Fat Freezing: What You Should Know About CoolSculpting

CoolSculptingFat freezing or cryolipolysis can be an effective way to remove unwanted fat from your body, especially if the fat you want to remove are in one specific area in your body. Most people freeze their fat to remove the excess around the stomach, thighs, arms, and chin. Wherever the area of your body is, if you are considering fat freezing.

Here are a few things you need to know about this process.

What is fat freezing? How does it work?

Every human is born with certain cells called fat cells and although the number of these cells fluctuates when growing up, after puberty the amount of cell becomes constant. Although the number of these cells is relatively stable, the cells themselves might expand due to high caloric diets, or hormones which cause weight gain. Fat freezing is a surgery-free process in which the fat cells are hit with extreme cold, thus decreasing the amount of fat cells. The extra fat is then drained through the lymphatic system and gets out of the body with the rest of the waste.

How CoolSculpting Works

The Coolsculpting Machine

As mentioned before the fat freezing process is not a surgical treatment. The most well known tool for fat freezing is the Coolsculpting machine. It uses a phenomenon discovered through children eating Popsicles and how this led to losing fat in the cheek area. This machine was developed to control the freeze of fat cells and causes their crystallization which causes their death.


This machine targets certain areas such as the belly, back inner and outer thighs as well as front and back bra areas. An attachment for this already multifunctional machine was created to target tighter spots such as under the chin and above the knees. This attachment is called the Cool Mini.

Side Effects of Fat Freezing

Although there are not many instances of side effects of fat freezing, there might sometimes be discomfort due to the suction of the targeted area into the applicator of the machine. You could also experience some cramping because of the breakdown process occurring after the initial freeze of the cells.

There could also be some temporary swelling as well as some bruising in the area. Some people who have gone through this procedure have had some minor nerve pain. Tingling, numbness. bruising, skin sensitivity and mild to moderate pain are all common short term side effects. Some people experience itchiness and diarrhea too.

Fat Freezing Recovery and Aftercare

After the treatment there are sometimes side effects that need to taken care of. Usually people just feel a little discomfort or slight pain that will go away after a while. Most doctors recommend just going about your usual activities normally with no need to rest.

However, keep in mind that massaging the area you had the process done on will greatly help in breaking up the crystallized cells. This will cause less discomfort. You need to rest and eat well and drink lots of water. Another thing that will help with the discomfort as well as the nutrition part is taking fitness supplements, such as CBD Sports Supplements.

FDA Approved Weight Loss Method

According to research in 2010 by Nils Krueger and others, this procedure has been approved by the FDA: “In 2010, the FDA cleared a cryolipolytic device (CoolSculpting®; ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc., Pleasanton, CA, USA) for reduction of flank and abdominal fat. In April 2014, the FDA also cleared this system for the treatment of subcutaneous fat in the thighs ”


Therefore, fat freezing is an FDA approved way of losing weight. However, keep in mind though that it is not a quick fix for obesity, and does not replace exercise and a healthy diet, it is a way to help distribute your fat cell expansion. If your doctor Okays you for this procedure, you should know that it has some benefits over other fat-elimination procedures, especially because it is not surgical and does not need any anesthetics. Remember that this is a medical procedure so make sure you are going to get the treatment in a professional clinic or center not at a spa.

Always consult with your doctor before having this treatment.

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