What is Coolsculpting (Fat-Freezing)?
Coolsculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a revolutionary new fat-freezing technique which is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Coolsculpting is a non-invasive method of removing stubborn pockets of fat which may be resistant to exercise or diet: it has been the subject of over sixty clinical papers in medical journals and over four million Coolsculpting procedures have been performed world-wide. Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine is one of the only aesthetic medical clinics in Melbourne CBD to have the advanced Coolsculpting Melbourne procedure.
How does Coolsculpting work?
The non-invasive fat-freezing technique utilises a process as cryolipolysis: the fat cells in your body are known to freeze at a different temperature to other, healthy cells. Coolsculpting Melbourne takes advantage of this fact by applying a device that resembles a cold vacuum to your love-handles, double-chin or other problem areas, and freezing the fat cells, while leaving the normal tissue unharmed. The body’s natural processes then break down and eliminate the fat cells over the next few weeks and months. No hospital stay, no anaesthetic, no painful surgery or incisions, and you can go back to work immediately after your treatment. The most commonly treated areas include the stomach, hips, love-handles, thighs and double-chins, although almost any problem area can be targeted with a Coolsculpting fat-sculpting treatment.
What body areas can be treated with Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is a revolutionary new treatment for those stubborn pockets of fat which may hard to remove with exercise and diet. Body regions which may be treated with Coolsculpting include:
- Submental fat or “double-chin”
- Abdomen, stomach, “belly”
- Hips, flanks, “love handles” or “muffin-tops”
- The upper and lower back, “bra-bulge”
- The male chest or “man-boobs”
- Upper arms, “tuckshop or bingo arms”
- Inner and outer thighs, “saddlebags”
Am I a suitable candidate for Coolsculpting (Fat-Freezing)?
Many of us are familiar with those stubborn pockets of fat which we just can’t seem to get rid of, no matter how hard we exercise or how much we diet. Coolsculpting is a non-surgical, fat-freezing technique to assist in treating these areas. Exercise, diet and even gastric banding or bypass surgery can assist in weight loss, but many people are still left with problems areas. Coolsculpting is a safer, non-invasive alternative to liposuction which can help treat those stubborn areas of fat. Our service is discrete and confidential, and our highly trained staff will discuss your suitability for treatment during your initial free Coolsculpting assessment.
How quickly does Coolsculpting work? How long until I see results?
Coolsculpting does not work instantly, as it is a non-surgical, fat-freezing technique, where fat is frozen before being removed naturally by the body’s immune system. It can take four to six weeks before results begin to be seen, and it may be up to three months before the maximum effect is seen. Our highly trained staff at Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine will take detailed “before & after” Coolsculpting photographs so you can track your fat-loss over time.
After a Coolsculpting treatment, what happens to new fat coming into the treated area?
Each Coolsculpting cycle kills 20-25% of the fat cells in the treated area, and will not return. Newly consumed fat will go to the remaining fat cells, which enlarge. You won’t notice anything strange or weird deformations, as the fat will be evenly distributed to the remaining cells.
What should I expect during my Coolsculpting treatment?
During your initial initial Coolsculpting assessment our highly trained staff will work with you on your individualised treatment plan, based on your own fat reduction goals. Each treatment session may take from half an hour to one hour depending on the area treated. Treatments can happen all at once, or over a number of sessions depending on your individualised treatment plan and the amount of time you have available.
The Coolsculpting “vacuum” will be applied to the targeted areas for fat loss, and you can relax in our comfortable chairs while your treatment takes place. You can spend the time watching television, reading, getting some work done, or even having another treatment such as a chemical peel, lip fillers or anti-wrinkle injections.
What does treatment with Coolsculpting feel like?
Everyone has different experiences and some people may find it mildly uncomfortable; however, it is significantly less painful than other invasive, surgical options such as liposuction. The most common sensations are a “pinching” or “pulling” feeling as the vacuum is applied. As the tissue is cooled, some patients may experience a cold sensation, but it is not unusual for the area to feel warm: this is because the nerves in the area can sometimes have difficulty telling the difference between cold and warmth. Some patients find this sensation mildly unpleasant, but the area then goes numb after five to ten minutes.
