CoolSculpting is the brand name for a fat-freezing method called cryolipolysis, which is used to get rid of stubborn, noticeable fat in certain parts of your body. It was approved by the FDA in 2010. It is based on the fact that fat freezes at a higher temperature than skin. The CoolSculpting device that is used, cools your unwanted fat to a temperature that destroys it, while leaving your skin and other tissues unharmed.
CoolSculpting does not involve surgery and doesn’t use needles. The device holds the part of your body where the unwanted fat is located between two paddles. These paddles cool rapidly and the doctor leaves them in place for between 35 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. During that time, the process usually destroys about 20%-25% of the fat cells in the area that’s targeted. The full final results may not show up for a few months, but people often start to see some changes within a few weeks. Your immune system naturally clears out the dead fat cells slowly over this time.
Liposuction is a long used medical procedure to remove unwanted fat from people. However, it is very different from CoolSculpting. First of all, liposuction is at least three times as expensive. Also, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure which means your recovery time is minimal and you should be able to return to normal activities right after the procedure. In contrast, the recovery time for liposuction is around four weeks. It can then take months for the swelling to go down and for the results to be visible.
For those who want to avoid surgery and more invasive procedures, CoolSculpting is a desirable fat reduction treatment option. The treatment procedure removes your unwanted fat cells without the need for surgery, injections, scarring, or incisions. Also, there is no need for a general anesthetic, so you can be awake and aware during the treatment. There is basically no recovery time involved and you will be able to go home right away. The procedure itself is painless, with the most common complaints being the feeling of tenderness and bruising in the days after, which usually will go away in short order.
– Personalized treatment: Each person’s body is unique and struggles to lose visible fat in different areas. CoolSculpting can be individually tailored for you and the treatment can be targeted to the areas in which you’d like to see results. You can discuss which specific areas you wish to target during an initial consultation, from which you can learn the number of treatments you may need and the results you can expect to see.
– Treat multiple areas of the body: CoolSculpting can be used to target fat on your body’s core, arms, or thighs. It can even be used on your chin if you wish to remove or reduce the appearance of a double chin. Usually, if an area has pinchable fat, then it can be treated with CoolSculpting.
– Results that are natural looking: The results help you to look slimmer and sculpts your figure naturally. There might be some minor bruising temporarily after the treatment, but once this has faded your skin will return to normal and there will be no visible signs of the procedure.
A number of studies have found CoolSculpting to be relatively effective, stating that improvements were seen in 86 percent of treated patients. Therefore, CoolSculpting has been found to be relatively effective for the general population. It is important to note that it is not a treatment for obesity. Rather, the procedure is designed for helping remove extra visible fat that is resistant to other weight loss attempts, such as diet and exercise. As always, you should consult with your physician in advance about this or any other medical procedure.