Fat deposits near the hips are an often-cited source of insecurity for many. Weight loss and a rigorous weight training regimen can help tone your thighs and hips and even reduce fat in those areas, but it is not uncommon to hit a plateau – especially if genetics are playing a role in fat distribution.
While we have control over our overall weight, we don’t always have control over where fat congregates on the body. Even if you reach your goal weight, you may still have unwanted fat deposits around your hips. People often opt for treatments such as liposuction to get rid of unwanted fat, but not everyone is comfortable undergoing an invasive surgical procedure.
There are many modern fat reduction treatments that are completely non-invasive. CoolSculpting is one option that works by using extremely cold temperatures to kill fat cells in specific areas. It can be used anywhere on the body, and is often used to remove unwanted fat from the hips.
Below, we’ll go over the basics of CoolSculpting for hips to help you decide if the procedure is right for you.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
When studying the body’s reaction during frostbite, scientists discovered that when fat is exposed to low temperatures, the fat cells will apoptose (die). This led to the invention of a non-invasive, non-surgical way to eliminate unwanted fat. By using a device warm enough for the skin’s surface but cold enough to kill fat cells, you can strategically eliminate fat from certain parts of the body.
What Happens During CoolSculpting?
Before undergoing CoolSculpting, you will have a consultation with an experienced practitioner to ensure the procedure is right for you. Here, you can discuss your goals and expectations and your practitioner will develop a plan to remove fat from your hips via the CoolSculpting device.
When you go in for your CoolSculpting appointment, your practitioner will apply a cooling gel pad to the treatment area. Then, they will attach the CoolSculpting device and let it run for anywhere from 35 to 60 minutes.
CoolSculpting is not typically painful, but you may feel a light tugging sensation during treatment. In the days following CoolSculpting, some patients experience mild symptoms such as rashes or redness, but this should clear up within a few days.
After undergoing CoolSculpting, you can resume regular activities right away.
Is CoolSculpting Effective For Hips?
If you are at or near your ideal weight, yes. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure, but it can eliminate fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise.
Studies show that CoolSculpting can remove as much as 20 to 25% fat from a specific area, including the hips, leading to dramatic results. Results are not immediately apparent. Your immune system will begin clearing fat cells right away, but it can take several months to see full results. However, most patients are happy with the final outcome, so be patient.
The fat cells removed via CoolSculpting are permanently eliminated from the body, but it is always possible to regain weight. However, it may not be deposited in the same area as before. For example, if you typically gained weight in the hips before CoolSculpting, you may notice weight gain in the stomach and face afterwards. If your weight stays stable, your new contour will also be stable.
One thing to keep in mind is that CoolSculpting only removes fat. Many patients see CoolSculpting as a way to immediately get their ideal body, but the procedure will not add tone or muscle, nor will it tighten sagging skin. CoolSculpting can make the work you put in with weight training more apparent though by removing fat.
In short, you need to maintain a regular exercise routine to both maintain CoolSculpting results and create the physique you want.
Is CoolSculpting Safe?
CoolSculpting is FDA approved and considered safe and effective for most healthy adults. During your initial consultation, your practitioner discuss your current health, medication use, and overall lifestyle to ensure the procedure is safe for you.
Side effects with CoolSculpting are rare and usually relatively minor. Issues like pain, stinging, swelling, and skin sensitivity usually clear up on their own within a week or two and do not require medical attention.
In very rare cases, patients may experience paroxysmal adipose hyperplasia (PAH) at the treatment site. This occurs when fat cells multiply rather than become reduced by apoptosis from CoolSculpting, and tends to be more common in males. PAH is not dangerous, but it will unfortunately not go away on its own and may require liposuction to correct.
The best way to avoid complications is to work with a reputable provider and follow all their instructions closely.
CoolSculpting For Hips: The Bottom Line
Hitting weight loss and weight training plateaus can be frustrating. If you’re genetically inclined to have weight congregate near your hips, CoolSculpting can be an effective, non-invasive means to finally get closer to the body you want.
Think CoolSculpting is right for you? At BLUSH Beverly Hills, we have a talented team of medical professionals with decades worth of experience, including experience with CoolSculpting. If you’re interested in talking over the procedure, reach out here and someone will be in touch shortly.