A top question our cosmetic team gets is, “Does CoolSculpting really work?”
The concept of eliminating fat with advanced cooling techniques might sound strange – but CoolSculpting (or Cryolipolysis) had become increasingly popular ever since 2012 when it became FDA-approved. The non-invasive treatment uses revolutionary science to target and then freeze fat cells beneath the skin.
But how does this process really work? And are the results really everything they’re cracked up to be?
Let’s take a deep dive into the CoolSculpting procedure to answer these questions and others.
How Does CoolSculpting Work? | Understanding the Technology
First things first: let’s explore the science behind CoolSculpting.
Extreme cold has been found to kill fat cells without damaging skin cells. During a CoolSculpting treatment, tiny crystals are formed within the fat cells. These fat cells eventually die and dissolve in your body, reducing fatty bulges permanently.
The process is most effective in certain areas, such as the belly and thighs. However, the results are not immediate – you’ll start to see changes within four to eight weeks, but the most significant results are visible by week 12.
CoolSculpting is very different from most weight loss treatments, which use lasers or surgical tools. The procedure is non-invasive, and yet it yields approximately a 20 to 25 percent reduction in fat cells. Additionally, it:
- Provides natural-looking results.
- Works on both men and women.
- Sculpts and defines muscles and curves.
- Is quick and painless.
CoolSculpting yields different results than working out and dieting. A healthy lifestyle can certainly shrink fat cells, but it doesn’t cause them to die and leave permanently. If you’re looking for long-lasting results, CoolSculpting offers permanent change with minimal preparation.
CoolSculpting Before and After Images*
We don’t just expect you to take our word for CoolSculpting results – we have the proof to substantiate our claims. Take a look at a handful of before and after transformations. These real-life examples will reveal what the body contouring treatment can do for various body types. Target stubborn fat bulges in notoriously difficult spots – belly (abdomen), arms, love handles, thighs, armpits, and more.
As with any cosmetic procedure, results may vary. *
CoolSculpting Results | Evidence in Scientific Literature
Going beyond photographic evidence, let’s talk about what science says.
There have been many clinical studies conducted on this fat-freezing technology. According to Safety, Tolerance, and Patient Satisfaction with Non-Invasive Cryolipolysis, “Caliper measurements demonstrated a 23 percent reduction in the fat layer.” Furthermore, “86 percent of subjects showing improvement per investigator assessment.” The results indicate that CoolSculpting helps to reduce fat cells in patients.
There is other clinical evidence (conducted in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology) that shows “local reductions in flank fat have significant longevity in subjects and suggest that results from cryolipolysis may be very long-lasting.”
Overall, scientific studies have shown that fat-freezing technology results in a leaner, firmer body. Not only are the results significant and apparent, but they are long-lasting, providing benefits for months or even years to come.
FAQs About CoolSculpting
1. What are the risks and side effects of CoolSculpting?
Some common side effects include a tugging sensation at the affected area, light pain, a tingling feeling, or aches. You may also experience some redness, swelling, bruising, or skin sensitivity – but all of these side effects are temporary and should go away after a few days (at most a few weeks).
Generally, CoolSculpting is considered to be safe for most people and body types. However, there are some conditions that should be taken into consideration. Always talk to your doctor before beginning any kind of fat reduction treatment.
2. Does CoolSculpting Tighten Loose Skin?
Yes – that’s an added bonus experienced by many patients. CoolSculpting can significantly reduce skin laxity (looseness) and can potentially increase the skin’s thickness, which improves the appearance of thin, folding skin.
3. Does Fat Freezing Hurt?
During the actual procedure, the patient may feel some pain. The cold temperatures cause numbness, but you may also feel slight pinching and pulling sensations before this sets in (for about five to ten minutes).
Some areas are more sensitive than others. The abdomen is typically the most painful to treat, but all areas may experience some itching and swelling.
4. How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?
Although the average CoolSculpting procedure costs between $2,000 and $4,000, the actual cost per patient may vary based on:
- The kind of area being treated.
- The size of the targeted area.
- Where they live.
- Their provider/dermatologist.
- The number of necessary treatments and follow-up appointments.
Our recommendation is to talk to your provider before jumping to any conclusions about pricing. Ask about fat-freezing payment plans, as well as how much your particular needs will cost to address.
5. Should You Try CoolSculpting to Lose Weight?
It’s important to remember that “weight” and “fat” are two different things. CoolSculpting targets fatty bulges, but it doesn’t substitute for an overall weight-loss program. Your weight will likely not increase or decrease. However, your appearance will change as your skin tightens and you achieve a leaner, more toned look.
Typically, we recommend fat freezing to patients who are already 20 to 30 pounds from their ideal weight. The idea is to target those stubborn areas that exercise and diet can’t fully tackle. If you’re looking to lose drop pounds and achieve a dramatic difference, you’ll be better off embracing other treatment plans before turning to CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting in Spring Hill, FL
Have more questions about CoolSculpting? Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Skintastic team. We’re ready to schedule your free fat-freezing consultation. Just call (352) 610 9900 or send us a message online.
Our trained technicians are more than ready to answer your questions, as well as provide a long-term plan for your perfect body goals. Stop wondering if CoolSculpting really works – see for yourself. There’s never been a better time to work on achieving your body and beauty goals.
Janie Rushnell, CIDESCO Diplomat Master Aesthetician
Mrs. Rushnell graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree. Before having children, she was an elementary educator for seven years. Then, 13 years after the birth of her first child, she decided to channel her skills into restorative skin treatments and research.
She received her Facial Specialist training at Bene’s International School of Beauty. After completing her training, she opened Skintastic and completed a medical aesthetic program. Mrs. Rushnell learned advanced treatments and chemical peel techniques, as well as how to treat skin irregularities.
She teamed up with Dr. Cynthia Brooks, M.D., and Dana Hess, PA-C, and Skintastic morphed into a boutique Med-Spa. Mrs. Rushnell then completed schooling in Clinical Electrology and Laser Hair Removal. She is now a board-certified Medical Electrologist, Certified Laser Specialist, and a member of The Society.
Mrs. Rushnell loves meeting new patients and creating unique, effective treatment plans to help them achieve their beauty goals. If you have questions about CoolSculpting or want to know if it’s right for you, call (352) 610-9900 or contact us to schedule a consultation today.