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Does Coolsculpting Really Work [Your In-Depth Guide]

Weight loss, fat burning, and body toning have been centers of focus for the health and wellness community for ages. While some tactics may work for one individual, they don’t always work for the next, which nullifies many one-size-fits-all approaches. Furthermore, with new information being discovered each day, it can seem like just when you think you’ve found the right solution for your health and fitness goals, something new and more effective has hit the scene.

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Not only can weight loss trends be difficult to keep up with, but as many women and men know first hand, actually losing the weight and achieving the ideal figure can seem impossible. Sometimes no matter how strict your diet, how rigorous your workout routine, and how much you try to minimize certain areas of the body, that stubborn fat never seems to diminish. As highlighted by the Yale Scientific, this concept of “spot reduction” or losing accumulated fat in particular areas is ineffective due to the fact that exercise tends to result in generalized fat reduction rather than intended, targeted areas.

In 2008, Dr. Dieter Manstein and Dr. Rox Anderson, both scientists at Harvard University, set out to find a solution to this age-old weight loss struggle. They began researching the effects different temperatures had on body fat, particularly in regards to a phenomenon they deemed “popsicle panniculitis,” or how children who frequently ate popsicles tended to have less cheek-fat than those who didn’t.

It didn’t take long for the pair to find that cold temperatures quickly broke down fat cells without having negative effects on the skin or other structures of the body. By subjecting targeted areas of the body to temperatures around 40-degrees Fahrenheit, fat cells would die without additional harm. This groundbreaking fat-freezing process, called cryolipolysis, quickly spread through medical, health, and wellness communities as the latest and greatest noninvasive alternative to liposuction and was soon referred to as “Coolsculpting.”

While cryolipolysis, or “Coolsculpting” technology has only recently gained attention as a new and revolutionary method of body sculpting, it has actually been around for a while. In fact, the technology was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011 as a means of eliminating fat cells in the human body and again in 2014 as a safe, effective, and noninvasive procedure for fat reduction and body contouring.

Today, medical spas and treatment centers nationwide promise to eviscerate love handles, bra bulge, beer gut and that nasty double chin with a simple wave of a cooling paddle. But does coolsculpting really work? According to Jeannel Astarita, a Roostaeian and Manhattan-based Coolsculpting guru, it does–and then some.

Does Coolsculpting Really Work?

Since its inception in 2010, there have been more than 6,000,000 Coolsculpting procedures performed on men and women across the globe and the procedures has been studied and proven in more than 5,500 clinical trial patients. In addition to its quick, non-invasive nature, the Coolsculpting procedure has also had widespread success due to the fact that it’s proven to be an effective means of weight loss and fat reduction.

When understanding just how effective Coolsculpting is, it’s important to look at the numbers. In 2009, a study released in the Journal of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found that after just one treatment of Coolsculpting, patient’s saw a 20.4% of normalized fat layer reduction within the first two months; after six months, the targeted fat reduced by nearly 26%. These across-the-board results alone show how effective a single treatment of Coolsculpting can be.

Unlike procedures like liposuction and tummy-tucks that, though they may show immediate weight-loss results, are dangerous and highly invasive, Coolsculpting results improve over time. Furthermore, to answer the most common question of how long Coolsculpting lasts, patients can expect their treatment results to last indefinitely. Because the cells are physically frozen and killed, they don’t stand a chance of coming back unless you gain more weight and form new fat cells following the treatment.

How Many Times Do You Have To Do Coolsculpting?

Similar to other weight-loss strategies, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for Coolsculpting treatments. Unlike more invasive surgical procedures, such as liposuction, Coolsculpting allows patients to resume their daily activities immediately following treatment and while results will vary by patient, Coolsculpting typically requires anywhere from one session to several sessions.

Generally speaking, patients seeking fat reduction in their flanks require one to three sessions while fat reduction in the inner and outer thigh area may require multiple sessions. For best results, patients should wait one to two weeks between sessions to allow the body to heal, dead fat cells to be flushed away, and the skin to readjust.

In order to better understand your individual Coolsculpting needs, you should schedule a consultation with your local Aesthetician. Together, you can discuss your wants and needs in order to develop a detailed treatment plan to help meet your goals. Generally speaking, though, the number of treatments will likely be minimal due to its remarkable efficiency and effectiveness.

