Does Coolsculpting Really Work? The Science Behind Freezing Fat

Even with bikini season ending, CoolSculpting remains the topic of discussion at dinner parties and friendly gatherings across the country. It’s hard to ignore the temptation of a non-invasive solution to targeting those stubborn fat areas where diet and exercise just doesn’t seem to reach. But to some, it also seems too good to be true. If that’s you, then you may not be fully aware of the CoolSculpting process and how it actually removes body fat. As the leading medical spa for CoolSculpting in Montgomery County and the Main Line, we’ll help enlighten you.

What is Coolsculpting?

CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, is a branded, FDA-approved form of fat reduction. It was first discovered after scientists began to notice that children who consumed a lot of ice pops got dimples in their cheeks. It was realized that fat is much more sensitive to extreme temperatures than skin and other types of cells in the body.

What started as minor spot treatment back in 2010 now aids in the removal of everything from love handles and bra bulge to loose skin under the chin by use of a non-surgical, vacuum-like tool waved over the skin.  This is making you even more skeptical, isn’t it? But the technology really works. Here’s how...

How does Coolsculpting Work?

Cold doesn’t affect or damage other cells in the body like it does fat cells. This alone allows the process to be highly-targeted, as well as safe. Through the use of rounded paddles in various sizes, the practitioner will essentially vacuums the skin above the fatty tissue into the applicator, which releases cold temperatures to numb the area. The patient feels a cooling sensation and suction that may cause mild discomfort until the numbing occurs. After about 30 min to 1 hour of application, the frozen cells will begin gradually dying off and leave the body through it’s natural elimination process. It’s important to note that it may require a couple treatments to obtain optimal results.

The patient may feel soreness in the days after the procedure (as if you exercised the treated area) and possibly slight itchiness, scarring or bleeding, but the absence of needles, anesthesia or downtime, it is a much smoother, more comfortable recovery than other methods of fat reduction.

Since the fat cells are dead and removed from the body naturally, it allows for more long term results. It may take up to 4-6 months for the fat cells to completely leave the body, but in that time the area of fat will decrease up to 20%, depending on the person’s specific body composition, as well as their lifestyle.  

Is Coolsculpting for me?

If you’re looking for a mild weight loss alternative for problem areas that’s safe and effective, then CoolSculpting may be the right option for you. CoolSculpting offers the best solution for someone with a fairly stable weight who is looking to remove stubborn fat areas that aren’t responding to a normal diet and exercise.

Maintaining a controlled weight through better eating habits and a healthy lifestyle will also play an important role. If you are gaining weight, it has to go somewhere. But the real focus isn’t on the scale, but achieving the shape you want by removing the uncomfortable bulge over your pants or under your arms.

Even with no major risk factors associated with the procedure, you still want to make sure you have the best doctors for CoolSculpting in Bucks County, Collegeville and the surrounding areas handling your procedure. Contact us today to learn more about our CoolSculpting by Zeltiq, and if it’s right for your body image goals.