What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting® is the leading non-invasive fat-reduction treatment, FDA-approved to treat the underside of the chin, the abdomen, the flanks/sides, thighs, upper arms, bra-fat and the knees.
Am I a suitable candidate?
CoolSculpting is designed to reduce pockets of subcutaneous fat, namely fat that can be pinched. It is ideally suited for areas of the body that retain fat regardless of exercise and a healthy diet. It cannot treat underlying visceral fat, which lies deeper within the body around the internal organs. CoolSculpting can be used in curvier patients to reduce pockets of fat as part of a lifestyle programme, but it is not intended to negate the need for a healthy lifestyle.
How does Coolsculpting work?
A special applicator is applied to the relevant area of the skin, and when engaged this creates a vacuum to draw in fatty tissue. This tissue is then chilled down to minus 11C, the optimum temperature for destroying fat cells. Once the treated fat cells are destroyed they are naturally processed and eliminated from the body.
Is it safe?
CoolSculpting® has a well-established safety and efficacy profile. It is the only FDA-cleared cryolipolysis fat reduction treatment available in the UK, with a track record of over seven million procedures carried out worldwide. It has an inbuilt, patented safety mechanism called Freeze Detect®, which monitors the temperature of the skin and shuts the system down if the skin gets too cold.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment is administered in ‘cycles’, with each cycle taking 35-45 minutes. Your appointment will be longer than this, however, to include preparation and finishing time, including post-cycle massage. The number of cycles required will depend on your individualised treatment plan, tailored to your specific goals.
Does it hurt?
The majority of the CoolSculpting process is generally comfortable, with patients able to read, or watch something on TV. Because the applicator creates a vacuum on the skin, you may feel some initial pulling, tugging, and/or mild pinching. After a few minutes of the cooling process the area will feel numb. You can then lie and relax until the 35-45 minute cycle is complete, and the applicator can be removed. The area is then subjected to a rigorous two minute massage, a process which has been shown to significantly improve the efficacy of treatment. Due to its firmness the massage will feel uncomfortable, but only during the massage itself.
Do I need to take time off work?
Being a non-surgical procedure, there is little to no downtime with Coolsculpting. However, the treated area(s) may feel somewhat tender and numb for a few days afterwards, and for some this can persist for up to two weeks. Similarly, the treated areas can bruise, and this can persist for up to two weeks. This does not generally interfere with your daily life. You can exercise as normal.
How long does it take to see results?
Results can sometimes start to show after six weeks, but optimum results are not normally seen until eight to twelve weeks post-treatment.
Is it permanent?
Yes – the body does not normally produce additional fat cells, so the fat cells that are destroyed are gone for good. However, fat cells can change in size, so maintaining a healthy diet is essential for maintaining results.
How much does it cost?
Every patient is different, in terms of body shape and size, and areas of concern. As such, it is not practical to give an indication of likely cost without an in-depth assessment. These are provided free of charge.
As a guideline, the cost for a single cycle of CoolSculpting is £650, but this includes a FREE medical grade ZO skin care massage product (worth £76.50) as well as a FREE individual consultation with our associate nutritionist, Christine Kenny. The ‘cost per cycle’ for CoolSculpting decreases as the number of cycles of treatment increases.
I’m interested – what now?
The next stage would be for you to attend the clinic for an assessment/consultation appointment. This would be entirely free, and without any obligation. During your consulation we invite you to discuss your concerns and aspirations, and we would provide specific advice with regards to what Coolsculpting could do to help. As part of this process you would be given relevant information regarding the costs of various treatment plans available to you.
We encourage all patients to take their time considering their options, and deciding whether or not to proceed with treatment. Should you decide to do so, we will arrange a date and time convenient for you.