How does it work?
The CoolSculpting machine works by pulling your fat bulge into a device that has two cooling plates. The fat is held by a strong vacuum. The cooling plates are activated to the specific temperature where fat cells are vulnerable and die, and your skin, nerves, blood vessels, etc are fine. This process takes an hour per area. Multiple areas can be done at one time in some cases. Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate and work with you to determine the best treatment plan during a one-on-one consultation.
Who is a candidate?
The area to be treated is a "fat bulge" or something you could grasp with hand and squeeze. This is because the machine uses suction to pull on the fat and put it between two cooling plates. Examples would be the lower abdomen bulge or the "love handles". If you pinch more than a couple of inches, it may be too thick to fit in the machine, and would be best to lose weight first.
Where does the fat go?
It is important to know that this is not a weight loss procedure. CoolSculpting refers to "sculpting" or shrinking down stubborn areas. If you are not able to get the weight off, this is not going to help. Your weight will not change as a result of the coolsculpt procedure, you have to eat right and exercise to accomplish that.
How safe is it/What are the risks?
Common Side Effects: Temporary numbness, mild soreness, and mild bruising. Most people say they feel essentially nothing after the procedure, but these symptoms happen, are mild and don't require medication or time off work or activities.
Rare side effects: CoolSculpting is supposed to be virtually painless, but occasionally, some people experience pain that may require pain pills. It seems it is about one out of 100 people that experience this, so not that often, but still can occur. If we compare this to liposuction, about 100 out of 100 people would experience pain, so this rare side effect is accepted. The numbness can last longer than a week or so in some patients, and there has been a case of frostbite reported as of the time of this writing, and the frost bite did resolve without a problem. Bruising is usually absent or minor, but the device does you suction, and a "hicky" type effect can occur with more noticeable bruising, but this is not common.
Why choose CoolSculpting over liposuction?
If you are interested in liposuction, and understand the risks, downtime and benefits (liposuction is safe and effective in the proper hands, but is really a totally different commitment) that is your best option.
But if you do not want to go through with lipo, don't want the downtime, the compression garments, potential time off work, swelling and at least temporary disfigurement, than the coolsculpt procedure is right for you.
Is it really permanent?
Can it be repeated?
Is there any downtime?
Who can perform the procedure?
Why choose CoolSculpting over (Non surgical) lasers and other devices?
There is a procedure where injections of medication are used to destroy fat cells. This is referred to as "mesotherapy" or "lipodissolve". These do work, but much less effectively than a single coolsculpt procedure. When there are areas of fat that are not appropriate for the machine (the machine has a shape that doesn't work on all areas), then the injections are appropriate.
What will happen to my skin?
DO I NEED TO TAKE SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTS OR FOLLOW A STRICT DIET AND EXERCISE PROGRAM?