The CoolSculpting® procedure is specially designed for people who have unwanted local fat that is resistant to healthy diet and exercise. People with fat accumulated in specific areas of their body that they want to get rid of without surgery, without pain and without wasting their time are good candidates. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting® procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. However, CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. Attention: CoolSculpting® is suitable for the treatment of subcutaneous fat (fat that lies beneath the skin) but not for the treatment of visceral fat (fat that wraps around inner organs).
The procedure is totally painless and non-invasive. There is no need for anaesthesia or painkillers. During the first few minutes of treatment, you will feel the cold, but this soon dissipates as your skin gets numb. During the treatment you can read your newspaper, work on your laptop, or just relax and say goodbye to stubborn local fat.
The CoolSculpting® technology has been developed in Boston based on the weak point of fat cells: cold. Professors of Dermatology from the University of Harvard realised that when adipocytes are exposed to low temperatures, they are crystallised and die, without affecting the surrounding skin tissues.
During the CoolSculpting® procedure, excess fat cells are exposed to a temperature of -11 oC for approximately one hour. This exposure changes fat cells’ morphology leading them to an abnormal (latent) state, which causes their apoptosis through the release of cytokines and other inflammatory transmitters. During the next few months, inflammatory cells gradually absorb fat cells. The lipids of these fat cells are released slowly and then they are transferred through the lymphatic system to be processed by the body, similarly as the body would do with fat received from food. As the process of lipid processing by the organism is slow and progressive, neither triglyceride levels nor hepatic function are affected negatively.
The CoolSculpting® system has different applicators, which cool tissues in an absolutely controlled manner. The operator chooses the correct applicator depending on the body area with local fat. The specially designed applicator suctions local fat and smoothly retains it in between two panels that cool it down in an absolutely accurate and controlled manner. The sensors (specially designed thermistors) that are incorporated in each applicator, monitor the body’s temperature throughout the treatment session, something that is not achieved by common cryolipolysis devices that have attempted – unsuccessfully – to replicate the CoolSculpting® technology.
Yes. Through CoolSculpting® the number of fat cells in the area under treatment is reduced by 20-25%. Even if weigh gain is evident at a later stage, there will be no fat accumulation again in that area, since fat cells are not present any more to create bulges again. Therefore, no matter if you weigh less or not, you will still be thinner in the treated area, you will still feel comfortable in your clothes and look great. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.
CoolSculpting® results are not as rapid or dramatic as the result of invasive procedures, such as liposuction. However, CoolSculpting® may be the ideal option for people that want to avoid the pain, risk and recovery time associated with surgical procedures.
Just one. Contrary to other cryolipolysis devices, which required repeated treatment sessions to achieve the desired result, with CoolSculpting® just one treatment is enough. This is achieved thanks to its advanced cooling system and the precise and perfectly controlled mode of operation. This is why it is the only device that has been cleared by the strict Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States.
During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, and numbness, while immediately after the end of the treatment, there may be local numbness, redness, swelling or mild pinching at the treatment area. These side effects are temporary and absolutely normal.
The CoolSculpting® is the only FDA-cleared device for Cryolipolysis for the permanent elimination of local fat in the submental area, arms, flank, gynaecomastia, abdomen, thighs (inner and outer thigh) and the area above the knees. It is the #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure, and with millions of CoolSculpting® procedures performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment. The CoolSculpting® technology allows the accurate and controlled cooling of the fat cells only, without affecting or destroying the nearby tissues and cells. Furthermore, since CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive treatment, there is no risk of infection, complications from anaesthesia, or other side effects associated with conventional liposuction.
Yes. CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical procedure and thus you can immediately return to your normal activities. The possible numbness sensation after the completion of treatment is only temporary and it does not affect everyday activities. Given the fact that treatment only lasts for an hour or so, many people come for the treatment during their lunch break or during the time they would otherwise spend at the gym.
You will start to see results as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment, but the most dramatic results will be evident after two or three months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to six months after treatment.
CoolSculpting® treatment is contraindicated for people suffering from cryoglobulinemia (an autoimmune disorder that causes unusual response to cold), paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (an extremely rare disorder), cold urticaria, Raynaud’s phenomenon, peripheral circulation disorders, and neuropathic disorders, as well as for people who have open or infected wounds, recent scars from surgery or injury, hernias, blood disorders, people that receive anticoagulants, and pregnant and lactating women.
Yes. However, treatment should be applied three months after childbirth (or six months in case of caesarean section).
No. It is not essential to take supplements or follow new eating and exercising habits. The treatment’s mechanism of action is assured and independent of these factors. Nevertheless, many patients do feel more motivated to take care of themselves after a CoolSculpting® treatment. It’s as if they got a second lease on their body! They want to take even better care of themselves.
If you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas. This is actually the superiority in the CoolSculpting® procedure: the reduction of the number of fat cells in the area under treatment
Many people consider weight loss is the same as reduction of the number of fat cells. This is wrong. When we lose weight, fat cells size is reduced (they are shrinking), but their number remains the same. Thus, when we re-gain weight, these fat cells are growing again. To the contrary, the CoolSculpting® fat-freezing procedure actually reduces the number of fat cells in treated areas so there is no fat accumulation even if body weight increases again at some point in the future.
Yes, of course. CoolSculpting® can work synergistically with other non-invasive treatments, such as LPG Endermologie and radiofrequencies RF, to achieve even better results in terms of skin sagging management and cellulite treatment.