Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting IS NOT a direct fat removal method. Instead, the technique relies on a device (or applicator) which freezes fat cells under the skin, destroying them and, in so doing, forcing the body to process and eliminate them.
CoolSculpting, sometimes called cryolipolysis or “fat freezing,” is a non-invasive procedure which uses a special device that can cool fat cells under the skin in a targeted way. When cooled down enough, the fat cells die, preventing them from taking up new fat from the bloodstream or other sources. Soon after CoolSculpting, the body begins the process of breaking down the dead fat cells and recycling their constituent components. It then shuttles fat cells to the liver where they are processed and destroyed.
Coolsculping was only approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012, making it a relatively new technique among fat loss procedures. Unlike liposuction, CoolSculping does not puncture the skin or remove any fat directly. Instead, it relies on the body’s cell removal mechanisms. Once the fat cells are dead, the body breaks them down and removes them naturally, just as it would any other.
Because coolsculpting is so new, research on the procedure is limited, but the data suggest that the treatment removes between 20 and 25 per cent of fat cells in the target area over about one to four months, depending on the patient. At the end of the process, the area looks slimmer and firmer, as if the person has been on a diet and weight loss program. Most people see substantial results from the procedure within a few weeks.
One of the great things about CoolSculpting is the fact that it offers spot-fat reduction, just like liposuction. Doctors can target specific problem areas, like the neck, thighs, stomach or buttocks, and shift additional pounds that diet or exercise alone can’t help. It’s a versatile tool that can help a person achieve the body that they want quicker than through traditional lifestyle methods, but without breaking the skin.
What To Expect From CoolSculpting Treatments
The primary benefits of CoolSculpting are that it is non-invasive, requires no incisions to be made in the skin, and does not necessitate any pain-mitigation drugs, like anaesthetics. Most people who choose CoolSculpting treatment don’t feel anything at all during the procedure, except a slight tingling feeling as the applicator passes over their skin. Unlike many forms of body sculpting, those who undergo coolsculpting can return to their routine immediately after treatment: there’s no need to stay in hospital under supervision.
The immediate side effects of coolsculpting are minimal, although you may experience some adverse effects in the weeks that follow the treatment. Common side effects include tenderness and bruising around the affected area, a pinching sensation, redness, firmness and swelling. Over time, any numbness or tingling will fade, and skin will return to its normal sensitivity.
Doctors use coolsculpting therapy on a broad variety of sites across the body, including the neck. People who use coolsculpting to reduce fat deposits in the neck region can sometimes experience a feeling of fullness in the throat.
The removal of a large number of fat cells can also have knock-on effects on the bowel. The liver processes the fat cells and then releases waste products into the intestines. These waste products can then result in temporary diarrhoea.
Am I a Candidate for Coolscultping?
CoolSculpting can benefit anyone looking to shift stubborn fat. Are you a candidate for CoolSculpting?
Great For People Who Want To Avoid Invasive Procedures
The great thing about CoolSculpting is that it can remove fat from problem areas for practically anyone, all while being non-invasive. With CoolSculpting, you don’t have to worry about being out of action for weeks following the procedure: most people can have a session in the morning and then return to work in the afternoon without a break. CoolSculpting doesn’t come with the risk of scars, and there’s often no need for pain medication afterwards.
Great For People With Stubborn Fatty Deposits
When you exercise or eat healthfully, your body decides the regions in which it will burn fat, not you, and it may choose incorrectly. If you’ve lost weight and toned up, you may find that there’s still a part of your body that wants to hold onto fat. In this situation, CoolSculpting offers a potential solution. Thanks to its ability to target fat loss from problem areas of the body, you can use it to get rid of fat from any location that may be causing you issues, including hips, love handles, things, and stomach.
Great If You Lack Confidence
If you’ve got a part of your body that is causing you body confidence issues, then CoolSculpting can be a great way to take back control. With spot-fat reduction, you can feel confident and happy in your body and live your life to the full, free from body-image concerns.
Great For People Who Want Lasting Results
The great thing about CoolSculpting is that once you destroy the fat cells, they can’t come back. Your body has no choice but to go through the energy-intensive process of creating new fat cells, something that it loathes to do. Therefore, if you eat healthfully and exercise regularly, the results of CoolSculpting should last over the long-term. Those annoying pockets of fat will disappear for good and won’t come back as long as you continue to eat well and remain active.
Great If You Want A Quick Treatment
CoolSculpting treatment takes about 35 minutes, making it easy to fit into your schedule.
Great For People Who Want Natural-Looking Results
The very best cosmetic procedures make you look like the best version of you possible. They enhance your natural form: they don’t change it. They bring out the beauty that’s locked away inside you.
CoolSculpting is an excellent example of this effect in action. The results of CoolSculpting invariably look natural, as if you’ve been toning your body gradually with diet and exercise.
