If you’re frustrated with stubborn fat that refuses to budge, there’s an innovative new solution that can help. It’s called CoolSculpting and it’s a nonsurgical fat-freezing technology that is scientifically proven to reduce unwanted pockets of fat. You don’t have to live with unsightly bulges in trouble spots like the flanks and abdomen anymore. In just one CoolSculpting session, you can experience up to a 25% reduction in the thickness of the fat layer. It’s a body contouring treatment that has taken the aesthetic world by storm. Keep reading to learn what CoolSculpting is, how it works, and what to expect during treatment.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing technology that is FDA-approved to treat stubborn fat in nine areas of the body:
- Upper arms
- Bra line
If you’ve been unable to get rid of a muffin top, love handles, or banana rolls with diet and exercise, CoolSculpting can help you get further and achieve the body of your dreams.
How does CoolSculpting work?
Stubborn fat is difficult to reduce even with diet and exercise. These troublesome pockets of fat vary from person to person but tend to accumulate in specific areas like the thighs and flanks.
CoolSculpting treatment works through cryolipolysis, which is the scientific term for using freezing temperatures to break down fat (cryo means freezing, lipo means fat, and lysis means to breakdown). Meaning, you literally freeze off and kill fat cells. CoolSculpting treatment is safe and effective. It is associated with minimal discomfort and little to no downtime.
The technology was developed after the incidental discovery that fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than other types of cells. When tissues in an area with stubborn fat are exposed to freezing temperatures, the fat cells die while other cells remain unaffected. The body slowly removes the broken-down fat cells over the following weeks and then they are gone forever.
What to expect during a CoolSculpting treatment?
During a CoolSculpting treatment, a cup-shaped applicator is placed on the problem area. The tissues are sucked into the device and the temperature is carefully lowered to start the freezing process. Each CoolSculpting session typically lasts 45 minutes. Afterwards, the aesthetician may massage the area to improve results.
You may feel cold at the beginning of a CoolSculpting session, but the area soon becomes numb. Some people report a sensation of mild tugging, pulling, or tingling, but these symptoms also quickly go away with cold-induced numbness. For the most part, CoolSculpting is comfortable and painless.
Most people need 1 to 2 CoolSculpting treatments for the best outcome. Some areas like the thighs and back may need additional treatments. Your aesthetician will advise you on the spacing of treatments, but it is usually recommended to wait 8 weeks between sessions to allow the body to absorb the dead fat cells.
Is CoolSculpting an effective fat loss treatment?
The FDA has approved CoolSculpting as a non-surgical treatment for stubborn fat in specific parts of the body. The treatment kills fat cells and reduces fat thickness by up to 25% with a single treatment. More than 85% of patients show improvement after CoolSculpting. Patient satisfaction is generally high and 8 out of 10 people say they would recommend the treatment to their friends.
Are there any side effects?
Typical side effects of CoolSculpting can include temporary swelling, redness, bruising, blanching, tingling, stinging, aching, or tenderness in the treated area. Some people may experience itching or skin sensitivity. Treatment in the chin and jawline area can lead to a sensation of fullness in the back of the throat. Most of these side effects subside within a few days. Very rarely, CoolSculpting can lead to an enlargement of the treated area, which may need surgical correction.
The risks associated with CoolSculpting are considerably lower than surgical fat loss treatments like liposuction. CoolSculpting is also associated with minimal side effects and pain compared to other non-invasive fat-reduction technologies like high-frequency focused ultrasound and laser treatments.
Is CoolSculpting right for me?
If you are interested in CoolSculpting, there are some things you should keep in mind. First, the results of CoolSculpting are not visible immediately. It typically takes 1 to 3 months after treatment for the results to be noticeable. This is because the body needs time to get rid of the broken-down fat cells. Results can vary from person to person, so you may not get the same results as someone you know. Also, the results of CoolSculpting are less dramatic than surgical treatments like liposuction.
CoolSculpting is a good choice for you if you want a quick and effective way to get rid of stubborn fat in specific problem areas. It is a minimally-invasive non-surgical treatment that works on all skin types. It is effective in both men and women. You don’t need any special diet or supplements. There are no needles or surgery involved. People love CoolSculpting because it gets rid of problem fat forever with little to no pain and essentially zero downtime.
You will get the best results from CoolSculpting if you’re at or near a healthy body weight and if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. CoolSculpting can help you get rid of fat bulges that just won’t budge despite your healthy lifestyle. But it is not a weight loss treatment for people who are severely obese.
Want to learn more about CoolSculpting? Not sure whether you’re a good candidate for this treatment? Call us and book a free consultation today. Dr. John Shieh, Medical Director at RejuvaYou Medical, will be happy to answer your questions about CoolSculpting and help you decide if it is right for you.
RejuvaYou Medical offers a range of non-surgical treatments for stubborn fat. Call today and book a consultation to learn about your options.
RejuvaYou and John Shieh, MD, have been featured on EXTRA, Entertainment Tonight, Forbes, CNN TLC, MTV, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Life & Style, People, and more. Dr. Shieh is a leading aesthetic physician in the US and one of the first to be certified on several cutting-edge technologies like CoolSculpting.