CoolSculpting appears to be the newest and latest way to lose fat and look better. The wonder of medicine has brought cool-sculpting to the mainstream. What is it?
Lets answer the question first
Cool-sculpting is a noninvasive procedure that freezes certain fat cells. Once these cells are sufficiently cooled, they die. The dead fat cells then deteriorate and are expelled from the body.
The parts of the body treated end up with fewer fat cells. The end result seems to be a more sculpted body shape.
Some Important Points About Fat Cells.
The cool-sculpting technique only eliminates certain types of fat cells. Without getting to technical, the cells being treated are those just below the skin surface. These subcutaneous fat is not to be confused with the deeper fat cells known as visceral fat.
Both types of fat cells contribute to excess body weight, being overweight, and being considered obese.
Visceral fat, or deep fat, is usually the fat that creates health risks. The subcutaneous fat is associated with what many consider ‘stubborn belly fat’.
Fat associated with being overweight, or obesity are not the fat cells cool-sculpting will treat. Weight loss is not a goal of cool-sculpting. While a few pounds may be lost following a procedure, that is not the intention.
In a nutshell, cool-sculpting is done for purposes of vanity. It is not about a healthier you.
A review of the promotional website material indicates the target market to be adults who are, for the most part, under forty. They are motivated to enhance their appearance.
For older people, there may be value in reducing fat in such places as the arms or below the chin. For most, the motivation is still vanity.
The procedure is noninvasive, and has few risks. The side effects are negligible, according to those who offer the procedure.
How Do They Do It
According to web information, procedures take 35 to 60 minutes on average. There is no sedative, put patients are welcome to nap if they choose.
A gel pack is attached to the area to be sculpted. The temperature can be as cold as -5 degrees celsius. They report there may be discomfort until the treated area becomes nub.
A vacuum is attached, and the skin, along with the underlying fat cells, are pulled into the area of the gel pack to isolate the cells that are to be treated. The cells are chilled to the point they die.
The results of the procedure are not immediately noticed. It can take weeks, or even months for the cells to decompose and finally be eliminated from the body. As this occurs, the results become evident.
In the meantime, redness, or other less sightly side effects will be present.
Can Fat Cells Return?
According to medical evidence, the answer is no. All people have a finite number of fat cells. When people gain weight, it is the increase in size, not the number of fat cells that create the effect of looking fat.
Conversely, when people lose weight through diet and exercise, the burning of fat, shrinks the size of fat cells, not the number of fat cells.
Fat cells have a purpose. One purpose is padding. Fat cells protect parts of the body. An example of this is often seen in older adults. Aging people, those past seventy and into their eighties, often lose body fat. That is to say, the fat cells get smaller. A fall without the padding may result in a broken hip.
While breaking a hip is not always due to the loss of padding, it can play a role.
Cool-sculpting sounds rather ‘cool’. It has a purpose, but better health is not it. Cleaning out what some consider unsightly fat cells has no more impact on healthy living than a face lift.
Don’t misunderstand. Having a procedure because you want to look different, or better, or you want to feel better about who you are, is all fine. Don’t spend two to four thousand dollars thinking it’s a healthy choice.
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The cool-sculpting advocates are quick to point out that the procedure is not a solution for those considered fat. The better choice of those overweight or obese, is to begin a healthy weight loss program.
When you have found success and achieved your target body weight, cool-sculpting can be a wonderful way to clean up some of the stubborn places.
Cool-sculpting is becoming popular. If you’re interested, be sure of your motives. Secure in that, it simply becomes a personal choice.
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