The To-Dos and Not-To-Dos Before Coolsculpting

One of the many benefits of Coolsculpting is the ease in which it’s performed. Not only is it an easy process for Aestheticians, but it’s also easy for you as a patient to prepare for. Because the procedure doesn’t require anesthesia, you don’t have to worry about refraining from food or drink 24 hours prior to having treatment. Instead, doctors actually recommend that you eat a filling and healthy meal and drink plenty of water both before and after having Coolsculpting. In order to ensure the best results, however, there are a few tips to consider:

  1. Make sure you’re a good candidate for the treatment. Though this will be something you cover with your Aesthetician during the consult, individuals who should not undergo Coolsculpting include those with conditions such as Cryoglobulinemia, Cold Agglutinin Disease, and Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria (PCH).
  2. You should already be practicing healthy habits like clean eating and regular exercise. Through these practices, you should be within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight range before receiving treatment.
  3. To minimize the bruising that may occur after a Coolsculpting treatment, try to avoid supplements and over-the-counter medications that thin the blood like Vitamin E, fish oil, aspirin, and Ibuprofen.

By taking these tips into consideration, you can expect your Coolsculpting treatments to be quick, easy, and effective.

How Does Coolsculpting Work?

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When you discover how many parts of your body can be improved by using Coolsculpting, it might be hard to pick just one area to get started. Everyone’s bodies are different. The best place to start is to look in the mirror and ask yourself which areas on your body are of most concern. Some areas will respond better to Coolsculpting than others, but again, everyone’s body is different. What works for someone else might not always work for you, and vice versa. Only a trained Coolsculpting specialist can provide you with the personalized approach required to maximize your coolsculpting results.

The science behind Coolsculpting isn’t as complex as you might think. Simply put, there are two “types” of fat cells: white and brown. White fat tissue is the most abundant type of fat in your body and is what’s stored up in order to give you energy. Brown fat cells, on the other hand, help to burn calories, generate heat, and control the temperature of your body. Furthermore, while white fat tends to be the fat tissue that’s deeper in the body, brown fat tissue is closer to the surface of your skin. Brown “surface fat” can be identified because it is less dense and can usually be pinched between your fingers. If the area you want to treat is “pinch-able,” it’s more than likely a good area to treat with Coolsculpting.

  • After assessing the size and shape of the fatty area, your doctor will apply a hollow applicator to the targeted area. The applicator then vacuums the fatty area into the hollow chamber were, as the temperature drops, the fat cells become numb and are eventually killed by the freezing temperatures. The initial vacuum sensation sometimes causes momentary discomfort, but quickly resides once the area becomes numb.
  • The noninvasive treatment lasts roughly an hour, during which time you can watch TV, read, use your phone, etc. After the vacuum is turned off and the applicator is removed, your doctor will likely massage the targeted area for three- to five-minutes to help improve final results.

Since the technology only targets brown fat cells, neither your skin nor other cells in your body are harmed during the process. Post-Coolsculpting, the targeted area may feel sore, as if you had a hard workout. However, it’s incredibly rare that patients experience any pain or severe discomfort following the procedure, and doctors will likely recommend you resume daily activities as usual. Though the full effects of Coolsculpting can last up to six months, you should start seeing results in as little as 10 days.

Fat reduction process

Step 1

Over time certain areas of the body develop concentrated fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise.

Step 2

Through the process of controlled cooling (cryolipolysis) subcutaneous fat cells are crystallized.

Step 3

Crystallized fat cells die and are then eliminated and then naturally eliminated by the body.

Step 4

During subsequent weeks and months following treatments remaining fat cells condense.

What Are The Best Body Areas For Coolsculpting?

In 2010, Coolsculpting was recommended primarily as a means of eliminating stubborn fat around the thigh region. Today, however, the treatment is known to be effective in a variety of different areas of the body, especially for:

