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The latest options for freezing away fat with CoolSculpting

Unless you have been vacationing on a deserted island for the last year or two, odds are, you have heard the praises of 'freezing' away your fat with CoolSculpting. First approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010, the science of Cryolipolysis has quickly become one of the most important techniques in aesthetic medicine. The ability to harness extremely cold temperatures, to eliminate fatty tissue was first discovered by a group of Harvard scientists, as they were conducting completely unrelated experiments with children and popsicles.

Despite this benign origin, the theory of using concentrated chilly temperatures to freeze-off fat cells have quickly become the hottest method for plastic surgeons to sculpt the body without surgery. Even better, as the science of Cryolipolysis evolves, CoolSculpting is continuing their quest for optimal fat reduction with new applicators for more exceptional results.

CoolSculpting basics

CoolSculpting utilizes two uniquely contoured applicator paddles placed along the area targeted fatty tissue. Once the fat has been vacuumed between the applicators, they rapidly cool to a freezing temperature. With traditional CoolSculpting, in 60 minutes the area fat cells are damaged, while healthy tissues remain safely untouched. Then, as the body metabolizes the unneeded fat cells over three to four months, patients will see up to a 30% reduction in fatty tissue, noting dramatically improved physical contours. Because a variety of applicators are available, CoolSculpting can be tailored for almost any area on a range of different body types. Without the need for incisions or sutures, there is little chance for complications following a CoolSculpting treatment. For those patients needing additional fat reduction, repeat sessions are safe and effective.

Traditional CoolSculpting applicators

CoolSculpting's traditional applicators were designed to provide maximum benefit for each patient, allowing treatments to be custom-tailored for personalized results. As each client may be looking to reduce the fatty tissue in a different region, the hand pieces can be interchanged as needed.

CoolSculpting's traditional applicator designs are still in use today, offering a valuable alternative to invasive liposuction. The CoolSmooth™ PRO is essential for 'hard to pinch' areas of fat, like the outer thigh. CoolSculpting's CoolMini™ improves the appearance of fatty deposits in small locations, especially submental fat – also known as the double chin. For the largest volume of fat reduction, CoolSculpting's CoolMax™ applicator offers exceptional results. The traditional CoolSculpting family of applicators ensures patients their hour-long treatment will offer optimal, noninvasive improvements. Each session is comfortable, requiring no anesthetic, as the area is quickly numbed.

However, Zeltiq, the maker of CoolSculpting, recently upped the stakes by bringing a new set of improved applicators to the aesthetic market. Pulling together the best in science, medicine and technology, the new CoolAdvantage dramatically improves benefits of CoolSculpting's noninvasive fat elimination system.

CoolSculpting's latest applicators

There are multiple benefits to CoolSculpting's latest CoolAdvantage Applicators. First, treatment time has been reduced from 60 minutes to only 35 minutes, meaning patients get their expected results faster than before. More important than speed is comfort and consistency. The new CoolAdvantage interchangeable handpiece has been redesigned to better hug physical contours. With better skin contact, the CoolAdvantage provides more consistent results over a larger treatment area. Finally, the close skin contact allows the CoolSculpting applicator to get to an even lower temperature, further contributing to the ideal results in only one session.

CoolFit Advantage™

  • Designed for oddly shaped, vertical areas of fat
  • Perfect for treating the inner thigh
  • Comfortably works on 'hard to pinch' fat

CoolCore Advantage™

  • Designed to reach large, contoured areas
  • Offers excellent results for the abdomen
  • Flattens and smooths stomach

CoolCurve+ Advantage™

  • Designed for curved areas
  • Unmatched results for the flanks or 'love handles'
  • Contours hips and beltline

If you are interested in noninvasive fat elimination, read more about CoolSculpting from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additional information on the new CoolAdvantage CoolSculpting applicators can also be found from Zeltiq, the maker of CoolSculpting products. When choosing a cosmetic surgeon in your area, make sure he or she is board certified with experience in both surgical and noninvasive fat elimination techniques. The ASPS is available to help you find the right provider for your CoolSculpting needs with their Find a Plastic Surgeon search directory.

Visit Dr. Vitenas' website for more information: Vitenas Blog

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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