Cool Sculpting: Does It Actually Work?

In the quest for achieving a desirable body composition, science has come up with various innovative techniques over the years. One such method that has gained popularity in recent times is Cool Sculpting. While the idea behind Cool Sculpting may sound appealing, it’s important to understand the science behind this procedure to make an informed decision if it is right for you. In this article, examine how Cool Sculpting works, the potential risks, and whether or not this is the right tool to help you achieve your desired body composition.

Cool Sculpting procedure

How It Works

Cool Sculpting, or cryolipolysis, is founded on the principle that fat cells are more susceptible to cold temperatures than surrounding tissues. This procedure involves the use of specialized applicators that target specific areas of the body, which chills the targeted fat cells to a temperature that triggers their crystallization. Over the following weeks, the body’s natural processes kick in, breaking down and eliminating these damaged fat cells. The non-invasive nature of Cool Sculpting has attracted many individuals seeking to address “stubborn” fat without the downtime and risks associated with similar surgical procedures like liposuction.

Cool Sculpting As Body Composition Management

One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to effortless fat-reduction techniques is that once the fat is removed, the results are permanent. Cool Sculpting may reduce localized fat, but it is not a long-term solution for achieving and maintaining a healthy body composition. This is because it targets fat cells, but doesn’t address the factors that affect overall body composition. Even if individuals experience fat reduction after treatments, they will likely gain it back without making sustainable lifestyle changes. To achieve sustainable weight loss and muscle tone, a balanced diet and regular exercise are still crucial.

Risks of Cool Sculpting

Cool Sculpting and the promise of effortless fat loss from the area of your choosing can be tempting, but it is not without some risks. Some people may experience short-term side effects like redness, swelling, bruising, and temporary numbness, but these typically go away over the following days or weeks.

The real concern is the risk of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH). When PAH occurs, the treated area actually develops more fat cells and leads to the hardening of fat cells in the shape of the applicator. While the occurrence is rare, it’s not quite as rare as the medical device company officially reports, even today, and there have been very few studies into why it happens to some people or what factors may decrease the risk of this complication. It is worth noting that in certain cases PAH might be resolved with liposuction, but it may take multiple procedures to correct.

Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia. Aesthet Surg J. 2018 Mar 14;38(4):411-417

Before (A) and After (B) Coolsculpting. Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia. Aesthet Surg J. 2018 Mar 14;38(4):411-417

As with any body-altering decision, it is highly encouraged to do thorough research and consultation with medical professionals before considering any procedure, but frankly, Cool Sculpting is just not worth the time, effort, or risks. Cool Sculpting requires multiple sessions to achieve results, and the full outcome may take several months to become apparent. Patience and commitment are vital, and even then, the procedure might not provide the desired results. That amount of time and money invested into sustainable habits such as healthier eating and regular exercise will yield better body composition results that last longer than cool sculpting, and without the risk of complications like PAH. If you are feeling stuck or want help to achieve your dream body naturally, know that the Stark team is always here to help.




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