There are countless quick fixes for get rid of that extra bulge of fat that annoys you when you look at yourself in the mirror or decide to wear a crop top. Alas, most are surgeries that leave you with unpleasant side effects both in the short and long run. And when you use the word surgery, of course we mean the involvement of scissors, needles, and pain.

This brings us to CoolSculpting, a procedure for fat loss that is noninvasive and doesn’t leave you with scars. The Food and Drug Administration labels this way of losing fats, safe. However, note that CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity. Rather it only eliminates rolls of fats on people who are not overweight.

What is CoolSculpting?

In this procedure, a licensed practitioner uses special cooling panels to cool a part of your body at freezing temperature. Resultantly, the fat cells in the area freeze and die. These dead cells don’t stay in your system, they are broken down by your liver and eliminated as waste from your body. Don’t worry, a legit CoolSculpting procedure doesn’t give you a frostbite.

About 20 to 25% of the fat is reduced in the area where the procedure is done. Following the use of the applicators, special tools for doing the job, the area will be massaged which can feel sort of uncomfortable. You will be able to notice the results within a few weeks a treatment. Results take three months following your last treatment to show to their full extent.

Therefore, this procedure doesn’t give you instant results. You don’t need any rest or recovery time after the treatment. Note that CoolSculpting is meant for fine-tuning and not as a replacement for changing your lifestyle to include healthier habits. Obese individuals will notice little to no difference after getting this procedure done.

What Are Some Side Effects Of CoolSculpting?

Of course, CoolSculpting does come with some side effects. However, compared to other fat reduction surgical procedures, CoolSculpting is a better option. Some common side effects that come with the procedure include:

  • A tugging or pulling sensation at the site of treatment which lasts for as long as the procedure does which is about one to two hours
  • Pain or other hurting sensations at the site. These are temporary side effects which last for about two weeks and go away on their own.
  • Other similar side effects as above include sensitivity, swelling, bruising, and redness.
  • There is only one serious side effect of this procedure and it is paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. This side effect is uncommon and mostly men experience it. In it, the fat cells grow in size instead of decreasing.

Though most people are good candidates for the condition, some are not. There are people with particular medical conditions who shouldn’t get the treatment done. Prior to getting CoolSculpting done, get checked to see if you are a suitable candidate. Only then go ahead with an expert and reliable practitioner.