Coolsculpting at Home: How It Can Harm You

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive medical treatment that reduces the fat on patients’ bodies via freezing. This procedure is also known as cryolipolysis.

It is designed to be used on small, targeted areas of stubborn fat that remain even with diet and exercise. Some areas of the body that are commonly treated with this method include the arms, abdomen, and chin.

In a medical setting, a vacuum applicator is used to freeze and remove fat cells. After initial CoolSculpting, fat deposits will continue to break down and be naturally removed from the body.

Why It’s Not To Be Done At Home

This procedure is best done under professional medical care. CoolSculpting is much more than simply freezing. Fat cells are also removed with a special tool in the office, which aids in the continued shrinking and destruction of fat deposits. At home, people are not reaching the fat layer, they are only freezing their skin instead.
Using ice or other methods at home may have consequences such as:

  • Permanent tissue damage
  • Frostbite
  • Pain
  • Numbness

Trying to freeze your fat at home is likely to cause problems that requre medical help and unlikely to give desirable results.

Side Effects of Professional CoolScultping

Even in a controlled setting, CoolSculpting does have side effects like:

  • Pressure
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Feeling “full”
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Tingling

These side effects may become more intense temporarily, but they will go away as fat cells shrink and are eliminated.
Some patients experience swelling of fat cells after treatment. This rare side effect is called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.
Having CooolSculting done by a doctor is much safer as they can help with any side effects afterward.

CoolSCulpting Costs

A large factor in people attempting at-home CoolSculpting is the cost of treatment. Some providers may charge $650-800 per treatment area along with various fees. This seems to put it out of reach for patients.
There are ways to make costs more manageable such as payment plans, financing, or even discounts and rebates.

The Take Away

As this procedure becomes more popular, more people want to get it done. This leads to people trying at-home fat freezing. It is true that even professional CoolSculpting has side effects, but going to a trained provider is much safer than trying it at home.

When patients get this procedure in an office, the provider will have the proper equipment and knowledge to get the best possible results. They will also know how to avoid or deal with any potential side effects that occur.

CoolSculpting is not a shortcut or a substitute for healthy eating and exercise, but it has given numerous people a boost of confidence.

If you are interested in CoolSculpting, contact our team to schedule a consultation today.

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