How Does CoolSculpting Work?
When scientists discovered that fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than surrounding tissues, it revolutionized the cosmetic enhancement industry’s capabilities for treating unwanted fat. CoolSculpting’s premise is simple: freeze fat cells to create cell death while leaving surrounding tissues healthy and undamaged. Fat freezes at near 53° F, while surrounding skin and muscle isn’t affected until near 32° F. The CoolSculpting applicator is placed on your unwanted fat pockets, creates a vacuum that suctions the tissue into the handpiece, and delivers temperatures just below 53° F for one hour. Patients frequently read, check email, or even nap during the treatment, it’s that easy. Afterward, your body absorbs the damaged fat cells and metabolizes them out of your system naturally.
Am I a Good Candidate?
While CoolSculpting’s technology is incredible and life-changing for many people, it’s not intended as a weight-loss method for significantly overweight or obese patients. Ideal candidates are 30 lbs overweight or less and have realistic expectations about their results.
How Long-Term are the Results?
Once we complete puberty, we’ll maintain approximately the same number of fat cells throughout our lifetime. Fluctuations in weight will shrink or expand fat cells, but the quantity is relatively static because fat cells cannot replicate. That’s what makes CoolSculpting so incredible. It’s fat reduction, not weight loss. By crystalizing unwanted fat cells to their destruction, those fat cells won’t be replaced. When the body filters them out, they’re gone for good. As long as the patient continues to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle with a balanced, nutritional diet, the remaining fat cells should not expand with weight gain. You can be confident your bulges won’t return.