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Is It Possible to Do CoolSculpting at Home?

Although most people want to get rid of unwanted fat for good, a lot of them aren’t ready for plastic surgery yet because of the risks it comes with and the cost of the treatment. So instead of trying any surgical or non-surgical body contouring treatments, many of them turn to at-home fat reduction treatments instead.

But does CoolSculpting work when performed as an at-home treatment? Body sculpting treatments like CoolSculpting are best done by professionals because DIY CoolSculpting hacks and at-home fat-freezing machines are dangerous and ineffective. With a professional CoolSculpting procedure, patients are treated with a high-quality CoolSculpting machine and guided by a professional who can give them aftercare tips as needed.

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Can You Do CoolSculpting at Home?

Stubborn fat bulges can make a person feel conscious about their body. According to a 2017 study, about 71.4% of people who try different weight loss strategies do it to improve their appearance. Liposuction used to be the go-to body contouring treatment for most patients, but many of them are also turning to minimally-invasive alternatives like CoolSculpting for a safer treatment with minimal downtime.

While trained professionals help patients achieve their desired CoolSculpting results, patients still have to pay an average CoolSculpting cost of between $2000 and $4000 per session. Most of these treatments are paid out of the patient’s pockets, so it’s not surprising that many of them choose to cut down on costs by trying DIY treatments to get rid of their double chin, saddlebag, and excess fat deposits in other body parts.

How to Do CoolSculpting at Home

CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing procedure that eliminates stubborn body fat in the treatment area by destroying the fat cells with a cold temperature and letting the body flush out the dead fat cells naturally. But since this treatment costs hundreds of dollars per session, some people have devised different ways to perform fat freezing at home using an ice pack or fat freezing machine.

Some DIY CoolSculpting hacks online might involve exposing the skin to dry ice, but this is incredibly dangerous because it might burn the skin in the same way frostbite does. A more common at-home CoolSculpting alternative only requires ice, water, a bag, and a device to measure the skin temperature. Here’s how it works:

  • Fill the ziplock bag nearly to the top with ice. A camping hydration bag works better if you want to prevent leaking.
  • Add chilled water to the hydration or ziplock bag.
  • Apply the bag filled with ice and water to the target area for 1 to 3 hours every day. Make sure to replace the ice with new ones every hour.
  • When doing CoolSculpting at home, ensure that the skin temperature doesn’t fall below 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do Home Fat-Freezing Machines Work?

Fat-freezing machines used at home come in different types depending on the manufacturer. Some of them use a gel pad that’s frozen first before the treatment while others are directly applied to the stubborn bulge even without prior preparation. 

But regardless of which fat freezer machines you use at home, it’s crucial to remember that these devices won’t reduce the appearance of a fat bulge the same way a professional CoolSculpting treatment does. It may get rid of some stubborn fat cells in the treated area, but it also increases your risk of developing different cryolipolysis side effects.

How Is Professional Fat Freezing Treatment Different From Home Treatment?

It’s no secret that professional treatments lead to better CoolSculpting results than ice packs and at-home fat-freezing machines, but they’re also a lot more expensive than DIY options. To help you choose between professional and at-home fat reduction treatments using fat-freezing technology, it’s crucial to know how different they are and how they can benefit you.

How Different Is the CoolSculpting Process?

The biggest difference between a CoolSculpting treatment at home and in a provider’s office is the fat-freezing machine used. Instead of putting an ice pack or a cooling machine in the treatment area and leaving it there for a few hours, the CoolSculpting applicator suctions the pinchable fat and cools that specific area for a few minutes. 

During a professional CoolSculpting procedure, the provider applies a gel onto the patient’s skin to protect it from direct contact with the CoolSculpting device. The applicator then suctions the skin and begins cooling it to destroy the fat cell deposit there, letting the body flush it out over the following weeks.

With a professional CoolSculpting treatment, patients don’t have to worry much about treating their stubborn fat cells by themselves or changing the ice in their bag every few hours. It’s a quicker and easier process that gives them their desired results without endangering themselves.

Professional Fat Freezing vs. CoolSculpting At Home

Getting treated by a professional using a CoolSculpting device can lead to up to 20 to 25% fat loss in the target areas – something that at-home CoolSculpting kits and hacks alone can’t do. It’s also difficult to measure the success of your DIY CoolSculpting at home because even if they work, it takes a few months to see the difference.

The frozen fat cells flushed out of the body after a professional CoolSculpting treatment won’t return to the treated areas. However, new fat cells may still form there so patients are advised to lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a stable weight if they want to prolong their treatment results.

Why You Shouldn’t Try DIY CoolSculpting at Home

Although CoolSculpting is a minimally invasive treatment that’s generally safe for most patients, it’s still crucial to have a professional perform the procedure to avoid any accidents or serious complications. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t try DIY CoolSculpting at home:

  • Ice packs and machines aren’t consistent in freezing fat. CoolSculpting requires precisely controlled cooling to get rid of the stubborn subcutaneous fat cells near the skin. Since gel pads and ice packs eventually melt, they can’t provide consistent freezing temperatures enough to destroy fat cells.
  • It doesn’t replicate a professional treatment. Professional CoolSculpting is more expensive than DIY treatments for a reason – they offer great results in only just a few weeks and sessions. CoolSculpting treatments at home don’t always work and even if they do, they can’t replicate the results of a professional treatment.
  • You need the right tools to achieve results. To remove the unwanted fat deposit and achieve great fat reduction results, it’s crucial to be treated with an FDA-approved and high-quality CoolSculpting applicator. Unfortunately, there’s no at-home CoolSculpting machine approved yet so patients can only be treated with these devices by a professional.
  • It increases the risk of side effects and complications. At-home CoolSculpting has lots of risks, including damage to the skin and the surrounding tissue in the treatment area. Since professional CoolSculpting treatments use devices that have precise control cooling, there’s a lower risk of developing complications or side effects.

Skip The Hassle of DIY CoolSculpting and Try Our Treatments at NJ Center for CoolSculpting

DIY CoolSculpting treatments are much cheaper but they don’t produce the same amazing results as professional CoolSculpting procedures. They also put patients at risk of different side effects and complications, which may only lead to more costs to fix in the future. 

For the best professional CoolSculpting treatments that get rid of your double chin, saddlebags, love handles, and other stubborn fat deposits, make sure to contact us at NJ Center for CoolSculpting. We also offer CoolSculpting Elite treatments for safer procedures and better results in a shorter time. Book an appointment with us today.

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  • "The treatment itself was not uncomfortable. Afterwords, I felt great. I didn't really notice anything for about 30 days. After day 30 until about a month later, I started noticing that my favorite jeans were not as tight anymore. I wasn't having to suck in to get them buttoned. And by that two month period after my CoolSculpting

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