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Does Fat Freezing Work? Two Experts Weigh In On CoolSculpting, Vogue Magazine Article
Since it's debut on the market CoolSculpting by Zeltiq has been the talk of the town. Talk shows like Dr. Oz did a show on the CoolSculpting procedure and there has been speculation stars like Mariah Carrey had the CoolSculpting procedure done. Many wonder: Does Fat Freezing Work?
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Does Fat Freezing Work?
For those of you who are new to CoolSculpting, this is a new and exiting procedure also called Fat Freezing designed to rid of unwanted fat pockets. This procedure is ideal for those who are 15 to 20 pounds over their normal weight.
Fat Freezing with CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure that takes one hour to do and it is a no surgery, no downtime, no needles procedure. Dr.Oz dubbed it the new lunch time procedure. Lipo freeze is just that. It takes one hour to do and one may resume to their normal activities after the procedure.
CoolSculpting works by freezing unwanted fat. The treated fat cells then die off and are eliminated by the natural body's processes over a period of 3 to 4 months. Results may be seen as soon as 3 weeks after the procedure.
Many have wondered: Does Fat Freezing Work?
There are sites that have dedicated pages to encourage those who have tried the CoolSculpting procedure to post their experience and before and after images. One such good example is: realself.com
In their quest to find out: does fat freezing work, realself has gathered CoolSculpting Reviews, CoolSculpting before and after images, you name it.
For your convenience I have pasted this interesting Vogue Magazine article on the CoolSculpting by Zeltiq procedure.
Does Fat Freezing Work? A Vogue Magazine Article with two experts who weigh in
Does Fat Freezing Work? Two Experts Weigh In on CoolSculpting
APRIL 29, 2016 5:52 PMby MACKENZIE WAGONER
Photographed by Steven Klein, Vogue, December 2008
Blame it on bikini season or the forthcoming gala circuit, but recently, at dinner parties across the country, a topic has been on the tips of tongues: CoolSculpting. Not an entirely new technology, the fat-freezing procedure formally called cryolipolysis was first discovered after, rumor has it, doctors noticed that children who ate a lot of ice pops experienced fat degradation in their cheeks. “Fat is more temperature-sensitive than your skin,” explains UCLA professor and plastic surgeon Jason Roostaeian. “It goes through the cell death process before your skin does.”
CoolSculpting was first approved by the FDA in 2010, but recently gained attention when it was rebranded from minor spot treatment to a noninvasive alternative to liposuction, promising to eviscerate love handles and bra bulge with the wave of a cooling paddle. Sound too good to be true? According to Roostaeian and Manhattan-based CoolSculpting guru Jeannel Astarita, the technology works. Here, they discuss the ins and outs of fat freezing, from weight loss to health risks.
HOW DOES THE FAT FREEZING PROCEDURE WORK?
CoolSculpting procedures use rounded paddles in one of four sizes to suction your skin and fat “like a vacuum,” says Dr. Roostaeian. While you sit in a reclined chair for up to two hours, cooling panels set to work crystallizing your fat cells. “It’s a mild discomfort that people seem to tolerate pretty well,” he says. “[You experience] suction and cooling sensations that eventually go numb.” In fact, the procedural setting is so relaxed that patients can bring laptops to do work, enjoy a movie, or simply nap while the machine goes to work.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Above all, emphasizes Roostaeian, CoolSculpting is “for someone who is looking for mild improvements,” explaining that it’s not designed for one-stop-shop major fat removal like liposuction. When clients come to Astarita for a consultation, she considers “their age, skin quality—will it rebound? Will it look good after volume is removed?—and how thick or pinchable their tissue is,” before approving them for treatment, because the suction panels can only treat the tissue it can access. “If someone has thick, firm tissue,” explains Astarita, “I won’t be able to give them a wow result.”
WHAT ARE COOLSCULPTING RESULTS?
“It often takes a few treatments to get to your optimum results,” says Roostaeian, who admits that a single treatment will yield very minimal change, sometimes imperceptible to clients. “One of the downsides of [CoolSculpting] is there’s a range for any one person. I’ve seen people look at before and after pictures and not be able to see the results.” All hope is not lost, however, because both experts agree that the more treatments you have, the more results you will see. What will happen eventually is an up to 25 percent fat reduction in a treatment area. “At best you get mild fat reduction—a slightly improved waistline, less bulging of any particular area that’s concerning. I would emphasize the word mild.”
WILL IT MAKE YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
“None of these devices shed pounds,” says Astarita, reminding potential patients that muscle weighs more than fat. When you’re shedding 25 percent of fat in a handful of tissue, it won’t add up to much on the scale, but, she counters, “When [you lose] what’s spilling over the top of your pants or your bra, it counts.” Her clients come to her in search of better proportions at their current weight, and may leave havingdropped “one or two sizes in clothing.”
IS IT FAT FREEZING PERMANENT?
“I really emphasize to my patients, yes it’s a permanent fat reduction technology, but only if you control your weight. If you gain weight, it will go somewhere,” says Astarita. Lasting improvements to your body can also occur by changing your behavior through nutrition and exercise. “A little bit of this is on you: If you’re going to do 14 cycles and not change your diet and eating habits at all, [your body] is not going to change at all.”
WHEN SHOULD YOU START IT?
With vacations and summer weddings on the horizon, Roostaeian recommends scheduling your session three months in advance, six at the most. Results are not visible for at least four weeks, with the fat loss reaching its peak at around eight. “By twelve weeks your skin smooths out and looks prettier,” says Astarita. “That’s the cherry on top.” But, reminds Roostaeian, “the results after one treatment are almost always inadequate. Each [treatment] has a downtime, so you want at least six to eight weeks [between appointments].”
IS COOLSCULPTING SAFE?
Because this is a noninvasive procedure, the risks, comparatively speaking, are very low. Contour irregularities can occur the same way they might in liposuction. While the CoolSculpting machine leaves less room for human error in terms of fat removal, it also has its limitations in terms of fine-tuning removal the way an artful plastic surgeon might by hand. So, too, a potential complication lies with your numbed nerves feeling as though they’ve fallen asleep for “weeks if not months—that can happen,” acknowledges Roostaeian. Wounds will not occur, and swelling is minimal. Further risks should be discussed with your doctor.