  • Thighs: Unfortunately, no amount of squats or exercise alone will usually get rid of particularly stubborn thigh fat. Coolsculpting is a cellulite reduction treatment that can be effective for the inner and outer thigh areas. Even though most thigh fat isn’t pinch-able, Coolsculpting has proven effective at reducing the appearance of the inner thigh and the “saddle bags” or fat on the outer thigh.
  • Belly: Having a flatter stomach or abs that are somewhat visible is what most of us dream about, but the belly is also one of the first places that excess fat accumulates. It can be very difficult to reduce belly fat with diet and exercise alone. Coolsculpting is one of the most effective non-invasive means for reducing pockets of stubborn belly fat.
  • Arms: Want to feel great going sleeveless? If so, you may want to look into Coolsculpting your arms. Coolsculpting can be effective for reducing the fluffy, lumpy fat that tends to accumulate in the upper arms. However, if you’re experiencing “under arm jiggle,” this is usually a sign of excess sagging skin. To determine if Coolsculpting is a good option for treating your arms, you should first consult with an experienced Coolsculpting specialist.
  • Buttocks: Coolsculpting is one of the best non-invasive methods for treating the pockets of fat that tend to accumulate underneath the buttocks—sometimes referred to as “banana rolls.” The typical results from Coolsculpting this area of the body include a smoother, slimmer, more contoured buttock and upper leg.
  • Lower back: Coolsculpting can be effective for reducing cellulite in certain areas of the back including the lower back extending from the love handles, the mid-back, and the fat under bra line (“bra bulge”). Most of the fat located in these areas is surface fat that responds well to Coolsculpting treatments. Reducing the appearance of fat in the back area greatly enhances the appearance of a slimmer figure.
  • Double chin: Post-treatment results of fat reduction under the chin from Coolsculpting have been promising. For people with a genetic predisposition to store fat under the chin, no amount of exercise or diet typically will do anything to get rid of a double-chin. Coolsculpting can be a great alternative to more invasive procedures required to reduce a double chin.

If you’re interested in having a Coolsculpting procedure done on a particular area of your body, be sure to consult with your Aestheticians.

How Much Does Coolsculpting Cost?

Procedures done under the Coolsculpting brand can cost anywhere between $750 and $1,500 per treatment session, depending on how much fat is targeted. Not only is this process cheaper than other more invasive and dangerous procedures, but Coolsculpting is also worth it due to the simple fact that it works. It’s nonsurgical, it’s noninvasive, it requires no recovery time, and you can guarantee results.

Coolsculpting Side Effects & Risks

The risks and side effects of Coolsculpting are as low as the satisfaction rates are high. While Coolsculpting can sometimes run the risk of resulting in an irregular or asymmetrical appearance on the surface of the skin, it’s uncommon that patients don’t get the outcome they hope for. In extremely rare cases (less than 1%), patients can have paradoxical fat hyperplasia, where fat cells unexpectedly increase in numbers rather than decrease. This highly uncommon outcome is three-times more likely to occur in men than in women, and individuals from Hispanic or Latino descent.

Below you’ll find answers to some of the most common frequently asked questions by people interested in Coolsculpting:

  • How do I know if I’m a good candidate for Coolsculpting?

The Coolsculpting fat-reduction procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat in certain areas. Unlike many common forms of weight-loss surgery like gastric-bypass, Coolsculpting isn’t a solution solely for individuals who struggle with obesity. If you have noticeable bulges in certain areas you’d like to get rid of and are within 15 pounds of your healthy weight, you’re likely a good candidate for the procedure.

  • Can Coolsculpting work on fat anywhere on my body?

In the United State, the CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges only in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks, and upper arm.

  • What does it feel like?

You can expect to feel intense cold within the first few minutes of treatment, though this will soon dissipate. Depending on the applicator, you might also feel light pulling as the vacuum is applied. Generally, however, the area will go numb within five to 10 minutes, at which point you’ll feel comfortable enough to read, watch videos, work on your laptop, or even take a nap.

  • What do I do after I’ve had my Coolsculpting procedure?

Once your treatment is over, be sure to schedule a follow-up assessment with your doctor in order to check in on results and talk about additional treatments or measures that need to be taken. Make an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Do I need to take supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program after treatment?

Because Coolsculpting isn’t a diet and exercise program, so you don’t need to take special supplements or make any significant changes to your healthy lifestyle habits. Hopefully, this process makes you feel more motivated to take care of yourself in the future.

Scheduling Your Coolsculpting Procedure

If you want to join the millions of people who’ve benefited from Coolsculpting, or even if you’re simply interested in learning more about the procedure and if it’s a right decision for you, schedule a free consultation with the professionals at Elase, today.

With locations in Salt Lake City, Draper, Farmington, and American Fork, you won’t have to go out of your way to get the help and information you need.

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