The first time you have a Coolsculpting treatment, the staff will stay with you until you are fully comfortable and relaxed. Immediately after treatment, as the warm blood flows into the frozen area, some patients feel an unpleasant sensation that lasts for a few minutes. Some people may require mild pain-killing medications such as paracetamol following a treatment, but in general it is extremely well tolerated. Our highly trained staff will discuss the procedure and your need for medication during your initial Coolsculpting assessment at Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine.
What should I do after my Coolsculpting Melbourne treatment?
As Coolsculpting does not require an anaesthetic or a stay in hospital, there is no “down-time”. We recommend that you drink plenty of water following your treatment. You should be able to return to all of your normal activities following Coolsculpting Melbourne fat-freezing treatment.
Is Coolsculpting only for women? What about Coolsculpting for men?
Coolsculpting can be performed on men and women. Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine is one of the only clinics in Melbourne CBD to have the Coolsculpting technology and we’re experts in treating those stubborn “love handles” and “man-boobs”. Our service is discreet and confidential, and your highly trained doctor or nurse will discuss your suitability for treatment during your initial Coolsculpting assessment.
Will Coolsculpting replace exercise and diet?
Coolsculpting is a revolutionary new fat-freeze treatment for those stubborn pockets of fat which may be hard to remove with exercise and diet. Coolsculpting is not a replacement for exercise and diet, and must be part of an individually tailored exercise and nutrition management plan.
How much does Coolsculpting Melbourne cost?
At Evolve, we realise that everybody has different areas of concern and different treatment goals, and we aim to treat everybody as an individual. Therefore the number of treatments required will vary depending on the condition being treated, the size of treatment and the location on the body. Your highly trained doctor or nurse will discuss your likely treatment course and cost during your initial Coolsculpting assessment.
What are the risks of Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is a non-surgical, safer alternative to liposuction, which does not require an anaesthetic, however it is still a medical procedure and it is important to realise that there is small risk of side effects. Apart from the mild discomfort during the treatment, some patients may feel bruised or mildly tender for a twenty-four to seventy-two hours. A rare complication is late onset pain thought to result from irritation of the nerves during treatment: this pain generally appears on the third to fifth day after treatment, and although it usually resolves by itself, some patients may require a stronger pain medication which our doctors are able to write you a prescription for.
Your treating Coolsculpting Melbourne specialist will call you a few days after your treatment to discuss your progress, and assist you with any concerns. An extremely rare complication (seen in less than on in every ten thousand patients) involves growth of fat, rather than fat loss at the site and may require surgical correction.
I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Can I have Coolsculpting?
At Evolve, your safety and the safety of your loved ones is our highest priority. Whilst our treatments have been studied extensively for both their safety and effectiveness, we follow the industry best-practice standards of not treating during pregnancy or during breast feeding. Your team can advise you on treatment alternatives to enable you to continue working towards your aesthetic goals throughout your pregnancy and while you are breast feeding.
I have a medical condition. Can I have Coolsculpting?
Coolsculpting is a non-invasive, fat-freezing treatment, which does not require an anaesthetic. There are a number of other reasons why it may be safer to postpone your treatment, or some cases where treatment should not be undertaken. Patients with a known sensitivity to cold such as cold urticaria or Raynaud’s disease may not tolerate Coolsculpting as well as other patients, although it is not an absolute contraindication. Recent surgery in the area to be treated, or hernias in the area are best avoided due to the vacuum suction applied. Patients with impaired sensation or a history of nerve problems (including shingles and diabetic neuropathy) may be at increased risk of nerve pain following treatment.
Treatment should be postponed if there are any wounds, infections, acne, eczema or psoriasis at the site to be treated. Patients with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators should not have Coolsculpting fat-freezing treatment close to their implants, but joint replacements and surgical prostheses are generally not a concern. Patients with a history of cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria should not undergo treatment with Coolsculpting.
At Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine your safety is our highest priority and a full medical history will be taken prior to treatment. Our highly trained staff will discuss your suitability for treatment during your initial Coolsculpting assessment. Genuine Coolsculpting Melbourne clinics will be listed on the official Coolsculpting Zeltiq Australian website.