Cryolipolysis, the scientific name for the treatment known as CoolSculpting®, is a non-surgical fat reduction technique that uses cold temperatures to specifically target fat cells. In this blog article, we explain how it selectively breaks down fat cells and why it’s an effective solution for those struggling with stubborn fat areas

Key Points

  • Cryolipolysis, known as CoolSculpting®, is a non-surgical fat reduction technique that targets and eliminates fat cells through controlled cooling, leaving surrounding tissues unharmed.
  • The technique, approved by the FDA, is grounded in scientific research and clinical studies showing an average fat reduction of 15% to 28% in treated areas, with results becoming visible around four months post-treatment.

Understanding Cryolipolysis

The concept of fat freezing might sound like something from a science fiction novel, but it’s a reality that’s been changing lives for over a decade. Cryolipolysis is the scientific term for the process behind CoolSculpting®, a treatment that targets fat cells and reduces them without affecting other body parts. It’s not just about losing weight; it’s about shaping and sculpting the body in a way that is hard to achieve through diet and exercise alone.

The History of Cryolipolysis

The development of cryolipolysis is started with a clinical observation of cold-induced panniculitis. In 1970, Epstein and Oren coined the term “popsicle panniculitis” after noting the appearance of a red, hardened nodule followed by temporary fat necrosis in the cheek of an infant who had been sucking on an ice lolly. Initially observed in infants, cold-induced panniculitis has also been noted in adult patients. These findings led to the realisation that lipid-rich tissues are more vulnerable to cold injury than the surrounding water-rich tissues. With these historical observations in mind, Dr. Manstein & Dr. Anderson led research into a groundbreaking noninvasive method for fat reduction using freezing, which they named cryolipolysis.

How Cryolipolysis Targets Fat

Unlike liposuction, which physically removes fat through surgery, cryolipolysis takes a gentler approach. During a treatment session, an applicator is applied to the skin, suctioning the underlying fatty tissue. This method ensures that only the targeted fat cells are affected, these fat cells are then cooled to temperatures that cause them to stop working while sparing the surrounding tissues. As the fat cells succumb to the cold, they trigger an inflammatory response, which leads to their natural removal from the body.

This selective fat reduction is what makes cryolipolysis an appealing option for those struggling with stubborn fat that resists the effects of diet and exercise.

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The Science Behind CoolSculpting®

The Role of Cold Temperatures

Fat cells have a unique vulnerability to cold temperatures, a trait that CoolSculpting® exploits to the fullest. When exposed to intense cold, fat cells freeze before other cell types, allowing for precise targeting that leaves skin cells and other tissues intact. The CoolSculpting® device cools the fat cells to a temperature range that crystallises their lipids, leading to their destruction.

Immune System Response

Once the fat cells are affected by the cold, the body’s immune system kicks into gear. Histological studies have shown that this results in an apoptotic cascade, which is a series of events that lead to programmed cell death, initiating an inflammatory response within the fat tissue. This response is a natural part of the body’s healing process and leads to the gradual removal of the destroyed fat cells.

Macrophages, a certain type of white blood cell, engulf and then digest the remnants of the fat cells. This cleanup operation is not instantaneous; it unfolds over several months, giving a natural appearance of fat reduction.

Clinical Studies on Effectiveness

The claims of CoolSculpting’s® effectiveness are backed by a substantial body of clinical research. With over 100 peer-reviewed publications to its name, CoolSculpting® has firmly established itself as the world’s leader in non-surgical fat reduction. Studies have consistently shown an average fat reduction of 15 to 28 percent in the treated areas, typically manifesting around four months after treatment.

The procedure has also been certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe medical treatment, giving credibility to the minimal risk of adverse effects.


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    The journey to a more toned physique with CoolSculpting® is straightforward and starts with a visit to one of our multi award winning & highly commended clinics to the clinic. Patients remain awake and aware, free from the grogginess of anaesthesia, as the procedure involves no needles or incisions.

    The treatment employs a handheld device known as an applicator, which is the key to freezing the fat layer beneath the skin. This non-invasive procedure is typically completed within an hour for each area, making it a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles.

    Preparation and Target Areas

    Before the cooling magic can begin, the treatment area is carefully assessed and marked. This step ensures that the precise areas of concern are addressed, whether it’s the upper arms, abdomen, or thighs. To protect the skin during the procedure, a gel pad is placed over the marked area, followed by the application of the CoolSculpting® applicator.

    Cooling Process

    Once the target area is prepped, the cooling process commences. As the fat cells are exposed to freezing temperatures, patients may feel a variety of sensations, such as pulling and pinching, which is a perfectly normal part of the process.

