As one of the most innovative and sought-after fat-reducing techniques to be implemented this decade, Coolsculpting was left vulnerable to the development of myths and misconceptions; as the unknown often is. Developed by Harvard scientists, CoolSculpting is a unique, FDA-cleared, patented fat-freezing procedure that uses a targeted cooling process to destroy fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen so your healthy skin cells remain healthy. CoolSculpting is non-invasive so there are no incisions, needles or anesthesia required. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body over the course of several weeks. Though fairly straight-forward, the technique is often misunderstood. Here are the most common myths that exist about Coolsculpting and the truth behind them:
- Myth #1 – Coolsculpting will help you lose weight. Though it can help you diminish those bulky areas around your hips, thighs and abdomen, Coolsculpting does not actually help you reduce your weight. Where it destroys and eliminates the fat cells in a certain area, little to no weight loss is actually experienced. Where fat reduction during a session is estimated to be about 30% in the area treated, actual weight loss only measures at one to two pounds.
- Myth #2 – Coolsculpting can help with saggy and loose skin. The actual laser used in the procedure is one that is meant to reduce and destroy fat cells underneath and below the skin level. Those with good skin elasticity will experience the skin contracting to the new contours created by the laser, but those with skin issues will not see the same benefit.
- Myth #3 – Coolsculpting only works on the tummy. Actually, the versatility of the laser allows it to be used on the hips, thighs, upper arms and other body parts affected by stubborn fat. Ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for Coolsculpting.
- Myth #4 – Coolsculpting is for everyone. Only those deemed to be a good candidate for the laser procedure can experience Coolsculpting. It is recommended that you be in general good health, are within five to 10 pounds of your ideal body weight. Be completely forthcoming with any serious health problems as complications can occur.