Am I a Candidate for Coolsculpting?
- Posted on: Aug 6 2018
In our clinic, we stopped counting after we did over 1200 treatments. Before every treatment, we have to do consultations. During a consultation, we look at the patient to see if Coolsculpting is right for them.
Coolsculpting works. Bottom line. Scientifically it freezes fat. The science is there. You can’t freeze fat without fat reduction. Coolsculpting is so effective that the company was bought by Allergan, the company that makes Botox and Juvederm.
Who is an ideal candidate for Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is best for problem areas and not for overall fat reduction. Are you relatively fit but no matter what you do you can’t get rid of your flanks, your bra fat, that little pooch in the lower abdomen? Bottom line: If you have an area of your body that bothers you and just won’t go away, Coolsculpting is for you.
The most common patient for which Coolsculpting is not ideal are the patients who are looking for improvement of general obesity. They are hoping that Coolsculpting can help with overall fat. Although we can treat the whole abdomen and the flanks with Coolsculpting, the patient would be best starting our weight loss program. These patients have a great opportunity in our clinic because we can help them achieve their goals, get them healthy, and then they may be a candidate for Coolsculpting.
Loose Skin vs. Fat
Another patient that we have to turn away is when loose skin is confused for fat. During our consult we do an assessment and pinch the problem areas. If all we pinch is skin then Coolsculpting cannot help. If there is fat under the skin we can treat the area but when you remove the fat the loose skin can become looser. For those patients we often recommend a radiofrequency-based fat reduction strategy. Radiofrequency is one of the only non-surgical ways to tighten skin. That being said the skin tightening is often not enough to resolve the issue.
Questions for CoolSculpting consultation
I often say that a chimpanzee can do CoolSculpting on patients. But the key is in the experience of your Coolsculpting provider. My motto is you can price shop your clothes but NEVER price shop your body. Only go to the most experienced provider. Ask the right questions. Ask tons of questions! Meet the medical director and make sure that he or she looks at you. Are they a medical doctor or a chiropractor who cannot prescribe medications to manage complications such as nerve pain? Ask about potential side effects and complications and how they are managed. Coolsculpting is a medical procedure with a medical device with associated risks.
If you are looking to book a consultation from an honest doctor who is not afraid to tell you the truth then we are for you. We don’t “do Coolsculpting,” we focus on results. Call today to learn more!
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