Is a fat-freezing treatment for me?

December 7, 2018

CoolSculpting involves a process known as cryolipolysis, in which fat cells are frozen and destroyed.

The fat cells are then naturally eliminated from the body. One of the advantages of this technique is that the cold targets fat cells very precisely, without actually damaging any of the surrounding skin or tissue. When the body flushes out the dead cells, 20-25% of these cells are permanently eliminated, leaving the target area more sculpted and shaped than before. But is it really effective? Take a look at the science behind this fat loss technique, what the procedure involves, and how it really works in our previous blog post, here.

If you like what you’ve read and are ready to love what you see, from every angle, let’s determine if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting:

Am I a candidate?

When it comes to CoolSculpting, the best candidates are people looking to make mild improvements to their bodies. This treatment is to treat those areas of the body where ‘stubborn’ fat lives and that you cannot seem to get rid of, despite exercise and diet. The best candidate is someone who is in relatively good shape, or is at least fairly close to their goal weight, but has modest areas of fat bulges that they’d like removed such as a muffin top or bra bulges or weighty inner thighs. Generally, if you can squeeze it, we can freeze it.

CoolScuplting is not a one-stop-shop procedure, like liposuction, and results take a few months to reveal their full success. These treatments are certainly not an alternative to a healthy diet or lifestyle. Clients coming to an institute, like Fiori, will have a consultation where every aspect of their skin will be considered, including their age, skin quality, ‘pinchability’ of their skin and the volume or depth of skin in the area that needs to be treated.

The ideal candidate must realise that, if they go ahead with the treatment, it doesn’t allow you to binge eat or forget about taking constant care of your body and its aesthetic. Like most cosmetic treatments, CoolScuplting cannot stop you from putting weight back on so you may need to adjust your lifestyle and diet to ensure these treated areas can be maintained. You may also notice that you put the weight on in a different area of the body because the number of fat cells in the treated area will have significantly decreased and therefore not be able to store the fat as easily, any longer.

If you are considering CoolSculpting, be aware of when you should have the treatment done. With a special occasion on the horizon, schedule your session 3 months in advance, 6 at the most. Results will also not be visible for at least 4 weeks, with the fat loss reaching its peak at around 8. At 12 weeks, your skin will be smoother and look firmer to the eye. Also be sure to include the ‘downtime’ between each treatment by booking them over a 6 to 8-week period to maximise results and let your body work its fat-freezing magic.

Who should avoid it?

While CoolSculpting is considered a safe, effective way to reduce the number of fat cells in a small target area, it shouldn’t be considered a form of weight loss and cannot be used for the treatment of obesity. The procedure is designed to help dissolve stubborn fat cells that usually only shrink through diet and exercise. We recommend that if you suffer from any of the following, that you reconsider CoolSculpting as a cosmetic option:

  • A weakened immune system or certain conditions that weaken or change the body’s ability to handle the cold, as you can also experience serious medical complications
  • Pregnancy, attempting to become pregnant, and breastfeeding
  • Cryoglobulinemia: a disorder where proteins that usually only increase in response to cold are in abnormally high concentrations
  • Cold agglutinin disease: an autoimmune condition where temperature change kills red blood cells
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria: a condition where red blood cells die in response to temperature change
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Chilblains
  • Reduced circulation or skin sensation in the area you’d like to treat
  • Nerve conditions, such as diabetic neuropathy
  • Skin conditions related to the immune system, such as eczemaand psoriasis
  • Inflammatory skin conditions, such as dermatitis and hives
  • A recent injury to the skin area being treated, including scar tissue
  • Long-term use of blood thinning medications
  • Bleeding conditions that thin the blood
  • A history of a herniaor a hernia in or near the treatment area
  • Active, implanted medical devices, such as pacemakers
  • Allergy to propylene glycol or isopropyl alcohol
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Severe anxiety

At the Fiori Institute of Skin and Body we have several fat reduction/skin tightening devices. We provide personalised assessments for each patient, which often combine multiple device treatments to deliver the best possible results.

If you are interested in finding out more information, book your FREE consultation with our body contouring team to find your perfect fit.