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DIY CoolSculpting | Why CoolSculpting at Home is Dangerous

CoolSculpting is the most popular non-invasive fat reduction method available today. This treatment provides millions of men and women with a way to reduce stubborn fat without painful surgery or downtime. However, as more and more people turn to the internet raving about CoolSculpting, a disturbing trend is growing. In an attempt to save money, people are promoting CoolSculpting at home. The DIY CoolSculpting hacks include wild measures like using dry ice or walking around all day wearing a lipo belt containing ice packs.

Read on to learn more about the safety concerns associated with DIY CoolSculpting and why they never work.

How CoolSculpting Works

CoolSculpting uses a scientifically developed technology known as Cryolipolysis. Treatments eliminate fat cells by exposing them to extreme cooling. CoolSculpting is the ONLY FDA-cleared fat reduction method that uses controlled cooling to eliminate fat cells. 

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Vacuum Mechanism

CoolSculpting applicators draw tissue up into it with a gentle vacuum mechanism. Suction is a very important part of the treatment process. It cannot be duplicated at home. 

When an area of the body is exposed to the calibrated cooling, the fat cells move away from the surface in an attempt to protect themselves. The applicators provide the suctioning needed to pull the subcutaneous fat cells up away from the skin where they can be targeted and eliminated. 

Precise Controlled Cooling

CoolSculpting does not actually “freeze” fat. Instead, it chills the fat by drawing heat from the fat cells via controlled cooling. Years of scientific research went into creating the CoolSculpting machine and its ability to chill fat at the correct temperature. Chilling fat in the correct way triggers apoptosis, cell death. When this occurs, the body naturally gathers the dead cells and disposes of them. 

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Proprietary CoolSculpting Applicators

CoolSculpting is a body contouring treatment capable of reducing fat and contouring attractive body curves. The applicators are a key element in the treatment results. Each applicator is made to mold to different areas of the body. Therefore, the precise fit cannot be duplicated with ice packs. The applicator’s customized shape allows the CoolSculpting specialists to contour the area and define musculature. 

Safety Mechanisms

The CoolSculpting machine comes with several safety measures. Each safety measure ensures the patient remains safe during the treatment. These safety mechanisms include:

A Gel Pad: The gel pad protects skin from frostbite. They are placed on top of the skin before the applicator is placed onto the treatment area. The pad insulates the skin from thermal injury.

Temperature Sensors: Hypersensitive temperature gauges in the CoolSculpting applicator continually monitor the temperature of the skin. If the skin temperature drops below the safe threshold, the machine automatically stops. The gauges ensure the subcutaneous fat is exposed to the correct amount of cooling in order to chill and eliminate the cell properly. 

Why DIY CoolSculpting at Home Does Not Work

Ice packs or any DIY CoolSculpting hack cannot chill fat the same way an official cooling session can.

  1. Ice packs cannot provide precisely controlled cooling necessary for chilling fat to the point of apoptosis. Ice packs lose their temperature when placed on the body. To chill fat like CoolSculpting, the cold source must maintain the precise temperature without interruption.
  2. CoolSculpting at home using ice packs does not provide the vital suction mechanism needed to draw subcutaneous fat to the skin’s surface.
  3. Ice packs do not apply cooling to fat cells from above like CoolSculpting does by drawing the tissue into the applicator.
  4. DIY CoolSculpting at home using ice packs will not freeze your fat, but it can freeze your skin. This causes frostbite, a serious DIY CoolSculpting risk that can permanently damage skin cells.

Safe CoolSculpting Near Me

Don’t fall victim to the DIY CoolSculpting fad. Instead, trust your CoolSculpting treatment with licensed, reputable providers. Health First Medical Weight Loss & Skin Care a premier provider of CoolSculpting in the Hesperia and Redlands area. Call us to schedule a free consultation to learn more about safe CoolSculpting. Hesperia clients call 760-948-0980 and Redlands clients call 909-335-0980. 


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