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.
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.