Men sometimes ask us, “Does CoolSculpting® work on men’s chest area?” The answer is yes, but like all great questions, the answer requires explanation.
In case you haven’t heard, CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure that eliminates fat, strengthens the muscles, and contours the body. After CoolSculpting® treatments, men often feel confident about their appearance.
The choice of whether to have any procedure done is highly personal. A skilled provider will help you weigh your options without judgment. Professionals who offer cosmetic procedures like CoolSculpting® aim to help people navigate these choices and get the results they want.
Keep in mind, this article isn’t a substitute for a consultation with a skilled cosmetic surgeon or allied professional. Each individual is different and seeing a professional is the best way to figure out which cosmetic treatment options are appropriate and right for your needs.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical FDA-approved technique that destroys unwanted fat cells.
In the words of the brand’s website, CoolSculpting® “freezes and kills fat cells” in the treated areas. The process permanently kills the fat cells, though it is possible to gain new body fat so weight management is still essential to maintaining the results.
Benefits of CoolSculpting® include:
- Nonsurgical and non-invasive
- No downtime like surgical options
- Target specific areas
CoolSculpting® is frequently used to remove fat from the following areas:
- Belly or abdomen
- Upper arms
- Chin-area or underneath
- Love handles
- And more, talk with your provider
Each successful CoolSculpting® session kills around 20%-25% of fat cells within the treated area. Like Liposuction it is local anesthesia, making it a good option for areas where an individual stores proportionately more body fat than wanted. This permanent solution can alter overall proportions. Of course, CoolSculpting® isn’t a substitute for more traditional means of weight loss as the procedure works best for people who are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight.
CoolSculpting® and Gynecomastia
Men often ask whether CoolSculpting® can help get rid of gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a condition where a man has excessive glandular breast tissue resulting in an appearance similar to a woman’s breasts. Pseudogynecomastia is another condition where the chest has fatty tissue creating the appearance of male breasts.
Men with gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia sometimes feel embarrassed about their appearance. Since the condition is usually the result of hormonal imbalances, diet and exercise usually are not enough to make them go away.
Sometimes CoolSculpting® can help. However, always see a physician or provider to see whether it may help in your situation. Each case is a little different and it is important to rule out other underlying causes. While CoolSculpting® might work well for many people, others may need a surgical procedure.
However, if CoolSculpting® is right, it can help sculpt, uncover and define the pec muscles. Many, if not most, men who wish to sculpt their chest do not suffer from either condition. CoolSculpting® is an option to consider as an alternative to liposuction.
CoolSculpting® to Enhance Your Work in the Gym
If you are like many men, you take care of yourself by staying active, eating healthy, and lifting weights. Genetics partially determines how quickly you see results. Some areas show results sooner than others.
CoolSculpting® technology can remove stubborn fat in specific targeted areas. If your problem area is your pecs or other areas around the chest, then it may be a great option for you.
What to Expect During CoolSculpting® Treatment
CoolSculpting® is minimally invasive and doesn’t require any downtime unlike liposuction or surgical procedures. However, it can be a little uncomfortable though it shouldn’t be too painful. Some people experience a pinching, mild stinging, aching, or even pulling sensation at the start of treatment. Some people are comfortable enough to nap, read a book or watch a movie during the procedure
Afterward, your provider massages the treatment area to help break up the frozen tissue which will crystalize and be processed by the body. Some feel tingling or mild numbness that goes away, some experience nerve sensation for days or weeks.
Common and uncommon side effects include:
- Muscle spasms
- Swelling and redness
Talk with your provider to learn more about the possible risks and side effects as well as any factors that make certain side effects more likely. For example, the CoolSculpting® brand recommends that candidates are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight. This both results in a higher likelihood of satisfaction and may also lead to fewer negative side effects.
Most find that over-the-counter pain medicine relieves the discomfort during the procedure and in the hours or days following treatment. They are able to resume their regular activities with minimal modifications. Opt to wear comfortable clothing such as workout clothing with mild compression for the rest of the day and possibly longer if you can.
You may see the results within a month to three months following the treatment. Depending on your goals, you may want to repeat treatment two or three times as it typically reduces the body fat in the treated area by around 20%.
Next Steps: Book a Consultation
CoolSculpting® treatment is highly specific and customized to each individual. The first step is to schedule a consultation with an experienced and well-reputed provider. A range of cosmetic and medical professionals are able to perform this non-invasive procedure much like other non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Look for a provider who is knowledgeable about the range of options.
Talk frankly with your provider about your goals and how you hope to look. Your provider may also want to know about any other cosmetic procedures you have had done, your medical history, lifestyle, and budget. All of these factor into whether CoolSculpting® or any other cosmetic procedure is a good fit for you.
Charlotte-area residents have trusted Charlotte Plastic Surgery for over 70 years. We have a track record for getting results and extensive knowledge in the field. The Skin Center by CPS leverages that history while offering today’s non-surgical cosmetic procedures including skincare, skin rejuvenation, hair restoration, targeted toning and fat loss, and more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.