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?
As explained above, CoolSculpting is delivered in ‘cycles’, and the cost of treatment varies according to the number of ‘cycles’ a patient may require for the optimum result. And the number of cycles will be determined by the shape, size, and location of the individual pockets of fat to be targeted. For example, treating the flanks of one patient may require two cycles, possibly overlapping, per flank. On the other hand, a different patient, with a different body shape and different fat pockets, may require just one cycle per flank.
Using the above example, we hope it can be understood that it is not practical to give an indication of likely cost without an in-depth assessment, as we have no way of knowing whether or not the patient’s treatment will involve two or four cycles. We are not the type of clinic to quote a low ‘headline price’ only for the true cost of treatment to rise once the patient has started down their journey. Our approach is to invite patients in for a free assessment, during which their areas of concern will be assessed as part of a hands-on examination. At that stage, we will be able to determine the number of cycles a patient might need to achieve their required result, and provide a definitive ‘cost of treatment’. We then encourage patients to have a ‘cooling-off’ period, to consider their options and come to a decision that is the right one for them, in their own time.
There are economies of scale with treatment, so the ‘cost per cycle’ for CoolSculpting decreases as the number of cycles of treatment increases. So whilst the cost for a single cycle in isolation is £600*, the cost per cycle for a package of cycles is progressively less (and can fall to near £400 for more substantial treatments). As indicated above, an assessment is required to enable us to advise on the number of cycles required and confirm the cost. *Note, during the summer and autumn of 2021 we are running a promotion whereby the first cycle costs £500, and the cost per cycle similarly falls for more substantial treatments.
On one final point, as a clinic, we are committed to helping patients maximise and then maintain the effects of CoolSculpting. With this in mind, all patients are encouraged to take advantage of a free advice session we offer (normally £80) with Christine Kenny, our associated Nutritionist. Christine would go through your diet and exercise regime, offering tips and suggestions to ensure you get the most out of your treatment and retain the benefits. Furthermore, all CoolSculpting patients also receive a complimentary product (or products) to assist in post-procedure massage of the area, which has been shown to increase the efficacy of the treatment. The products we suggest are either the ZO Cellulite Control and/or the ZO Body Emulsion, both retailing at £77.50.
I’m interested – what now?
The next stage would be for you to attend the clinic for an assessment/consultation appointment as discussed above. This would be entirely free and without any obligation. During your consultation, we would 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 options 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 strive to arrange a date and time convenient for you.