Cool Sculpting: Vogue Asks the Experts Does Fat Freezing Really Work?

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Mackenzie Wagoner, beauty writer for Vogue magazine investigates the latest beauty buzz “at dinner parties across the country, a topic has been on the tips of tongues: Cool Sculpting,” in the article “Does Fat Freezing Work? Two Experts Weigh In on CoolSculpting.”

CoolSculpting is the most popular non-invasive fat reduction procedure in the country. Clinical studies demonstrate that “cryolipolysis was shown to reduce subcutaneous fat at the treatment site by up to 25% after one treatment.” *¹ Vogue addresses initial skeptics who think freezing fat off “Sounds too good to be true” by citing experts who confirm cryolipolysis “technology works.”

The Science Behind Cool Sculpting

The science behind Cool Sculpting is Cryolipolysis. Vogue interviews UCLA plastic surgeon Jason Roostaeian to explain how Cryolipolysis is able to freeze fat without harming surrounding skin or tissue. “Fat is more temperature-sensitive than your skin…It goes through the cell death process before your skin does.”

Vogue explains that since the FDA first approved CoolSculpting in 2010 for “for reduction of flank and abdominal fat,”¹ it has “gained attention” as a “noninvasive alternative to liposuction, promising to eviscerate love handles and bra bulge with the wave of a cooling paddle.”

During the Cool Sculpting procedure cooling pads are placed on the treatment area, and attach to the skin using a suction mechanism. From there, the “cooling panels set to work crystallizing your fat cells,” says Dr. Roostaeian.

Read more about the science behind CoolSculpting here. >>

Does CoolSculpting Hurt*

Vogue also poses a common question: Does CoolSculpting hurt? While individual pain tolerance and experiences vary, Dr. Roostaeian answers “[You experience] suction and cooling sensations that eventually go numb…It’s a mild discomfort that people seem to tolerate pretty well.” Vogue reassures its readers that “the procedural setting is so relaxed that patients can bring laptops to do work, enjoy a movie, or simply nap while the machine goes to work.”

Typical CoolSculpting Results*

While some patients see a marked reduction after their first CoolSculpting treatment*, Dr. Roostaeian admits “It often takes a few treatments to get to your optimum results,” with “experts agree[ing] that the more treatments you have, the more results you will see.” After a couple of CoolSculpting sessions, patients typically see “up to 25 percent fat reduction in a treatment area*,” explains Vogue, reiterating scientific findings stated in  Cryolipolysis For Noninvasive Body Contouring” published in the academic journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology.

Related Article: Thigh Gap: How to reduce thigh fat with CoolSculpting

Cool Sculpting: Weight Loss v Fat Reduction

For those interested in CoolSculpting, it is important to know that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment. It provides mild fat reduction, specifically designed for “trouble areas,” or stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise, such as love handles, inner thigh fat, belly fat, a double chin, and other pinchable fat bulges. Dr. Roostaeian explains that with Cool Sculpting “At best you get mild fat reduction—a slightly improved waistline, less bulging of any particular area that’s concerning.”

But mild fat reduction can still have impressive improvements on the overall appearance of the treatment area, as one expert interviewed by Vogue’s expert explains “when you’re shedding 25 percent of fat in a handful of tissue, it won’t add up to much on the scale, but…when [you lose] what’s spilling over the top of your pants or your bra, it counts.” Vogue adds that clients come to [CoolSculpting providers] in search of better proportions at their current weight, and may leave having dropped “one or two sizes in clothing.”

Are CoolSculpting Results Permanent?

Vogue asks the Cool Sculpting experts another common question: Is CoolSculpting permanent? “I really emphasize to my patients, yes it’s a permanent fat reduction technology, but only if you control your weight. If you gain weight, it will go somewhere,” says the expert.  CoolSculpting is meant to work in collaboration with diet and exercise.

Is Cool Sculpting Safe?

Vogue represents its readers when asking the experts “is CoolSculpting safe?” Their response: “Because this is a noninvasive procedure, the risks, comparatively speaking, are very low.” Dr. Roostaeian explains that with CoolSculpting (unlike Liposuction) “wounds will not occur, and swelling is minimal.”

Are You a Good Candidate for Cool Sculpting?

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for Cool Sculpting is to Talk with the experts. SKINNEY Medspa is the premiere provider of CoolSculpting NYC. Call today for a free consultation with one of the fat reduction specialists from SKINNEY Medspa. They can evaluate your circumstances and expectations and help determine whether CoolSculpting can help you get reduce stubborn fat deposits, for a slimmer, healthier look.

You can schedule your free consultation by clicking here or calling (212)754-6639

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