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Does CoolSculpting® Work?

As the no.1 non-invasive body-contouring treatment, CoolSculpting® has reached over eight million treatments worldwide*, helping many patients regain their confidence. Here, we’ll explore how and why CoolSculpting® works, plus what to expect during your treatment.

Why do people choose CoolSculpting®?

82% of people who have had CoolSculpting® would recommend us to their friends.

Of the people we've treated, most have opened up about going through all the usual fat reduction regimes, including the annual gym memberships, the workout apps and the personal trainers. But despite leading a healthier lifestyle, you may notice pockets of fat that still seem difficult to shift. That’s where CoolSculpting® comes in.

Unfortunately, losing weight doesn't always mean contouring your shape, as you can’t spot reduce fat, CoolSculpting® won’t help you lose weight but it can help you get the shape you desire, as you’ll read on our how it works page. Try as we might, some of us can drop a few pounds but not the fat that is stubborn and resistant to diet and exercise. Many men say they can tone everywhere but their abs, while a lot of women struggle with bra or back fat. It's natural, as these areas of the body are known for being more difficult and tend to hold stubborn fat.

But CoolSculpting® can target those problem areas, and help you get back to feeling your best. Just look at the differences in our before and after gallery.

Each treatment is bespoke to the individual, but CoolSculpting® can help get rid of the fat around your back, buttocks, upper arms, thighs, abs, sides and chin. Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting® is non-invasive, has little to no downtime and doesn’t leave scars. The innovative procedure gently targets unwanted fat cells in a specific area by freezing them. And once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Coolsculpting® has helped many people sculpt their bodies and as a result feel more confident, whether that’s in tight-fitting clothes or at the gym. Want to see how our procedures could help you? Book a consultation with one of the clinics we work with to see if it could be right for you, and discuss your individual treatment plan

How does CoolSculpting® Work?

The process is called cryolipolysis or more simply, fat freezing, and CoolSculpting® as a brand is based on over 20 years of research. The CoolSculpting® applicators have a vacuum that pulls the pocket of stubborn fat into it, ready for the cooling to take place. This chills the fat cells underneath your skin without the need for needles or any invasive surgery. When the fat cells are crystallised, they're destroyed.

Over the following months, your body naturally disposes of these cells, using your body’s natural inflammatory clearing process. Most patients find the procedure to be relatively comfortable, with a tugging sensation as the vacuum is initiated, followed by a coldness before the area goes numb. Once the treatment is complete the practitioner will remove the applicator and massage the area for 2 minutes, some patients feel mild discomfort at this final part of the treatment, however it does help to increase the results. Some patients experience swelling and tingling for up to two weeks after the treatment, but your practitioner will talk to you about what to expect during the procedure.

How was CoolSculpting® discovered? The science dates back decades when professors at Harvard University in the US found that children who ate ice lollies were more likely to get dimples in their cheeks.

Nowadays, CoolSculpting® has FDA-clearance for many treatment areas with proven results. Always look for the CoolSculpting® logo or book a consultation with the clinics we work with through the clinic locator on our website. That way, you'll know you are receiving CoolSculpting® and are in a medical-led clinic.

Common questions about CoolSculpting®

Got a question? Explore our FAQs below to discover more about how CoolSculpting® can help you get your confidence back. If you can't find an answer, our Inspiration page has more advice on safety and costs, as well as places where CoolSculpting® is available.

Is CoolSculpting® safe?

As well as being FDA cleared, CoolSculpting® has as well-established safety and efficacy profile, which is supported by over 60 peer-reviewed papers on the CoolSculpting® product. Our procedures are carried out by trained specialists in over 100 clinics across the UK and many thousands more worldwide.

CoolSculpting® is a well-tolerated medical procedure because it's non-invasive and doesn't require surgery or an anaesthetic. Many patients read books, watch TV or even fall asleep during the procedure, and find that they can go back to work straight away.

