Is DIY CoolSculpting safe?
I've been seeing these DIY at home entire CoolSculpting -type kits for as little as $200 online, which seems like a pretty good bargain. I'm a little concerned about just how safe something like this is going to be though. Admittedly, I don't know that much about the CoolSculpting process but my instinct tells me to be careful with something of this nature. Am I being paranoid? At $200 it's awfully tempting, risks or no risks, you know? The thing I've seen for that price isn't called CoolSculpting but it's the same thing so far as i can tell. Thanks so much.
CoolSculpting represents a form of cryolipolysis, a process of freezing fat cells to kill them in a systematic manner. While there are diverse brands and DIY products offering cryolipolysis to consumers,CoolSculpting is the only FDA approved cryolipolysis treatment available in the United States.
FDA approval requires the product in question to have undergone rigorous testing, and guarantees consumers that the treatment has been proven to be effective for the indication described. Coolsculpting is safe and it utilizes a patented technology to deliver proven results.
The CoolSculpting machine operates at a controlled temperature that specifically targets fat cells, leaving the surrounding skin and tissue unharmed. The device uses paddles and a vacuum technique to pull fat to the surface. DIY cryolipolysis products don’t offer this same level of control.
Zeltiq, the company that developed CoolSculpting, also requires its practitioners to be certified through their training program before they are able to administer treatment. This means you are paying for the anatomical and aesthetic knowledge and expertise of the professional providing you with treatment as well as the CoolSculpting treatment itself.
A specialized practitioner can help ensure you get the best possible results for your investment by using the CoolSculpting device to precisely target and sculpt problem areas by placing the applicator in strategic areas. CoolSculpting is highly effective with more than 70% of patients reporting to be very satisfied with their results. DIY devices cannot guarantee this level of precision or positive outcome.
When dealing with your body, health and wellbeing, it’s highly advised to avoid taking chances with home kits that are untested and unproven. If you are considering trying any DIY cryolipolysis treatment, you need to be extra cautious and question the safety and efficacy of the product in question.
Although CoolSculpting may require more financial investment than a DIY self-administered cryolipolysis treatment, ultimately it’s worth it as you have an increased chance of receiving the results and outcome you desire.
Dr. Landon Pryor has 1 CoolSculpting before & after:
CoolSculpting has grown in popularity as patients report high levels of satisfaction in the eradication of fat deposits. But it can be a costly procedure, particularly if you require more than one treatment, which is often the case.
In recent years, at home DIY treatments (such as ‘Lipo Belts’) have been developed that claim to work like CoolSculpting but for a fraction of the price. However, as is the case with most DIY at home aesthetic or cosmetic treatments, there are a range of issues that you should be cognizant of prior to purchase.
CoolSculpting has been approved by the FDA for the eradication of fat in areas such as the inner thighs, abdomen, flanks, upper arms, and under the chin. This means that it’s been tested for patient safety and to verify that it does in fact eliminate fat.
DIY fat freezing treatment systems may claim to operate using the same principles as CoolSculpting, however, they are not classified as medical devices and therefore not required to have FDA approval. No DIY cryolipolysis devices at present have FDA clearance, which means there is no medical evidence that these devices work.
Furthermore, DIY at home treatments do carry a certain level of risk. CoolSculpting requires the treatment to be administered by a trained professional. DIY treatments, however, do not have this safety guarantee. Many DIY treatments operate on the simplified premise that fat cells are reduced by freezing them. CoolSculpting, however, uses a precise form of technology and application device to safely freeze fat cells while leaving the skin and surrounding tissue unharmed.
The machine works at a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius, which is the temperature at which fat cells freeze. Most patients report that the treatment is either painless or causes them very little discomfort. In the case of certain DIY treatments, however, the technology is not as sophisticated so at best you may end up with very cold skin, and at worst burns from freezing.
In addition, it is very difficult for at-home cryolipolysis treatments to reach the level of efficacy of treatment delivered in a clinic by a professional. While DIY treatments are appealing because they seem more cost effective, your aesthetic objectives may be compromised by less than satisfactory results.