CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment plan aimed at eliminating excess fat cells from targeted areas of the body once and for all.
Due to the nature of the treatment, there is little to no downtime after the procedure, so patients are able to go about their day like normal. The treated area or areas may feel tingly, itchy, swollen, tender, achy or sensitive following the procedure but these side effects will fade naturally over time.
The fat cells are frozen during the procedure, which causes them to die. From there, they will be absorbed into the body and subsequently eliminated as part of the body’s natural elimination process.
This process happens gradually over time, so you won’t notice anything different in your daily life while your body processes and expels the dead fat cells.
Most patients have reported seeing initial results from their treatment anywhere from one to three months following the procedure, and the full results taking about 6 months, or slightly longer, to be realized.
Follow up appointments are only needed if determined by your doctor based on your end goal.
Following a CoolSculpting procedure, the fat cells will stay where they are, in a frozen state, until they die off.
Once the frozen fat cells have died, they will break down and be absorbed into the body.
Much like the food we eat or other substances that enter our body, the fat cells will follow the body’s natural processes of elimination.
This means that they will be expelled from the body at some point, as opposed to hanging around in the body. The process does take some time from start to finish, which is why the results from CoolSculpting happen gradually over a period of several months.
Patients will start to see results within one to three months following treatment, once the fat cells start breaking down and getting eliminated and will be fully realized around 6 months or so, after the dead fat cells have been eliminated.
The side effects of CoolSculpting procedures will vary from one person to the next.
While any change to bowel movements hasn’t been widely recorded as a side effect, some studies have found that patients have experienced a change to their bowel movements for the first few weeks post-treatment.
This can be either through an increase in the number of bowel movements that they have or by them having loose bowel movements, sometimes in the form of diarrhea.
The change in bowel movements can happen as a result of the additional volume of fat cells being eliminated from the body via the liver and into the bowels.
Even though the fat cells are dead and broken down prior to being expelled from the body, they can still impact the patient’s bowel movements due to the increased volume of cells being processed.
A certified CoolSculpting practitioner such as Jane Weston can walk you through any potential side effects from the treatment and answer any questions you have about either the procedure itself or what to expect afterwards as the fat cells die and are eliminated.
Like any type of treatment or procedure being performed on the body, there are potential side effects that some patients may experience while other patients don’t experience any negative side effects.
The list of side effects from CoolSculpting is fairly minor and primarily affects the area of the body that was treated such as tingling, swelling, itching, bruising and other sensations mainly on the skin’s surface.
Water retention has not been widely reported as a side effect of CoolSculpting but the body’s likelihood of retaining water will vary from one person to the next, for any number of reasons.
Your certified practitioner, one being Jane Weston, will be able to let you know of the potential side effects and provide you with tips and tricks to help minimize the effects. We serve patients from Menlo Park CA, Redwood City CA, Palo Alto CA, Belmont CA, Woodside CA, and Mountain View CA.