    The applicator’s design ensures that the cooling is precisely controlled, maximising the destruction of fat cells while keeping surrounding tissue safe and sound.

    Post-Treatment Experience

    After the treatment, patients can expect to feel sensations such as mild soreness and aching at the treatment area; however, these effects typically diminish after the first few minutes as the area numbs. The treated area is then massaged to assist in breaking down the frozen tissue, which can result in temporary redness and swelling. These after-effects are generally minimal and most people are able to return to their daily routine immediately following the procedure, with no recovery time required.

    Expected Results and Timeline

    The anticipation of seeing results is a natural part of the CoolSculpting® experience. While initial improvements can be spotted as early as three weeks post-treatment, the full manifestation of results unfolds over several months as the body’s natural processes remove the fat cells.

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    Long-Term Results

    Studies have shown that the results of coolsculpting® can last for years, with some patients still enjoying the benefits six to nine years post-treatment. The key to maintaining these results requires patients to maintain a balanced & healthy lifestyle, which includes a good diet and regular exercise.

    Safety and Risks

    While the thought of freezing away fat cells is exciting, it’s essential to consider the safety and potential risks associated with CoolSculpting®. The procedure is very safe, with a high satisfaction rate of 95% among patients, but like any treatment, it does come with some potential side effects. These can range from:

    • Temporary redness and swelling
    • Bruising
    • Tenderness
    • Numbness
    • Itching
    • Skin sensitivity
    • Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (extremely rare occurrence where the treated area sees an increase in fat cells)

    Here at Air Aesthetics & Wellness Clinics we will always discuss the potential risks and benefits of CoolSculpting® before you undergo the procedure and will discuss any concerns you have. We are also here for you after the treatment so you can discuss anything regarding the recovery period.

    Common Side Effects

    Post-CoolSculpting®, it’s common for patients to experience side effects such as redness, swelling, and bruising at the treatment site. These symptoms are usually mild and resolve within a few days to a week, with numbness potentially lasting a few weeks longer. To minimise the likelihood of bruising, we advise our patients to avoid certain medications like aspirin before the procedure.

    Rare Complications

    While the majority of CoolSculpting® procedures go smoothly, there is a small risk of a very rare complication called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH). This condition results in an increase rather than a decrease in fat cells at the treatment site. If PAH occurs, corrective surgery such as liposuction may be necessary to remedy the situation.

    Choosing the Right Practitioner

    When it comes to CoolSculpting®, selecting the right practitioner is important. Not only does choosing the right Dr led clinic like Air Aesthetics ensure safety and optimal results, but it also adds to your overall experience. A reputable practitioner will possess the necessary approvals and accreditations, providing peace of mind that you are in capable hands.

    As such, it’s crucial to invest time in researching and choosing a provider that meets these high standards, a step that we at Air Aesthetics take seriously for all of our potential patients.

    Why Choose Air Aesthetics for CoolSculpting®

    Here at Air Aesthetics we have a track record of over 13,000 treatments performed successfully and have won multiple awards and are a highly commended clinic winning safety in beauty awards for multiple years.

    We have the latest CoolSculpting® Elite technology which when compared to traditional coolsculpting® gives our clients the best possible treatment and we are the only clinic in the Midlands area to use this state-of-the-art technology.

    If you’re ready to take the next steps in achieving your dream body then get in touch with us & book your free consultation where we will answer any questions you have and talk you through the treatment.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long do the results of CoolSculpting® last?3

    The results of CoolSculpting® can last up to six to nine years post-treatment, but maintaining a stable weight through a healthy lifestyle is crucial for preserving the results.

    Is CoolSculpting® painful?

    CoolSculpting® is generally not painful, as patients may only experience minimal discomfort such as pulling and tugging sensations during the procedure, which usually subsides as the area becomes numb.

    Can CoolSculpting® help me lose weight?

    CoolSculpting® is not meant for overall weight loss, but rather targeted fat reduction in specific areas. It works best for individuals within 2 stone of their ideal weight with stubborn fat pockets.

    What are the common side effects of CoolSculpting®?

    The common side effects of CoolSculpting® include temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and numbness at the treatment site. These usually resolve on their own within a few days to a few weeks.

    How many CoolSculpting® sessions will I need?

    The number of CoolSculpting® sessions needed varies based on individual goals and treatment areas. A personalised treatment plan can be determined through a complimentary consultation at Air Aesthetics with a qualified practitioner. Typically, significant results are observed after a few sessions, with final outcomes visible within 4–6 months.