A Comprehensive Guide to CoolSculpting Treatment

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What is CoolSculpting?

Coolsculpting is also known as fat freezing whereby it uses a patented technology to freeze the fat cells non-invasively and eliminate it naturally for a better , contoured body. 

In this modern era, everybody is trying to get into a healthier lifestyle. We have pilates, yoga , dance classes etc as people are more conscious about health and their body shapes. Hence, there is an increasing demand for non-invasive body contouring treatments. 

Coolsculpting has been invented since 2008 when scientists discovered that sucking on popsicles can cause dimples due to the process of cryolipolysis. Later that year, Zeltiq started their clinical trials for the technology and was awarded FDA clearance for the technology. It has then taken the world by storm and it is one of the most performed body treatments in the world. 

How CoolSculpting Works?

During Coolsculpting treatment, pockets of stubborn fat will go through apoptosis, a process of cell death when controlled cooling is applied on it. This is a process of cryolipolysis, cryo= cold, lipolysis = breakdown of fat cells. Over the course of a few months, the body will gradually eliminate the fats naturally.

Popular CoolSculpting Treated Areas

Thighs. This is one the most common CoolSculpting areas, especially for women. Patients can eliminate fat from the inner thighs, outer thighs, or both!  

Abdomen.  Subcutaneous fat in the abdomen is quite hard to get rid of even if you have a healthy lifestyle but Coolsculpting can improve your body shape. Patients usually report high satisfaction rates for abdomen coolsculpting. Usually, at least 2 – 4 cycles will be needed. 

Love Handles. Love is usually the opposite of what patients feel toward the fat that bears this romantic name. For people who want a more defined waist, this is something you might want to consider !

Bra fat and Back fats. No amount of exercise can eliminate these stubborn bulges but coolsculpting can ! 

Banana Rolls The extra fats under the buttocks are very difficult to eliminate through exercise too. A few sessions of coolsculpting will effectively treat this problem. 

Upper Arms. One to two treatments can visibly tone the arms, but note that CoolSculpting only treats fat, and not sagging under-arm skin.

Submental (Chin) Area. Those who want a more defined and contour jawline can consider doing treatment for their double chins.

 

Candidacy for CoolSculpting

Ideal Candidates: Who Should Consider It?

Candidates who have pinchable subcutaneous fat over the said areas – abdomen, flanks, submental, upper arms, outer and inner thighs, bra fats, and banana rolls are suitable candidates.

Coolsculpting has also been proven to be safe and effective for men who have gynecomastia.

Do not book CoolSculpting if you have : 

  1. Just delivered less than 3 months 
  2. Cold Urticaria
  3. Cold agglutinin disease 
  4. Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria

Consultation Process: What to Expect?

Firstly, during the first consultation, our experienced doctors will consult you to understand your problem and also expectations. Also, we will look at your lifestyle, and food intake and advise accordingly. 

After the consultation, an assessment will be done to determine the number of cycles you need for coolsculpting. We will use templates provided by the Coolsculpting company to plan out the entire treatment. 

Preparing for your CoolSculpting Session

Since this is a simple procedure, you can just wear comfortable clothes to the clinic. 

Before Coolsculpting : 

  1. Avoid blood thinners and multivitamins as it may make you more susceptible to bruising 
  2. Check your skin for any inflammation/ infections. Coolsculpting should not be done on any inflamed/ infected skin or open wounds.

CoolSculpting Treatment Experience

What Sensations to Expect During Treatment?

How we will start the treatment : 

  1. Boundary assessment – we identify the precise locations and boundaries of the area you wish to treat. Understanding the boundaries are crucial in achieving optimal results. 
  2. We will then proceed to draw out the boundaries using the templates given and place a sticky gel pad on the area. 
  3. Selecting the right applicator is also very important as there are few applicators in CoolSculpting. Our aim is to maximize the contact with the cooling cups, delivering the best results for you. 
  4. Once the applicator is applied on the skin, you will feel an instant suction which can be a little uncomfortable. 
  5. When the treatment starts, you will feel an instant cold sensation, like ice on the skin. It will feel a little numb after a while and then you can relax. This is the best time for some light reading or movies! 

What Happens After CoolSculpting?

What are Post-Treatment Effects?

Right after the cooling cups and applicators are released, the treated area will be slightly reddish and hard. This is where experienced coolsculpting practitioners will massage the treated area. Studies show that massaging the treated area for two to five minutes after the procedure enhances the treatment’s efficacy and contributes to further fat reduction. The massage also rewarms that part of the body.

What are the Downtime and Recovery Tips?

There is not much downtime for coolsculpting as the procedure is completely non surgical. You can return to your normal activities after treatment. However, do expect a little tenderness over the treated area if you press on it. 

Drink enough water to hydrate yourself during this whole time as elimination of these waste products will be faster. 

Cost Considerations

The pricing for Coolsculpting starts from RM 1400 onwards, depending on how many cycles and sessions you will need. 

Risks & Side Effects

You might experience some mild side effects.

After the procedure, some might experience redness, tingling and tenderness over the treated area. You may also feel lumpiness, itching, aching or cramping. However, it should be noted that these potential side effects are mild and will resolve within days.

How many treatments do I need?

Usually up to 20-25% of fat will be reduced in that treated area after a single treatment. Having said that, it also depends on the thickness of the fat and your expectations.

Your doctor will work with you to determine the expected outcome and the number of cycles you need.

Conclusion

Coolsculpting remains a revolutionary technology for the body contouring world but of course, it is also essential to understand that it’s a tool. The real magic happens when this tool is wielded with expertise and knowledge. Coolsculpting isn’t a quick fix. Rather, it requires a combination of a healthy lifestyle and precision sculpting designs. Usually, the best results for coolsculpting will be after a month later so plan your treatments properly before any big dates. 

If you are interested in getting a consultation, our team here at Kaiteki will be more than happy to assist you!

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