I would like to know the side effects, possible risks of coolsculpting and how does it affect my body.
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Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals. There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient. We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what. It is a very safe procedure. immediate adverse reactions are rare but could include bruising and swelling. Every treatment, 20 to 25% subcutaneous fat is reduced in the area the treatment was performed on.
Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
CoolSculpting Side Effects and Safety
Thank you very much for your question. CoolSculpting is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe, noninvasive method for fat elimination. Side effects of CoolSculpting can include redness, tingling or numbness in the treatment area, and minor swelling. The swelling should resolve in one to two weeks, following your treatment. The procedure will not interfere with your chance for pregnancy in the future, and will not affect the efficacy of your birth control pills or your medications for polycystic ovary syndrome. I recommend scheduling a consultation appointment with an experienced plastic surgeon to further discuss the CoolSculpting procedure and decide if you are a good candidate for this technique.