CoolSculpting is Cool, But Not a Cure for Obesity

Getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat has always been the bane of even those who exercise regularly and religiously watch their diets. For women, it can be the dreaded “muffin top.” For men, the non-Michelin “spare tire.”

Liposuction has been the way to get rid of these pockets of fat, but liposuction is a surgical procedure and involves recovery time. Some people aren’t interested in surgery.

Then a Harvard scientist discovered that you could freeze fat cells, all the while leaving the adjacent cells and tissue unharmed. CoolSculpting was born and it has made quite a splash in the aesthetic world.

CoolSculpting has been getting a lot of press in the past year because it seems almost too good to be true — a way to get rid of fat permanently, without any surgery. And while we’re thrilled to offer CoolSculpting at Northcoast Laser, we want our patients to know just what the procedure can and cannot do.

CoolSculpting: how it works

Coolsculpting During the procedure, a proprietary coupling gel is applied to areas on your skin where fat deposits are collected. Once the gel is applied, a vacuum is initiated through two cooling panels to suction the fat deposit in the area. For 30 to 60 minutes, the panels are held there to do the cooling. The result is a cold-induced inflammatory response that ultimately leads to the death of fat cells in the treatment site. After a few days or weeks, these dead fat cells are absorbed by the body as it heals, resulting in a 20% fat reduction in the treated area. These fat cells are permanently removed, similar to what happens with liposuction, but without the surgery.

CoolSculpting: what it’s not

There is a temptation to think that CoolSculpting would be the ultimate solution to obesity. Shouldn’t every obese person be lining up at an aesthetic practice and having their fat magically frozen away? No. CoolSculpting is NOT a weight loss program, it is a body contouring procedure. The process removes around 20 percent of the fat in the target areas. Patients need to be within 10 percent of their ideal body weight for CoolSculpting to be effective.

Interested in addressing those problem areas with stubborn fat pockets? Call us at Northcoast Laser, 440-639-3223, and let’s discuss CoolSculpting!

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