If you have pesky pockets, bulges, or rolls of isolated fat that haven’t responded to diet or exercise, you may want to consider Coolsculpting. This non-invasive procedure offers a truly cool way of reducing their appearance.
How Does It Work?
Developed by two Boston dermatologists, Coolsculpting uses a patented process called Cryolipolis that cools fat cells without damaging other tissue. The cooling causes the lipids (or fat) in the cells to break down and be flushed away via the body’s normal metabolic processes (much like fat in food leaves the body).
According to studies by its manufacturer (Zeltiq), Coolsculpting can reduce targeted fat layers by up to 20 percent after the first procedure — and then up to another 20 percent if the procedure is repeated.
Who’s a Good Candidate?
Coolsculpting is considered best suited for people who are already physically fit, but who have isolated and modest-sized areas of fat that have stubbornly resisted efforts at dieting and exercise.
What Is the Procedure Like?
You’ll be asked to lie down. The area of unwanted fat will be drawn up between two cooling applicators (panels). At the start of the procedure, you’ll notice a sensation of intense cold on the treated area of skin, but that feeling will disappear quite quickly.
The procedure typically takes 1 to 2 hours. You can read, listen to music, or even work on your laptop during that time.
What Are the Treatment’s Side Effects?
Expect a bit of redness and perhaps even some minor bruising on the treated area. Your skin will feel numb as well. These side effects are quite temporary, although for some people, the numbness lingers for a week or more.
When Do Results Appear?
It takes time for the adipose (fat) to dissolve. Effects typically become noticeable 8 to 12 weeks after treatment, and they tend to last for at least 6 months — as long as you maintain your weight, of course. For best results, be sure to seek treatment from an experienced physician.