As CoolSculpting’s popularity builds, so do the myths surrounding this transformative treatment. Misinformation includes the best areas to treat with CoolSculpting, the qualities that make someone an eligible candidate, and the type of results CoolSculpting can create. If you’re considering CoolSculpting here in Boston but have encountered conflicting information about what the treatment can achieve, this blog post might help clear the air. Let’s examine 6 of the most common myths I hear in my practice.
Myth#1: CoolSculpting only works on the stomach.
Reality: While the abdomen is a popular CoolSculpting treatment area, it’s far from the only part of the body that can be treated. The magic of CoolSculpting is in its applicators. These detachable components are shaped and sized to fit various parts of the body. By using different applicators, a skilled CoolSculpting practitioner can effectively treat the upper arms, inner or outer thighs, chest, and even the neck, including the much-maligned “double chin.”
Myth#2: CoolSculpting is great for treating saggy skin.
Reality: Plenty of nonsurgical options exist for tightening skin, but CoolSculpting is not one of them. CoolSculpting is strictly a fat reduction procedure, and if loose skin is already a concern, treatment can actually make this symptom worse. Depending on the location and severity of your loose skin, you may be a better candidate for a surgical procedure, such as a tummy tuck. In cases of significant skin laxity, only surgical excision can offer noticeable improvement. During your initial consultation, I’ll evaluate the area you’d like to treat and make a recommendation based on my findings.
Myth #3: CoolSculpting can help me reach my ideal body weight.
Reality: CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure, and patients should not undergo the treatment with the expectation of dropping a noticeable amount of weight. Instead, CoolSculpting is meant to contour the body, reducing targeted areas of fat and contributing to a smooth, shapely result. In fact, CoolSculpting is not advised for patients who are significantly overweight, since the treatment might be uneven or simply ineffective.
Myth #4: CoolSculpting is a 1-time treatment.
Reality: Although some patients achieve satisfactory results after a single CoolSculpting session, others require 2 treatments to get the outcome they want. If you’re considering CoolSculpting, I recommend waiting until the results of your initial treatment have fully developed before planning for a second treatment. It usually takes several weeks to fully appreciate your results.
Myth #5: Fat lost during CoolSculpting treatments will come back.
Reality: CoolSculpting doesn’t merely shrink fat cells the way diet and exercise does. Instead, it actually eliminates them. Once fat cells are eliminated, they are unlikely to come back. However, a successful CoolSculpting treatment does not make you immune to weight gain in the future. Fat accumulation in other areas of your body is possible if you don’t adhere to healthy habits. To really get the most from your CoolSculpting treatment, stick to a balanced diet and get regular exercise.
Myth #6: It makes no difference which Boston plastic surgery practice I go to for CoolSculpting.
Reality: CoolSculpting is a tool, and like most tools, it’s only as useful as the person controlling it. If you decide to have a CoolSculpting treatment, it’s crucial to choose a provider with the necessary experience and a proven track record of attractive results. Both my staff and I have undergone extensive training on the proper use and applications of CoolSculpting, ensuring your treatment maintains your safety and comfort while still delivering the results you want.
CoolSculpting is popular for a reason—we’d like to show you why. If you’d like to learn how this treatment can work for you, please contact my office to request your consultation.