We’ve been told time and time again to be wary of anything that sounds too good to be true. Therefore, it makes sense why you may be hesitating to schedule that CoolSculpting treatment you’ve been curious about. This non-surgical body contouring procedure has been around for several years now and has been widely studied, but can it rival the streamlined surgical process of liposuction? Let’s see.
The Interesting Origin of CoolSculpting
Researchers seem to study just about everything these days, including what happens when children eat popsicles. In one study, Harvard scientists wanted to know why some children developed dimples from eating a lot of popsicles. Their theory was that the frequent cooling and pulling of fat cells in the cheeks resulted in what they called cryolipolysis, or fat cell death by cooling. Over time, this theory was clinically tested as a method of strategically destroying fat cells; and the rest is CoolSculpting history.
What is CoolSculpting Treatment Like?
The non-surgical body contouring treatment is conducted in our office in about an hour-long appointment. It is possible to treat multiple areas of the body in one visit, though not simultaneously. Each area takes about an hour. CoolSculpting works by pulling a small amount of tissue between a pair of cooling panels. Tissue is held between the panels with gentle suction. Gradually, the CoolSculpting device lowers the temperature of the panels, which subsequently cools the tissue between them.
Initially, the treatment area may feel cold and then slightly sore or crampy. Within a few minutes, though, nerve endings become numb, and the remainder of the treatment session goes by comfortably. After a treatment session, normal activities can be resumed without any downtime.
Where Does the Fat Go?
When fat is cooled during a CoolSculpting session, the liquid inside of each targeted fat cells turns to crystal. This crystallization provokes a response that eliminates the “damaged” cells through metabolic processes. The body sees these cells as waste and removes them. Every person is different, but the average time that it takes for this metabolism to occur is 12 weeks. Repeat treatments can be performed as desired to achieve more dramatic results.
An interesting note about CoolSculpting is that, while it eliminates up to 25% of the fat cells in a target area, this treatment is not associated with weight loss. CoolSculpting is intended for body contouring only and is nicely complemented with healthy eating and exercise habits.