By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM
Most of us have areas of our body where stubborn fat pockets accumulate and refuse to budge. Despite attempts at getting rid of it naturally, with gym workouts and by eating healthily, they may still stubbornly remain there.
Our practice, The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, offers a non-invasive method of fat reduction called Coolsculpting that works by freezing your fat!
Why should you entrust us to transform your body shape?
We are the most experienced and best-performing Coolsculpting clinic in the UK and Western Europe, for five years running. We are bonafide fat specialists who can remove unwanted fat from most parts of the body, especially problem areas such as the abdomen, back, flanks (love handles) and the chin.
What does Coolsculpting entail?
We channel controlled, cold temperatures to targeted fat cells using a vacuum-like applicator device that uses suction to pull in the area of fat being treated. These cells, which cannot survive these conditions, are crystallised (frozen) and destroyed.
The body then flushes the dead skin cells from the body through the lymphatic system.
Are the results of Coolsculpting lasting?
The results of Coolsculpting are permanent. However, it is important to know what this means exactly. The targeted fat cells we freeze are expelled from the body and cannot ever grow back. You will keep fat off with regular exercise and by following a nutritional eating programme. However, if your lifestyle is sedentary then you will put on the weight because your remaining fat cells that were not treated can still expand, thus impacting around the area that was treated.
Are there safety issues I should know about?
Coolsculpting is the only FDA-cleared non-surgical fat reduction treatment. It is safe, minimally invasive and requires little to no downtime.
During the procedure, the applicator suctions the area where you will feel a slight pulling sensation at the treatment site. This feeling soon goes away within 5 – 10 minutes. After that, you can sit back relax watch Netflix, or simply work by catching up on emails. Some side effects can be experienced including; temporary redness, swelling, skin sensitivity and bruising.
Can fat freezing treat obesity?
Coolsculpting is not a tool for extreme weight loss and cannot promise full-body makeovers. Instead, it helps to remove the stubborn areas of unwanted fat that cannot be easily removed using natural methods through healthy diet and exercise.
Most patients can benefit from this method of fat reduction if you are a physically healthy candidate.