Is CoolSculpting Safe?

A 3-hour workout followed by death by chocolate? Not cool! 

Are you someone who works out for hours on end to burn a few hundred calories and that night you eat the calories back in a Hershey bar? Then feel like your love handles just got 3x bigger? We understand the frustration with areas where fat is hard to lose yet it seems like if you look at junk food, the area grows almost immediately. No matter where you get your fat from and where you can’t rid it, persistent fat deposits are the toughest kind to get rid of. Whether you’re maintaining a moderate or intense diet and exercise program or not, it usually takes large amounts of effort and time to see those hard to get rid of areas go away. As you know, summer will be here before you know it and we understand that you may be looking into some options to get rid of those fatty areas. 

Coolsculpting offers you the option to not only reduce fat in stubborn areas but also do it in a fairly comfortable and non-invasive way. CoolSculpting technology gives you the chance to safely get rid of fat cells without the hassle and risks of surgery. Coolsculpting has been around for over 14 years now. It is the process of freezing and eventually killing your fat cells. Cryolipolysis is the technical term used for the procedure. When getting CoolSculpting, different contours are used to pull the tissue into the applicator which cools down the tissue. When the fat cell temperature is lowered, they are damaged and eventually die without damaging your skin. 

Is CoolSculpting really safe?

Coolsculpting is FDA approved in the U.S. for several areas of the body where visible bulges of fat are such as the upper arm, thighs, abdomen, flank and under the buttocks. To learn more about the CoolSculpting FDA-Clearance history, you can go here. A 2015 study found that patients treated with CoolSculpting lost an average of 14.67 to 28.5 percent of fat in those areas.  It also noted that side effects were mild and short term. People who have had the treatment relate it to having sore muscles after you work out. Another study done in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal reported a 19.55% fat reduction after almost four months! Here are a few safety facts about Coolsculpting:

  • More than 7 million treatments have been performed.
  • It has been studied in clinical settings with over 5,000 patients
  • Over 100 peer-reviewed publications have been published
  • No debilitating or life-threatening side effects
  • Non-invasive 

Like most procedures, there are certain risks associated with it. Fortunately, the side effects are typically minimal and short-lived. The same study mentioned above, also found that less than 1% reported and any type of complications. The most common complaints were:

  • Mild swelling
  • Redness
  • Minor Bruising

CoolSculpting is a safe and effective alternative to liposuction for getting rid of undesired fat. It is important to make sure that you are going to a reputable practice. You can read more about how not all CoolSculpting clinics are created equal in a recent blog. It is also important to remember that any type of fat reduction procedure does not totally prevent new fat cells from appearing. In order to maintain your amazing results, CoolSculpting is best paired with a healthy lifestyle.