As the name suggests, stubborn fat is reluctant to budge, no matter how much effort you put into a healthy eating plan and regular exercise routine. There are times when it can be next to impossible to lose unwanted fat. Until now, living with the problem or undergoing surgery were the only options available. Sounds drastic but that’s exactly why CoolSculpting® was developed.
This popular body sculpting system comes from the same team that brought us laser tattoo and hair removal and fractional laser treatments. This clinically-proven treatment freezes and breaks down the structure of unwanted fat cells – surgery and lasers are no longer needed.
The most noticeable results can be seen after at least two fat freezing sessions. Even more stubborn fat can be lost with additional appointments if it’s deemed necessary. Following your treatment plan, you can expect your clothes to fit better and to feel better about how you look. The broken-down fat cells will be naturally eliminated from your body over the course of several months. Since this is a non-surgical procedure, no downtime is necessary at all. As long as you maintain a healthy weight and continue to exercise, your results should remain stable.
A consultation will be required to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting sessions. Patients need to have achieved or be close to their ideal weight and be healthy in general to achieve the best results. Your clinician will also be able to give you a better idea of how many sessions you might need once the area of concern has been evaluated.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting cannot be used to lose excess weight or treat obesity. Instead, it’s a treatment designed to remove stubborn fat from areas such as the thighs, stomach, hips, arms and back. No surgery, needles or lasers are necessary to achieve this result. During your session, you can simply sit back and relax while the system gets to work. You are then free to return to your normal routine right away, including both work and exercise. In fact, exercising after your sessions can help speed up your progress.
How does CoolSculpting work at a biological level?
Research shows that fat cells are very vulnerable to extreme temperatures – more so than the surrounding tissue. When fat cells are exposed to extremely cold temperatures, they can be destroyed without the surrounding tissue being harmed, including the muscle and nerves. It’s this unique biological process that allows the CoolSculpting system to only target specific pockets of fat cells. It’s also this unique process that inspired the development of the CoolSculpting system.
Is the treatment invasive and is there any downtime?
Non-invasive procedures are any type of treatment that doesn’t require needles, anaesthetic, incisions, pain medication or recovery time. CoolSculpting sessions are comfortable and don’t involve any of these factors. In fact, sessions are so comfortable that patients can read a book, browse the web or listen to music. The cold sensation is something to get used to but there is no pain involved.
Which areas of the body can be treated with the CoolSculpting system?
CoolSculpting sessions can reduce unwanted fat in the abdomen, thighs, love handles, arms, back, buttocks and chin area. Different size applicators make it easy to target both larger and smaller areas.
Are there any side effects that I should know about?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved system and there are very few risks and side effects. During the procedure, you may feel intense cold, tingling and pulling but no major discomfort. Directly after your treatment, the treated area may be numb, swollen and bruised but this will subside within a few days. We will take you through all of the risks and complications associated with this treatment during your consultation.
What can I do to enhance my CoolSculpting results?
There are a few ways that you can make the most of your CoolSculpting treatments. Exercising for an hour at least five times a week is recommended. It is also important to choose the foods you eat. Diets that are high in clean foods such as fruit, vegetables and lean proteins will benefit you during your CoolSculpting journey and long thereafter. Undergoing our specialised Zimmer massage after each of your CoolSculpting sessions can also improve your results.
Will my CoolSculpting results be permanent?
Yes, CoolSculpting treatments are designed to produce permanent results. Once the integrity of the fat cells has been compromised, the cells die and are permanently eliminated from the body via the lymphatic system. Once the fat cells are gone, they don’t come back. With this being said, fat cells can grow larger in other areas of the body should you gain weight after your treatments. It’s very rare for new fat cells to grow in the treated area but any fat cells that stayed behind can expand.
Will I benefit more from CoolSculpting or liposuction?
CoolSculpting and liposuction are both ideal for getting rid of unwanted fat. The question of which procedure is better for you is dependent on your preferences. Liposuction can remove stubborn pockets of fat in one session but it is a surgical procedure, which means incisions, anaesthetic and recovery time is required. CoolSculpting may need multiple sessions to achieve a similar result but treatments won’t disrupt your normal routine and you won’t need to deal with any discomfort either.