CoolSculpting: Give Stubborn Fat The Cold Shoulder

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Jan. 6, 2017, 8:34 a.m.

Unless you are one of the unique individuals who relishes in the freezing temps of winter, there’s not a lot of positives that come to mind when winter is mentioned, especially when it comes to weight loss (it’s more so the season for hibernating and insulating), but CoolSculpting is bringing the benefits out of freezing temps.


It all started with a popsicle - one scientist noticed children who noshed on popsicles had slimmer faces. After that, the concept of CoolSculpting was born. It was FDA approved in 2010, but last year it became one of the hottest trends sweeping the nation. Why?


When it comes to losing weight, our bodies are a bit like unruly children - you never know where they’re going to pop up next and some spots are just more stubborn than others.


Fat cells normally never disappear, and only shrink in size depending on weight fluctuation; However, CoolSculpting targets those fat zones and breaks down the fat layers in that region.


The treatment utilizes cooling technology called cryolipolysis. It causes apoptosis, which basically kills the fat cells without damaging any other tissue. Once that occurs, fat is filtered through the kidneys before being excreted out (a.k.a: you literally flush your fat away!).


Best results occur for patients who have stubborn fat areas. This is not intended for sagging skin, but can significantly reduce cellulite, muffin tops, and underarm bulges.

Results are lasting and will be visible between 60-90 days after treatment, though some have reported noticing results as early as 40 days! And most see desired results after just one treatment!