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The Cooltech® Fat Freezing system has been fully approved for medical use to freeze fat and has been awarded the CE-Medical mark.
Surgery can come with risks, but with fat freezing you can have the same results without the invasive procedure. Worldwide, there has already been more than 250,000 fat freezing treatments carried out, which remains the perfect option for diet-resistant lumps and bulges.
The Cooltech® procedure is very simple. There is a gentle application of cooling suction cups to the targeted fatty area. We then freeze the fat down to -8 degrees Celcius with a suction cup that ensures that there is blending to the untreated tissues. You will be left with the most natural looking result possible. Each treatment takes about 60-70 minutes. Afterwards you may experience some discomfort which will improve over the next hour. You can continue with your normal activities straight away.
You will start to notice results at around 2 weeks, and these will improve all the way up to 6 months. You may wish to have a further reduction on the same area you and can have a second or even third session about 1 month apart to the same area. In our experience, most patients benefit most from 2 sessions
What is fat freezing?
Fat cells self-destruct when the skin gets cold enough. The FDA-cleared procedure suctions in the skin surrounding the area of fat you want to freeze, then uses controlled cooling (AKA cryolipolysis) to drop the temperature of the skin down to where the fat cells die. The body then eliminates the cells in the following weeks. Surrounding tissues are not damaged. The number of fat cells in our body is fixed after our birth, new fat cells will not be reproduced and therefore there is no chance of these fat cells returning. However, should you follow a hyper-caloric diet, the remaining fat cells may enlarge to accommodate excess energy that has been taken in.
Is it approved for medical use?
CoolTech® is fully approved for medical use in Europe for fat freezing and has been awarded CE-Medical mark. The US FDA has also certified CoolSculpting as a safe medical treatment.
What exactly happens to the fat cells?
Fatty acids are particularly vulnerable to cold. This feature allows the natural break down of the fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissues when subjected to low temperatures. When the fat cells are exposed to cold temperatures, it triggers a suicide message within the fat cell – we call this process apoptosis.
Apoptosis is a process that takes place when cells have been forced to die, as in this case, due to cold temperatures. This is a natural, physiological process.
Unlike necrosis, apoptosis produces cell fragments called apoptolic bodies that phagocytic cells (white blood cells) are able to engulf and quickly remove before the contents of the cell spills out into the surrounding cells and cause damage. There is no evidence that the procedure has any adverse effects on levels of liver enzymes or blood fats (such as cholesterol).
Which areas are suitable for the CoolTech® procedure?
Ideally stubborn, loose fatty pockets such as the abdomen, love handles, back, thighs, upper arms, buttocks or knees. Cooltech will not tighten loose or stretched skin. Importantly the Cooltech procedure is not an alternative to weight loss, and does not treat obesity, but is ideal for reduction of pockets of stubborn fat. If you do suffer from excess weight that you are unhappy about, we will discuss weight loss options with you during your consultation and prior to your treatment.
Does the Cooltech procedure hurt?
The procedure is not painful. During the first couple of minutes of the treatment some patients may describe the initial cooling and suction as mildly uncomfortable. No pain relief is needed at all.
What happens after the treatment?
We apply a soft massage to the area for about 5 minutes until the area has increased in temperature and the skin feels soft.
You will be informed about the after treatment care which asks you to drink 2 litres of water during the rest of the day. To enhance results, follow a hypo-caloric diet after the treatment. Exercise is advisable for a minimum period of one month post-treatment to aid in the removal of toxins. A course of Velashape III treatments are advisable after the treatment (treatments can start after two weeks of CoolTech® procedure).
You will also be told that reversible redness will appear in the treated area for 30-60 minutes after treatment. Pain can occur when starting with the massage at the end of treatment. Bruising or mild swelling can occur immediately after treatment, and will subside over the next week or two. Hypersensitivity, a tingling sensation or numbness, could occur in treated area for 1-8 weeks after treatment. This will fully recover.
There is no evidence that the procedure has any adverse effects on levels of liver enzymes or blood fats (such as cholesterol).
How much of an improvement can I expect after fat cooling with Cooltech?
In the appropriately selected patient, after a single treatment of fat cooling, studies have shown there is usually approximately a 25% reduction in the volume of the treated area. After the initial treatment, you can attain further reductions with an additional treatment session. Many patients however find that one treatment fully addresses their goals. We will of course discuss this with you and design a plan that suits you best.
How many sessions are required?
With each treatment session you typically see about a 20% reduction in the treated area. Whether this is enough to satisfy any individual will largely be determined by that individual’s size and fatty bulge. If the area of excess fat is relatively small and the individual is thin then only one treatment may only be needed. However in someone with a larger amount of fat, 2 or even 3 treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired result.
How long do the results last and will the fat come back?
The number of fat cells in our body is fixed after our birth, new fat cells will not be reproduced and therefore there is no chance of these fat cells returning. However, should you follow a hyper-caloric diet, the remaining fat cells may enlarge to accommodate excess energy that has been taken in.
Are there any people who are not suitable for Cooltech?
People who are affected by the following should not have a Cooltech procedure:
You are under no obligation to book the treatment with us after your consultation, however, should you do wish to book a treatment this can be done for you after your consultation or at a later date via phone or e-mail.
At Skinlogic we can assure you that we value your health and wellbeing. You will only be seen and treated by qualified and experienced professionals.
During the treatment
You will also be asked to sign the consent form once everything has been fully explained to you and you have had time to ask any questions you may have.
Following that, a clinical assessment will be done to evaluate the area and specific measurements will be done. With your consent we may also take before and after pictures.
We will mark the area to treat and check the best position of the suction cups for you. A cool gel will be placed over your skin in order to protect the skin. The suction will be applied and a vacuum in the cup applicator will suck in the roll of fat that is to be treated. You will feel a firm pulling sensation during this action. During the first couple of minutes of the treatment the temperature within the cup will gradually be lowered until it reaches a predetermined temperature of about -8 degrees Celsius. This will slowly freeze the fat cells within the pocket of fat. The cup applicator will remain in place, over the fatty pocket for about 1 hour. You may relax during this time. Afterwards, we apply a soft massage to the area for about 5 minutes until the area has increased in temperature and the skin feels soft.