The practice of freezing fat cells began years ago when Harvard University scientists discovered that children gradually developed dimples on their cheeks after eating popsicles. Two notable scientists, Dr. D. Manstein and Dr. R. Anderson, found out that the popsicles were actually freezing and removing pockets of fat cells without affecting the skin. From that discovery was born the science of Cryolipolysis, on which the practice of CoolSculpting is based.
A professor at UCLA, Jason Roostaeian, backs the procedure stating that fat is generally more sensitive to cold temperature than your skin and actually dies off before your skin does. The procedure was approved by the FDA back in 2010 and has of late gained much popularity. Many see it as a better non-invasive alternative to spot treatments such as liposuction. It is as simple as eliminating the unsightly love handles and bulges at the bra with a cooling paddle, well almost. However the big question is, does freezing fat cells work?
How the procedure works
Fat freezing procedures normally use rounded paddles of four different sizes to perform skin and fat suction just like a vacuum does. It is a simple procedure in which all you do is recline in a chair for about two hours while the cooling panels crystallize your fat cells. Is it painful? Not really but you’ll of course get a mild discomfort that most people tolerate quite easily. You will experience cooling and suction sensations before some numbness finally settle in. It is so relaxing that some patients even carry along their laptops to do catch up with their work or watch a movie while the fat freezing machine works.
Is the procedure safe?
The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is based on sound and proven science. There are over 60 scientific and clinical journal papers published by top researchers and doctors on the efficacy and safety of this procedure. Fat freezing procedures are non-invasive and therefore have comparatively lower risks than other invasive surgical procedures such as liposuction. The CoolSculpting machine has almost zero error although in some rare cases patients may continue feeling numb in affected areas for a few weeks. However, there is very minimal swelling or occurrence of wounds. You may need to discuss the process with your doctor before you book an appointment if you have other health complications.
Who is the procedure for?
Does freezing fat cells work for everyone? Well, according to Professor Jason Roostaeian the procedure is for anyone seeking for mild improvements in weight loss. It is not a one-stop-shop for a major fat removal procedure such as liposuction. The suction panels usually treat accessible tissues only so if you have thick and firm tissue you may not see very fast results.
How about the final results?
You will need several treatments to see optimum results. A single treatment may not yield significant changes. In some patients, the change is often imperceptible after the first treatment but eventually you’ll notice fat reduction and less bulging in particular areas of interest. The procedure gives mild improvements in weight loss but you will eventually fit into that dress you admire after several treatments.