CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved treatment designed to freeze away stubborn fat cells that don’t respond to your diet and exercise efforts, from tummy bulges to double chins. This non-invasive treatment is safe for most patients and requires no downtime after the procedure. Generally, doctors recommend that you are close to your goal weight before having CoolSculpting, so it can be a great addition to a medical weight loss plan to help you achieve a more toned look after you lose weight. If you are considering CoolSculpting in Mt. Kisco and the surrounding Westchester County area, here is a look at how you will prepare for your treatment.
Discuss Your Medications
Before undergoing treatment, discuss all of the medications you take with your doctor. Medications that cause blood thinning can exacerbate bruising in the treatment area, and your doctor may want you to discontinue them for a period of time before your session. Don’t forget to mention over-the-counter medications and supplements you take as well, including aspirin, fish oil, and anti-inflammatories. These medications can also worsen side effects and may need to be stopped before your appointment.
Eat a Light Meal
It is safe to eat before CoolSculpting, but most doctors recommend sticking to a light meal. In some cases, patients experience mild nausea when the session begins as the fat begins to cool and the suctioning of the skin begins. Nausea is also an uncommon, but possible, side effect of treatment. Saving a larger meal for after CoolSculpting will help you avoid these complications.
Fill Your Time
CoolSculpting treatment times vary depending on the area treated but rarely are less than an hour and frequently are longer. Any minor discomfort associated with the procedure usually ends within the first 10 minutes of placing the applicators, when the skin becomes numb. Many patients choose to read, do work, watch movies on their iPads, or even nap. Prepare a few things to bring with you to fill your time while you’re waiting for your CoolSculpting treatment to be completed.