from a CoolSculpting treatment session are minimal. Some of the most common side effects reported from CoolSculpting are minor swelling and redness at the treatment site, with these both typically resolving after a few days. Some other side effects include bruising, tingling, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity. If you were treated for submental fat (fat underneath the chin), it is also typical to experience a sensation of fullness in the back of the throat.
It is necessary to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor, and to keep them informed of your side effects and healing progress. If you should experience any concerning side effects, or anything not listed, you should notify your doctor right away.