Cool Sculpting & Cryolipolysis is the process of using cold temperatures to destroy fat cells just below the surface of the skin. (The clue is in the name: “cryo” means cold, “lipo” means fat, and “lysis” means “destruction.”)right up arrow

Although the term “CoolSculpting” is often used to refer to the process of cryolipolysis, it’s actually the brand name of a specific medical device used to achieve cryolipolysis. The procedure is usually carried out by a doctor, a nurse, or a physician assistant, though some medical spa professionals can also perform CoolSculpting. 

CoolSculpting is a fat-reduction procedure that involves a device that uses cold temperatures to kill fat cells near the surface of the skin. Experts who perform CoolSculpting say the results can be unpredictable, and sometimes patients who undergo the procedure are disappointed. In rare cases, CoolSculpting may cause PAH, which is the CoolSculpting side effect that Linda Evangelista reportedly experienced. PAH triggers the growth of additional fat instead of reducing fat, but doctors do not yet understand why this happens to some patients and not to others. Although it may be offered at medical spas in your area, experts recommend consulting with a qualified physician before undergoing the procedure.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

In the procedure, a technician will apply gel pads to the targeted areas and then pass over them with the device. They may also use an applicator cup with a vacuum to draw tissue into the cup.

In either case, the goal is to apply low temperatures to specific areas of the body to kill fat cells, thereby changing the shape of the body.right up arrow CoolSculpting relies on the same basic science as other fat reduction procedures like liposuction, various heat and sound-wave treatments (such as SculpSure and TruSculpt), and chemical treatments.

The dead fat cells don’t necessarily disappear overnight. It may take up to six months for the body to fully process and eliminate dead fat cells after the procedure, according to the CoolSculpting manufacturer.right up arrow