What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is the latest innovation from Allergan, a leader in body and facial aesthetics. Coolsculpting is a breakthrough in body contouring that’s safe and affordable, with no surgery or downtime.
CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared procedure which targets stubborn pockets of fat to gradually cool and freeze the cells. The frozen cells slowly die and are naturally processed by the body until they are finally excreted through the urine. There’s no incision, no scar, no damage to the skin or muscle tissue.
Over one to two months, the fat melts away.
How Does Coolsculpting Work?
The secret to the Coolsculpting system begins with learning how fat is stored in our bodies. By the end of our teenage years, each of us pretty much has a set number of fat cells that stay the same our whole lives.
When you lose weight or gain weight, the size of the fat cells goes up or down – not the number of cells. CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing innovation that reduces the number of fat cells in your body.
What Happens to the fat?
Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure designed to break down fat layers that sit just below the skin. Fat cells do not respond well to cold, and if they freeze, they die. The medical term is cryolipolysis.
Coolsculpting uses an FDA-cleared device that suctions body heat out of the fat layer directly beneath your skin. The controlled cooling gradually drops the temperature until the cells freeze. The procedure typically takes an hour and only affects the fat pocket – not the skin.
The frozen cells die, and the natural process of eliminating waste removes them from the body. The removal process typically continues for three to four months, though durations can vary. As the fat cells are excreted, that stubborn pocket of fat goes away too.
According to a study from the U.S. National Institute of Health, a Coolsculpting treatment reduces fat cells in the treated area by 20 – 25%.
What makes Coolsculpting so effective?
Up until now, anyone with a double chin or rolls of back fat had no option but to go under the knife.
Then researchers at Harvard discovered fat cells were hypersensitive to cold and freezing would cause cell death. The premise for the Coolsculpting system was born.
Coolsculpting has the ability to target a localized fat pocket on the body and dissolve it without breaking the skin. The procedure contours your body, gently removing those bulges or pouches you thought would never be gone — all without any real side effects or post-treatment downtime.
What parts of the body does it work on?
The good news is Coolsculpting is cleared by the FDA to treat all the common problem areas where stubborn fat builds up. If you can pinch the fat, you can freeze the fat.
Here are the localized problem areas that Coolsculpting will address.
- Double Chin
- Bulges on the Jawline
- Belly Fat
- Fat on Inner Thighs
- Love handles (Muffin tops)
- Saddlebags (Outer Thighs)
- Bra Fat
- Back Fat
- Fat below the Buttock (banana rolls)
It’s important to remember that Coolsculpting is not a weight-loss treatment. People who would be considered to be obese are not good candidates and should pursue other options. Also be aware that Coolsculpting, like liposuction, has no impact on cellulite.
The best candidates for the treatment have a healthy lifestyle but are frustrated by those stubborn pockets of fat that seem to stick and stay. Contouring fat from under the chin or below the upper arms can take years off your appearance. Trimming off your love handles or slimming down those saddlebags will create a proportionate, curvy physique that will boost your self-confidence.
Q: What happens during a Coolsculpting procedure?
A. First, the medical staff marks the treatment area and covers the skin with gel and a pad. The freezing device is placed on the pad. When the device is activated, clients feel a strong sensation of cold, along with a tingling or pulling sensation. The cold will numb the area quickly, ending the feelings.
Once the treatment is complete, and the device is removed, it’s normal to see reddened skin and a raised block of concentrated fat cells (the “butter stick.”) There is no skin damage, and the raised tissue is massaged away in under a minute.
Q: How many treatments do you need?
A: Typically one, but sometimes larger areas may require a second visit. Some providers may bundle a number of treatments to increase the amount of fat reduction.
Q: How long does it take to see results?
The frozen cells begin to dissolve within the first month. The fat pockets in the treatment area slowly diminish over the next 8 to 16 weeks until they’re gone.
Q: How much does the procedure cost?
A: The price range is between $800 to $1,750 per treatment. Though it can vary somewhat by location, be wary of places that charge below the minimum. Coolsculpting prices are controlled by the device manufacturer to maintain quality control – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Q: This is for women, right?
A: No, not at all. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to shave that little pooch off their belly or lose their love handles. The treatment is fast – just 60 minutes – so no need to miss work or take time from your daily routine. The best candidates are healthy men and women who want to streamline their physique.
Q: Is Coolsculpting safe?
A: Yes. The FDA first cleared the procedure in 2010 to fat-freeze love handles. Now the device has been cleared for all nine treatment areas.
Q: Is there any reason to avoid the Coolsculpting treatment?
A: Some pre-existing conditions will prevent you from receiving the procedure, including cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. Please discuss your medical history with your doctor to make sure you’re a good candidate for the treatment. Read a more detailed article on safety information here.
Before & After
The results from a Coolsculpting treatment can be quite striking, especially given that there’s no surgery, no scars, no post-recovery downtime. The photographs below are from Coolsculpting clients, male and female.