Since it first hit the mainstream back in the late 1980’s, liposuction has been the undisputed king of outpatient weight reduction procedures. But Winter is Coming for the king’s throne – as the fat freezing procedure known as CoolSculpting has now become the go-to choice for those individuals seeking a faster, safer and more effective way to quickly shed unwanted pounds than traditional lipo could ever offer.
At the heart of CoolSculpting, or “fat freezing” as it is more commonly known, is the process of apoptosis – the freezing of the body’s fat cells so that they will destroy themselves. With the CoolSculpting process, apoptosis is performed by a doctor using a low power vacuum that freezes fat cells while the fat is held away from the body.
Over time, the body naturally processes the frozen fat and eliminates the cells, leaving the individual more trimmed and toned. Each procedure can take as a little as an hour – and individuals usually begin to see results after 2-3 sessions.
We are pleased to report that there is absolutely NO risk of hypothermia while undergoing the CoolSculpting procedure.
Seriously though, because fat freezing is a completely non-invasive process, performed without surgery or the need for anesthetics during (or painkillers after) the procedure, it has become known as the safest way there is to remove fat from the body – attracting thousands of new patients who were afraid of the surgery and painful recovery commonly associated with liposuction.
Results may vary from individual to individual, but the typical CoolSculpting patient will begin to notice a positive change in their body shape in as little as 8-10 weeks.
Each session kills an average of 20% of the cells in the frozen targeted area, so repeat visits are likely required to enjoy the full positive effect of CoolSculpting – but because the procedure is pain-free, the recovery time nil and the cost affordable, this fact has not stopped the rise in popularity of fat-freezing at all.
The cost of fat freezing varies depending upon a number of factors, but most sessions cost around $1,000 or less. If an individual’s health is considered at risk as a result of excessive weight carried, insurance companies may cover some or all of the cost of the procedure. Be sure and check with your insurance provider before arranging for a CoolSculpting appointment or consultation.
CoolSculpting is one of those rare things in life that really is as easy as it sounds. The tremendous rise in popularity of the procedure isn’t due to clever marketing campaigns or impossibly big promises. Instead, fat freezing has replaced liposuction as the procedure-of-choice for looking to lose fat fast because it’s easy, it’s effective – and it works.