CoolSculpting has been growing in popularity since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved the cryolipolysis device and procedure in 2010. CoolSculpting is safe and effective for people who want to remove stubborn pockets of fat. Perhaps its most attractive benefit is that patients have little to no downtime.
Unfortunately, many people are trying to reduce the CoolSculpting cost by performing the procedure at home. This is an ill-advised and potentially dangerous idea. In addition to the serious health risks, DIY CoolSculpting can produce unattractive – and sometimes permanent – results.
No medical evidence exists that indicates putting ice on the abdomen can kill fat cells. Also, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, no home technology exists that provides the specialized approach necessary to obtain the results of clinical CoolSculpting.
If you have questions about CoolSculpting in Charlotte, contact Evolve Medical Associates. With a combination of spa treatments, skincare services and body contouring, the Evolve team can address a range of cosmetic issues.
Call 704-935-5745 to schedule an appointment. Until then, read on to learn three risks of do-it-yourself CoolSculpting:
- Unattractive Results
When fat cells cool, they move away from the source of the cold. This survival instinct protects them from damage and keeps the central body warm.
CoolSculpting involves a specialized vacuum that prevents fat cells from moving. Without this vacuum, the procedure would be ineffective, and the results may not look contoured.
CoolSculpting is a body-contouring procedure. This means that it shapes the body – much like a sculptor. For this reason, your doctor will target specific areas while keeping the overall contour of your body in mind. This is not possible with a do-it-yourself approach. You would only notice random patches of weight loss.
- Possible Damage to Skin and Organs
In order for cryolipolysis to work without damaging organs and skin, it needs to maintain the ideal temperature to freeze only fat and no other cells. Ice cannot do this; it melts quickly and is not the right temperature.
DIY CoolSculpting can cause serious damage to organs and skin. Reports of frostbite and burns are growing more common.
- No Benefits
CoolSculpting machines use a suction cup to vacuum targeted cells, creating a “hickey-like” effect. As the pressure builds from the suction, the tissue starts folding in on itself inside the applicator. This maximizes cooling because it allows the machine to cool from the sides and surface.
If you attempt to use ice to cool surface fat, most fat cells will hide near muscles and never chill. Pulling fat away from the muscles is the only way for cryolipolysis to work.
Effective CoolSculpting requires specialized equipment, and you should only undergo this treatment from a medical professional. Attempting this procedure at home or trusting an inexperienced clinic can lead to poor results and threaten your safety.
If you are interested in CoolSculpting in Charlotte, contact Evolve Medical Associates. We personalize every procedure to ensure the results look natural. Call 704-935-5745 to schedule a consultation.