Much like liposuction, CoolSculpting is a body-shaping treatment designed to remove target areas of body fat. It employs the technology cryolipolysis, which freezes the fat cells by damaging adjacent tissue. Patients who find success with this non-invasive procedure look to eliminate fat bulges, diet and exercise seem to ignore it.
But many are asking, does this innovative treatment really work? Learn what CoolSculpting is and if it truly works by reading on.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting uses freezing temperatures to break down stubborn fat. During the treatment, the skin is vacuumed into an applicator above the area where fatty tissue is a problem. The cold numbs the area, with some patients reporting a cooling sensation.
Most CoolSculping sessions take about an hour. There is no downtime or recovery because there are no wounds or damage to the skin. Initial results are realized within weeks and continue to improve for up to six months. On average, the fat will decrease by over 20%.
What Does the Research Say?
The studies and trials on CoolSculpting point to a relatively safe and effective treatment for eliminating fat in trouble areas. In a 2015 review published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which analyzed 19 previous studies of the cryolipolysis technology, researchers found a measurable fat reduction. Using a caliper, they found 14 to 28 percent of fat treated by cryolipolysis reduced.
The authors saw no significant health risk, no reduction in vital organ function or lipid levels. They concluded CoolSculpting is purely an aesthetic procedure with fewer risks than surgery. They also stated reduction of fat with no harm to adjacent tissue and organs is an overall health benefit.
A separate study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal analyzed 16 studies and reported a 19.55 percent reduction in fat.
A 2014 study found massaging the treatment area after CoolSculpting can increase fat reduction. At Aesthetx, we can further your results by supplementing CoolSculpting with Vaser Shape, a non-invasive massage and ultrasound energy treatment for cellulite reduction and body contouring.
The best patients for CoolSculpting are men and women at or near their healthy weight. They have areas with fat pads not responding to diet and exercise. The inner thigh and upper arm are perfect examples of trouble spots. Others include soft pouches of fat on the flanks and abdomen.
A thorough assessment must be given by a medical professional before deciding on the treatment—a consultation with a reputable provider like a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve desired results.
So, What’s the Verdict?
Based on scientific studies and what we’ve seen at our San Jose clinic, CoolSculpting absolutely works on suitable candidates. To determine if you are a candidate for Coolsculpting, the process is easy. Simply contact Aesthetx today and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.