Fat Reduction Using CoolSculpting®
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -approved treatment that targets stubborn fat through freezing. Visible fat bulges include those areas under the chin and jawline (aka double chin), abdomen and flank (aka muffin top), along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (aka banana roll), thigh and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared for treatments helping with the appearance of lax tissue in the chin area.
This non-invasive treatment utilizes cryolipolysis technology to target, freeze and reduce targeted portion of fat cells under your skin. This technique is so effective because with this device, the doctor can perform precise spot reduction and body contouring. When fat cells are frozen at a certain temperature, your body will naturally eliminate the dead cells (over a period of one to three months or more), resulting in up to 20 - 25% reduction of fat in a treated area. But note that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment.
How does it work?
CoolSculpting® targets many problem areas by cooling the fat cells to the precise temperature at which they crystallize. Your body then naturally metabolizes these cells, before removing them through an inflammatory clearing process.
During consultation, your practitioner will discuss your individual treatment plan with the appropriate applicator selected for your needs. During treatment, a gel pad and applicator are applied to the targeted area. Applicators that use vacuum will draw the tissue into the applicator cup where you may feel pulling, tugging and mild pinching. With a non-vacuum surface applicator, you may experience pressure sensations. Controlled cooling is then delivered to the targeted fat, so you may feel intense cold, along with sensations like tingling, aching or cramping as the treatment begins. But these sensations typically subside as the area becomes numb.
The CoolSculpting® applicators
CoolMini: Submental fat and Distal thigh
CoolAdvantage Petite: For small-to-medium areas of fat in the upper arms, back, flanks, abdomen, banana roll, inner thigh, bra fat (female only) and chest (male only)
CoolAdvantage: For large areas of fat areas in the upper arms, back, flanks, abdomen, banana roll, inner thigh, bra fat (female only) and chest (male only)
CoolAdvantage Plus: For very large areas of fat in the flanks, abdomen and back
CoolSmooth Pro: Outer thigh
How long does each treatment take and how many sessions will be required?
The recommended duration for each treatment cycle per applicator is as follows:
Depending on the size and number of areas to be treated, the healthcare professional will assess and recommend the number of treatment cycles needed to achieve your body goal. The number of sessions required will be planned out according to the number of treatment cycles treated at one seating.
You may start to see changes in as early as four weeks after your CoolSculpting® procedure. As your body continues to naturally process the injured fat cells for weeks to months after your procedure, results may take up to six months to become visible and can vary from person to person.
Risks & Side Effects
After the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, firmness, swelling, transient blanching or mild bruising around the edges, tingling or stinging.
One to two weeks after a treatment, there may be redness, bruising and swelling, tenderness, cramping and aching, itching or skin sensitivity, tingling and numbness. Numbness can persist up to several weeks after a treatment. Sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental area treatment (the triangular space connecting the face and neck).
The CoolSculpting procedure is not suitable for those who suffer from cryoglobulinemia – a condition in which an abnormal level of cryoglobulins (proteins which thicken in cold temperatures) are present in the blood, cold agglutinin disease - an autoimmune disease in which exposure of blood to cold temperatures leads to red blood cell death or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria - a blood disorder in which a change from cold to warm temperatures leads to red blood cell death.