WHAT IS COOLSCULPTING?
CoolSculpting in Cherry Creek, Denver is fat-freezing technology gives long-term results that make trouble spots a lot less troubling. Fat cells don’t like the cold and at a certain temperature they will freeze. Once that happens, your body will naturally eliminate the dead cells in 2-6 months or more, resulting in up to 20%-25% reduction of fat in a treated area.
The non-surgical treatment was first FDA-cleared in 2010 for those pesky love handles, also known as flanks or a muffin top.
Not long after, in 2012, the treatment was cleared for a very popular area people want treated: the abdomen (also known as belly fat, pot belly, or post-baby bulge).
Fast forward to 2014, when CoolSculpting was cleared to treat thighs; allowing CoolSculpting practitioners to treat the inner thighs and outer thighs…hello thigh gap and good-bye saddle-bags!
In 2015—the dawn of the selfie era—CoolSculpting welcomed FDA-clearance for fat underneath the chin (also known as submental fat or the double-chin).
In 2016, CoolSculpting received some love for small areas of fat, getting simultaneous FDA-clearance for treatment of bra fat, back fat, and fat underneath the buttocks (coined “banana roll”). CoolSculpting’s most recent FDA-clearance is the first-of-its-kind: treatment of fat on the upper arms…bye-bye bat wings!
And in 2018, CoolSculpting received the FDA-clearance for the submandibular area or below the jawline!
What does 'non-invasive' mean?Non-invasive—unlike invasive surgical procedures such as liposuction—means that there are no needles and no surgery, and with CoolSculpting, it also means that there is little to no downtime. CoolSculpting uses a technology called cryolipolysis, discovered by a group of Harvard scientists. These scientists determined that our fat cells are hypersensitive to cold…much more so than skin, nerves, or muscle. Their research revealed that when using very specific cold temperatures in a controlled setting, freezing fat would induce cell death, and then the body would naturally clear the dead fat cells.
How does the CoolSculpting treatment work?Fat gets cooled to just above freezing Within the fat cells, crystals form, and then the fat cells die As fat cells die, they collapse and a natural inflammatory process removes the dead cells through the lymphatic system The natural inflammatory process can take up to four months after treatment to remove dead fat cells; resulting in fat layer reduction.
What is the preparation process for CoolSculpting?Your provider will apply a clear gel pad to the treatment area. This creates a barrier between the cooling panel and your skin. Clinical trials have demonstrated CoolSculpting® to be safe and effective in reducing fat in certain areas.
What does CoolSculpting feel like?You’ll feel a slight sucking sensation as the applicator adheres to your body. During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb.
Can I do anything else during the treatment?During the treatment you will be able to read, answer emails, or chat with a friend. After the applicator is detached, your provider will do a brief massage on the area to break up the treated fat cells and enhance the fat reduction. That’s it! Most patients experience little to no downtime after treatment.