5 Things to Know Before Your CoolSculpting Procedure

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Questions like this are not new:  “I’ve been considering CoolSculpting, but the reviews are mixed. What should I believe?” To date, there have been well over 2 million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide. More than 40 peer-reviewed journals have established the nonsurgical technique as safe and effective. These scholarly articles report an 86% satisfaction rating. However, cosmetic surgery review sites like RealSelf, only report an 83% Worth It rating.

Conflicting CoolSculpting reviews can seem very confusing. It's important to remember, though, that CoolSculpting is not a one-size-fits-all technique; not every patient is a match for the non-surgical technique. If you're considering CoolSculpting, ensure that you have a positive experience by knowing the answers to the following five questions before scheduling your procedure.

1. Are you a good candidate for CoolSculpting?
The only way to determine if you're a good candidate for CoolSculpting is to have an in-person consultation with an experienced provider. Remember, there are two kinds of fat: visceral (deep under the muscle, not pinchable) and subcutaneous (above the muscle, soft, pinchable). This subcutaneous fat can easily be treated with noninvasive techniques like CoolSculpting. Unfortunately, if you are struggling with visceral fat, diet and exercise may be your only option.

2. Is your provider's practice listed on the CoolSculpting website?
Understand that anyone can purchase a knockoff or used CoolSculpting machine on EBay. Just because a provider says they can do the technique, that doesn't mean they should be doing your procedure. Luckily, CoolSculpting makes determining a trained clinician simple by listing all of the certified providers in the United States on its website.

3: Is your provider a graduate of CoolSculpting University?
CoolSculpting University, located in California, providers surgeons, nurses, and aesthetic technicians advanced studies in the technique, as well as the science behind the procedure. You want a graduate of this program to perform your pre-treatment assessment, as well as provide your CoolSculpting sessions. Always make sure you will be in the hands of a CoolScultping graduate.

4: Are all six CoolSculpting applicators available with your provider?
CoolSculpting procedures should be customized using one of their six applicators. Each of these has been designed for a specific area of the body. There is no way to guarantee a successful CoolSculpting treatment unless the appropriate applicator is utilized.
  • CoolFit – inner thighs
  • CoolSmooth – outer thighs
  • CoolCore – abdomen
  • CoolCurve – sides and flanks (love handles)
  • CoolMax – large, broad areas of fat
  • CoolMini - submental fat (couble chin)
5: Are you overly focused on the cost of CoolSculpting?
The price of CoolSculpting is not fixed, the most common way to receive a discount is to have the procedure on multiple areas. The more areas treated, the higher the savings. A single treatment can range from $600-$1,600, depending on the area. Any price that seems too good to be true probably is. Focus your search on finding a qualified, respected CoolSculpting provider, and not a cheap procedure.

Make sure your CoolSculpting experience does not turn into a negative review. Find out if the procedure is right for you.

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Houston Plastic Surgeon