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Body shaping via the CoolSculpting system is a Health Canada-approved non-surgical treatment to reduce the amount of fat cells in the body. CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to rid the body of stubborn fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise. The results yield a toned physique, free of fatty bulges.
Who is a good candidate for body shaping?
Coolsculpting is a body shaping procedure for people that have noticeable bulges in the abdomen, thighs, chin and back. These bulges do not seem to disappear no matter how active you are and how much you manage your diet. People who wish to undergo CoolSculpting must be in general good health to be considered ideal candidates.
If you suffer from cryoglobulinemia (a group of diseases that cause inflammation and damage to blood vessels), cold agglutinin disease (a rare form of anemia) or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (when hemoglobin appears in the urine), you cannot undergo this procedure. Furthermore, CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity. You must be at your ideal weight with the exception of the stubborn fat pockets that don’t respond to diet and exercise.
What does the recovery from CoolSculpting entail?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure so there is no recovery time needed. Most people return to work immediately following their procedure. You can resume your normal exercise routine and unlike surgical fat removal procedures, there are no compression garments to be worn or painkillers prescribed.
During the CoolSculpting session many people experience sensations of pulling or tugging. Some people also feel a mild pinching or stinging due to the intense cold of the fat freezing procedure. These sensations are completely normal and will subside as soon as the area being treated becomes numb.
Following the procedure some patients feel cramping, itching or tenderness in the treated areas. Light bruising or redness and skin sensitivity is expected. Those who have their submental area (neck/chin) area treated may feel a fullness in the back of the throat post-treatment. These side-effects are normal and will subside shortly.
What to look for in a surgeon
The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) is the only recognized body in Canada. Your surgeon must be a member of CSAPS and board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. However, body shaping isn’t a surgical procedure so you will need to ensure that your surgeon and his/her technicians and nurses are trained in this specific treatment system.
Here are three questions to ask potential surgeons to see if they are good fit to perform your CoolSculpting procedure:
How many of these procedures have you done?
Where did you learn to use the system/where were you trained?
Are your nurses and technicians trained in the system as well?
Body shaping through the CoolSculpting system eliminates fat cells by freezing them. The system is placed on the area that you wish to have treated and then the fat cells are crystallized until they die. Once the fat cells die, they are processed and eliminated by the body naturally. During the procedure you will be sitting comfortably in a chair. This since isn’t a surgical procedure you will be awake during it. Most people read, check emails, or play games on their phone to pass the time.
Your surgeon will create a tailormade treatment plan for you. Each treatment takes anywhere from 35-60 minutes and you can have multiple areas treated at once. The amount of treatments you receive depends on your goals and the size of the area being treated.
When we are teenagers, the fat cells in our bodies become a fixed number. This means that when we gain or lose weight we don’t gain or lose fat cells, they simply change shape. When we lose weight, our fat cells get smaller and when we gain weight they get bigger. Dieting and exercising makes our fat cells shrink and lead to weight loss; however, the fat cells don’t disappear. With CoolSculpting, the number of fat cells in the treated areas actually do disappear by about 20-25%. The fat cells are naturally processed by the body when they are eliminated. Hence, instead of simply getting smaller through weight loss, fat reduction removes the fat cells for good.
Body shaping is an alternative to liposuction. Both procedures shape the body by removing excess fat cells and result in leaner, more toned physiques. The major difference between the two is that liposuction is a surgical procedure making it moderately invasive while CoolSculpting is not.
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