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What is CoolSculpting?


Fat removal techniques are advancing, and more and more people are seeking a quick and simple fat removal solution. While diet and exercise remain the first line of treatment, it can take months to years before any visible change can be seen. Some individuals try and persist but still cannot see any change whatsoever. Surgery can be an option, but many people do not choose this either due to the scarring and potential complications that can be involved.

So what do people choose in such a situation? Well, there are treatments now available that are safe and effective, and help lose fat fast. One such procedure is from a company called Zeltiq with a machine called ‘CoolSculpting®’. Here we take a look at this procedure in a bit more detail.

What is CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting® is an FDA approved procedure that is useful in getting rid of stubborn fat like the one seen in the lower abdomen and ‘love handles’. In the medical world, it is also called ‘cryolipolysis’ or ‘cryogenic lipolysis’. As the name suggests, this procedure involves destroying fat cells using a strategic targeting process of cooling them below freezing point, ultimately removing them completely. Once the fat cells are cooled and are destroyed, inflammation of the tissues occurs, and over time this results in the loss of fat tissue. The whole process of loss of fat tissue can take a few months. Studies have reported up to a quarter of the fat present in the subcutaneous tissues being reduced through this process.

The Advantages

CoolSculpting® has a number of different advantages. The main advantages include the lack of scarring of skin that would normally be seen with surgical fat removal procedures. In addition, no needles and sharp scalpels are needed.

There is no doubt that patients undergo CoolSculpting® in order to experience the benefits that it offers. It is good to have a detailed knowledge of the benefits that patients can obtain from this procedure. It is essential to realize that treatments will only start to show positive effects after a few months, and repeat treatments will sometimes be needed. This aspect will need to be discussed with the patients, and therefore a good knowledge will make this process easy.

Side Effects

The procedure is relatively new, so side effects that have been so far reported are only a few. The main thing to remember is that CoolSculpting® can take months before any effect shows, and is not a quick fix of any sort. Furthermore, this procedure is aimed at body re-shaping, and is not a form of weight loss procedure. Some patients have reported mild bruising or redness at the site of the procedure. So far, no long term side effects have been reported. With the potential side effects, it is important that all providers complete a comprehensive CoolSculpting training program.

Equipment Available

Currently, the FDA has only approved Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting® machine for cryolipolysis.


Fat removal is a commonly sought after procedure by patients who wish to change their external appearance. CoolSculpting® is emerging as a popular treatment, and results are visibly evident after a few months of treatment. With FDA approved, it is considered reliably safe.


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