Since gaining FDA-approval in 2010, CoolSculpting has become one of the most popular and successful non-invasive body contouring treatments.
It’s been featured on countless TV shows and promoted by numerous celebrities. You may have even seen photos and videos that patients have captured during and after treatment.
Despite remarkable clinical results and an abundance of patient testimonials, you may want to know more about the CoolSculpting process – particularly how the treatment blasts fat without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.
Continue reading to learn what CoolSculpting actually does to your body and what you can expect from the procedure and results.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat removal procedure that uses cryolipolysis to target and eliminate stubborn fat from various parts of the body.
Also known as fat-freezing, CoolSculpting is an excellent alternative to liposuction for women and men who struggle with diet and exercise resistant bulges.
Common treatment areas include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, hips, banana roll, back, upper arms, bra line, under the chin, and under the jaw.
What CoolSculpting Actually Does to Your Body
Each CoolSculpting treatment takes 35-60 minutes and is performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office.
During the procedure, a CoolSculpting applicator (there are currently seven FDA-approved handpieces) is used to vacuum localized fat deposits in between two cooling panels.
Once the device is securely attached, it will begin delivering a patented cooling technology that lowers temperature of tissue to four degrees Celsius. This freezes fat cells, without affecting skin or surrounding structures.
In response to these freezing temperatures, fat cells undergo apoptosis – cell death. Fat cell remnants are then metabolized and cleared from the body via the immune system.
What Can Patients Expect from CoolSculpting Results?
As the body gradually sheds fat cells, patients will be pleased to see slimming and contouring of the targeted area. These effects are visible after four-to-six weeks and peak by three months.
It’s important to note that, although CoolSculpting can reduce 20-24 percent of subcutaneous fat, this procedure is not intended for weight loss.
Rather, CoolSculpting produces circumferential reduction, evidenced by lost inches.