CoolSculpting is the world leading fat freezing method. It is a cosmetic treatment used to freeze fat cells from specific parts of your body. CoolSculpting is the perfect way to remove stubborn fat.
- FDA approved
- Clinically proven to be safe and effective
Compared to other surgical fat reduction procedures such as liposuction, CoolSculpting carries fewer risks and does not require any downtime after treatment.
This guide will explain how the CoolSculpting process works, including the areas of the body that can be treated and how many treatments you may need.
This page includes the following:
- How does fat leave the body after CoolSculpting?
- What type of fat does CoolSculpting treat?
- Which areas of the body can CoolSculpting be used on?
- How many CoolSculpting treatments are necessary?
How does fat leave the body after CoolSculpting?
Many patients like to know how fat leaves the body after CoolSculpting and when they expect to see results.
The CoolSculpting procedure works by targeting fat cells beneath the skin in the treated area, reducing the temperature of fat cells to 4 degrees. Freezing fat cells in this way triggers fat cell death and can reduce fat deposits by up to 25% in the treated area.
After the treatment, treated fat cells shrink and are naturally metabolized by your liver before being eliminated by your body. CoolSculpting is a permanent procedure as, once the fat cells are destroyed, they do not come back.
Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting is not a surgical procedure so it does not require any downtime and is non-invasive. This makes it the perfect way for many people to remove unwanted fat.
To find out more about how fat leaves the body after CoolSculpting, read here.
What type of fat does CoolSculpting treat?
Whilst CoolSculpting is a fat freezing treatment, it can only be used to treat one type of fat found in our bodies.
Our bodies contain:
- Visceral fat: this type of fat surrounds the organs, is known to be more of a health risk then other types of fat and is stored within the abdominal cavity.
- Subcutaneous fat: this is the soft fat you can pull and grab and, for most people, makes up 90% of the fat in their bodies.
CoolSculpting can only be used to treat subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat cannot be drawn into the CoolSculpting applicator so is not suitable for treatment.
To be a good candidate for CoolSculpting, you should ideally have a BMI of under 30 and already have a fairly healthy lifestyle. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment.
To understand whether you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting, your consultant should discuss it in further detail with you during an initial assessment.
Read our guide to find out more about how CoolSculpting can be used to remove unwanted fat.
Which areas of the body can CoolSculpting be used on?
To have the CoolSculpting treatment, you must have pockets of pinchable soft fat in the area you wish to be treated. Only certain areas of the body can be treated, including:
- The belly
- Saddle bags
There are also areas that cannot be treated with CoolSculpting including:
- The pubic area
- Legs and ankles
- Face and neck
- Buffalo hump
Before undergoing treatment, an initial consultation will be required to discuss the area you would like to treat and the results you would like to see. You will then be advised on how many treatment sessions may be required and the results you can expect to see.
To find out more about the areas that can be treated with CoolSculpting, read our guide.
How many CoolSculpting treatments are necessary?
The number of CoolSculpting treatment sessions you will need is decided on an individual basis and you will require a consultation or initial assessment before undergoing treatment.
The number of CoolSculpting sessions needed depends on a number of factors including:
- The area being treated
- The amount of pinchable fat in the selected area
- Your medical history
- The results you would like to see
It can take up to four months after treatment to see the full fat reduction in the treated area as it takes time for your body to eliminate the treated fat cells.
CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure. It provides a way to remove stubborn fat once you have reached or are close to your ideal weight through exercise and a healthy diet. This will also help you to achieve the best results with fewer treatments.
Read our guide to find out more about the number of CoolSculpting treatments or sessions you may need.