Specially designed for those people who have unwanted fat in target areas like their abdomen, flanks and chin, CoolSculpting is a fat-reduction procedure that has been making a lot of buzz recently. Everyone is talking about it whether it’s debating the science behind it or the cost of CoolSculpting procedures vis-à-vis what you can expect in terms of results. To understand the appeal of CoolSculpting that takes advantage of cryolipolysis, you first need to understand what each of these terms means.
By definition, cryolipolysis is the destruction of fat cells through cold temperatures. This is made possible because fat is more temperature-sensitive and susceptible to injury through cooling than the skin and surrounding tissues. Think about what happens to a piece of meat when you put it in the freezer: The fat on it changes from liquid to solid. In our body, this leads to the elimination of the treated cells by way of the body’s natural processes for removing dead cells.
This is the basis for the revolutionary non-invasive fat reduction procedure of CoolSculpting. Controlled cooling is used to contour the body by removing stubborn fat from localized pockets. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for the treatment of fat bulges in 5 specific areas including the abdomen, flanks, inner thigh, outer thigh and double chin.
So the attraction of CoolSculpting for fat reduction is three-fold.
- The medical treatment is completely non-invasive
- It has no known long-term side effects because it involves no needles, anesthesia or scars
- The results are permanent
But what does the procedure feel like and what can you expect in terms results before and after CoolSculpting?
As the name suggests, the CoolSculpting procedure can be a little chilly. A number of people have described the cooling down phase as being similar to the feel of using an ice pack in an area of the body. Some people have also reported mild pulling, tugging and discomfort during the procedure but no pain.
At this point, it is also worth noting that because CoolSculpting leverages the natural processes of the body to eliminate the treated fat cells, you can’t expect the results of the procedure to be noticeable right away. In fact, it takes 3 weeks for most patients to observe a slight improvement while complete treatment results can take anywhere between 12 and 14 weeks. You are just going to have to be patient and allow your body to do the work of completely removing the injured and dead fat cells. In most cases, CoolSculpting causes a 25% reduction of fat in the treatment areas. Depending on your body and ultimate goals, after the first session of CoolSculpting, you can choose to do further treatments for additional benefits.
For more information about the difference in appearance before and after CoolSculpting procedures, nothing beats photo galleries. For example, look up fat-freezing for the upper and lower abdomen areas and you will see just how cryolipolysis can lead to a flatter abdomen. You can also see the effects of the medical treatments on love handles and double chins.