The concept for CoolSculpting has a pretty interesting background. Scientists discovered that children who ate popsicles were also developing dimples in their cheeks. These scientists realized that the reason this was occurring was due to the cold temperatures of the popsicles freezing and destroying fat cells in the children’s cheeks. As such, researchers discovered cryolipolysis— the scientific term for freezing fat cells. Therein lies the birth of CoolSculpting.
Today, the innovation of CoolSculpting technology has made it into the most popular non-invasive body-contouring procedure for fat reduction, with over seven million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide. During a CoolSculpting procedure, your unwanted fat cells are crystallized, or frozen, using precise and controlled-cooling to break down fat. Fat cells freeze and are irreversibly damaged at much lower temperatures than other tissues in the body, so the procedure can easily target your desired areas without damaging the surrounding skin or tissues.
An important thing to recognize about CoolSculpting is that it is not a treatment intended for weight loss, nor will it treat obesity. As a body-contouring procedure, CoolSculpting will only address fat pockets that are unresponsive to a diet and exercise regimen alone. The candidates best suited for this nonsurgical body-shaping procedure are individuals who are at their goal weight or within a reasonable range of their goal weight—usually about 20 pounds or less.It is also essential that patients have enough fat present in their desired treatment area to undergo a CoolSculpting procedure. The applicator device has to have a sufficient amount of fat to adhere to as it suctions and freezes away your fat cells. A good rule of thumb is if you can pinch and grab onto the fat in your desired treatment area, you may be an eligible candidate for the procedure. As long as you have realistic expectations for this procedure and are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prolong your toned new figure, CoolSculpting can help you to eliminate your unwanted fat for good.
The results of your CoolSculpting treatment will become noticeable over time as your body works to flush out the destroyed fat cells. While some patients will begin to see an improvement to their treated areas in as little as three weeks, the most dramatic results can usually be observed between one and three months following the procedure. In some cases, two or more treatments in the same area will be required to achieve the most optimal results. Once your fat cells have been eliminated naturally by your body, they will not return to the treated area. The results of CoolSculpting are long-lasting; however, any future fluctuations to your weight will have an effect on the remaining untreated fat cells in your body. To ensure your body’s slim new shape endures, it is critical for patients to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.