Before considering any procedure, it is always a good idea to ask your medical provider a lot of questions so that you are fully informed. However, when it comes to elective and cosmetic procedures, it is also a good idea to ask yourself some questions as well. If you are considering CoolSculpting, then you know that it is a proven way to get rid of those last few stubborn bits of fat. However, it may not be the best choice for you. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to decide.
What Benefits Will I Get from CoolSculpting?
The main question to ask is how will it benefit you? CoolSculpting is very effective, but it is not appropriate for everyone. It works best when used to remove that last bit of fat that you just can’t get rid of through diet and exercise. It is not appropriate as a weight-loss plan. As a fat freezing procedure, it works on small pockets, as opposed to larger sections.
Where is My Problem Fat?
CoolSculpting works best when removing fat from specific spots on the body. If your problem fat is in one of those spots, then the fat freezing procedure might be the best choice for you. Those spots include the love handles, the abdomen, your back, thighs, and even male breasts. In some patients, it can also work on double chins.
Would Liposuction Results Be Better?
There are many options for San Antonio patients when it comes to fat removal. Some are more invasive, such as liposuction. Liposuction is a surgery, so it involves incisions into your body that require healing time. It will remove more than CoolSculpting will. However, you will need to recover, and you will need to take certain precautions after the surgery while you heal. You will also be under anesthesia while the doctor performs the procedure. That said, CoolSculpting, however, does not involve any invasive incisions. There is no anesthesia needed or used. As soon as the procedure is over, you can go back to your normal activities without fear of affecting the results. The main side effect is some numbness at the site. A fat freezing procedure will remove fat from your body, but just not as much as liposuction. You should weigh the benefits of each, and consult your cosmetic dermatologist, before proceeding.
What Happens During the Procedure?
To decide if it is the right choice, it is a good idea to understand what goes on during the procedure. Each treatment takes approximately one hour. The technician applies the freezing applicator to the area, and you may feel some stinging or tingling as it gets to work. As your body gets used to the cold, then it will go numb, and you can relax. Most patients read or watch television as they wait for the process to complete. You may be a bit sore after, but you can go back to work right after. Some patients get their procedure done during a long lunch break.
Can I Maintain the Results?
It is one thing to remove the fat during a cosmetic procedure. It’s quite another to keep the results over the long haul. While it will kill fat cells, CoolSculpting cannot prevent them from coming back. That is up to you to continue with your healthy eating and exercise habits to keep the fat at bay. There is no point in undergoing a fat freezing procedure if you are not committed to keeping the fat off afterward.