We were delighted to be featured in this months Red Magazine with Dr Tracy Mountford busting CoolSculpting myths.
Freezing away your fat sounds too good to be true, but is it? Red Magazine spoke to Dr Tracy Mountford to sort the facts from fiction.
MYTH #1: It’s only for belly fat
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for the abdomen, flanks (love handles), thighs, bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks, the upper arms and, most recently, the fat under the chin and jawline (double chin). “The abdomen, flanks and the fat pad under the chin are high-win areas – you can often get a good result from just one treatment.”, says Tracy Mountford. “Areas such as the inner thighs, upper arms and back fat are slightly more difficult to treat, so while some patients do get good results from just one session, for other patients a second treatment eight weeks later may required to get the desired results.”
MYTH #2: You’ll see instant results
Once the fat cells have been frozen, your body will eliminate dead cells over the next few months. “We often see results as early as three to four weeks, but we’ll wait about eight weeks to assess the full effects. However, patients have reported seeing additional improvements up to 16 weeks later.” The number of fat cells you have in your body is set during childhood and adolescence, so when you gain or lose weight as an adult, those fat cells are simply expanding or shrinking. But with CoolSculpting, the freezing process actually kills off the fat cells in the treated area. “After you’ve treated an area, even if you gain weight, it will be distributed more evenly across the body. You won’t put on as much weight in that area as you used to”.
MYTH #3: It hurts
“Anything that works in life tends to be a little uncomfortable, but generally speaking CoolSculpting is well tolerated.” In fact, discomfort is so minimal that people having the treatment will often work on their iPhones or watch TV during the 35-45 minute procedure, then head back to work straight after.
MYTH #4: It only works if you’re overweight
“The ideal patient is somebody with a reasonably healthy lifestyle already, who just want to get rid of stubborn fat. But we can treat people who are slightly heavier, who might use CoolSculpting to give them a boost to get going on their lifestyle changes, or to help with overhang rolls – although it’s important to note that for these patients, it may take multiple treatment sessions to see significant changes.”
MYTH #5: It’s a high-risk procedure
“With anything medical, it’s very important to say that there will always be risks associated. What makes CoolSculpting genuinely different is that it’s the only cryolipolysis device with more than 60 peer-reviewed papers to support its safety and efficacy. The main side effects that can occur are post-treatment swelling and numbness, both of which are temporary.”
We have been carrying out CoolSculpting treatments at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic since 2012 and have been the No1 CoolSculpting clinic in the UK and Europe for 6 consecutive years. You can be assured that all our CoolSculpting practitioners are highly skilled and trained in the CoolSculpting procedure with patient safety and treatment outcomes being of the greatest priority.
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