Dispelling Myths About CoolSculpting

September 05, 2018

By Mohit Sood, DO, FACOS
Sood Center for Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery

CoolSculpting has become one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures on the market. With over six million treatments performed since it hit the market, people world-wide are using CoolSculpting to freeze unwanted and stubborn fat. It is both safe and effective.

On any given day, you can bet someone is in our office in Linwood, NJ, gathering information or receiving treatments to help them trim and slim their physique. Unfortunately, we encounter many patients who have been misinformed about what CoolSculpting can do for them. This may lead to negative feedback about this amazing and effective procedure.

Myth #1: CoolSculpting is a gimmick
This non-surgical treatment was first FDA-cleared in 2010 using a technology called Cryolipolysis, discovered by a group of Harvard scientists. Their research revealed that using specific temperatures in a controlled setting would induce fat cell death and the body would then metabolize and clear these dead cells by natural processes.

Having researched many non-invasive technologies that claimed to reduce fat, I concluded that with all of the science backing it up, CoolSculpting was the best option for my patients. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting. Each treatment will reduce fat in the treated area by 20 to 25 percent. Repeated treatments to the same area are an option if further reduction is desired.

Myth #2: CoolSculpting is ideal for everyone
CoolSculpting is designed to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. Very often a patient will come in our office who has been evaluated for CoolSculpting at another facility. Upon our evaluation, we may find that the patient is not a candidate for CoolSculpting for the goals they wish to achieve. I would never want to mislead anyone in thinking this procedure will be a weight loss option, reduce cellulite, tighten large areas of loose skin, or remove overhanging abdominal skin and tissue.

I work alongside my patients and listen to what they desire, create a customized treatment plan, and help set appropriate expectations. If they are not a CoolSculpting candidate, I will work with them to offer other options.

Myth #3:  CoolSculpting is painful
Our office carries both the legacy and the most advanced applicators that are designed for a more comfortable treatment. While the CoolSculpting procedure may cause some discomfort, most patients do not describe it as painful. It is normal to experience some tenderness, itchiness, and possible bruising in the treated areas following the procedure, but any of these mild side-effects resolve over time.

Myth #4: CoolSculpting takes a long time
With two CoolSculpting devices and the most advanced applicators, you can treat select areas in as little as 35 minutes! You can expect to begin to see results in a few weeks but the full results will show in 2-3 months as our body clears away all of the fat cells.

If you are interested in learning more about CoolSculpting or scheduling a free consultation, visit us www.soodcenter.com or call us at 609-318-3672. We’d love to meet you and help you achieve your best results. 

Dr. Mohit Sood is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who serves cosmetic plastic surgery patients at the Sood Center in Linwood and reconstructive surgery patients through his affiliation with Shore Physicians Group at their surgical division located in Somers Point. After an internship at Nova Southeastern University’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Sood conducted his residency in general surgery at a number of leading hospitals, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Sood completed a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The experience he gained there has allowed him to become a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in his own right. Dr. Sood’s expertise is widely recognized, as he has performed extensive research and also has a number of published works.