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CoolSculpting™ is a procedure which is mainly used to eliminate the pouch in the lower abdomen as well as love handles by cooling it; the fat actually gets frozen. Created by the company Zeltiq™, CoolSculpting™ makes use of a non-invasive device which leads to the loss of fat cells without having to go under the knife. The concept behind CoolSculpting™ was initially discovered in children who kept frozen popsicles in their mouth too long and permanently developed a thinner cheek from fat loss (popsicle necrosis).
When performing the procedure, the skin as well as fat component is inserted into the CoolSculpting™ device by means of suction. The whole procedure for treating one area will take roughly an hour. Every treatment session will involve cooling the fat. This procedure usually entails no recovery period and most patients do not experience any significant pain. There is a common sensitivity and patchy numbness temporarily in many people which is not disabling, lasting not more than a couple of days or few weeks. Ultrasound studies proved that the majority of patients exhibited 20% reduction of fat volume at the forth month, after one treatment. There is apparently an additive effect as the patient undergoes subsequent treatments that can be performed every four to six weeks apart.
Nevertheless, CoolSculpting™ does need some patience from the patient as its outcomes are not instantly visible; it normally takes around three weeks for the outcomes to start appearing. The reason behind this is that the body eliminates the fat cells that die from the freezing of the CoolSculpting™ procedure in a natural way. However, the most remarkable outcomes of the CoolSculpting™ procedure can be seen after around four to five months.
By undergoing a CoolSculpting™ procedure, patients can look better when in jeans, a bathing suit, or any other type of tight clothing. This procedure is ideal for people who are close to their ideal weight but are in need of help getting rid of certain stubborn areas of fat. With the introduction of CoolSculpting™, patients no longer have to opt for the invasive liposuction procedure to eliminate back (bra) fat, upper arm fat, love handles, tummy or a muffin top. The bra fat and upper arm fat are off-label uses; the CoolSculpting device not having been formally cleared by the FDA for those purposes but physicians can treat these areas legitimately after discussion with their patients about the treatment and its risks.