5 Myths And Facts About CoolSculpting, According to Science

5 Myths And Facts About CoolSculpting, According to Science

07/26/2022

CoolSculpting is a special cosmetic procedure for removing fat cells from certain areas of your body. It was introduced as an FDA-approved treatment for belly fat removal back in 2010. With advances in technology over the years, it has become an effective cosmetic treatment for destroying fat cells in specific regions of your body.

However, there is still a lack of awareness about CoolSculpting, and there are a lot of myths and doubts regarding this procedure. If you’re considering trying out CoolSculpting, it’s important to separate the myths from the facts and only focus on accurate, scientifically backed information about this procedure. So to help you better understand this process, how it works, and what it can and cannot do, we’ve put together a list of five Coolsculpting myths and their respective truths.

What is CoolSculpting, and How Does it Work?


As we’ve already described briefly, CoolSculpting is a cosmetic treatment for removing fat cells from various body parts. It does so by using special equipment that freezes the fat cells in the body. The term ‘CoolSculpting’ is more of a brand name for the procedure, whereas the technical term for the scientific process is ‘Cryolipolysis.’

Unlike other fat removal cosmetic treatments like liposuction, CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure. The idea for this process comes from the fact that the freezing point of fat cells is higher compared to that of other organs, tissues and skin. The targeted areas are cooled to the right temperature, which kills the fat cells in that area without damaging other body parts and cells. The dead fat cells are then naturally flushed out by the body.

5 CoolSculpting Myths and their Respective Facts According to Science

CoolSculpting Myth #1: It is a shortcut for weight loss.

CoolSculpting Fact: It does not help you lose overall body weight. It only helps to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat from certain areas.

For many people, weight loss and fat loss are considered the same, which is far from true. Weight loss requires you to burn more calories than you consume, so simply removing fat pockets from areas of your body will not make you lose a lot of weight. In fact, obese people are not advised to undergo CoolSculpting. Even doctors suggest such people lose weight first with the help of a healthy lifestyle, proper diet, and exercise.

But once you have achieved your desired body weight goals, CoolSculpting will help you achieve a better body shape by eliminating small areas of fat that remain in your body even after losing weight.

CoolSculpting Myth #2: It brings quick or instant results.

CoolSculpting Fact: It is a gradual process that produces desired results over time.

There’s also this belief that CoolSculpting is a quick way of destroying fat cells. But that is not the case. Of course, CoolSculpting is very effective at fat removal, but it is not a fast process. In fact, it takes at least a few weeks to see visible results. It also depends on other individual factors such as the fat pocket’s size, the person’s health conditions, etc. So the period for results can vary from person to person and might even take a few months for some. It’s best to be patient during the process as it will certainly bring you the desired results in the long run.

CoolSculpting Myth #3: It works as a treatment for tightening loose skin

CoolSculpting Fact: It does not affect whatsoever on the skin.

Cooling or freezing causes things to shrink, contract, or tighten. For example, cooling a rubber band makes it more rigid and less elastic. So based on this theory, many people co-relate it with CoolSculpting and think the freezing effect will tighten their loose, sagging skin.

But as we said before, CoolSculpting is performed at specific temperatures high enough to freeze the fat cells without affecting nearby tissues and the skin. So the truth is that no, it will not tighten sagging skin. At most, you will only feel some temporary numbness in the targeted region, which will go away after some time.

CoolSculpting Myth #4: It only works for belly fat.

CoolSculpting Fact: It works effectively for multiple regions of the body.

This Coolsculpting myth arises from its early days when it was approved as a treatment for belly fat removal. This procedure was limited only to the stomach region during the initial stages, especially the flanks. However, that was more than a decade ago, and the CoolSculpting procedure has significantly advanced with time. It is now an FDA-approved fat removal procedure for not just belly fat but many other regions such as arms, chest, inner and outer thighs, upper and lower back, etc.

CoolSculpting Myth #5: It is perfectly fine for anyone to do it.

CoolSculpting Fact: It should only be done after consulting a medical professional

When people hear terms like ‘non-surgical’ or ‘non-invasive,’ they tend to think it’s a simple and harmless procedure that works for everyone. However, there are quite a few complications and risks involved with CoolSculpting. That is why you should only go for it after consulting a medical professional and getting their approval.

CoolSculpting is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions like fibromyalgia, cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, and nerve problems. You may not know what all these conditions are or if you have them, so it’s important to see a doctor first. It is also not recommended for pregnant women, obese people, and those sensitive to cold temperatures. So, even though CoolSculpting is generally safe, there are complications as with any procedure, which is why it should be only done if approved by a doctor.

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