5 Questions to Answer Before Getting CoolSculpting®

Many people feel that it’s difficult or even impossible to get their ideal body contours through diet and exercise alone. This common problem arises largely because it’s impossible to predict exactly where excess weight may be lost from in terms of your physique. Even after reaching your goal weight, you may still notice isolated bulges or fatty deposits like the love handles or a double chin.

Although cosmetic surgery can certainly be an effective option for addressing problem spots, more and more people today are turning to CoolSculpting® as an alternative to surgical body contouring. While there are a number benefits to CoolSculpting®, though, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask yourself before opting in.

1. Why Do You Want CoolSculpting®?

For most men and women, the decision to get CoolSculpting® stems from frustrations that traditional weight loss and body contouring methods like diet and exercise just don’t seem to be cutting it. If that sounds all too familiar, then CoolSculpting® could be the right solution for you. CoolSculpting® can be the ideal treatment for stubborn pockets of fat that just haven’t responded to traditional weight loss methods.

However, it’s important to keep your expectations realistic. CoolSculpting® is great for zeroing in on specific problem spots, but is not a solution for weight loss and can’t improve the appearance of loose skin. If you’re overweight or have hanging skin following major weight loss or pregnancy, then CoolSculpting® isn’t likely to give you the results you hope to see.

2. Is the Timing Right?

As with any event in your life, there are a lot of moving parts that can affect your decision to get CoolSculpting®.

Getting the timing just right can help maximize your CoolSculpting® results.

First, ask yourself if you’ve really made a concentrated effort to achieve your dream look by eating right and staying active. The best CoolSculpting® results are seen in men and women who are at or near their ideal weight already, and who are committed to keeping up with their existing healthy routines in order to maintain their results long-term. There are no shortcuts when it comes to looking your best, even if CoolSculpting® itself does offer a much more convenient alternative to traditional plastic surgery. 

3. Are You a Good Candidate?

Not everyone is a good candidate for CoolSculpting®, so it’s important to schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon in order to determine your candidacy ahead of time. Some existing medical conditions, like impaired skin sensation or certain skin conditions, can be contraindications for CoolSculpting®. You may also need to delay your CoolSculpting® procedure if you’re pregnant, recently had surgery or are taking blood thinners.

A plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge of the technology behind CoolSculpting® can give you a clearer idea of the results you can expect to see from your treatment, as well as perform a physical evaluation to make sure you’re a good CoolSculpting® candidate.

4. Is Your Family Complete?

Women have unique concerns when it comes to achieving their ideal figure, and one of those is taking pregnancy into consideration. Pregnancy and childbirth can have dramatic changes on your body. In fact, many women are interested in CoolSculpting® specifically because they hope to eliminate a post-pregnancy muffin top or love handles.

For this reason, it’s smart to learn just as much about the limitations of CoolSculpting® as it is to learn about the possible benefits. Although CoolSculpting® is great at “freezing the fat” away from common problem spots like the inner thigh or the tummy, if that jiggle or bulge that bothers you is the result of stretched-out skin or lax muscles rather than fat deposits, CoolSculpting® won’t be the right solution.

It might also be a good idea to wait until after you’ve completed your family before moving forward with CoolSculpting®, as further weight fluctuations could negatively impact the effects of the treatment.

5. Have You Chosen the Right Plastic Surgeon?

If your answers to the above questions have helped you decide that now is the perfect time to schedule your CoolSculpting® session, the next step is to choose the right plastic surgeon. Because CoolSculpting® is non-surgical, there’s been a recent surge in less-than-qualified practitioners and “med spas” that aren’t necessarily knowledgeable of all the ins and outs of CoolSculpting®.

Just as you’d look for only a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your surgical cosmetic procedure, look for advanced certifications, training and knowledge when it comes to your CoolSculpting® practitioner, too. Training from CoolSculpting® University and extensive knowledge of the science behind cryolipolysis technology are both musts for the best outcome.