What is Coolsculpting?

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My obsession has a new name. And it's Coolsculpting.

As most of you know, I write for Smart Beauty Guide, researching the newest tech and trends in aesthetic procedures. While doing so, I’ve heard of Coolsculpting, a trademarked device that uses cryolipolysis technology for removing fat cells, non-invasively. And the more I research, it all sounds pretty amazing. So because I can’t help but share when I learn something cool, I’m sharing this with you.

Ok, first- what is cryolipoysis?

Freezing the subcutaneous fat (the layer right below the skin) in a manner that destroys the fat cells. They are broken up and flushed from the body naturally. Like, they just go away. For good. (For more: Cryolipoysis definition.)

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Is this the same as losing weight with diet and exercise?
Not technically. With diet and exercise, we “lose weight” by shrinking the fat cells, but through cryolipolysis, those fat cells drain from the body, so there are fewer of them overall.

Is this like lipo?
Yes and no. Yes, in that both work best with defined bulges of fat. And yet, unlike lipo, this procedure is completely noninvasive. No cutting, no stitches. Little to no down time. (Ok, so that sounds pretty awesome. Right??)

Is it safe?
The procedure is FDA approved. And in my research, I’ve yet to learn about any frightening results. (Remember- do your own research!)

Who is the ideal client, and where does it work best on the body?
Men and women within 30 pounds of their ideal weight but with pockets of fat (think: arm wiggle, muffin tops, inner and outer thighs, love handles, upper and lower abs, a layer of back flab). Basically, if you’re in relatively good shape, but want that extra definition that removing about an inch and a half of fat would provide.

Are the results permanent?
Pretty much. The fat cells don’t come back so this procedure does yield long-term results, according to company information. BUT poor food choices and a sedentary lifestyle could make your existing fat cells plump up, and diminish the effects of the procedure.

(If you’re asking me: Ideally, I would get into a healthy lifestyle groove first, lose weight generally, keep it off for a few months, and then the bulge that’s refused to budge gets frozen up, off and away!)

Other factors to consider?
I mean, it’s cold. Patients report feeling the discomfort of the freezing temperatures for about 10 minutes.

Areas of fat have to conform to the shape of the device doing the freezing. The fat has to be pinchable to fit in the cup.

After the fat drains, you may be left with saggy skin.

Cost and number of sessions needed?
That varies completely depending on where you pat pockets are, the total area you want to have treated, the amount of fat in each area.

After consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you will have a more specific idea of pricing and an understanding of any other potential risks, as they relate to you personally.

Here's how to find an expert.

 

This post is presented to the Girl Around Town audience in partnership with
Smart Beauty Guide and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

 

Posted on August 3, 2015 and filed under Beauty.