Cool Sculpting 101: All You Need to Know

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Posted on: 03 December 2018 by Dawn Richard

Would you like to lose weight but don’t want to have to exercise or change your diet?

Have you tried exercising or changing your diet but the fat just won’t go away? The latest trend in the get-skinny-with-no-effort-but-lots-of-money is called Coolsculpting. Read on to learn about coolsculpting and to see if it may be your ticket to a worry-free bikini season. 
 
What is Coolsculpting anyway?
 
Coolsculpting is the catchy phrase about literally freezing your fat cells to the point of no return. A small apparatus is held up against your skin in areas where you want to lose some flab and turns your skin and subsequent fat cells beneath your skin so cold that the fat cells freeze. This kills them. Cells do not resurrect themselves once they thaw. In time, ranging from a few days to a few weeks, your body will flush out the dead fat cells and they will never return. 
 
Does it hurt?
 
The side effects of Coolsculpting can include cramping, stinging, tingling, aching, pulling, redness, swelling, skin sensitivity and bruising so that is probably a big, ironically, fat, yes. Is it worth the pain? That is a question only you can answer. Your aversion to diet and exercise combined with your pain tolerance and budget will be key factors in making a determination on that front. 
 
How much does it cost?
 
Speaking of budget, do you have an extra $2,000 to $4,000 lying around? If so, you can afford Coolsculpting! That is the going rate for an average treatment on the trickiest of areas to sculpt, like thunder thighs.  If you’re interested in getting rid of one of your chins, that may run you a little bit less, at around $900 or so. Not only will it take less time, but a smaller apparatus can be used. Overall, great for the budget sculptor. 
 
Who can be Coolsculpted?
 
While technically anyone could be Coolsculpted, the ideal candidates are already close to their ideal body weight and just looking to tone problem areas. Coolsculpting is not a full blown weight loss solution. For example, if you weight close to a metric ton, wallowing in a freezer for a couple hours isn’t going to have you walking out there like a caterpillar emerging from its cocoon. 
 
If you are already a gym rat and dieting fiend, maybe even dare we say a health nut, then you are probably more likely to drop as much as the price of a decent used car in order to tone that last little hint of a roll poking out from betwixt your sports bra. 
 
How long does it take to recover from Coolsculpting?
 
Supposedly, not very. In fact, it is said that you can resume your normal daily activities as soon as you get up from the table you were splayed upon for the procedure. You may be tender and look like you’ve recently experienced a brief alien abduction, but for the most part, you will be good to go. 
 
How long does Coolsculpting last?
 
The number of fat cells you have in your body by the time you reach your twenties is all the fat cells you will ever have in your body. What!? Then why do people keep gaining weight? Well, those fixed number of fat cells can grow. They can get bigger, and so then will you. If you Coolsculpt, i.e. freeze and kill these fat cells, regardless of their size, once they are flushed from your system, they will not be replaced by more. 
 
So, Coolsculpting technically lasts forever. The fat cells killed off by Coolsculpting are gone for good. That is not to say, however, that your remaining fat cells won’t get bigger and replace or even more than replace the ones that were sculpted away. 
 
How do you flush the dead cells out?
 
Brace yourselves, this could be viewed as gross. So you froze and killed a lot of your fat cells. Now they are in your body. They need to come out. But how? Drink! Drink, drink, drink. The more you drink the more you will pee and the faster you will flush those dead fat cells out of there and off your bathroom scale. A gallon of water per day is recommended for the fastest flushing of your system. So hit the store to stock up on toilet paper and start chugging! 
 
In conclusion, as usual, there is no real fast and easy way to lose weight. It will forever boil down to a healthy balance of diet and exercise, unfortunately. However, if you are already on track with all that and just need a little help with the finishing touches, Coolsculpting could be the answer you’ve been searching for. It is a non-invasive procedure requiring little to no downtime afterward and is relatively inexpensive in the larger scope of medical procedures.

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