Cool Sculpting is a device that can remove fat without surgery or downtime. It is a revolution in aesthetic medicine. It is the only non-surgical fat reduction treatment that is FDA cleared. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the effect of cold on the skin. They found that by cooling the skin and keeping it at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, some of the fat could be destroyed, while the skin, muscle, and nerves survived. This procedure is called cryolipolysis. The procedure is billed as a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction. This eliminates stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting—so you’ll look great from every angle.
The Cool Sculpting device evolved from this research. It is a spot removal device, rather than a weight reduction device. 20-25% of the fat in the skin is sucked into the applicator handpiece. Results are visible as early as 3 weeks, but, final results are seen in two to four months. Frequently, for optimal results (Treatment to Transformation), more than one treatment in an area is optimal.
The treatment is generally pain-free, although some patients may experience numbness, minor bruising, redness, or discomfort in the treated area, but only temporarily. You can read, use a computer, or talk on the phone while the machine does its work. Furthermore, there is little to no downtime, and most patients are able to resume normal activities the same day. One additional and amazing feature of this treatment is the very high success rate. There are very few non-responders.
Science behind cool sculpting
Years ago, scientists at Harvard University observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. The scientists—Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Rox Anderson, MD—realized that the popsicles were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells.
The idea that cold can target fat cells—without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue—was the insight behind Cryolipolysis®, the proven science on which the Cool Sculpting procedure is based.
The Cool Sculpting procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
That’s why the results are long-term. Every person is born with a certain number of fat cells; once the cells are removed from the body, they do not return therefore, the fat is gone for good!. This principle is also an important part of why Cool Sculpting is effective at reducing fat bulges. Untreated areas will have no change in fat cell distribution.
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Fat reduction vs Weight loss
It may be confusing to hear that reducing fat is not the same as losing weight. It’s all about what happens to fat CELLS.
The number of fat cells in our bodies typically becomes a fixed number sometime in our teenage years. Losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, it changes the size of fat cells. After dieting and weight loss, fat cells get smaller but the number of fat cells stays the same.
When weight is gained, fat cells get bigger. The Cool Sculpting fat-freezing procedure actually reduces the number of fat cells in treated areas by about 20% to 25%. These fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated, so they won’t migrate to another area of your body. And there’s no change to fat cells in untreated areas.