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Is CoolSculpting the Best Treatment for Sagging Arms?

Sagging arms, often which is known as flabby arms, can be the result of different factors. Aging, sudden weight gain, drastic weight loss, sun damage are few of the things which cause sagging arms over time. Many people get self-conscious due to the presence of loose skin in their arms which makes the arms appear saggy.

As we age, many areas of our body change, and sometimes not in ways that we would like. With age, our skin tends to lose its elasticity and the production of collagen decelerates. A sudden shift in body weight might also bring this change in the body. Fat gets stored in the arms leading to saggy arms. It occurs even when a good amount of bodyweight is eliminated in a short period. This is because our skin that has extended to confine the body fats doesn’t contract after weight reduction. Sagging Arms

Sun damage is another important reason behind sagging arms. Excessive exposure to the sun often breaks down the collagen in the skin due to which the skin loses elasticity. The ultraviolet rays from the sun damage our skin and push it towards untimely aging. If this event keeps on happening for a long time, the arms gradually start becoming flabby.

In particular, our upper arms often start to sag, leading to what is often unflatteringly referred to as ‘bingo wings’, and is an area of concern for a lot of people. But, this is not something to worry about! Solutions like coolsculpting are there to disentangle you from all the stress related to sagging arms.

These days many people are turning to coolsculpting to solve their issues related to sagging arms. If you are frequently feeling self-conscious of your arms and find yourself on the verge of low self-esteem because of your sagging arms, then continue reading to know all about Coosculpting.

What Is CoolSculpting?

Coolsculpting is something as interesting as it sounds! Coolsculpting is a procedure that uses cold to sculpt and remove unwanted, stubborn fat from specific areas. The freezing point of fat is higher than that of skin and this idea has made the scientists look into this procedure with greater interest.

The exact process is called cryolipolysis, which means it freezes fat, the cells die and are then removed from the body by the body’s natural processes. The tool which is used for the completion of cryolipolysis cools your fat to a temperature that wrecks it while leaving your skin and different tissues safe.CoolSculpting

Cryolipolysis isn’t a medical procedure that involves surgery. It also doesn’t require needles to perform this procedure. The cryolipolysis tool holds the targeted body part with two paddles. The paddles cool rapidly and your doctor lets them set up for around 35 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. During that time, the procedure demolishes about 20%-25% of the fat cells in the region that is focused on.

Coolsculpting has been around for a couple of decades now but was only approved by the FDA in 2010, since then the number of people opting for this procedure has increased by over 800%. Coolsculpting works by applying cold panels to the area of the body to be targeted, and the temperature is brought down to near freezing. The panels are left in place for a certain amount of time, usually 30 minutes to over an hour, after which time you can go back to your normal daily activities.

Coolsculpting is not invasive, and it is not surgical, meaning that you can go to a cosmetic clinic, and go home the same day, which has no recovery time. The conclusive outcomes may not appear for a couple of months, however, you may begin to see a few changes inside half a month. The immune system gets out of the dead fat cells gradually over this time.

What Areas Can Be CoolSculpted?

Coolsculpring is best suited to areas that are difficult to remove fat from, despite exercise and diet, such as the thighs, buttocks, back and you can even use CoolSculpting for the arm area.

Coolsculpting is not useful for losing all over body fat, as it can only treat a small area at a time, and therefore is not worth considering as a treatment for obesity.

The results from coolsculpting take some time to be evident, from a few weeks, and up to six months to see the final results. So, this is not a treatment to be considered if you want immediate, quick results, but is rather to remove fat slowly over a few months.

The benefits of this slow loss of fat mean that any loose or saggy skin in the area has time to tighten and contract to the new shape of the area that has been treated.

A drawback of liposuction can be, if you don’t have skin tucks done at the same time, you can be left with a large amount of baggy skin that is unsightly, and can make the patient feel very self-conscious.

