According to Vogue, the cutting edge magazine on fashion and beauty, CoolSculpting has become a “hot topic” at dinner parties across the country. After CoolSculpting got initial approval by the FDA in 2010 for spot treatment, it has been re-branded as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. CoolSculpting does not have dramatic results like liposuction does but it will reduce problem areas such as bra bulge and love handles.
Vogue quotes a UCLA plastic surgeon who explains that fat is temperature sensitive and with CoolSculpting treatment the freezing of the fat cells cause them to die.
Discomfort from CoolSculpting is mild and most patients work on laptops or take a nap during treatment. It is emphasized that CoolSculpting does not remove the volume of fat that liposuction can but it is perfect for small pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. For some patients the results are not noticeable with just one treatment but it is possible to get 25% improvement with continued treatment.
Weight loss is not a result of CoolSculpting but it will reduce the tummy, arms or under the chin and the areas that spill over the top of pants, and bra that cause endless frustration to many women.
CoolSculpting is permanent if you control your weight, but if you gain weight, the extra fat will show up somewhere. If you have a special occasion coming up, it is recommended to schedule your session at least 3 months in advance.
Dr. Delgado states that patients need an evaluation prior to treatment to determine skin quality and how much the skin will rebound after fat removal. As a non-invasive procedure, CoolSculpting risks are very low. Contour irregularities can occur and sometimes nerves can feel numb for several weeks. However, wounds will not occur and swelling is minimal.