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WHAT IT IS?
Cryolipolysis, also known as “fat freezing” or by the product name CoolSculpting, is a new procedure that involves the non-invasive cooling of body fat to break down fat cells, resulting in a reduction of body fat without damage to other tissues. The effect takes several months to be seen.
WHO NEEDS IT?
Patients who wish to reduce a localized fat bulge that has persisted despite diet and exercise may be interested in cryolipolysis.
HOW IT’S DONE?
The doctor asseses the dimensions and shape of the fatty bulge to be treated, an applicator of the appropriate size and curvature is chosen.
The area of concern is marked to identify the site for applicator placement.
A gel pad is placed to protect the skin.
The applicator is applied and the bulge is vacuumed into the hollow of the applicator.
The temperature inside the applicator drops, and as it does so, the area numbs.
Patients sometimes experience discomfort from the vacuum’s pull on their tissue, but this resolves within minutes, once the area is numb.