CoolSculpting® is a machine that utilizes patented technology with the purpose of freezing fat non-invasively. When fat is frozen, the fat cells crystalize and are eliminated. These cells are then metabolized by the body, and after some time there is reduction in the fat cells of the treated area.
The science behind CoolSculpting involves Cryolipolysis, the idea that cold can be used to reshape body contours. After a pair of Harvard university scientists observed that some children got dimples when they ate popsicles, they applied the same idea to fat, and how to selectively affect and eliminate fat cells. The CoolSculpting procedure involves safely delivering precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target fat cells located underneath the skin. The treated fat cells crystallize, freeze, and die. Over time, the body naturally eliminates these dead cells, eliminating the fat for good. Untreated fat cells on the other hand will have no change in fat distribution.
What happens during the treatment?
You and your clinician first select the area(s) to be treated. Your clinician will position the device on your body. The device will then draw the bulge up between two cooling panels. The sensation is a firm pull and pressure – enough of a pull to ensure the selected tissue will be cooled most efficiently. An hour or so later, depending on your needs, you’re done.
What does it feel like?
As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.
How Long Is A CoolSculpting Session?
A session takes about an hour, depending on the area being treated. During the session, feel free to read, surf the internet, or just relax.
Am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting™?
CoolSculpting™ is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese, or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Your doctor or clinical staff will determine if treatment is right for you during a one-on-one consultation.
After the procedure
After one visit you will typically see a noticeable reduction of fat. It takes a few months to fully realize the effects because it takes quite a bit of time for your body to naturally dispose of the fat cells. Since the procedure is non-surgical, and no needles or anesthesia are used, you can return to your daily routine right away; there is no downtime.
Is It Safe?
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved, so rest assured that it is safe and effective. There is also no downtime required because the procedure is completely non-invasive. That means you can go back to your normal daily activities right after getting it done!