Does CoolSculpting® hurt?

At first you will feel a tugging sensation as the applicator uses a vacuum to suck the fat pocket into the cooling area, then an initial cold blast that subsides as the skin gets numb. Most patients find CoolSculpting® treatment to be tolerable or mildly uncomfortable, but each patient experience is different. There's no need for local or general anaesthetic, and you won't have to recover in bandages at the clinic. The most you'll feel is a slight tugging feeling, followed by (in some cases) some mild discomfort for a few days.

A practitioner will talk you through your individual treatment plan, as well as the procedure itself, during your initial consultation.

When will I see a change and how long do CoolSculpting® results last?

Everyone’s body is different. But your CoolSculpting® results, as we'll explain below, should be noticeable between two to six months.

During this time, your body will be naturally ridding itself of the fat cells that have been destroyed as part of the treatment. As for how long they'll last, CoolSculpting® is long-lasting. The fat cells you lose won't return, but we do recommend keeping up a healthy lifestyle, as fat can build up again elsewhere. That's the number one step you can take to make the most of your CoolSculpting® results.

Does CoolSculpting® work? Results and facts

By now, you should know considerably more about CoolSculpting® than when you started reading. With this covered, we can move onto the most important part — the results:

Everyone is different, but through CoolSculpting® treatment, fat cells in the treated area can be reduced by up to 27% within six months**. That's over a quarter of fat cells gone for good.

CoolSculpting® can give you more definition in problem areas because exercise and diet alone shrinks the fat cells but not necessarily in the areas you want it to; CoolSculpting® reduces pockets of fat, in the areas you want to target, contouring your shape.

Over seven million* CoolSculpting® treatments have been performed, helping many people to feel more body-confident, and you can see their results in our before and after gallery and on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We also recommend that you look at the before and after results of the clinic you’re looking to be treated by.

All body shapes are unique, so we always offer a consultation process to determine if it’s right for you. We’ll also discuss the number of treatments you might need and the expected results you could achieve. You may only need one session of treatment, but you may want two to help you finally meet your fat reduction goals.

Does fat freezing work for everyone?

CoolSculpting® isn't suitable for everyone. During your consultation, your practitioner will ask you questions to help make sure you are a suitable candidate.

At this stage, a clinician will talk you through everything in detail and with all the sensitivity you'd expect.

Likewise, as we've mentioned elsewhere, the treatments we provide are effective but should never replace a balanced diet and exercise. Remember, CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss treatment. That said, if you're one of the millions of people that is bothered by problem fat on your body, we can help you feel more sculpted overall, and help you get back to feeling your best.

Make a step towards a more confident you

CoolSculpting® can be a procedure that helps boost your self-esteem by helping you to feel better about yourself and the way your clothes feel.

Having the confidence to wear whatever you want or go swimming without having to cover up shouldn't be an unreachable goal. That's why we've made CoolSculpting® flexible to your needs and schedule. If you're considering treatment, you'll find more information about CoolSculpting® on our what to expect and how it works pages, along with our before and after gallery.

We offer CoolSculpting® through medical led clinics in Yorkshire, London, the Midlands, the North East, North West, South East and South West, and all other parts of the country.

Contact a local clinic that provides the CoolSculpting® treatment using our online clinic locator for a friendly and confidential consultation. This will give you a chance to ask any other questions and find out more information about CoolSculpting®. No questions relating to CoolSculpting and your treatment are off-limits, a consultation in a clinic is your opportunity to make sure any treatment is right for you. Our aim is to help ensure you leave the clinics we work with feeling happier and more confident. Get in touch to see how we can help you achieve your individual fat-reduction goals.

Based on HCP tracking market research in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Brazil, China and Australia (n=526), and global market research of the overall body shaping and skin tightening market.

* Patients may require more than one treatment to reach desired outcome as of July 2019

** 27% refers specifically to the abdomen.

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