So, whilst coolsculpting is not a treatment for loose skin, it can help to avoid loose, saggy skin being created as fat is lost.

Coolsculpting usually yields a fat loss in the treated area of 25% on average, so this is really for areas that are being sculpted, rather than going to dramatic weight loss. Again, this means there is less chance of excess skin after the fat disappears.

Are There Any Risks?

Coolsculpting is amongst some of the safest cosmetic procedures out there, because it is non-invasive and non-surgical.

But, as with anything, there are always risks to be aware of. Most commonly, tenderness, redness, and bruising are seen immediately after treatment but are not normally evident a day or two later.

Sometimes, complete loss of sensation can be noted at the treatment place, but usually doesn’t require any treatment, and sensation returns on its own, quite quickly.

Very occasionally, more fat can be deposited in the treated area, but it is unclear why this happens, and who is at risk of it, although men seem to be more at risk.

Those with certain medical conditions and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not have this procedure, but your doctor will go through all of this with you at the initial consultation.

It is to be remembered that coolsculpting is not a procedure used for losing weight. A physician might suggest cryopolysis when the patient is unable to get rid of fat bulges even after trying exercise and a healthy diet.  Though coolsculpting has been recognized as a safe cosmetic procedure, one must avoid it if they have the following problems:

Cryoglobulinemia

It is a medical condition due to which a large number of cryoglobulins are found in the blood. Cryoglobulins is a pathological antibody which is cold sensitive.  They are proteins (generally immunoglobulins themselves) that become insoluble at decreased temperatures. Hence, procedures like coolsculpting might deteriorate the condition.

 Cold urticaria

It is a reaction that is caused by the skin as soon as cold exposure takes place. The patient often faces redness, itchiness, and other skin sensitive issues due to this medical condition. Some might have extremely severe complications due to coolsculpting.

Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria

Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (PCH) is an exceptionally uncommon subtype of autoimmune hemolytic anemia, brought about by the presence of cold-responding autoantibodies in the blood and portrayed by the abrupt presence of hemoglobinuria, generally after the skin is exposed to cold temperatures.

If someone is free from any of the above discussed medical conditions, then they can go for the coolsculpting procedure. It is safe and it is said that the patient can even drive back home all by himself once the procedure is completed.

Anything Else To Know?

Coolsculpting results are permanent, as the fat cells in that area are killed, and removed from the body, however, should you gain weight after the procedure, fat deposits can occur in that area of the body again.

Coolsculpting costs anywhere between $1000 to $3000 depending on the areas being treated, and the time that takes. Coolsculpting for the arms, for instance, may take just a single meeting for every arm and would cost less per meeting than bigger regions, for example, the stomach or extra layers.

Overall, coolsculpting yields very positive results. Many people who are unhappy with certain areas of their body may use shapewear or even cosmetics to alter the shape or perception of shape, but coolsculpting gives good, permanent results which can help you to feel more confident again.

If you are tired of your sagging arms and you are looking for a permanent solution for this then you should fix an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon. Coolsculpting is a painless process to a better physical appearance.

Make sure to have a thorough consultation with a well-known clinic, and a doctor you trust. Do not forget to share your medical history with your doctor and discuss the side effects of past surgeries if any.

Allergic reactions are generally not a consequence of coolsculpting but it is better to talk about it from beforehand.  A healthy lifestyle and exercise will make your journey with coolsculpting smooth and easier. Related Reading:

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Hi this is Dr. Rimita Farid. I have completed my MBBS from MAHSA University in Kuala Lampur , Malaysia and currently a registered doctor in Bangladesh. I am training in Dermatology and Venerology and writing for me has been a hobby, even before i decided to be a doctor. I believe our lives are getting stressful with every moment and i believe writing is the solution to all our problems. The power of pen and paper is highly underestimated by many, and i am blessed that i realized how stimulating writing can be for my well being. Hope my articles are relatable and can reach as many readers as possible.