If Coolsculpting can freeze fat away, can I do it at home with ice? More specifically on my eyelids?
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CoolSculpting® uses an innovative cooling technology that cannot be replicated at home.
Part of what makes CoolSculpting® a remarkable, non-surgical fat reduction method is that it uses controlled cooling (cryolipolysis) to eliminate fat cells while preserving surrounding tissue. Not only will applying ice cubes to your face or body prove ineffective at freezing fat, doing so can also damage your skin. Further, you mentioned that you have excess fat around your eyelids, which is not a treatment area that CoolSculpting® can address.
Coolsculpting is used to freeze fat cells and reduce fat by killing the fat cells without injuring the skin. Don't try ice!
CoolSculpting reduces unwanted neck and body fat using the principle that the temperature needed to kill fat cells is not as cold as the temperature needed to kill skin cells. Don't use ice at home as that would be too cold, and frostbite and death of the skin cells could cause a wound that will cause not only permanent scarring, but a contraction of skin that can pull the eyelid away from the eye and cause corneal exposure damage.
Can I use ice at home to get rid of eyelid fat?
I know that there are a lot of sites on the internet that offer at home or inexpensive alternatives to Coolsculpting. However, you need to understand that Coolsculpting underwent extensive studies at Harvard Wellman labs along with safety trials to accomplish what they have achieved. Trying to freeze your own eyelids at home is really dangerous since it is close to your eyeballs and can damage your own vision. In the future, Coolsculpting may come up with a treatment for eyelid fat but rest assured it will have undergone many safety studies before being launched.
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Many patients have asked, "Well, if Coolsculpting gets rid of fat, why can't I just put ice on the area I want to melt away the fat?"
Nope. It will not work like that. And we would not recommend putting ice on your eyelids to melt away upper eyelid fat. Without adequate supervision you could bring on unwanted side effects and even injury to your adjacent structures, like your eyes!
The process by which cryolipolysis induces a programed cell death is one that follows a very well structured sequence of inducing cell cycle change by manipulating the temperature of the surrounding tissue. Placing ice in a random fashion will not result in similar results.
Don't Try This At Home With ICE on your skin you will burn!
I don't recommend trying to mimic Coolsculpting results with ice. You could damage the skin permanently. I recommend a formal consultation with an expert. Fractional C02 laser can be used around the eye for great results. Best, Dr. Emer
Coolsculpting and Ice
Coolsculpting is a specialized machine that was invented to cool the skin and remove fat without damaging the skin. You would have a burn from the ice without any benefit at home. Best, Dr. Green
CoolSculpting is a precise medical treatment - do not attempt at home!
Though CoolSculpting does target fat cells in a temperature-dependent fashion, you cannot and should not try this method at home using ice cubes. This is incredibly dangerous, particularly for the skin around your eyes.
No, you can't
Coolsculpting brings the temperature of the area down to near freezing but not at freezing temperatures like ice. Ice would actually damage your skin but Coolsculpting doesn't.
Is Ice an alternative to CoolSculpting?
Thank you for your question. A significant amount of research and technological advances have gone into developing a safe and effective means to reduce fat permanently via "cold" (CoolSculpting). Trying to use ice only to accomplish this, especially around the eyes would not only be potentially dangerous but highly ineffective. To address your eye concerns present to a plastic surgeon to discuss your surgical options. Best wishes.
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