CoolSculpting by Zeltiq took the beauty world by storm when it was launched. It’s offering a fantastic non-surgical alternative to liposuction that involves no needles, no special diets and no downtime. CoolSculpting uses a technology called cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy fat cells, without damaging the surrounding tissue.
This leads to visible inch loss and tighter, more toned skin. The results are fantastic and it has been an incredibly popular treatment since we first introduced it, in 2013, here at Health & Aesthetics in Elstead, Farnham, Surrey.
To this day CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment to use controlled cooling. It has undergone extensive international trials and practitioners performed over 4 million CoolSculpting treatments worldwide to date.
It is the perfect solution for targeting stubborn areas of fat that often seem resistant to diet and exercise. These include the stomach, arms, saddle bags or double chin. Each treatment typically takes around 35 minutes and you are able to resume your everyday life immediately afterwards.
The success of CoolSculpting (see our positive patient stories below) is in stark contrast to those for some other so called “fat reduction” treatments. They may promise “great results” but lack the proven testing and safety data to back them up. In some cases there have been adverse consequences which have led to lawsuits.
One such treatment is SculpSure whose manufacturer, Cynosure Inc, is being sued for providing “false information about the effectiveness of the device” by numerous aesthetic practitioners and medical spas.
The misrepresentations include that SculpSure effectively reduces fat with just one 25-minute treatment, that the treatment was virtually painless so did not require anaesthesia, that no follow-up treatments were necessary and that a physician and/or trained staff member did not need to be present during the whole procedure. These links offer further details about the legal action: https://www.hbsslaw.com/cases/cynosure-inc-sculpsure; https://www.bigclassaction.com/lawsuit/cynosure-nationwide-class-action-over-sculpsure.php
Many other treatments are widely regarded, by those in the know, as being painful – despite manufacturers’ claims otherwise; while others are simply not proven to be effective. Meaning you could spend an awful lot of money and have nothing to show for it.
If you want to find out more about the different types of non-invasive fat reduction treatment (including CoolSculpting), then industry bible, the Aesthetics Journal, has published this online article: https://aestheticsjournal.com/feature/an-introduction-to-fat-reduction
“I had never really had to watch my weight. But after my first child I found even after going to the gym, I just couldn’t shift that last bit of fat around my stomach. We were planning to get married in the summer. The dress of my dreams was a fishtail style which was figure hugging and would definitely show any lumps or bumps.
I decided to have Coolsculpting. I had heard such good things about it from others and most of all, you would see the results within 3 months! Of course, I was a bit hesitant to begin with as I was not 100% sure what to expect (even though I read and watched everything I could) but I needn’t have worried. Bianca, one of the therapists at Health & Aesthetics, put me at ease straight away; she was friendly, reassuring and really knew what she was talking about. She described to me what was going to happen step by step. I was flicking through my favourite magazines and checking my work emails on the iPad while having the treatment, so it was quite relaxing.
Afterwards I had no bruising. I was able to go and do my usual food shop and even carry my little one around. The skin over the treated areas felt cold to the touch and was a little tender but after a few days it was all back to normal. Then gradually things started to change, after about 10-12 weeks. I was so happy with the results and my wedding dress fitted perfectly. I had so many comments on how slim I looked, I couldn’t have asked for more.”
“‘I’ve never been overweight but I’ve never really had a waist, and as I’ve got older any definition I did have has disappeared. I just couldn’t shift anything from my midriff. So I decided to try CoolSculpting. The procedure was only mildly uncomfortable, so I could read a magazine and relax.
I returned to work straight afterwards and thought no more about it until my follow-up 3 months later. By then, I started to notice that there was less flesh at the top of my jeans, and no roll of flesh under my bra. I had two further procedures around the same area and have dropped two jean sizes. Now my clothes fit properly and I feel far more confident.
The team at CoolSculpting is professional, sensible, and competent, and they pass their confidence on to you. If you compare the cost of a CoolSculpting package with a liposuction package, it’s much more affordable. And with no systemic anaesthetic, no corsets, no bruising and no down time, it’s a no-brainer. And the outcomes are better, in my view.”