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.