CoolSculpting is a non-surgical medical procedure that consists of freezing fat cells. This procedure is great for men and women looking to decrease fat on “problem areas” of their body that don’t seem to diminish despite weight loss and exercise. Some common areas for CoolSculpting include the abdomen, hips, inner thighs, legs, under-arms, back, and some areas on the neck/face.
The idea of freezing away fat on your body may seem a bit intimidating at first. Today we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step so you know what to expect when you arrive at your appointment.
Step 1: Prep
You’ll arrive at the Quality Care Associates Office and be greeted by our friendly staff. Once you are in your room, your clinician will go over the process with you so you know what to expect. The process is really just three steps, the first of which is to prep the area that you will be CoolSculpting. This will consist of applying a clear gel to the area that the cooling panel will be placed. The gel creates a barrier between your skin and the cooling panel.
Step 2: Treatment
The next step is when the magic happens. The clinician will place the cooling panel on your skin. You’ll experience a slight sucking feeling when the panel adheres to your skin. This feeling will subside once the panel is in place. Feelings you may experience during the treatment include pulling, tugging, mild pinching, aching, or cramping at the place you have chosen to treat. Additionally, you may experience intense cold, stinging, and aching. These feelings will all subside when the skin becomes numb during the treatment. During this step you’ll have some valuable time to yourself that you can spend reading, replying to emails, or even napping!
Step 3: Massage
The last step of the procedure is when the CoolSculpting panel will be removed. After it is removed, your clinician will briefly massage the treatment area to break up the treated fat cells. This will enhance your results.
Once the massage is over, your treatment is done! Most patients can go back to work or on with their daily lives after this procedure. Some patients may require more than one treatment for their desired results.