CoolSculpting at home doesn’t work. Read on to find out why DIY CoolSculpting is both ineffective and dangerous.
COOLSCULPTING AT HOME: DOES DIY COOLSCULPTING WORK?
Hundreds of thousands of people have trusted in CoolSculpting to freeze their fat and reduce their stubborn bulges. Unfortunately, as this safe and non-invasive fat reduction treatment has grown in popularity, claims that DIY fat freezing methods work just as well have become disturbingly common.
It doesn’t take much searching online to find CoolSculpting at home instructions. Are these homemade remedies as effective as FDA-cleared CoolSculpting? Is there a way to achieve the same safe and impressive results at home with ice packs?
HOW COOLSCULPTING REDUCES FAT
CoolSculpting works via cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis’ effect on fat bulges has been clinically proven in multiple instances. Fat cells experience cell death in certain freezing temperatures at which skin cells remain unharmed.
During a CoolSculpting treatment, a targeted part of the body, like a double chin, is held in place within an applicator using vacuum technology. The suction gathers the subcutaneous fat tight against the skin’s surface and pins it in place for treatment. Once suction is in place, the CoolSculpting device treats the site with temperatures precisely held between 39 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, the cold ruptures and kills fat cells. The destroyed cells are absorbed by the lymphatic systems over the course of several weeks and excreted from the body.
COOLSCULPTING AT HOME CAN’T DELIVER CONSISTENT TEMPERATURES
Cryolipolysis only occurs if the temperature remains at steady, cool temperatures for long enough to trigger rupturing in the fat cells. Even if those at home could get an ice pack to the precisely needed temperatures, ice packs won’t remain at the target temperature for long. As soon as an ice pack is placed against skin, heat transfers to the ice pack as the cold transfers to the skin, causing the ice pack to warm.
THERE’S NO SUCTION FROM COOLSCULPTING AT HOME
The suction element in the applicator is essential to getting CoolSculpting to work. Cold external temperatures actually cause fat cells to retreat into the body for heat so that they don’t rupture. During a CoolSculpting treatment, a vacuum suction pulls subcutaneous fat to the surface and keeps it in place while the cold temperatures are delivered directly to the fat. The applicator exposes those stubborn bulges to cold temperatures from multiple angles, which allows the cold to penetrate deep into the bulk of the fat cells.
COOLSCULPTING AT HOME CAN BE DANGEROUS
Ice packs aren’t good at freezing fat, but they can freeze skin easily. CoolSculpting at home is potentially hazardous. Extreme temperatures don’t take long to harm the skin and surrounding tissue. CoolSculpting avoids harming the skin because a proprietary gel pad is placed on the skin that insulates it from the cold. The CoolSculpting device also has multiple safeguards in its construction. Precise temperature gauges ensure that skin remains in safe temperature thresholds during treatment. The CoolSculpting device automatically clicks off if the temperatures leave that range, preventing the skin from harm.
Ice packs obviously contain no safety mechanisms, and because fat naturally evades the cold, anybody trying to freeze fat at home will surely do permanent damage to their skin long before any fat is affected.
Hospitals report that patients are already arriving with self-inflicted injuries from fat-freezing attempts. The Journal of Wound Care has actually published a case study regarding the sort of deep wounds that CoolSculpting at home can generate.¹ The study presents many disturbing images of frostbite injuries caused by ice packs. The featured patient in the study chose to use ice packs at home rather than relying on a trained specialist. The Journal of Wound Care discovered that CoolSculpting at home methods found online were dangerous and anticipated injuries from further cases like the featured patient’s.
FREEZE YOUR FAT, NOT YOUR SKIN
CoolSculpting at home might seem like a great way to save on CoolSculpting cost, but given the long-lasting results of official treatment and the dangers of attempting CoolSculpting at home, the cost is definitely worthwhile. The best way to ensure a safe and effective fat-freezing experience is to schedule an appointment with an expert. Reach out to Best Reflections in Princeton or Lawrenceville, NJ and entrust your care in a trained medical expert, Dr. Angela Merlo. Contact Best Reflections online or by calling (609) 269-4281.
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