Beauty

Can you freeze your stubborn fat for a slimmer body?

REVIEW: We tried the CoolSculpting non-invasive procedure designed to get rid of stubborn body fat; and discovered it really does work
 

Sometimes no matter how hard you exercise or diet you still have pockets of stubborn fat in odd places that refuses to move. It could be on your knees or outer thighs, on your upper arms or, most commonly, in that spot on your tummy just below your navel.

If you’re like me and want a fast solution to this problem then you need to try something like CoolSculpting, a non-invasive procedure that “freezes” your fat, killing off the cells which then are ejected from your body along with other wastes.

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WHAT IS COOLSCULPTING?
CoolSculpting is a brand name for a procedure that is technically known as “cryolipolysis” ‒ cryo to freeze; lipolysis to “breakdown fats and other lipids by hydrolysis to release fatty acids”. The machines used by professional aesthetic clinics like Cutis Laser Clinic where I tried this procedure, are designed to only damage your fat cells so that the “die” and then can be eliminated from the body permanently. Yep, once they’re gone, they’re gone and you should not get fat returning to the same area.

WHAT’S THE PROCEDURE LIKE?
The actual procedure is a bit weird. The machine “sucks up” your fat ‒ which does hurt a bit if you don’t have a lot of it ‒ then the freeze begins. You skin almost immediately becomes numb and it’s just a matter of sitting in the same position for around 40 minutes. You can read, watch YouTube videos or sleep (at least I did).

Immediately after the “sucker” is removed the therapist will massage the area of frozen flesh (which is apparently painful for some people but didn’t bother me at all) and then off you go. The worst thing about CoolSculpting is that the area that was frozen feels really weird for at least a week to 10 days. It’s like when your arm or leg goes to sleep and is really numb, then you begin to get tingling sensations which are a bit annoying, before it’s just a bit numb, then back to normal after 2 weeks or so.

THE RESULTS
I tried CoolSculpting on my inner and outer thighs first but didn’t see a massive improvement, at least at first. After a month or two I could see that there was less dimpling and also my “saddlebags” on the outer thighs were reduced, making my upper legs look much more streamlined. The inner thigh area which was the most annoying to do ‒ while the flesh was still numb it felt like you were walking around with something between your legs all the time – also appeared to have lost some volume.

I also tried CoolSculpting on my lower belly. This was the weirdest in terms of numbness as the area was larger and correspondingly took longer to return to “normal”, however this was also the area that clearly showed the best results. The little “pouch” practically disappeared after only one treatment. I was very impressed with this result.

IN CONCLUSION
CoolSculpting is not cheap. It costs about $600 and upwards depending on what areas, and how many, you’re having done. Some small areas like the knees for example can only be done with special machines like the Zeltiq that has variable “handsets” of different sizes (these are the things that “suck” up the flesh), so make sure you go to a reputable clinic. I’ll blatantly recommend Cutis, they are very professional and thorough with post-procedure checks.

After about 6 months since my first treatment on my legs there’s been no return of fat and that’s despite my not dieting or exercising regularly, which goes to show that there’s some truth in the claims.

I would not recommend this procedure for people who are very overweight however. CoolSculpting is not an easy option for weight loss; you won’t get the same results with this procedure as you will with diet and exercise.

However if you have a particularly annoying bit of stubborn fat, especially if you’re doing everything else right like exercising and eating well, then CoolSculpting is well worth money. After all, once the fat cells are dead they don’t come back.

CoolSculpting is available from Cutis Laser Clinic which is located at Pacific Plaza #03-06, 9 Scotts Road. For more information about prices and other procedures call 6327 9700, email cutis@cutislaserclinics.com or check out www.cutislaserclinics.com.

If you’re interested in more aesthetic procedures, check out our reviews of a Restylane tear trough treatment, Ultherapy for the décolletage & neck or Facial fillers from Juvéderm & Restylane.

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