The CoolSculpting Procedure
CoolSculpting is based on a technology called Cryolipolysis, which uses a low-level laser to crystallize or freeze fat cells, in turn eliminating them for good. The cold temperature specifically targets fat cells, as they respond faster to the cold than skin cells do. When the CoolSculpting applicator is applied, the fat cells freeze and eventually die. Your body will then flush these fat cells out over the next few months.
Before the treatment begins, the CoolSculpting provider will prepare you for the procedure. A clear gel pad will be applied to the treatment area. This pad will act as a barrier between the cooling applicator and your skin, alleviating the most discomfort.
When the applicator is applied to the pad, some patients report feeling a tugging or pulling sensation. Others report feeling tingling, aching or cramping, but these sensations will subside as the treatment area further becomes numb.
The intense cold sensation is similar to the feeling you get when an ice pack is applied to your skin. For most, this sensation is tolerable. In fact, many patients are able to completely relax during their CoolSculpting sessions. It is common to see patients reading or watching movies on an iPad. Some even take a nap. After the session, the technician will massage the treatment area. This breaks up the fat cells and makes it easier for your body to flush them out. Since there is no surgery involved, you can go back to work or otherwise resume your normal routine.
Your CoolSculpting provider may recommend more than one session for optimal results. However, you will be pleased to know that a single treatment session with CoolSculpting can eliminate up to 25% of fat cells in the treatment area.