CoolSculpting® is the world’s number one non-surgical cryolipolysis treatment. Since receiving FDA clearance in 2010, over 5 million treatments have been performed.
Clinically, CoolSculpting® is a proven and safe treatment that results in a 20-25% volume reduction in the treated area.
CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis (fat-freezing) technology to target and eliminate fat cells in stubborn areas. It works by cooling targeted fat tissue and inducing controlled cell death of these cells. The dead fat cells are then metabolised by the liver and removed from the body in the weeks and months following the treatment. Once eliminated, these cells cannot return and the result is a more sculpted appearance.
Initially, a doctor led discussion regarding your expectations and goals will take place. Subsequently, your doctor will devise a treatment plan best suited to meet your desired outcomes including mapping out the areas to target with CoolSculpting®.
On the day of your treatment, we will revisit your plan and mark out the applications you will have that day. You will be made comfortable in our treatment chair and the machine will be attached to the targeted area and allowed to run.
Once the treatment cycle is complete, the applicator will be removed and your CoolSculpting® specialist will perform a two-minute massage at the treatment site.
When it comes to candidate areas, the general rule is “If you can squeeze it, you can freeze it”. The following areas are commonly treated with excellent results –
After your treatment you can see results from as early as 3 weeks, typically most patients see results between 1 and 3 months. Your body may continue to remove the dead cells for up to 4 months.
For some patients, there is a brief period at the beginning of the treatment where the sensation of the targeted tissue being ‘sucked’ into the vacuum applicator can feel a little unusual.
Initially, you will feel an intense cold, and after 1-2 minutes you will feel a tingling sensation in the area being treated. By 7 minutes the tissue will become numb and thereafter most clients find the treatment a comfortable and relaxing experience.
There is a critical 2-minute massage performed by your CoolSculpting® specialist directly after the applicator is removed which some patients describe as uncomfortable.
Some redness, mild tenderness and bruising are the most commonly experienced post-treatment issues. The redness should subside within hours. In some cases, there may be mild bruising and tenderness for up to 2 weeks post-treatment. The treated area can retain a feeling of numbness numb feeling for up to 6 weeks following treatment.
All of your questions will be discussed thoroughly in consultation with your doctor and CoolSculpting® specialist.
This varies from client to client and will depend greatly on the area to be treated as well as your desires and expectations. Obviously, larger volume areas will require more attention.
The only way to properly gauge how many applications of CoolSculpting® you may need is by having a full consultation with our Doctor and CoolSculpting® specialist.
The 20-25% volume reduction in the treated area is because CoolSculpting® has permanently removed targeted fat cells in that area. These can never return. However, it is critically important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve optimal long-term results. Remaining fat cells in the treated area can still increase in size with poor diet and lack of exercise.
It is important not to view CoolSculpting® as a weight loss tool – it is a sculpting and contouring treatment.