Does CoolSculpting Affect Fertility? Find Out Now
If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you probably know there are a lot of things you can’t do. You’ve already said goodbye to eating sushi, drinking wine, and coloring your hair. But what about CoolSculpting? Read on to learn more before you book that appointment.
Pregnancy changes your body in many ways. One common change is excess fat buildup. Many women, especially those who have had children, find themselves searching for fat-busting procedures. There are many treatments you can try, including fat freezing with CoolSculpting. It has been very popular for the last ten years to get rid of small amounts of body fat. But is CoolSculpting safe if you want to have a baby? Doctor Bernard Beldholm explains.
Cryolipolysis cannot reach your internal organs
CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing technique that kills fat cells using very cold temperatures. It works in a process call cryolipolysis. This procedure uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy fat cells in the treated area. After a few weeks after treatment, the dead fat cells eventually break down and get flushed out of your system thanks to your liver.
CoolSculpting is FDA approved to obliterate fat cells without killing other kinds of tissue. It works on the outermost layers of skin and fat, where the fat cells live. The device cannot reach your internal organs. That means your muscles, nerves, vascular system, internal organs, and other structures will not be affected.
The bottomline is that CoolSculpting does not affect anything below the fat level. Therefore, it cannot affect your organs — and that includes your ovaries. Your ovaries, by the way, are located very deep behind several layers of abdominal wall.
CoolSculpting only targets fat cells
The machine was designed to selectively target adipose cells. It does not lower your skin temperature or any other nearby tissues in any drastic way. At most, you may notice some redness or bruising of the skin on the treatment area, but this is mild and not dangerous. The effects are quite minimal and superficial. Since CoolSculpting exclusively causes fat cells to die, you do not have to worry about it harming other types of cells. It will only affect those fat cells within the treatment area. That is good news for women wishing to become pregnant.
What if you are thinking of having babies in the future?
There is no reason to believe cryolipolysis would have any long-term health consequences to you or any of your future children. It is worth noting that cryolipolysis is not a form of radiation, so you don’t have to worry about that. CoolSculpting has been around for a decade or so. There have been no reported cases of latent health effects to date. If you are planning to have a family down the line, rest assured that there is no risk in having a CoolSculpting treatment now.
If you get too thin, it can affect fertility. Needless to say, CoolSculpting is unlikely to make you “too thin”. A board-certified doctor would not allow that too happen. Plus, the technology is designed to remove small pockets of fat, not transform your entire body type into something different. It is more for refinement of body contours.
However, if you are trying to get pregnant, losing too much weight (we are talking a dangerously low BMI here), is proven to impact fertility. CoolSculpting alone would not cause that to happen, of course. That said, if you are already very slim and you are having difficulty conceiving, you should avoid fat-loss procedures. That includes CoolSculpting.
Can I get CoolSculpting if I am pregnant, lactating, or trying to get pregnant?
Here is where things take a turn. Interestingly, it is not recommended by most practices. You might have a hard time booking that appointment. That is despite the fact that there is no evidence of CoolSculpting affecting fertility. So far, CoolSculpting has never been shown to cause infertility or losing a child related to the procedure.
So, what gives? It is simply a good rule of thumb to avoid any unnecessary medical procedures when you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to have a baby. The technology has been around for some time, but most plastic surgeons find it is best to minimize patient risks by being extra cautious.
A decade of use may seem like a long time, but the medical community plays it safe when it comes to your health. Longer-term studies are needed to confirm the belief that CoolSculpting won’t affect fertility. The only way to confirm that is to wait for more time to pass. However, since the treatment only affects underlying fat, is is very unlikely that any problems with infertility would arise in the future.
If you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive, it may be more difficult to find a provider who will treat you with CoolSculpting. You should definitely seek the advice of a board-certified cosmetic surgeon if you are thinking about fat freezing.
How long do mothers have to wait to get CoolSculpting after giving birth?
As long as you aren’t lactating or actively trying to get pregnant again, there is no reason you can’t get CoolSculpting. The treatment is safe and effective after childbirth. It is a great way to refine and contour your body after baby. It is perfect for women looking to make small touch ups, because not everyone needs a total mummy makeover after giving birth.
Many women love the results they get post-pregnancy. In general, most doctors say you should wait about three months after pregnancy to get CoolSculpting done.
Hopefully this answered your questions about does CoolSculpting affect fertility. When diet and exercise aren’t enough, CoolSculpting treatments are an excellent choice for women seeking minimal weight loss and fat reduction on the love handles, flanks, and abdomen. Infertility is not one of the side effects of CoolSculpting.