Coolsculpting is the common name for the medical term called cryolipolysis. It involves the use of cold temperatures to induce the death of fat cells. This trendy procedure explores the susceptibility of fat cells to cold temperature without damaging the surrounding structure.
Several cosmetic procedures have been developed for targeting fat cells in many weight loss programs. In CoolSculpting, stubborn fats that cannot be removed by exercise or diet are frozen to death.
The procedure is widely studied and is highly effective in reducing fat cells. Studies have shown cryolipolysis to induce clearance of fat by up to 25% in a single treatment. The safety of this procedure led to clearance for use by the FDA.
Many people who opt for CoolSculpting fat freezing generally worry about how long their procedure would last and whether CoolSculpting is temporary or permanent. However, one should be aware that the effect of Coolsculpting is usually long-lasting when combined with some lifestyle modifications.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
The process of Coolsculpting targets fat cells for destruction in a process known as apoptosis. This process triggers a process of inflammation in the body stimulating the production of cells called macrophages that digest the dead adipocytes. This method of fat removal targets stubborn fats in certain body areas for destruction.
It can be done following a failed attempt at weight loss using diet and exercise. A cold applicator is routinely used for this procedure and it can be small or larger depending on the area of skin involved. A pocket of fat cells to be destroyed is drawn using a vacuum and the selected temperature is applied. The area is then gently massaged following the procedure for better results.
The procedure generally lasts for an hour and the patient is free to go home. The number of sessions to be done depends on the area of targeted skin and the desired effects of cryolipolysis. Averagely, about 2-3 sessions are required to achieve maximum results and it takes about 3-4 months after fat cells are destroyed and absorbed before the full effects of CoolSculpting are seen.
Body Areas Treatable By Coolsculpting
The FDA cleared the use of CoolSculpting for the treatment of fat on the stomach, hips, and thigh in 2010. It was further cleared to use for other smaller surface areas in 2014. Areas of the skin it can be used on include:
- Skin around the bra line/upper back
- Male chest
- Love handles
How Effective Is CoolSculpting?
The process of CoolSculpting is both safe and effective. Studies have shown up to a 25% increase in fat reduction through the use of CoolSculpting after 6 months. Also, another study reported 86% improvement in a survey of 518 patients with most of these patients being satisfied with the procedure and willing to recommend CoolSculpting to their friends.
CoolSculpting long-term results have also been shown to be favorable even after a single session. This body-contouring procedure is non-invasive and the plastic surgeon does not need to make any incision for fat freezing.
How Long Does CoolSculpting Last?
The results from CoolSculpting have shown to be long-lasting as a sizable number of fat cells are destroyed. However, various factors affect the generation of new fat cells, and steps to avoid this must be taken to enjoy the maximum benefits of CoolSculpting.
Even though the long-term study of the effect of CoolSculpting is in its early stages, certain studies have reported durability in patients up to 5 years post cryolipolysis.
How Do I Maintain My CoolSculpting Results?
Maintaining a good and healthy lifestyle following CoolSculpting to ensure maintenance of the results achieved. It used to be thought that the body does not grow new fat cells, however, this is not true. The body does produce new adipocytes and maximizes existing ones to store fats.
To ensure the results of CoolSculpting last long, you are required to develop healthy eating habits that tend to support the effects of your procedure. Also, regular exercises have been shown to further enhance the effects of CoolSculpting. A moderate level of activity is more than enough to ensure this.
What Are The Side Effects Of CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure. It is generally safe and the procedure lasts about an hour per area of fat-freezing and you can go home on the same day. No adverse effects are induced by cryolipolysis so far and in facilities such as St Andrews, skilled professionals are available to deal with any arising complications.
Minor side effects may include:
- Erythema over the site of the applicator
In a small number of patients, a condition known as paradoxical adipocyte hyperplasia (PAH) in which there’s a growth of fat cells at the site of CoolSculpting has been found to occur. The fat cells become harder than normal and have a rubbery feel. The cause of this entity is currently unknown.
The procedure is generally well-tolerated and a significant number of individuals reported satisfaction with the procedure
How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?
The cost of CoolSculpting will depend on the area of the body where the procedure is to be done and the number of sessions to be had. The procedure averagely costs $2000. CoolSculpting generally costs as low as $750 and as much as $4500.
At St Andrews Medical Center the procedure costs as low as $600 with a free session after buying three treatments.
Should I Get A CoolSculpting?
If you struggle with fat reduction despite various diet and exercise regimens, fat-freezing might be the solution to destroy fat in stubborn areas that make it hard to get your desired body results. This should be followed with continued lifestyle modifications for the best results.
How Can We Help?
St Andrews Medical Center offers CoolSculpting services in four different locations in Los Angeles. They offer a first-class service using the best equipment and with the expertise of trained professionals.