No matter how many hours we spend going to the gym, taking extra Spin or Zumba classes, most of us struggle in vain to get rid of unwanted stubborn areas of fat.

At Transform, our Manchester City Centre Clinic provides a unique alternative to surgery with its revolutionising Non-surgical procedure.

Coolsculpt is an exceptional body sculpting treatment that uses a measured and controlled cooling system to reduce and eliminate fat cells. With proven results, this system is specially designed to address unmoveable fat that is impervious to diet and exercise and offers a 20-40% reduction of fat in the treated area.

How it works: The CoolSculpting system is based on the science of using cold/freezing temperatures to specifically target fat cells. Once these cells have crystallised they begin to breakdown and are reliant on the body’s own natural process to clear them out through the lymphatic system. As soon as the process of elimination has begun, those pockets of stubborn fat soon become a thing of the past.

Your Consultation & Treatment plan: During the consultation, a customised programme will be designed based upon the individual’s requirements and body shape.
The treatment procedure will be explained in depth and the practitioner will advise you on the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the treatment by providing the individual with a comprehensive and detailed description prior to the treatment going ahead.

As the consultation continues, the Practitioner will further assess and discuss any possible risk and complications involved before taking measurements and photographs of the treated area to support the ongoing progress of the treatment session.
Notably, it is essential to take into consideration current health conditions and medication when determining the suitability of the individual.

What to expect during treatment: Once you have been assessed and the treated area(s) have been confirmed, the device/applicator is placed on the targeted area and a vacuum is used to draw in the excess fat before the process starts (unlike Surgery, no general or local anesthesia is needed). As the cooling begins, a numbing sensation is felt for approximately 5-10 mins.

The treatment is delivered by a large or small head dependent on the area treated e.g. flanks, 2 small heads are needed. Your practitioner will then advise you on the number of sessions required, typically the treatment is repeated a month later as this yields a more favourable outcome.

Procedure time: The treatment duration of the CoolSculpting procedure will vary and is dependent on the area and the number of areas being treated in one visit.

Best used for: Coolsculpt is for those who don t have much time to spare (recovery), this treatment is a safe and quick procedure to undergo. You can reduce fat on multiple areas of your body including the stomach, flanks, upper back, lower back, inner thighs and the back of the arms.

Back to work: There is no recovery time and you can typically return to normal/daily activities immediately after the procedure.
Some patients experience temporary redness, with mild tingling and numbness in the treated area post procedure, this will reduce a few hours later.

Results: You will certainly start to see results as rapidly as 3 weeks post treatment with the most effective results taking place in just 1 – 3 months.
Individuals will continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 - 6 months post treatment.

Furthermore: Further sessions can additionally improve your results and it’s worth noting that lifestyle changes that include drinking plenty of water and exercising lightly can help maintain the effects.

Treatment cost: Starting cost is £800 for one area to be treated (cost is dependent upon the number of treated areas and the number of sessions).

Article by Mamuna Arshad