you on the correct procedure. Here are some of the questions you should ask your doctor about CoolSculpting.
Do I need To Avoid Certain Medications?
Your doctor may ask that you avoid certain medications as a precaution. This is not a stringent procedure and many doctors will not ask that you avoid any medication. Some prescriptions, namely blood thinners, can cause excess bruising in the target area. You must let your doctor know about any medical conditions you have and prescriptions you are taking. Supplements
generally will not cause any unwanted side effects, though it is a good idea to let your doctor know about those as well.
How Is CoolSculpting Performed In Your Office?
CoolSculpting is usually performed in the same manner in all offices. The machines may vary due to manufacturer. The applicator device work with vacuum suction, applied heat, and cooling slides or panels. Skin is 'sucked' between the panels, heat separates fat and blood, then cooling is applied to destroy fat cells.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
This question may have different answers due to how the doctor applies the treatment. Office waits should not be included, though this will increase or decrease your total time in office. Many patients are treated in about an hour, sometimes less.
Is The Procedure Painful?
Some patients may feel pain though many doctors report their patients did not feel pain. The procedure is generally comfortable and does not require the use of anesthesia. No incisions or sutures are needed which considerably increases patient comfort. Some doctors report that patients may have a tingling during the procedure and depending on your tolerance levels, the coolness can be uncomfortable.
Is CoolSculpting For Large Amounts of Fat?
Most doctors will not target large areas of fat. The procedures designed to target areas like love handles in people that have not been able to eliminate the fat through diet or exercise. These are stubborn fat deposits, not large areas. Repeat treatments can be made, but for people that want or need to remove a lot of fat, liposuction may be a better bet.
How Long Is Recovery?
For most patients recovery is quick. With no wounds to heal, recovery time is minimal. Some bruising may occur and this heals quickly. Patients can go back to normal activity right after the procedure has been completed.
How Long Until I see Results?
Many patients do not see full results for up to four months. Swelling is apparent for the first week or so after treatment and can skew the patient's perception of how much fat is leaving the body. Since fat is not manually removed, it will take up to four months for all of the dead fat cells to be eliminated. Some people may see results faster.