The History of CoolSculpting: What It Is and Why It Works
Freeze stubborn fat cells away
You have tried every weight-loss trick in the book, from overhauling your diet to maximizing your workout routine. All you want is a toned and healthy physique, but after countless miles run, weights lifted, and calories counted, you are still dealing with stubborn fat that just won’t budge.
It would be wonderful to simply sweat away love handles or trim the muffin top with targeted exercises. However, spot treatments have been proven largely ineffective, since fat cells affected by prolonged exercise can come from anywhere in the body, not just the part that is being worked on the most. That’s why many people end up turning to invasive procedures like liposuction to achieve their desired results.
Fortunately, liposuction is not your only solution! Recent technology has brought about an effective alternative to liposuction that provides comparable results with no down time. CoolSculpting is an exciting new procedure that has been revolutionizing the weight-loss world. Rapidly becoming one of the most popular contouring treatments available, CoolSculpting freezes fat cells away without damaging the surrounding tissues. It is noninvasive, safe, precise, and controlled, so you can target those unsightly bulges and watch them melt away. Here, the experts at Hotchandani Laser Aesthetic provide you all the information you need to determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.
A remarkable discovery
It all began with two brilliant scientists and kids eating popsicles.
Dr. Rox Anderson from Harvard Medical School and Dr. Dieter Manstein of Massachusetts General Hospital were both familiar with a strange phenomenon often seen in children who loved eating icy-cold treats. Over time, these children started developing dimples in their cheeks, which naturally changed their facial contours. This condition, dubbed “popsicle panniculitis,” was also documented in a case where a woman reported fat loss in her thighs after riding her horse naked in cold weather. How’s that for a weight loss plan?
In both cases, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Manstein noted that exposure of the body to cold temperatures resulted in fat loss in the targeted area. They decided to put their theory to the test and made a striking discovery. Since fat cells are more sensitive to cold than other body tissues, a targeted application of cold that lowers the tissue temperature to around 40 degrees will critically damage fat cells in the area. Over time, the fat cells die and the body naturally removes them, resulting in long-term fat elimination without harming the surrounding tissues.
The results were amazing, showing a reduction in approximately 20-25% of belly fat after just one treatment! Additional treatments produce similar results, which is very exciting for anyone seeking targeted fat reduction.
CoolSculpting was approved by the FDA for fat reduction in the flanks in 2010 and for stomach fat in 2012, and has been helping people everywhere improve the contours of their body ever since.
How CoolSculpting works
During your teenage years, the number of fat cells in your body typically stabilizes. Losing or gaining weight after this stabilization usually does not change the number of fat cells you have, just their size. In other words, dieting makes fat cells smaller while gaining weight makes fat cells bigger.
CoolSculpting does not help you lose weight, but simply reduces the number of fat cells in the treated areas by gently freezing them to the point of cell death. Your body then naturally removes the dying cells.
Though it may take a few weeks or months to see full results, your body will become more sculpted over time. And once those treated fat cells are gone, they are gone for good!
What to expect
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive and effective procedure that delivers localized cooling to gently target subcutaneous fat cells beneath the skin. No topical anesthesia or pain medication is required.
During the procedure, a specialist will apply a CoolSculpting cryolipolysis device to your trouble areas. The cryolipolysis device uses vacuum pressure to draw tissue into the applicator cup between cooling panels. Cooling is maintained for a predetermined time period to damage the fat cells. You may experience sensations of deep pulling, numbness, tugging, pinching, or slight discomfort. The procedure may take anywhere from one to several hours, depending on the size of the treatment area. After the procedure, you may experience minor side effects such as temporary numbness, swelling, tingling, bruising, redness, firmness, stinging, or pain at the treatment site.
The CoolSculpting process does take a little time to show results, but you could start seeing changes in as little as three weeks, with more dramatic results by two months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for four to six months after treatment.
If you would like to find out more information about CoolSculpting, talk to the knowledgeable and experienced team at Hotchandani Laser Aesthetic today!