CoolSculpting: the name alone is so, well, cool it makes you want to rush out and get it! But what exactly is it?
CoolSculpting - or Cryolipolysis - literally freezes away stubborn fat. Cryolipolysis is the generic name for this treatment whilst CoolSculpting is a popular brand.
The CoolSculpting procedure is an FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment. The controlled cooling tackles that annoying fat that just won't go away, regardless of how much exercise you do.
Clients say the treatment is quite comfortable and the results are noticeable and long-lasting. That's probably why CoolSculpting is now the world's number one non-surgical fat reduction procedure. In fact, more than 5 million CoolSculpting procedures have been carried out worldwide.
As with all procedures, treatment should only be carried out by a trained and qualified practitioner. Your first appointment will concentrate on what you would like to achieve and how long it might take to get those results. The treatment will be fully explained to you at that point.
Everybody - and every body - are different so your treatment plan will be tailored to your particular needs. It might take just one session, or a few. If you are targeting several areas of your body, you might choose a clinic with multiple CoolSculpting systems, so it can all be done at once.
The application is extremely simple. A gel pad and applicator will be applied to the treatment area and, whilst you relax or read a magazine, the system will get to work. You may feel a slight pulling or tugging as the applicator uses a vacuum. It is a little chilly but you shouldn't experience any pain. In fact, once the area becomes numb, you'll feel very little.
The beauty of Cryolipolysis is that it's non-invasive and treatment takes place whilst you're sitting comfortably. You can even work on your laptop at the same time if you wish. There's no downtime either - probably the reason celebrities like actress Debra Messing love this amazing treatment.
Whilst this is a relatively new method of battling the bulge, there's plenty of research behind its use. Prior to 2009, the main methods available for fat removal were liposuction and surgery. Of course, these are still available.
Many people found the cost of these two procedures prohibitive. There are also risks involved, such as infection, scarring and sepsis.
As the demand for non-invasive fat reduction procedures grew so, too, did the research. New methods included laser treatments, radio frequency and ultrasound. Fat freezing - or Cryolipolysis - was actually based on research done in the 1970s on cold-induced fat necrosis.
CoolSculpting was launched in 2009 but it didn't reach Australia until 2015.
Many more clinics around Australia are now offering CoolSculpting as an alternative to other fat reduction treatments. There appear to be no serious long-lasting side effects, making it a far superior alternative to surgery.
Naturally, there are some minor after-effects, including local redness, bruising and numbness. These should all wear off quite quickly after treatment. Research carried out in 2015 showed that this method could reduce body fat in the targeted area by about 20%.
Those in the know say CoolSculpting is best for those seeking mild improvements. Don't expect the dramatic results you get from liposuction, as this is really quite different and, of course, non-invasive.
It usually takes a few sessions to get the desired effect and it is visual - it won't affect your overall weight. Having said that, you will definitely look slimmer if you are targeting your love handles or bra bulge. It also makes sense to add some exercise and improve your diet at the same time.
This really is a very exciting breakthrough in safe, non-surgical fat removal. To find this service in your locality, simply check out the Bookwell directory.