What Is Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting, also known as Cryolipolysis, is a fat-freezing technique designed to reduce stubborn fatty tissue. It is an innovative, minimally invasive treatment, where fat is cooled at regular intervals for about an hour until they are frozen and undergo irreparable damage. These damaged, frozen fat particles are then subsequently naturally removed by the body over the course of about 6-12 weeks.
How Does Fat Freezing Work?
The non-invasive Coolsculpting treatment is a specially developed procedure that makes use of the fact that fat cells are more sensitive to the cold than the rest of the surrounding tissues. When subjected to targeted temperatures as low as -4°C, the fat cells crystallise and undergo permanently damaging changes. These damaged fat cells are then naturally broken down and removed by the body.
Does Coolsculpting Hurt?
The gentle treatment is largely painless and does not require anaesthesia. Patients may experience a mild level of pain or discomfort for the first 10-15 minutes of the treatment due to the cold temperature of the device, but this will gradually reduce as the area treated gets used to the cold and experiences a level of numbness. Immediately after the procedure, the technician will perform a specific massage to the treated area to maximise efficiency. Some patients may find this uncomfortable as the temperature of the treated area returns to normal levels. This massage lasts no more than 10 minutes and is necessary to achieve maximal results.
Is There Any Downtime After The Procedure?
Fat freezing is a non-invasive procedure in which the surrounding tissue, skin, nerves and muscles remain untouched with no wounding or scarring of the skin. There is almost zero downtime after the treatment and patients usually find they can be active again and go to work or do sports without any issue. The treated area may feel tight immediately after the treatment with slight swelling, redness, tingling or numbness. This is only temporary though, and usually disappears over a few days.
When Will I See Results?
The time for results to be seen will vary from patient to patient as it largely depends on the metabolism of the body. The destroyed fat cells are broken down and removed via the lymphatic system and this process can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks to complete. The results seen are permanent however, and patients can expect up to a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area.
Who Is A Suitable Candidate For Coolsculpting?
Patients with clearly defined, moderate fat deposits on the abdomen, hips, thighs or buttocks can be treated with this novel procedure. Unfortunately, anyone with a body mass index of over 30, i.e. those who are clinically obese, are not suitable for fat freezing procedures. In these instances, fat-removing procedures such as liposuction are better suited. During your consultation, your expert surgeon will be able to assess your weight and fat deposits and determine your suitability.
What Is The Difference Between Coolsculpting And Liposuction
Coolsculpting and liposuction are both cosmetic procedures that permanently remove fat cells. Whilst Coolsculpting freezes fat cells for the body to then naturally remove, liposuction procedures, such as Vaser Lipo, involves the physical removal of fat cells via suction actions. Although the results with CoolSculpting are not as dramatic as with liposuction, the downtime is considerably reduced, there are fewer risks and results are noticeable quicker.