CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure. There are no needles, no surgical incisions, no anesthesia, no pain medications and no recovery time. During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator is applied to the surface of the skin to deliver precisely controlled cooling which targets and eliminates fat cells in specific areas of the body. The procedure has FDA clearance for the non-surgical reduction of fat in the abdomen (belly fat) area and the flank (love handle) area.
As the fat cells are exposed to cooling, a process of natural cell removal occurs. The fat cells in the treated area are gradually eliminated through the body's normal metabolic processes, similar to how fat from food is eliminated. The result is a reduction in fat bulges that is visible in most patients in about two to four months.
CoolSculpting has been clinically shown to reduce fat in the treated area. On average, the CoolSculpting procedure can reduce the fat layer by 20% with a single treatment. After the initial treatment is complete, further reductions can be obtained with additional treatment if desired. Individual reductions may be more or less, depending on the case.
The patient and doctor first select the area(s) to be treated. The device is positioned on the body, which then draws the bulge up between two cooling panels. As the panels go to work in the first few minutes, the patient initially feels a sensation of intense cold which soon dissipates. The patient is either seated comfortably or lying down during the duration of the procedure. Many people spend this time reading, working on their laptop, listening to music or even taking a nap.
Since CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive, patients can resume their routine activities, including returning to work and exercise regimens, immediately. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling or numbness in the treated area, but this is temporary.
Patients typically start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after their treatment, and experience the most dramatic results after two months. The body continues to flush fat cells for up to four months after the treatment. During the CoolSculpting procedure, the treated fat cells are eliminated. As long as the patient maintains his or her weight with diet and exercise, long-term results should remain stable.
CoolSculpting is ideal for men or women who are within 10 to 15 pounds of their ideal body weight and have a healthy diet and lifestyle. It is ideal for those people who have a noticeable bulge or bump that has not responded to healthy diet and exercise, but do not need or want to undergo liposuction surgery.