The technical term is Cryolipolysis. We call it CoolSculpting which is easier to say and a lot more accurate.
It’s a fair new in-office cosmetic procedure for getting rid of body fat without surgery. Just like it sounds, the process uses cold to eliminate fat.
We freeze the fat cells, literally. Fat cells are far more susceptible to cold than skin cells. Because of this, we can use a device that creates a sub-zero temperature at the skin. Your skin won’t be hurt, bit fat cells beneath the skin will be destroyed.
Yes, it’s cold. We find most of our patients can have a procedure with no pain killers or anesthesia. Patients can also return to their regular activities the same day. Because it is non-invasive, the risks that come with surgical procedures are eliminated.
CoolSculpting has amazing results on love handles and other bulges. We’ve toned buttocks and thighs as well.
You’re not going to see results the next day. Your body still has to flush out the dead fat cells. That takes a few weeks to a few months.
Once the fat cells are gone, that’s it, they are gone forever.
All the available studies, and our experience, have turned up NO long term side effects. Short term, you may have some brief redness. Think of what you skin is like after coming in on a really really cold day. A few people have reported some temporary numbness in the area treated, but that too is just part of your skin being really cold.
CoolSculpting was approved by the FDA in 2010.