By Amber Katz
In the category of “Things That Sound Too Good to Be True,” CoolSculpting might be at the top of the list at a first glance. It’s a non-invasive treatment that uses vacuum application (essentially a suction device) along with intense cooling to target an area of excess fat. We got the scoop from a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Law, on why this procedure is the real deal. He shares everything we need to know about the procedure from how it actually kills off fat cells, to how many sessions of treatment are required, and what kinds of results you can expect.
“The CoolSculpting platform provides focused cooling of the treatment area, which induces changes in the fat cells ultimately resulting in their destruction and elimination from the body,” explains Dr. Law. This treatment affects fatty tissue only; other non-fat cells in the treatment area (skin cells, blood vessels, etc.) are not affected. Over the next three months, the damaged fat cells are gradually cleared from the body by the immune and lymphatic systems. As the fat cells degrade and are eliminated, the soft tissue contour in the treatment area improves.
Dr. Law explains that the advantage of CoolSculpting is that it is minimally traumatic and non invasive. Coolsculpting does not produce the soft tissue trauma that is created by a liposuction procedure, and does not use any of the more aggressive forms of energy application such as ultrasonic liposuction, which explodes fat cells. Because the application of focused cooling to destroy fat cells, also referred to as ‘cryolipolysis’, is not traumatic to the surrounding non-fat tissues, the treatment does not usually produce any significant soft tissue swelling or bruising and there is no associated “down time.”
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