It’s perfectly normal to be skeptical of cosmetic treatments that seem too good to be true. You only have one body, and you have to protect it at all costs. Plus, professional cosmetic treatments aren’t cheap. You need to make sure your hard-earned money is going to get you the results you want!
CoolSculpting is one of those treatments that just seems like a miracle. It’s a non-invasive, safe, and effective body contouring treatment that requires little to no downtime. Now that it’s been around for several years, more patients are starting to realize just how incredible this procedure is, but there are still lots of common questions surrounding CoolSculpting treatments.
One common concern is about the safety of CoolSculpting for your skin. Considering the cold temperatures that are used to destroy fat cells, can CoolSculpting damage the skin in the treatment area? Here’s what you need to know to move forward with confidence and peace of mind.
Can CoolSculpting Damage Your Skin?
CoolSculpting uses very cold temperatures to target unwanted fat. Chilling the area causes the fat cells to implode so the body can eliminate them for good. This “cryolipolysis” process destroys the fat cells but does not cause lasting damage to your skin. In short, you don’t have to worry about getting frostbite during your procedure!
It’s perfectly normal, however, to experience minor side effects after the treatment. Your skin might look red and slightly swollen or bruised for a short time. You might experience temporary stinging, aching, itching, and tenderness in the area. Unless these minor side effects continue for more than a few weeks, there’s no need for concern!
The CoolSculpting treatment is designed to contour “problem areas” without harming the skin. While your skin will go numb during the treatment (it is a cold treatment, after all!) you don’t need to worry about long-term changes in your skin. If you have any remaining questions about CoolSculpting safety, don’t hesitate to ask them at your initial consultation.
Will CoolSculpting Tighten Your Skin?
Many cosmetic treatments can help to tighten loose or lax skin by stimulating collagen production with heat energy. In CoolSculpting, no heat energy is used, so the skin does not produce more collagen after treatment.
Although CoolSculpting isn’t known to tighten skin directly, it does help skin gently retract on its own by gradually eliminating the destroyed fat cells. This slow progression gives the skin time to react to changes in the body, instead of creating dramatic fat loss that results in loose skin.
If you’re interested in CoolSculpting, it’s important to have good skin elasticity. Your skin must be able to conform to the new contours of your body for best results from the treatment. Your provider can help you determine if your skin is elastic enough for the procedure.
Loose skin can be challenging to treat without surgery. If you’re interested in body contouring but you’re worried about skin elasticity, then you might want to consider liposuction with a lifting procedure. There are non-surgical treatments for age-related skin laxity, like Ultherapy, but these are typically best for the face and neck. A consultation will help you decide on the treatment plan that’s right for you.
Are There Risks to CoolSculpting?
Overall, CoolSculpting has an exceptional safety record. The machines are designed with safety in mind and have automatic controls to protect patients. With that said, there are risks to every cosmetic treatment, though they are typically rare for non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting. Healthy adults rarely develop complications from CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting providers minimize risks by evaluating each candidate and ensuring that they are healthy enough for the procedure. People with certain disorders that make them more sensitive to cold are not eligible for CoolSculpting treatments, for instance. People with chronic pain or autoimmune conditions are also not good candidates for this procedure.
There’s also the risk of disappointment for patients who don’t have realistic expectations. CoolSculpting is not recommended for people who are overweight or obese—it’s best for people who are at or near their goal weight with stubborn fat in specific areas. That’s why it’s so important to choose a provider who will help you to set your expectations and might even recommend waiting until you are a better candidate for the procedure.
CoolSculpting Experts in Houston, TX
Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique is a state-of-the-art medical spa in Houston, Texas, staffed by the best CoolSculpting experts in the region. Our facility specializes in the CoolSculpting procedure, allowing us to offer options like DualSculpting (treatment of two areas in half the time) and CoolMini treatments for small areas.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits, risks, and your own individual candidacy for CoolSculpting, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We will be happy to schedule a consultation for you so you can feel comfortable about CoolSculpting and make the treatment decision that’s right for you. Call Mirror Mirror in Houston at (281) 810-9083 today!