CoolSculpting is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that is used for body contouring and fat reduction. It is not a product in the traditional sense but rather a branded medical device and treatment method developed by Zeltiq Aesthetics, a subsidiary of Allergan (now part of AbbVie). CoolSculpting is designed to target and reduce localized pockets of stubborn fat without the need for surgery, anesthesia, or significant downtime.
Here’s how CoolSculpting works:
- Cryolipolysis: CoolSculpting relies on a process called cryolipolysis, which uses controlled cooling to freeze and destroy fat cells without harming the surrounding skin and tissues. Fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than other cells, so they can be selectively targeted and damaged.
- Treatment: During a CoolSculpting session, a specialized applicator is placed on the area of the body where fat reduction is desired. The applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat cells. Patients may feel a cold sensation and some pressure during the treatment, but it is generally well-tolerated.
- Apoptosis: Over the following weeks and months after the treatment, the damaged fat cells undergo a process called apoptosis, in which they gradually break down and are eliminated by the body’s natural metabolic processes.
- Results: Patients typically start to see a reduction in the treated fat area within a few weeks, with the most significant results becoming visible a few months after the treatment. The fat reduction is considered permanent, as the treated fat cells are permanently eliminated from the body. However, it’s essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent the remaining fat cells from expanding.
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for specific areas of the body, including the abdomen, flanks (love handles), thighs, chin (submental fat), and upper arms, among others. The number of sessions needed varies depending on the individual and the treatment area.
Advantages of CoolSculpting include its non-invasive nature, minimal discomfort, and the absence of scarring or downtime. However, it is important to note that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure and is best suited for individuals who are close to their target weight but have localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Before considering Vancouver CoolSculpting or any cosmetic procedure, it’s advisable to consult with a qualified healthcare provider or a licensed CoolSculpting practitioner to determine if you are a suitable candidate and to discuss your specific goals and expectations.