Approved by the FDA in 2010, CoolSculpting is a unique, non-invasive treatment for the removal of fat from localized treatment areas. It is touted to be an innovative way to contour the body without resorting to surgical liposuction or invasive SmartLipo, involving no scars or anesthesia.
The benefits of CoolSculpting incude:
- The procedure is non-invasive with no surgery or downtime
- It can be used to eliminate fat in 5 treatment areas including the abdomen, flanks, double chin, inner thighs and outer thighs
- CoolSculpting is completely safe with no known longterm side effects
- It is a fix for stubborn fat that resist diet and exercise including love handles and troublesome thighs
The question is: How does it work and how long does CoolSculpting last?
To understand how CoolSculpting (or cryolipolysis) works, you will need to get acquainted with the source of this medical technology.
Years ago, scientists at Harvard University made the revolutionary discovery that children who ate a lot of popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. They postulated that the cold from the ice pops were freezing small pockets of fat cells in their cheeks leading to fat degradation and elimination.
This observation led to the concept of CoolSculpting, which takes advantage of cryolipolysis to injure fat cells through cooling. Fat is more temperature-sensitive than skin and undergoes cell death before skin does. These susceptible cells are then permanently removed from the body by the body’s natural elimination processes while leaving the adjacent skin, nerves, muscles and vessels unharmed.
As a result, CoolSculpting is completely safe as a fat-reduction treatment. But that’s not the best part! The best part is how long CoolSculpting results last.
Indeed, as the fat cells in the treatment areas are crystallized and eliminated, once the treated fat cells are gone, they are gone for good. So the answer to the question “How long does CoolSculpting last?” is: The results are permanent. The only thing you need to be prepared for is that the results might not be immediately noticeable. This is due to the fact that the injured fat cells are removed naturally by the patient’s body and this may take anywhere between 3 weeks and 4 months during which time the body will continually remove the dead fat cells. Statistically, a fat removal of 22 to 25% has been consistently observed in treatment areas and that’s the kind of result you can expect assuming a healthy exercise regime and responsible diet.
At this point, it is also worth mentioning that CoolSculpting is a fix for stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. It is not an appropriate approach to weight loss.
Understanding the difference between weight loss and fat loss is important before you embark on a CoolSculpting journey because unlike for example a gastric bypass, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight-loss solution. Good candidates for the medical treatment only have noticeable bulges in certain areas as compared to dozens of pounds in weight that they need to lose.