Does CoolSculpting really work?
Studies show that CoolSculpting is an effective fat reduction procedure. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, nonsurgical medical procedure that helps to remove extra fat cells from beneath the skin. As a noninvasive treatment, it has several benefits over traditional surgical fat removal procedures.
CoolSculpting's popularity as a fat removal procedure is increasing in United States. It received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. Since then, CoolSculpting treatments have increased by 823 percent.
How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting uses a procedure known as cryolipolysis. It works by placing a roll of fat into two panels that cool the fat to a freezing temperature.
A 2009 study looked at the clinical efficacy of cryolipolysis. The researchers found that cryolipolysis reduced the treated fat layer by as much as 25 percent. The results were still present six months after the treatment. Frozen, dead fat cells are excreted out of the body through the liver within several weeks of treatment, revealing full results of fat loss within three months.
Some people who do CoolSculpting opt to treat several parts of the body, usually:
- lower back
It can also reduce the appearance of cellulite on the legs, buttocks, and arms. Some people also use it to reduce excess fat underneath the chin.
It takes an hour to treat each targeted body part. Treating more body parts requires more CoolSculpting treatments to see results. Larger body parts may also require more treatments than smaller body parts.
Some possible side effects of CoolSculpting include:
- tugging feeling at the treatment site when the doctor places the fat roll between the panels
- sensations of pain, stinging, or aching at the treatment site two weeks after treatment that tend to go away on their own without any additional treatment
- short-term redness, swelling, bruising, and skin sensitivity at the treatment site
In very rare cases, CoolSculpting can lead to an increase in the volume of fat cells in treated body parts. It's not known why this happens, but it appears to be more common in men than women. It's seen in less than 1 percent of cases. While rare, it's worth being aware of this possible side effect. Most people who experience this effect, called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, choose to pursue alternative fat-removal treatments, such as traditional liposuction.