DIY CoolSculpting: A Tale of Ice and Water… and Fat!

What is it for?

Ice and water are the main ingredients to DIY Coolsculpting.

Ice and water are the main ingredients to DIY Coolsculpting.

DIY CoolSculpting is your hottest new weapon against the stubborn forces of fat. A powerful, noninvasive alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting is an FDA approved technology that harnesses the power of the cold to kill off fat cells, reducing fat thickness in the targeted area.  DIY CoolSculpting, on the other hand, uses no more technology than a bag of ice and water applied to the skin.

How much does it cost?

If you seek treatment at an authorized CoolSculpting clinic, you can end up spending anywhere between fifteen hundred and four thousand US dollars. DIY CoolSculpting, on the other hand, can be performed for next to no cost in the comfort of your home.

How does it work?

It works by chilling an area of the skin for varying lengths of time (a typical session lasts from one to three hours), causing the fat cells underneath to inflame and die over a period of time, without damaging the other living cells of the body.

How long before I see results?

Results can be seen from as early as two weeks into treatment and may continue to improve for up to four months afterward. According to a 2014 study, a single treatment resulted, on average, in a 7mm reduction in fat thickness over two months. These results were long term, discernible up to nine years later.

Is it safe?

Yes, it is safe as long as you use adequate precautions:

  • Consult a doctor if you have any doubts. DIY CoolSculpting may not be for you if you suffer from circulatory problems or diabetes.
  • Use ice water only. Anything else, such as solid ice or gel packs, may result in temperatures low enough to risk frostbite.
  • Monitor your skin temperature. You can use a thermocouple for this purpose. Make sure that your skin temperature stays above 2 C/35.6 f.

What are the risks and side effects?

While research has not found any significant downside to CoolSculpting as an alternative to liposuction, there are several risks one ought to be aware of.

  • Frostbite

There is only one reported case of frostbite resulting from CoolSculpting at a salon.

  • Paradoxical results

A small number of treatments (1 in 20,000) have resulted in increased fat thickness instead of decreasing it.

How do I do it?

All you need is ice, water, and a bag to apply them with. It is ideal to use a hydration bladder, but you can use a ziplock bag too, though they tend to leak. Fill the bag four fifths  of the way up with ice and top with chilled water. Apply on the target area for 1-3 hours daily. You can move the bag around if it gets warm, and will need to refresh the ice hourly.

DIY ColdSculpting is a cheap and exciting alternative to liposuction. It is effective, and, with a little bit of care, risk-free.

So try it and experience the benefits for yourself!

If you want a simpler method, try using our fat freezing wraps.

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