Decoding fat freezing
Jennifer Aniston, Khloé Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan and Mariah Carey are just some of the Hollywood celebs who swear by CoolSculpting – a non-invasive, Harvard-scientist-developed procedure, which uses cooling technology to freeze and eliminate fat cells, thereby getting rid of unwanted fat.
WHAT EXACTLY IS COOLSCULPTING? CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling techniques, called Cryolipolysis, to freeze fat cells at a temperature tolerated by the skin, causing fat cells to die and re-digest into the body, scientifically known as apoptosis (shrinkage and eventual death). It cools the fat through the patient’s skin at a temperature of -11 to -13 degree C. The procedure is cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada and the European Union.
KEY FEATURES Is non-surgical, doesn’t require anesthesia, and patients can resume their daily normal activity immediately after the treatment. Results in about 25 % reduction in the patient’s fat layer, and intended for body contouring to remove specific fat bulges.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The treatment process involves a fatty area of the body being sucked into a suction cup-type device and cooled. A gel patch is placed on the area before it is sucked into the machine. Different shapes of suction cups and different programming in the machine are used for different areas of the body. The patient experiences mild discomfort for a few minutes until the area becomes numb. Typically, a session lasts for 35 minutes for each part of the
Please note: If not done correctly, there could be prominent pockets of fats seen at places where the area has not been treated. Hence assessment is very crucial. body. The number and duration of treatments vary depending on the treatment area and target spot reduction. The patient may experience soreness, itching, bruising, pain or numbness in the treated area for two weeks. After the fat cells die, they are absorbed into the body and flushed out over the following several weeks or months.
WHICH AREAS CAN IT TREAT? Ideal for localized fat bulges, such as love handles/ abdomen/ inner and outer thigh/ double chin/ back fat/ axillary puff/ male chest and more... NOT WEIGHT LOSS This, however, is not a weight loss procedure. “This is for someone who has stubborn fat and can’t get rid of it in specific problem areas,” says Dr V Sethu Raman, MD, Celebrity Dermatologist @ ZI Aesthetic and Laser Clinic, the ZI Clinic, who practises the treatment (CoolAdvantage) in Chennai.