Great For Those Who Want To Stay Motivated
Finally, CoolSculpting is a great way to keep motivated to continue eating well and exercising regularly. It allows you to supercharge your results and enjoy the fruits of your efforts, without them being dragged down by problem areas, like your thighs or stomach. With CoolSculpting, you can ensure that all your hard work is visible, helping to give you a total body transformation.
Who Should Avoid CoolSculpting?
CoolSculping is a safe way to reduce fat deposits in the body. However, there are some groups of people who are not ideal candidates for the procedure.
Those with weakened immune systems or those with diseases associated with cold-sensitivity, such as cold agglutinin disease and cryoglobulinemia, can suffer adverse side effects from CoolSculpting. Likewise, people with Raynaud’s syndrome, reduced circulation in the treatment area, nerve conditions (including diabetic neuropathy), and people with inflammatory skin disorders are also unsuitable candidates.
Fat Reduction versus Weight Loss
In general, CoolSculpting is not an anti-obesity treatment. While it can help the body process fat, the cure for obesity involves removing fat from the entire body, especially visceral fat around the organs, and losing weight overall to reduce the stress on the bones, heart and kidneys.
CoolSculpting, therefore, is best thought of as a fat reduction technique – something that targets fat in problem areas of the body but does nothing to determine overall weight. Total body weight is the result of activity levels, calorie consumption, the composition of gut flora, and the underlying metabolic rate. While CoolSculpting can target specific regions of fat under the skin, it isn’t a substitute for overall weight loss.
Fat reduction and weight loss are two different things. You can lose weight by eating less or exercising more, but your body will shed both fat and muscle. Weight loss doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re losing fat, although it usually does. Likewise, fat reduction is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for weight loss. You can lose fat but not lose any weight if you replace the fat you lose in one area with extra fat deposits in another. You can also lose fat overall but not lose any weight if you put on additional muscle mass.
In general, you lose fat when you lose weight, but you also lose muscle and other metabolically-active tissues. When this happens, you reduce your overall metabolic rate, curbing your body’s energy requirements. As you weigh less, you require less energy to keep all of the cells in your body supplied with energy, and so the amount of weight you lose can begin to trail off over time.
For people looking to achieve a particular body shape, this can be frustrating. Pockets of fat remain stubbornly under the skin, leading to a loss of body confidence and feelings of disappointment. When you put in the hard work to look your best, you want your body to look great.
And here’s where CoolSculpting is at its best: when a person has committed to a healthy lifestyle and just needs that final nudge to get the body that they’ve always wanted, it provides the answer. CoolSculpting is a fat reduction technique because it helps the body remove fat from a specific location that might be detrimental to the overall aesthetic that a person wants to achieve. It doesn’t replace the weight loss caused by diet and exercise: it adds to it. CoolSculpting works best in the context of an active lifestyle and a whole-food, plant-based diet.
How Coolsculpting Works
Many people have pockets of fat that stubbornly resist the effects of diet and exercise. From an evolutionary perspective, these pockets of fat are the body’s insurance policy if a famine strikes, providing a person with the energy they need to see them through the hard times. But in developed countries, like the UK, it’s almost impossible to imagine a famine, making this physiological adaptation obsolete.
Fatty deposits, however, can ruin the look that you want to achieve and make you feel like your hard work in the kitchen and the gym isn’t paying off.
CoolSculpting uses special instruments which specifically target stubborn fat cells while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. The technology delivers targeted cooling to fat cells under the skin, destroying them in the process. The procedure uses a range of special applicators designed to fit the shape of the treatment area. Some applicators are great for debulking larger treatment areas, while others target “non-pinchable” fat, such as in the thighs.
During the procedure, patients can feel a range of sensations, including pulling, tugging and mild pinching. These sensations are usually only temporary and only continue for the duration of the treatment. Some people can also experience stinging and aching of the treatment site. The medical professional carrying out the procedure will be able to offer assistance. After 35 to 60 minutes the treatment is complete. Dead fat cells in the treated area will shrink over time and eventually carried away by the body and disposed of.
Unlike diet and exercise, which merely shrink the size of individual fat cells, CoolSculpting gets rid of them for good, removing around 20 per cent of the cells in the targeted area. By eradicating the cells, CoolSculpting makes it more difficult for the body to lay down new fat in the same area. In contrast to before, the body cannot fill up existing fat cells with new fatty deposits, causing them to swell: it has to create new ones, a more energy-intensive process and something that it is reluctant to do.
It’s important to note that when you eliminate fat cells through CoolSculpting, they won’t merely migrate to another area of the body. The treatment gets rid of them for good, helping you to stay in shape for longer and reap the rewards of a healthier lifestyle.
In summary, CoolSculpting offers patients a non-invasive and safe way to remove stubborn pockets of fat and prevent them from coming back for good. CoolSculpting is cost-effective, pain-free and can help consolidate lifestyle-related changes in body composition.