Are You a Good Candidate for Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is a cosmetic procedure that melts fat away using a freezing process called cryolipolysis. While it's an excellent way to treat troublesome spots diet and exercise just can't fix, the procedure isn't for everyone. Here are two things a consultant considers when determining whether you're a good candidate for Coolsculpting.

You're Close to Your Goal Weight

One of the first things the professional evaluating you for Coolsculpting will look at is whether you're already close to your goal weight and for a couple of reasons. First, while the procedure can cause you to lose up to 25 percent of fat in the treated area, you won't drop a significant amount of weight. Thus, if you are carrying around excess pounds, it's a good idea to lose the majority of them using other methods and target the last stubborn few with Coolsculpting.

Second, good diet and exercise habits are necessary for maintaining your results. If you don't control your weight, all the time and money you spent on Coolsculpting will be wasted because the fat will simply return. Discuss your body contouring goals with your consultant and healthcare provider, both of whom can help you develop a weight maintenance routine that maximizes your Coolsculpting results.

You're in Good Health

Because Coolsculpting is not a surgical procedure, there are fewer health risks involved. However, that doesn't mean the process is risk-free. The procedure can cause result in some side effects, and the state of your health will greatly contribute to whether you experience an adverse outcome and how severe it'll be.

For instance, Coolsculpting can cause nerve pain. If you have fibromyalgia or a similar health issue, you may be more likely to develop this side effect or the amount of pain you experience may be amplified because of your underlying ailment. In general, you may want to avoid this procedure if you:

  • Are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Suffer from disorders that cause chronic pain or fatigue
  • Are unable to ambulate or move around for a significant amount of time
  • Have an eating disorder
  • Have had other body sculpting procedures within the previous few months

Some issues can be overcome by making lifestyle adjustments or through the use of medications. It's best to talk to your healthcare provider before meeting with a Coolsculpting consultant to ensure it's safe for you to undergo the procedure.

Other things may affect your candidacy for Coolsculpting. Contact a consultant in your area for more information on Coolsculpting treatment options.