Fat Freezing by CoolSculpting: Does it Hurt?

August 21, 2019

CoolSculpting CoolAdvantageIt is easy to understand why CoolSculpting treatments are on the rise worldwide. Apart from being a safe alternative to surgical fat reduction, CoolSculpting is also based on the proven  science of Cryolipolysis, which refers to the use of freezing temperatures to destroy and kill fat cells permanently.

Since CoolSculpting has been performed over five million times and has been clinically proven for its safety and effectiveness (with a high rate of patient satisfaction), many are now considering this body contouring procedure. 

However, one of the common questions about it is: “Does CoolSculpting Hurt?”

Before we answer any pain or discomfort related to the treatment, it is a good idea to learn more about CoolSculpting first or how it can freeze fat cells away without cuts, needles, and a longer recovery time.

The Basics of CoolSculpting CoolSculpting-machine

CoolSculpting in Singapore is a US FDA-approved treatment that can target stubborn fats and kill fat cells for good. As mentioned before, it uses Cryolipolysis (controlled cooling technology), which exposes the fat cells to freezing temperatures without harming the skin or other tissues. 

Exposure to low temperature triggers the process of apoptosis or natural cell death, causing the fat cells to die naturally and cleared through the lymphatic system and processed as waste in the liver. This means that once the fat cells are frozen, they are gone permanently and will never come back.

How Does it Work?

CoolSculpting works by suctioning the fat bulges using applicators of different sizes. Each applicator is specifically made to target problem areas in the belly, thighs, arms, and chin as well as smaller fat areas like bra and knee fat.

These applicators deliver direct cooling to the treated areas which freezes the fat cells to the point of elimination. Once the fat cells die, they are completely removed from the body over time. This gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer, resulting in a sculpted and slimmer physique.

Before the fat freezing starts, the area will be marked first to determine where to place the handpiece. Then, a cooling gel pad will be placed on the skin for additional protection. After this, vacuum pressure from the applicator will draw the fat tissue between the cooling panels, jumpstarting the process of natural removal in the body. 

So, Does Fat Freezing with CoolSculpting Hurt?

This depends on every patient but the truth is fat freezing treatments may cause a bit of discomfort. However, rest assured that this is often experienced during the first few minutes of the procedure wherein the applicator suctions in the fat bulge. 

When the bulge is drawn inside the applicator, most patients experience slight pulling, tugging, and mild pinching sensations together with localized cooling in the treated area. After a few minutes the area will feel numb and the discomfort is minimized. 

Furthermore, the improved and enhanced cup design of CoolAdvantage applicators are proven to make the procedure more comfortable for patients with 35 minutes treatment time and a larger cooling area.

It is also good to know that the CoolSculpting device has safety mechanisms built in it to detect if the skin is getting too cold. If it’s found to be too cold, it shuts off automatically.

What are the Side Effects After the Procedure?

The treated area may feel tender and sore for a few days, but you can return to your normal routines after the procedure. Other common side effects include minor redness, swelling, tingling, and bruising, but these are all temporary and will resolve completely after a few days.

What Results Can I Expect?

Some patients report seeing results as early as three weeks after the first session, but the most dramatic results can be seen within 60 to 90 days or once your body metabolized the dead fat cells.  You can achieve long-term stable results, as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine.

The procedure results in a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated areas, and the treated fat cells are gone for good. It usually takes several treatments to reach optimal results, which only means that the more sessions you undergo, the more fats are eliminated and the better results you’ll achieve. 

Schedule a Body Assessment and Consultation

If you have stubborn fat areas that won’t seem to go away with diet and exercise, don’t hesitate to consider CoolSculpting. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics today to schedule a body assessment and consultation with our aesthetic doctors, to find out if this fat freezing procedure is right for you. .