Exercising and dieting for months but you can’t notice any change in fat? Targeted slimming, especially in problem areas, is difficult. Particularly stubborn fat deposits are near the hips, buttocks, and thighs (in women) and the waist and entire abdominal area (in men).

Medicine has developed methods that attack – at specific points – and with pinpoint accuracy. Ones that are particularly successful are liposuction and surgery by scalpel. But CoolSculpting is taking the world by storm.

Cryolipolysis, also known as CoolSculpting

Cold causes body cells to die, which is the simple explanation of this non-surgical method to remove fat. Above all, fat cells are very cold-sensitive and react quickly to apoptosis, i.e. programmed cell death. The body transports the dead fat cells via blood.

How cryolipolysis works: The doctor marks the area to be treated. Then he or she starts the cryolipolysis machine. When it comes to CoolSculpting, the specialist applies two applicators to the skin, creating negative pressure between them, which sucks in the fat deposits.

The fat is then cooled down to two to four degrees Celsius for 60 minutes. At this temperature, fat cells are already dead after 40 minutes. The method can reduce the fat by 20 percent. The method is especially suitable for the “love handles.”

Other things to consider

The treatment time for non-surgical fat reduction techniques can take hours. But, with CoolSculpting, it is around one hour (depending on the area to be treated). Results begin to show after about eight weeks, but only if the patient diets and exercises properly.

The treatment can hurt a little, and people may notice that skin redness develops. Depending on the size of the area, you can expect to pay about $750 per hour. Some specialists will charge by the area, which means costs can range between $2,000 and $4,000 – if not higher.

The process was introduced on a large scale in the US in 2010 when the manufacturer received approval from the very strict US FDA for its CoolSculpting® device. Some manufacturers then moved into the development, but Coolsculpting® is the only device that has FDA approval. To learn more, contact your nearest CoolSculpting provider.