Coolsculpting (Cryolipolysis)

When it comes to those stubborn fat deposits, that no matter how much we diet or exercise just won’t go away, there has been only two options – we can either live with it, or opt for surgery.

Coolsculpting is a way to solve this stubborn fat problem. It’s made to target the fat cells, to remove only them from the body, achieving what cannot be achieved by diet and/or exercise. Coolsculpting offers quick results without the need for surgery. It can reduce bulging tummies, treat bra bulge, inner thighs, muffin top and banana roll.

Coolsculpting has a unique way of destroying the fat cells. It leads to the cooling of targeted tissues. The fat is exposed to cold that liquefies the fat cells present in the subcutaneous fat tissues with no obvious damage to the overlying skin. Coolsculpting is in fact the non-invasive alternative to liposuction.

What is really good with Coolsculpting is that, it doesn’t burn the tissues and there is no damage or shattering of the skin. It is able to achieve its goal by way of cooling the fat cells that are present under the skin. This procedure ensures that only fat cells get frozen while your skin remains fine and healthy. Another positive thing about Coolsculpting is that there will be less chances of scarring because it doesn’t use scalpels, blades, needles or suction hoses. These fats cells are naturally eradicated from the body once the fat cells receive a cold temperature after which they get crystallised and die.

Unlike in liposuction, suction of the fat cells is achieved via an incision. Lipodissolve does the same thing but via injections of fat-melting substances. Another procedure utilises laser energy of low-level creating a pore in the fat cell, and thus evacuates its contents.

Another good thing about Coolsculpting is that it is free of use of any anaesthesia or surgery. It requires no pain- controlling medicines. You will be able to return to your usual routine on the same day after the procedure.

The Procedure:

Coolsculpting can be done by a plastic surgeons or by an experienced dermatologist. Coolsculpting may take longer hours compared to other procedures, it may take 1 to 3 hours.

First thing, the doctor will mark the area required to undergo treatment. After which, a gel will be applied to to protect the skin. With the use of a hand-held vacuum applicator, the doctor will pull out the surplus skin and underlying fat in between the two cooling sheets. It is normal for a patient to feel a pulling sensation and a chill feeling in the treated area during that process. These however will quickly disappear as numbing will follow. The next procedure would be the Cooling which converts the fat from a liquid to a solid. This will be then eliminated naturally from the body within 2 months. The effects would be slowly but steadily be experienced normally within 2 to 4 months.

Coolsculpting is a very safe procedure. It produces no adverse effects on the enzymes of the liver and also has no effect on the cholesterol. Coolsculpting has been specifically developed to remove the targeted fat cells.

Possible Risks and Complications:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising (may be experienced by people with blood-related disorders)
  • Redness or tenderness of the treated area
  • Cramps
  • Discomfort
  • Numbness
  • Itching or tingling at the site of treatment

These risks may be experienced but they are normally temporary.