The CoolSculpting® fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling technology to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that resists efforts through diet and exercise. It is one of the most effective and innovative ways to removing stubborn fat from the abdomen, flanks (“love handle”) and back, and has gained recent FDA-approval for upper arms, double chin, inner thighs, and bra fat. With the newest applicators, the treatment time is streamlined and more efficient. There is no surgery, no needles, no anesthesia, and no downtime.
During the CoolSculpting® procedure, a specially-designed cooling applicator is used on the treatment area. Without damaging the overlying skin or other tissue, the applicator cools fat cells by using vacuum pressure to draw tissue between its cooling panels. Treatment-area fat cells are gradually eliminated through the body’s normal metabolic processes. During the procedure, patients can read, listen to music or simply relax. Most return to work and resume other regular activities the same day.
Full benefits of the CoolSculpting® procedure are usually attained 2 to 4 months after treatment. According to the manufacturer, the targeted fat loss is relatively permanent, where the “long-term results should remain stable” as long as a patient maintains his or her weight. Although results are not achieved as rapidly as with liposuction, liposuction’s associated pain, surgical risks, and post-operative recovery time are avoided. It is important, however, for candidates to have realistic expectations about the results from CoolSculpting® treatment. Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting® treatment is not designed to remove overly large volumes of fat. Diet and exercise are the two most effective and valuable lifestyle choices in this respect, and is encouraged for all patients, no matter their individual body-contouring concerns. Rather, CoolSculpting® is considered a less-invasive alternative to liposuction for treating fat bulges of modest size for those individuals who are at their ideal or near-ideal BMI and weight.
CoolSculpting®’s noninvasive approach to body contouring is one of the most popular treatments that patients are seeking in today’s cosmetic market, and it isn’t any wonder that CoolSculpting® is at the top of the list.