One of the biggest concerns people have, when it comes to weight loss, is the possibility of loose skin. As you age, you will begin to lose skin elasticity. So, if you have lost a large amount of weight, especially in a short period of time, there is a possibility of loose skin. That said, CoolSculpting does not specifically contribute to this problem. The typical CoolSculpting client is within 20 pounds of their ideal weight. If you were excessively overweight, and loose skin was going to be an issue, it would be an issue and can be included in your consultation.
Many people who lose weight have a dream of a tight, toned body. It is frustrating when you have put in all that work, only to have extra skin that does not reflect your hard work. Moreover, loose skin is not only an issue of aesthetics. There are health risks as well, like rashes, infections, and back pain. In many cases, it can take two years to conform to your new body. But, if you were obese, with a BMI over 30, for a long period of time, your skin may never shrink and you will need another option.
Nonetheless, CoolSculpting targets only the fat under your skin. Essentially, the deep freeze will cause cell death. The fat is then, over time, absorbed into the body and expelled as waste. This process occurs over months. So, if you have good skin elasticity, the skin will likely contract as the fat diminishes. But those who have pre-existing skin looseness will not see the skin tighten. For that, we can recommend a series of skin care products that work to revitalize, and rejuvenate your skin.
A consultation with Dr. Apesos will give you the information you need before treatment. If you would like to talk about CoolSculpting, loose skin, or related topics, please contact us.