Freezing your Fat Away with Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that removes fat from areas on the body by utilising controlled cooling to remove fat. This is an FDA and TGA cleared procedure that has no downtime, so regular activities may be performed after the procedure has taken place. The Coolsculupting treatment is ideal for those who want to get rid of stubborn unwanted fat from their body which exercise and dieting has not been able to help. Typically, this applies to those that are within 5 to 10 kilograms of their targeted weight goal. This procedure was not designed for those that are excessively overweight. It should not be performed on anyone that suffers from Cryoglobulinemia or Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria. It was created by scientist at Harvard for persons looking to lose stomach fat. Over 1.5 million treatments have been performed worldwide.

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How does Coolsculpting work?

Cooling technology is used to effectively and gently target fat in specific areas on the body. The fat will be eliminated with no incisions or anesthesia. An applicator will be applied to the skin’s surface, delivering controlled cooling to the treatment area. The fat cells will be eliminated through the body’s natural metabolic process. None of the fat cells will be burned or shattered, nor will the cells be extracted. The skin cells will remain healthy as only the fat cells will be frozen to the point of elimination.

How long does Coolsculpting take to see results?

After one session of Coolsculpting, results of fat loss can be seen. It will take the body a few months to produce the full effect, as it will take the body this long to eliminate the fat cells. Within a period of 4 months, the treated area will decrease in size. After 4 months, another session may be performed.

What areas on the body can Coolsculpting be used?

Coolsculpting can be used on the abdomen, inner thighs, outer thighs, flanks, and the arms.

Is there pain associated with Coolsculpting?

Intense cold and pressure can be felt during a session. This does not last very long. The procedure may cause tingling to the skin. Some patients have reported not feeling anything at all. Anesthetic or medications before and after the treatment can be offered.

Are there any side effects? What are the benefits?

Side effects include redness of the treatment area, tingling, stinging, a little pain, swelling, and bruising. These are only seen for a short amount of time.

Benefits of Coolsculpting:

  • Convenient- The procedure will be based off the area that is being treated, so treatment may take 1 hour or more. It is often performed during lunch hours, so the patient can return back to work. Napping, reading a book or magazine, or doing work on a laptop is often done during the procedure, as the patient is allowed to either sit up or lay down.
  • Visible results- Results are seen in as little as 4 weeks after the treatment.
  • No surgery or downtime- Unlike the tummy tuck or liposuction, Coolsculpting does not involve any knives or surgical time. Exercising and daily activities can be performed immediately after treatment.

How does Coolsculpting compare to liposuction and tummy tucks?

Coolsculpting does not have as fast of results as liposuction or a tummy tuck. Coolsculpting will remove between 25 to 30% of fat in the desired treatment area, while liposuction can remove 60 to 75% fat. More treatments will be needed to remove the same amount of fat from the Coolsculpting procedure, and not all areas of the body can be done, such as the chin. Tummy tucks do not have limits on how much fat is removed from the tummy.

9 replies
  1. Jen J
    Jen J says:

    I have had a tummy tuck before, but have gained some of my weight back. It is hard for me to lose it. I want to know, if I have had a tummy tuck done, can I have Coolsculpting done on my tummy? Are there any dangers associated with having both of them done? I had the tummy tuck done about 5 years ago.

  2. helpful!thanks!
    helpful!thanks! says:

    I have been contemplating having something done for my fat that I can not get rid of. I have never heard of Coolsculpting before, only liposuction. I really do not want to have to go under the knife for this, as I have never had surgery before and the whole thought just scares me. Plus I have heard a few horror stories about liposuction. This article has helped me see that there are other options for me besides being put under to help me get rid of my excessive fat. Very informative in nature and really sways me into looking more into this option.

  3. Mrs. Joe
    Mrs. Joe says:

    Hello everyone, I just wanted to share my results with tummy tucks. I had one done two years ago and would not recommend it to anyone. I am now scarred because of it, which really bothers me. I also got an infection in the wound, which was not really fun to deal with. But at the time I did not know anything about this Coolsculpting procedure, or else I might have opted to go this route. I would really urge anyone that wants or is considering a tummy tuck to carefully weigh their options. The tummy tuck cost wound up being a lot more than just money to me.

  4. Fretty
    Fretty says:

    I have done a session of Coolsculpting. I did not feel much pain at all. I had my love handles done as they were stubborn and I was not finding a way to lose them. My treatment took about 70 minutes. During the procedure, I got caught up on my reading. I noticed results in about 3 weeks. I am happy with the procedure and would recommend it to anyone. If you want something that is fast, easy and convenient, without having the downtime associated with it, then Coolsculpting could be for you.

  5. CMum
    CMum says:

    I wish I would have known about Coolsculpting last year. I had liposuction done on my stomach. While the results were good, I did not like having the downtime and recovery associated with it. I would much rather have a procedure done that did not involve going under the knife. If I ever need a treatment again on my stomach, I will have to look more into this technique.

  6. Mila
    Mila says:

    I’ve been interested in learning more about Coolsculpting since hearing it over the radio. I have been looking online for options on how to lose stomach fat. I have had 4 children and put on some weight with each of them. I am not obese in any way, but am having trouble losing a few kilos. I exercise daily, and eat right, but no matter how many crunches I do, the fat is still there. I can’t afford surgery and frankly I’m afraid of it. I am wondering how effective this cool sculpting treatment really is, has anyone done it? Any places in Sydney you can recommend? I’m based in the inner west.

  7. Emily
    Emily says:

    I went to a clinic in Bondi Junction for a Coolsculpting consultation but I was quoted a huge amount of money, which i simply could not afford. I then came across Advanced Dermatology doing my Christmas shopping at the Bondi Westfield and they offer the same treatment for half the price. It’s been a couple months now and just after 1 treatment I am seeing amazing results. I highly recommend contacting these guys to try out their Cool Lipo treatment. It worked wonders for me and it’s literally half the price I was quoted for Coolsulpting.. which is the same treatment!

  8. Coolsculpting vs Clatuu
    Coolsculpting vs Clatuu says:

    What’s the difference between Coolsculpting and Clatuu? There seems to be a lot of buzz around Coolsculpting but I wonder if clatuu is the same treatment for much less?

    • Ellie
      Ellie says:

      I had clatuu and I’m really impressed with the results I’ve seen so far (it’s only been a month post 1st treatment). I’m not sure if coolsculpting is as effective, but from my understanding they use the same technology.

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