Articles Tagged: coolsculpting procedure
Posted on March 23, 2021 by Ella Fedonenko
CoolSculpting enables permanent fat loss in selective areas of the body, using a non-invasive (non-surgical) procedure that is safe, convenient, and effective. CoolSculpting uses carefully controlled and monitored cooling pads to damage unwanted fat cells selectively, after which they’re naturally eliminated from the body. Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the procedure is that the body does not regenerate that fat cells, so fat loss through the procedure is permanent. Consequently, the technique is fast becoming one of our most popular procedures.
We’ve heard some concerns that CoolSculpting may not be appropriate for all potential patients, particularly those with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
The first thing to state clearly is that CoolSculpting is a cosmetic procedure intended to allow unwanted fat deposits to be reduced or eliminated. It is not advertised as a weight-loss technique. You should not consider CoolSculpting as an effective way to lose weight, reduce cholesterol, or have any other health-related benefits. Given that CoolSculpting does not have health-related benefits, the question remains as to whether it can have any adverse health-related effects.
CoolSculpting removes fat by selectively cooling fat cells to the specific temperature at which they begin to freeze. As fat cells start to solidify, they are damaged, causing them to die, after which they are naturally eliminated from the body over the days and weeks following treatment. The cooling process is carefully designed to avoid damaging any other cells in the body – this is possible because fat cells are particularly sensitive to temperature and because they are affected by temperatures that other body cells can tolerate without damage. A major plus with CoolSculpting is the way it uses the body’s natural processes to remove unwanted fat cells.
CoolSculpting with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-approved for use on the chin, abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, as well as for fat deposits on the back and sides of the chest. It’s also widely used in other body areas, such as ankles and knees. The FDA approval does not exclude patients with diabetes from having access to CoolSculpting.
There are several accounts in the literature that document the use of CoolSculpting on patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, describing the successful use of the procedure. There, however, have been concerns expressed that the cryolipolysis that forms the basis of the CoolSculpting procedure can theoretically contribute to metabolic syndrome, which is one of the contributors to type 2 diabetes. We don’t believe that this represents a significant factor in the vast majority of cases – loss of body fat from CoolSculpting is more likely to result in metabolic benefits.
CoolSculpting with Insulin Pumps
CoolSculpting might interfere with the use of insulin pumps – consequently, we would recommend avoiding performing CoolSculpting procedure on body areas where insulin pumps are used.
In many cases, diabetics with uncontrolled blood sugar levels are more likely to suffer damage to the tiny blood vessels near the skin surface. Therefore, diabetics are somewhat more likely to suffer temporary bruising as a result of the CoolSculpting procedure.
The one conclusion that you should draw from these potential problems is the need to ensure that you only undertake CoolSculpting after having discussed all potential issues with a doctor who is also thoroughly familiar with the procedure. Do not assume that every doctor will have this experience, and certainly do not assume that every CoolSculpting practitioner is qualified to give you medical advice. You may find that it’s relatively rare to find a medically qualified doctor who is also experienced with CoolSculpting; as a diabetic, you absolutely need to pay special attention to this problem.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care are highly experienced – we can provide you with expert advice on how best to use CoolSculpting to address your particular situation, including diabetes. We have extensive experience with a wide variety of non-invasive cosmetic procedures and can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals, combining different procedures when appropriate. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.
Posted on April 15, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
CoolSculpting can be a very attractive procedure for those looking for a simple and effective way to remove localized excess subcutaneous fat. It’s both safe and noninvasive and is rapidly growing in popularity as more people become aware of how easy it is to eliminate excess fat deposits in many parts of the body.
Is CoolSculpting Painful?
However, as the procedure involves pinching the unwanted fat between refrigerated pads, potential patients are often concerned with just what the procedure feels like, and whether it’s uncomfortable or even painful.
The first thing to know is that individual CoolSculpting sessions can take up to several hours, and as each session can remove up to 25% of the fat cells in the treatment area, more than one treatment may sometimes be needed.
During the CoolSculpting Procedure
The pads used to squeeze the treatment area are cooled to an exact temperature, and suction is also applied to ensure the fat cells are cooled as effectively as possible. The suction mostly feels like a gentle pinch to the skin. Generally, this is easily tolerated and doesn’t cause significant discomfort. Once the cooling pads start to chill down the skin and fat, you’ll notice the temperature drop, and some people are certainly more sensitive to this process than others.
Generally, however, this part of the process is only mildly uncomfortable, you’ll probably tolerate the cold fairly easily, and even in cases where the cold temperature causes more pronounced discomfort, it’s mitigated by the numbness that comes with the exposure to low temperatures. Generally, the process feels quite similar to that of holding an ice pack to your body for several minutes – something that we can nearly all tolerate quite easily.
Once the cooling session is over, and the pads removed, the practitioner will massage the treated area, to stimulate and even out the removal of fat cells, and restore any feeling that may have been numbed by the cold. This part of the process may also be perceived differently – some patients find being manipulated somewhat uncomfortable, while others are not bothered by it.
If you’re particularly sensitive, or just worried about how you’ll react to the procedure, we encourage you to make your concerns known to your practitioner. They may be able to modify the process to minimize discomfort, or to avoid areas that you find particularly sensitive.
After the Procedure
Results are not seen immediately after a CoolSculpting session but become apparent in the weeks after treatment. Some discomfort can accompany the actual loss of fat cells – around 10 percent of patients experience some minimal pain or soreness during this period, which can include unusually sensitive skin. These symptoms will soon dissipate, although it may be wise to avoid wearing tight clothing around the treated area until any tenderness has subsided.
Interested in CoolSculpting? Contact Your Laser Skin Care
We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about CoolSculpting treatments and can show you how best to make use of CoolSculpting to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation. We have extensive experience with this and many other types of cosmetic procedures.