CoolSculpting for Arms: Does it Really Work?
If you have loose arm fat, you may feel self-conscious and avoid wearing clothing with short sleeves. Fortunately, there are numerous procedures to get rid of arm fat, one of which is CoolSculpting.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure. The procedure was invented to address stubborn fat in specific areas that are not responsive to exercise and diet. CoolSculpting can be performed by a physician or healthcare provider trained in the procedure. This procedure is suitable for anyone who is already at their ideal weight but wishes to get rid of stubborn fat deposits.
The CoolSculpting procedure has been used for many years to get rid of extra fat in the stomach. However, the procedure isn’t just for the stomach. You can also have it done on your chin, back, thighs, and arms. CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the thigh, abdomen, and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm.
How does CoolSculpting work on the arms?
CoolSculpting is based on the science of cryolipolysis, which uses extreme cold to break down fatty tissue. Unlike other cells, fat cells are susceptible to the effects of cold.
This process is called Apoptosis during which cells experience a natural death and are gradually eliminated over time while leaving the skin, surrounding nerves, muscles, and other tissues spared from injury.
After the treatment, the dead fat cells are sent to the lymphatic system to be filtered out as waste over several months.
Your CoolSculpting provider will use a special applicator to reduce the stubborn fat on your arms. Different-sized applicator plates will be used depending on the size of the area being treated. The applicator applies suction and precise cooling to the treatment area. The ideal temperature for cryolipolysis is Just above freezing at 39 to 41 Fahrenheit. The threshold for damage to your skin and other tissues is a much lower temperature that CoolSculpting machines will never reach.
**Our Coolsculpting device indicates a temperature of -11C degrees**
Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting on the arms?
CoolSculpting is not a way of losing weight. The procedure provides optimal results for patients who have relatively firm, toned skin or those who can maintain their ideal weight.
CoolSculpting for the arms is not suitable for those who:
- Have cold-induced medical conditions such as cold urticaria, cryoglobulinemia, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
- Have a significant volume of fatty tissue. Those patients are better candidates for liposuction or an arm lift
- Have fat under the muscle
- Want to lose weight
- Have significant skin laxity in their upper arms
What is the first step in getting treatment?
The first step of the CoolSculpting procedure is a medical assessment. The CoolSculpting specialist will discuss your medical history and perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. During the consultation, other areas that may be affected by your procedure will also be discussed. If you qualify for the procedure, you and your CoolSculpting specialist will discuss a treatment plan and your expectations.
How do you prepare for a CoolSculpting procedure?
CoolSculpting doesn’t require much preparation. But you must make sure you are healthy and close to your ideal weight. Since bruising from the applicator’s suction is common after the procedure, it’s best to avoid anti-inflammatories such as aspirin. This will help reduce any bruising that may occur.
What happens during a CoolSculpting procedure?
During the CoolSculpting procedure:
- The specialist will apply a protective gel pad to your arm. The pad is a safety precaution to help ensure that there is no damage to the skin.
- They will then put the CoolSculpting applicator in place for a predetermined period.
- After the section is done, the technician will massage the area to help dislodge any frozen deep tissue. This will help your body begin to absorb the destroyed fat cells.
- The device will then be moved along your upper arm until the technician achieves optimal results.
The treatment takes about 30 minutes per arm, and you’ll need little to no recovery time after the procedure. Results of the treatment may be noticeable within three weeks of the procedure, and final results are noticeable three months after treatment.
What are the side effects of CoolSculpting?
During the procedure, you may experience sensations of:
Pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb.
- Intense cold sensations
After the treatment, you may experience minor side effects for a few days. These side effects include:
Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity.
- Skin sensitivity
Rare side effects may also occur. Paradoxical hyperplasia (visibly enlarged tissue volume in the treated area) may develop 2-5 months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction.
As with any medical procedure, a consultation should be done by a licensed healthcare professional to determine if the patient is a candidate for treatment.
There is also a chance that you may develop enlarged fat cells months after the procedure. This condition is referred to as adipose hyperplasia. Having the procedure performed by an experienced CoolSculpting specialist is also crucial to prevent Ulnar nerve damage. This nerve extends through the entire arm from your finger to your neck. While nerve damage is rare with the procedure, it can cause long-term numbness.
Are you looking for a CoolSculpting specialist in North Vancouver?
If you would like to know more about CoolSculpting, contact us at Afterglow Skin and Laser Centre.
At Afterglow Skin and Laser Centre, we are passionate about helping men and women look and feel their best.
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