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Losing fat fast – CoolSculpting explained

May 02. 2018
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Special to The Nation

Excess fat is a real issue for many women.

Some of the common body areas that women are most affected by are the tummy, hips, thighs and the upper arms. These women seek non-invasive treatments that can correct the stubborn fat in problem areas. 

Not an entirely new technology, CoolSculpting, the fat-freezing procedure formally called cryolipolysis, has gained attention in recent years. Why is it so popular? Because it’s well tolerated with only mild discomfort during the procedure, no recovery time, and the result –less bulging of the treated area – is noticeable within three to four months.

Not content with resting on its laurels, CoolSculpting Technology recently developed a larger applicator for treating bigger areas such as the tummy. That’s good news as it means that patients can now ditch stubborn body fat faster.

CoolSculptingis a non-invasive fat reduction treatment which utilises cryolipolysis or fat freezing technology. It was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 and clinical trials showed an average of 20 to 25 per cent reduction of fat cells in the treatment area. Most patients start to notice the effects a few days after the procedure, but it often takes up to four months for the full results to show.

The procedure involves utilising vacuum-pressure applicators that draw skin and adipose tissue into an applicator cup. The applicator cup then uses cooling technology to freeze only the fat cells. The dead fat cells are then passed out naturally by the body, resulting in a more sculpted and contoured body. The treatment time for the procedure with the old applicator is 60 minutes whereas treatment time with the up–to–date applicator is 35–45 minutes, shortening the treatment time significantly. A shorter time allows for less discomfort and less risk of bruising following treatment. The number of treatments is dependent on the area and patient: the flanks typically require one treatment, whilst tummy and thighs often require two or more. Treatments should be spaced about one month apart to allow sufficient recovery time between procedures.

Losing fat fast is no longer a dream: just think, your fat can be zapped away during your lunch break! 

THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL MD |is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and certified in dermatological laser surgery. Send your questions for her to

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