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Do you look down at your body and wish there just wasn’t so much of it? Are you someone who just isn’t happy with the body they inhabit, but who does not want to undergo invasive surgery to alter it? If you are, then you are in luck today as there is a very interesting new procedure making the rounds in America.

This new technique, called CoolSculpting, is the among the newest FDA procedures available to patients. It is a fat reduction technique that does not require the patient to undergo surgery to assist in achieving the look they desire to have. The technique uses a controlled application of extreme cooling to injury the fat cells of a targeted area, which the body then will naturally excrete over time.

The benefits of this technique are numerous, and start with the price and the time spent in an office. Before the price-point of CoolSculpting can be discussed, the fact that the average liposuction procedure hovers around $4,000 must be presented. That’s a four-digit number for the privilege of going under the knife followed by at least a week of down time, with the potential of having to rely on pain meds or clean up saline secretions. Who wants that when you can spend, on average, 60 minutes and $700 for a CoolSculpting treatment?

Instead of invasive knife work, CoolSculpting is as simple as the doctor pinching the targeted area behind their fingers and applying the applicator arms to chill the area. This technique works thanks to a chemically induced decomposition of the fat cells, which will occur only during certain conditions. Extreme cold applied in a short amount of time is one such condition. As stated, the cold will cause the fat cells to rapidly decompose and dissolve into the normal fluids of the body, to be excreted naturally over time.

There are little to no risks involved with this process, and really the only people who cannot have the produced preformed are those who are particularly susceptible to cold. A handful of studies done in a clinical setting have concluded that the average CoolSculpting treatment results in a 20-30% reduction of fat in the targeted area.

While the percentage itself seems small, when taken in the context of the treatment it is a huge number. This is because CoolSculpting is not in itself an obesity treatment, but rather a procedure to assist in reducing specific areas of the body and to help sculpt a better image. Typically the treatment is applied to areas such as the love handles of the body, as well as stomach rolls and rolls that form around the bra strap.

Beyond some post-procedure pain of the affected area, there have been no adverse effects reported as a result of the technique. The body will excrete the fat cells through the lymphatic system, ultimately culminating in excretion via urination. There is no chance of a fat emboli developing during this process, so there is no need to worry about that. Sometimes there will be bruising and soreness of the area, but this is to be expected and will be much less than what would result of an invasive surgery such as liposuction.

CoolSculpting is a very reliable technique that can help a person greatly in sculpting their body to the image they want. It is also a very affordable procedure, all things considered. As always, contact your current physician to discuss any procedure you wish to undertake. Be sure to ask any questions you may have to the CoolSculpting technician, and if you are not comfortable with their answers use your better judgment about submitting yourself to a procedure.


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