CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat loss treatment that uses a process called Cryolipolysis to target and kill fat cells in the treated area. CoolSculpting originally became FDA-approved as a liposuction alternative in 2010 and quickly started rising in popularity in 2011. Since its creation, CoolSculpting has remained one of the leading noninvasive fat loss treatments for patients interested in body contouring using nonsurgical methods. Millions of CoolSculpting treatments have been performed in recent years, allowing patients to finally feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.
The lipids found in fat cells crystallize at a higher temperature than surrounding skin and tissue. Using Cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting takes advantage of fat’s higher freezing point by selectively targeting and killing fat cells without harming other cells or tissue in the targeted area. The skin and muscle in the treated area are left unaffected by CoolSculpting, minimizing side effects and eliminating downtime.
During CoolSculpting treatments, a gel liner is placed over the pocket of fat. The CoolSculpting applicator is then placed on the targeted area, applying gentle suction to hold the tissue in place while the cooling effect sets to work destroying fat cells. The tissue is gradually cooled to the point at which fat cell death occurs and accurately held at the correct temperature using internal safety measures.
Liposuction is consistently among the most popular types of cosmetic surgery due to its effectiveness and ability to provide quick and noticeable results. During liposuction, fat is loosened and drawn out of the body using a thin metal rod called a cannula. The cannula is inserted through incisions in the targeted area and moved in a back-and-forth motion to loosen up fat cells. While liposuction is a safe procedure, it can produce undesirable side effects and an uncomfortable recovery due to its more aggressive approach toward fat removal.