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Does CoolSculpting Work? Recent Research Reveals All

CoolSculpting has been one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets since its arrival on US markets ten years ago. Since 2010, CoolSculpting has seen an 823 percent increase in average annual procedures. As this groundbreaking procedure gains more and more mainstream notoriety, our patients often ask us if the bold promises of non-invasive fat reduction can possibly be true?

The research is clear: absolutely.

Beyond its impressive ability to reduce up to twenty-five percent of fat volume in treatment areas, CoolSculpting offers cumulative benefits. That means that each additional CoolSculpting treatment you receive can reduce a further 25 percent of fat. If you’ve wished to get rid of those last pesky pockets of belly, thigh, back (or just about anywhere) fat but don’t want to commit to surgery–CoolSculpting might be the answer.

Dr. Parkins and her team are very excited to offer her patients an FDA-approved, completely non-invasive procedure that provides significant and transformative fat reduction. So, how does it work? 

How CoolSculpting Works

CoolSculpting works by harnessing the power of the process known as cryolipolysis. Scientists first discovered this phenomenon while studying, of all things, popsicles. Researchers found that when subjected to cold temperatures, fat cells die. However, the surrounding tissue and skin have a much higher tolerance for temperature change and remain unharmed.

Taking this principle to the next level, CoolSculpting utilizes two state-of-the-art panels to carefully cool target areas, which kills fat in the area. Your body naturally flushes out these dead cells over the next few weeks and months. As such, you’ll see your results gradually improve over time. Around six months after treatment, your full results should become visible.

Once CoolSculpting gets rid of fat cells, they’re gone for good. As long as you maintain a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet, you should enjoy a trimmer, tighter figure for years to come. CoolSculpting is also incredibly versatile and can be used to treat trouble spots across the body. Most commonly, our patients target:

  • Stomach
  • Thighs
  • Lower back
  • Love handles/sides
  • Under the chin

CoolSculpting can also work to reduce visible cellulite on the legs, arm, and buttocks.

Treating each target area requires about 30 minutes to an hour. If you decide to treat multiple areas, treatment may last longer. To further refine your results, we can gladly set up follow-up sessions. 

The Ideal CoolSculpting Candidate

Though CoolSculpting is an effective solution for patients of various age groups and weights, some folks should consider other fat reduction options. For instance, CoolSculpting is not a surgery for weight loss.

CoolSculpting works to target the last surface layer of fat that cannot be addressed through exercise and diet alone, but it isn’t suited to get rid of large fat deposits under the skin. Furthermore, certain health conditions can increase the risk of complications after CoolSculpting. These include:

  • cryoglobulinemia
  • cold agglutinin disease
  • paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (PCH)

If you have any of these conditions, Dr. Parkins’ team will work with you to find an efficient and safe fat removal technique during your in-person consultation.

As for the average CoolSculpting patient, Dr. Parkins’ and her team will do everything in their power to minimize your risk of any complications. Some patients may experience mild side effects during or after treatment. Generally, these symptoms can include minimal bruising, redness, swelling, or skin sensitivity and dissipate within the first few days on their own. In some rare cases, soreness may last for up to two weeks. 

Fat Reduction, For Good

CoolSculpting provides our patients with an exciting new opportunity that aims to non-invasively get rid of up to twenty-five percent of fat volume in a single treatment session. In order to see the best results, it’s critical to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Parkins. That way, you guarantee you’re receiving the highest level of safety and care possible.

This treatment is a perfect fit for people close to or at their goal weight who are hoping to reduce those last pockets of fat in under an hour, with absolutely no downtime necessary.

If you think CoolSculpting in the Milwaukee and Madison area could be right for you, the next step is to schedule your no-obligation consultation at our office. To get in touch, please call us at (262) 269-1050 or contact us online today.