Cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, works by super cooling unwanted fat cells in order to kill them off. The dead cells are then gradually eliminated through the body’s natural processes, which is why it takes around 12 to 16 weeks to see the full results. As CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment, you’ll be fully conscious throughout.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that’s best suited to large fatty deposits in areas like your stomach, hips and thighs. You would probably need between a couple of days and a week off work to recover after the surgery, and would most likely have to wear a compression garment for several weeks. CoolSculpting is a more targeted, non-invasive treatment that works best on small fatty deposits such as those on the chin, arms, inner thighs and back. There are no needles involved, and you won’t have to take time out afterwards.
The amount of time needed will depend on your individual requirements, although a session usually lasts between one and two hours.
As it’s a toning-related (rather than a weight loss) treatment, CoolSculpting is ideally suited to anyone who has isolated fatty bulges that they’re not able to shift through exercise or dieting. At your free consultation, we’ll ask you a few questions about your areas of concern, your medical history and why you want to go ahead with the procedure, so we can be sure that it’s suitable for you.
This will depend on the area you’re having treated and the results you’re looking to achieve. Sometimes just one session is sufficient, but on other occasions, you might need a series of appointments. After discussing your needs, your Patient Advisor will explain how many sessions you’ll need and then work with you to create an individual treatment plan tailored to your personal circumstances.
This procedure can be safely performed on most fat-prone body areas, including the chin, neck, stomach, thighs, abdomen, hips, flanks, back, arms and buttocks. It can’t be used on the face, calves, feet, ankles or hands.
As it’s completely non-invasive, you can get back to doing your normal, everyday activities straight away.
The fat cells eliminated are permanently killed off and can’t come back. It’s important to remember, though, that new fat cells can grow in their place, so you’ll need to try and keep your weight consistent if you want the results to last.
The results are long lasting, but if you put on any weight after your procedure, it’s possible that fat could again gather in the area that you’ve had treated. That’s why it’s best to stick to a healthy lifestyle and diet.
The first step is to meet your patient advisor. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering CoolSculpting, the likely costs and finance options, and when you’d like to have the treatment. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our CoolSculpting experts.
At your free consultation, your practitioner will ask you about the results you want to achieve from the treatment. You can discuss every aspect of body contouring – from the different methods and recovery time to the benefits and risks – with no obligation to go ahead. Our practitioners are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you have. There are various methods of body contouring, from surgical liposuction for larger body areas to the less invasive procedures including vaser liposuction and CoolSculpting. Depending on the area you’re having treated and the amount of fat to be removed, your practitioner will discuss the best technique for you. If you feel ready to go ahead, we can book your treatment in for a date and time that suits you.
On the day of your CoolSculpting treatment, you’ll meet with your practitioner so you can go through any last-minute questions. As it’s a non-surgical procedure, it takes less than two hours to complete. A gel pad and applicator will be applied. You might feel some pulling, pinching or an intense cold in the first few minutes, but this soon passes as the area becomes numbed. Then you just sit back and let the technology do its work. After your treatment, the area will be massaged for a few minutes to help with the cell breakdown.
We’ll be here to help you throughout the process. As it’s a non-surgical procedure, there’s no recovery time needed, so you’ll be able to leave the clinic as soon as you’re ready and get straight back to everyday activities. You might experience some redness of the skin, minor bruising, swelling, tingling or numbing afterwards, but this will subside quickly. A few weeks later, you’ll have a follow-up appointment to check the results. It can take around two to three months to see the full results of your CoolSculpting treatment – so if you have a special occasion that you want to look your best for, make sure you book well in advance.
We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the treatment itself, so we’re here to support you. If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. All patients have access to our three-year aftercare programme as standard and you’ll have the option to extend cover to up to 10 years.