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Does CoolSculpting Tighten Skin?

Body contouring treatments involve fat removal procedures, which can leave behind sagging skin. The loose skin left behind on treated areas after fat reduction procedures is often a point of concern for a patient, especially if they go through non-surgical procedures that don't involve removing excess skin, such as CoolSculpting (i.e, cryolipolysis). However, there are some patients that report skin tightening after their CoolSculpting procedure.

So does CoolSculpting tighten the skin? CoolSculpting works by destroying fat cells by freezing them and then allowing them to be metabolized by the body, which means that skin tightening is in no way related to it. But since the number of individuals reporting such added benefits of CoolSculpting is consistent, the theories explaining the skin tightening benefits of CoolSculpting may be worth taking note of.

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Can CoolSculpting Make Skin Tighter?

Skin tightening isn’t an intended purpose of CoolSculpting or its improved version, CoolSculpting Elite. Improving skin laxity is merely an added benefit that comes with having this body contouring treatment procedure. 

Not every patient experiences skin tightening after their CoolSculpting procedure, which is why there are still insufficient data to declare that CoolSculpting tightens skin. Despite this, the number of patients experiencing improvements in skin laxity remains constant and consistent.

What You Need to Know About CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a body contouring treatment procedure that involves fat-freezing equipment to effectively remove excess fat that can’t be eliminated by mere exercise and a healthy diet. There may be reasons behind the entire CoolSculpting process that may help to explain why it can result in skin tightening for some patients who had the procedure.

How CoolSculpting Works

Fat-freezing non-invasive treatments like CoolSculpting work by using a suction technology to direct fat in a single area where the cold temperature is concentrated using a cooling applicator. The intensely cold temperature causes the fat cells to expand and the fat cell walls to burst, destroying the fat cells.

The fat cells will undergo a reaction process called lipolysis, which involves destroying and thawing the frozen fat cells so they become liquified. The liquified fat cells are eventually absorbed by the body and excreted in its waste system.

There are numerous theories behind the cases of skin tightening benefits of CoolSculpting treatment. First, some claim that because the effects of CoolSculpting develop gradually over time, then the skin has sufficient time to adjust. As the body processes the unwanted fat cells away from itself, the skin reverts to its original position around the slimmer body contour.

On the other hand, some claim that the concentrated cold temperatures around a treatment area result in accelerated collagen production. The stimulated new collagen production is theorized to address skin laxity and improve skin texture as it results in skin firmness, skin elasticity, and skin flexibility in the treated area.

Benefits of CoolSculpting

Most people prefer to have CoolSculpting treatment because of its non-invasive and quick fat removal procedure. Skin tightening is merely an added benefit of CoolSculpting. The actual and proven benefits of CoolSculpting include the following:

  • Nonsurgical procedure to reduce fat
  • Low risk and minimal side effects
  • Risk of adverse reactions and complications are rare
  • No downtime and a very short recovery period
  • Natural-looking results
  • Long-lasting results
  • Safe procedure without compromising effectiveness
  • Improved appearance of lax tissue
  • Eliminates subcutaneous fat
  • Reduces stubborn fat deposits
  • Wide range of treatment areas (e.g, double chin, belly fat, banana rolls, muffin top, etc.)

Target Results of CoolSculpting

The CoolSculpting treatment may involve many sessions before results become noticeable, but unlike other treatments, the results of this non-invasive procedure in the treated area are permanent. The fat cells are permanently destroyed and removed from the body, which results in a lesser risk of gaining back the weight.

Procedures like CoolSculpting tighten the skin in certain instances, however, it’s not FDA-approved to be used for this purpose. Instead, the intended results of CoolSculpting involve fat reduction for a patient who has a healthy weight but is struggling to achieve their target shape. 

This means that CoolSculpting doesn’t deal with weight loss. If you’re looking for a treatment procedure to eliminate excess weight, then other treatments such as body contouring plastic surgery, body sculpting, tummy tuck, laser treatment, and different kinds of liposuction (e.g, laser liposuction) may be more suitable for you. Having a healthy lifestyle is also still recommended despite the existence of fat reduction treatment procedures.

Skin-Tightening Complementary Treatments With CoolSculpting

Skin tightening is an added benefit of CoolSculpting that occurs only in some patients. This doesn’t occur to everyone and there’s no guarantee that you’ll experience that effect. To ensure that you achieve your ideal shape through CoolSculpting, combining other treatment procedures for tightening loose skin would have more definite benefits.

One of the recommended treatments to complement CoolSculpting is Thermage. Other people think that Thermage and CoolSculpting are similar, but they actually differ in their intended purpose for the treatment. CoolSculpting freezes unwanted fat cells to remove stubborn fat deposits while Thermage works by tightening loose skin or saggy skin in the treated area.

Depending on your aesthetic provider’s recommendation, you can use CoolSculpting to eliminate excess body fat and then use Thermage to tighten your skin. The results that are expected when these 2 procedures are combined are more dramatic than when you expect too much of CoolSculpting other than its intended purpose to reduce fat.

Ultimate Fat Reduction Treatments at NJ Center for CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting results in fat reduction for a patient with a healthy weight. This treatment doesn’t involve skin tightening, but some patients can experience these results. Some individuals experience skin tightening after CoolSculpting because of the technology and procedure involved during the treatment. For the best results and complementary treatments to combine with CoolSculpting, consult with the best plastic surgeon.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction technique offered by The NJ Center for CoolSculpting. Our CoolSculpting machine offers you an effective fat-freezing treatment safely and almost instantly. Find out how we can help you lose unwanted fat by scheduling a consultation by contacting us today.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "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

    Lesley Hamilton

    Age 41

  • "It's subtle at first, and then a month later you look and go, "Wow - It really did something!" It really moved the bar for me, and I'm feeling better about myself already. It feels so good to put on anything and know I look as good as I've ever looked. And I didn't say that or feel that when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's."

    Anne McMarthy

    Age 56

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