Does CoolSculpting Elite Hurt?

Sep 14, 2022 | Body, Body Contouring

What do you do when you’re so close to your goal figure, but your body is uncooperative? Raelyn, just like many of our patients, has been struggling with feeling confident about her looks: her abdomen just doesn’t want to lose the extra couple of pounds through diet and exercise but her goals do not require surgical intervention! 

Such tireless efforts call for a safe and efficient non-invasive cosmetic procedure to help our patients cross the finish line and reach the aesthetic of their dreams. At the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, our expert team, led by Dr. William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, has the ideal answer for Raelyn and all patients in need of help: CoolSculpting Elite!

Today’s article will take a closer look at this revolutionary procedure and its ability to take your body contouring goals to the next level with minimal discomfort!

What Is CoolSculpting Elite?

CoolSculpting Elite is an innovative technology that improves the traditional CoolSculpting Legacy device by allowing the simultaneous treatment of larger and more diverse body areas (18% more body surface). It had already won the title of a safe (FDA-cleared) and effective minimally invasive approach to body contouring and fat reduction! 

       

What Is the CoolSculpting Elite Technique?

To better grasp the CoolSculpting Elite technique, we must first understand why our bodies store more fatty tissue in certain stubborn areas. During childhood and adolescence, the body multiplies fat cells in different areas until ceasing at a fixed number in our early 20s. Thus, when gaining or losing fat, it is the fat cells’ size that varies, and not their number, which remains relatively constant during adulthood. As a result, some people might be more prone to gain excess fat in specific areas, such as the neck, arms, breast, abdomen, or hips. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we exercise and how carefully we follow a diet, it seems nothing can help us get rid of excess fat in these stubborn areas.

When exercise and diet are not enough, CoolSculpting Elite jumps to the rescue. With its revolutionary approach, CoolSculpting Elite is a highly effective approach toward fat reduction and body contouring in a non-invasive way!

Here’s a clear depiction of your CoolSculpting Elite journey: 

  • First, we determine your ideal treatment areas (CoolSculpting has the fantastic advantage of treating multiple areas in the same session!) during your personal consultation with Dr. Vinyard. 
  • Now, you should be ready for the procedure: just lay down in our comfortable treatment bed as we apply a gel pad to protect your skin. 
  • You might wonder: what does CoolSculpting Elite feel like? During the procedure, most patients experience a light suction and cooling in the treatment areas. However, this minimal discomfort can be easily overlooked by watching a movie, listening to your favorite podcast, or even taking a quick nap! 
  • After the end of the CoolSculpting session, we massage the treatment areas to assist your body as it starts to get rid of frozen fat cells. 

Am I a Candidate for CoolSculpting Elite?

The ideal CoolSculpting Elite candidates are people who deal with excessive fatty tissue in specific body areas (i.e., neck, arms, breast, abdomen, hips, and inner thighs) while simultaneously being within their healthy weight range. If you’ve tried dieting and exercising but to no avail, CoolSculpting Elite might be the solution. Our expert team at VIPS, led by our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. William J. Vinyard, will determine the best treatment plan for your particular needs and goals during your initial consultation.

Is CoolSculpting Painful?

If pain is what kept you from getting your CoolSculpting Elite treatment in the past, we’re here to tell you that you have nothing to worry about! As your body starts to feel the cooling effects of CoolSculpting Elite, you might experience sensations like stinging, burning, and pinching that most patients describe as very tolerable. In the procedure’s first minutes (5-10 minutes), your treatment area becomes numb, and your minimal discomfort should be gone! 

Next, we perform a massage to help your body eliminate the frozen fat cells. Although it might feel slightly uncomfortable, the discomfort will not last more than two minutes! 

CoolSculpting Elite only asks for minimal downtime, during which you might experience soreness with possible swelling or bruising. However, rest assured that these mild side effects will fade away during the first week following the treatment.  

Does CoolSculpting Cause Nerve Damage?

Regardless of CoolSculpting Elite’s FDA approval and reputation of being one of the safest and most effective treatments for body contouring, some people have suggested that the cooling process might cause nerve damage. This allegation, however, is not founded on serious clinical research; on the contrary, independent clinical studies have determined that CoolSculpting is safe and effective. Therefore, our answer to this question is: no, CoolSculpting does not cause nerve damage when performed by a trained and experienced practitioner such as our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Vinyard!

How to Prepare Yourself for the CoolSculpting Elite Procedure

A CoolSculpting Elite procedure does not entail any special preparation, although there are certain guidelines to follow for the purpose of maximizing your results:

  • Follow a healthy diet and exercise;
  • Avoid aspirin or blood thinner medication;
  • Get enough rest and relaxation before and after the procedure.

Tips to Alleviate Postprocedural Discomfort

After your CoolSculpting procedure, certain tips can help you minimize your discomfort:

  • Take Ibuprofen or other pain medications;
  • Gently massage the treated areas several times per day;
  • Wear a compression garment;
  • Wear comfortable clothes ;
  • Avoid sugar, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco.

Start Your CoolSculpting Treatment Plan at VIPS!

As you consider your body contouring goals, Dr. Vinyard and his team of experts wield many options for restoring a youthful look and feel for your body. A CoolSculpting Elite can be an incredible addition to your treatment plan, and Dr. Vinyard and his team of experts are ready to support you in achieving your aesthetic goals. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vinyard, or call us at (772) 362-3357 to find out the next steps in your CoolSculpting Elite journey! Our office at 291 NW Peacock Blvd, Suite 103, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, proudly serves the South Florida area! We also invite you to check out our blog page, Facebook, and Instagram to learn more about the treatment options available at our office!

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