While CoolSculpting® has been around since 2010 in Canada, its technological advances have made it faster, more versatile, less painful and effective at removing fat without surgery or liposuction. It is clinically proven to remove 20-25% of stubborn, ‘leftover’ body fat, with results reported in as little as 6 weeks.
At our beauty clinic in Surrey (outside Vancouver), we have a wide range of applicators that can be used with the CoolSculpting® machine. With these, we can reach fat on different parts of the body. In addition, we also carry the truSculpt® iD cosmetic radio frequency machine, which also gets rid of fat, but with the added bonus of skin tightening. Using a combination of the two, we are able to achieve better results for patients concerned about their body fat.
What is there to love about this non-surgical lipolysis machine?
CoolSculpting® has been creating buzz in beauty and lifestyle magazines. It is clinically proven to reduce body fat quickly and safely, without surgery. There are also virtually no serious side effects or downtime with this method of fat removal.
With the advent of newer handpieces approved by Zeltiq® (the makers of CoolSculpting®), we are able to treat more body areas with accuracy. These are called the Advantage Applicators, and they come in different shapes and sizes (they are described below). For example, some are wider, for treating the abdomen. Some are curved, for handling the waist or buttocks. And, some are small, for reaching into small areas, like under the arms, bra bulges, or inner thighs. In short: there is hardly anything we can’t treat when it comes to body fat removal!
Best of all, the fat that is removed by CoolSculpting® is permanent. That means that fat cells are destroyed, and can’t come back. However, this does not mean you can not gain the weight back. That is why this treatment is recommended for the most stubborn fat – the kind that diet and exercise can’t get rid of, no matter how hard you try.
What kind of fat can CoolSculpting® be used for?
While traditionally, CoolSculpting® was mainly used on large areas, like for stomach fat, nowadays it can be used for much more. So-called ‘fat blasting’ can remove the following types of body fat:
- Belly fat (upper and lower abdomen)
- Waist and hip fat (i.e. ‘muffin tops’ or, ‘love handles’)
- Underarm and forearm fat
- Back fat
- Chest fat (i.e. ‘man breasts’)
- Bra bulges (upper sides of female breasts)
- Front, outer and inner thigh fat (including lower bikini fat, plus ‘saddle bags’ on the butt sides)
- Back-side butt fat (i.e. ‘banana rolls’)
- Chin fat (plus see our other treatment options for chin fat)
CoolSculpting® vs truSculpt® iD
CoolSculpting® is similar in its effects to truSculpt® iD, but we have found they work best when ‘mixed and matched’ for fat removal treatments. We’re able to do fat debulking on large areas with CoolSculpting®, whereas truSculpt® gives us the flexibility of reaching fat that doesn’t ‘pinch’ well, which the CoolSculpting® machine requires.
However, both can achieve fat removal at the same rates, and both are clinically proven to work.
The machines differ in two main ways:
- The technology used to remove fat cells from the body.
- The application during treatment.
CoolSculpting® ‘freezes’ fat away through cryolipolysis, whereas truSculpt® iD ‘melts’ fat away with radiofrequency energy. So, the sensations are cold and warm, respectively. But neither affect or damage the skin on the area that is being treated.
Both CoolSculpting® and truSculpt® iD show results after about 12 weeks. This is the time needed for the body to remove the fat cells which have been destroyed during non-invasive lipolysis.
truSculpt® iD has the added benefit of tightening the skin while it’s also killing fat cells. This can be useful for cellulite.
Neither technology can help you keep weight off – you can still gain weight (i.e., more fat cells) after the treatment that permanently removes current fat cells in your body.
The major experiential difference for patients looking for non-surgical fat removal will come down to the squeezing, versus non-squeezing methods. CoolSculpting® requires that fat be placed between two panels. Though there are modern handpieces that can ‘suck’ fat into smaller panels, there is always the need for fat to be ‘pinchable.’ truSculpt® on the other hand, uses flat surfaces to target fat, and no squeezing is involved.
Some practitioners prefer truSculpt® machines because they can ‘glide’ more easily on the contours of the body, creating smoother results. It’s also faster, with each session requiring only 15 minutes (multiple areas can be treated at once, too). CoolSculpting® takes up to 45 minutes per treatment area.
Neither machine cancels out the other. A good practitioner will be able to create a course of treatment for your specific body fat, and make recommendations about which one to use in certain areas. That way, you get the most expedient results.
How does CoolSculpting® work for non-invasive fat removal?
CoolSculpting® is not the same as laser fat removal. Instead, it uses a technology called cryolipolysis to kill fat cells in your body. This is essentially freezing your fat cells, so that they wither and die. When they are dead, your body removes them naturally, like it would with other dead cells in your body.
The process of cryolipolysis is different from weight loss in that it removes fat cells, instead of changing their size. Weight gain and weight loss, on the other hand, are essentially the shrinking and enlarging of your fat cells – but never the removal of fat cells.
The above point is why it is said that CoolSculpting® is for stubborn fat. If you’re already losing weight through diet and exercise, then CoolSculpting® can help with that ‘last mile.’ In essence, CoolSculpting® is nothing more than body sculpting – that is, shaping your body through the removal of fat cells in treated areas. It is not for extreme liposuction cases.
During a treatment session, the fat you want to remove is placed between two panels. The panels come in various sizes, to increase the versatility of the machine. These are called handpieces, or applicators.
Once your desired body parts are squeezed between the panels, the rest is simple: we turn on the cryolipolysis effect, and the machine goes away at doing its job. It takes up to 45 minutes for each treatment area, though timing depends on the handpiece that is being used. You can read, use your tablet or meditate during this time.
You may feel a cold sensation during the treatment, but your surrounding skin and tissue is not affected by CoolSculpting®. It specifically targets fat cells.
In recent years, claims have been made that other ‘add-on’ technologies can kill off more fat cells than CoolSculpting® alone. This has never been proven through clinical studies. However, the effect of CoolSculpting® has been well-documented in scientific literature.
How many treatments does CoolSculpting® take for permanent fat removal?
The number of body sculpting treatments you’ll need will really depend on you. During an initial consultation, we’ll discuss your goals for fat removal, get an idea of your body type, plus any current health issues.
Generally speaking, it can take 1 – 2 treatments per area to see total results of 20 – 25% fat reduction. In a single session, you may have up to 4 applicators used on your body in succession (not simultaneously). Each person’s results after a single treatment can be different. Also, since results are seen around 12 weeks after a single treatment, knowing how many more treatments you’ll require can come with time.
After the 12 week mark, we’ll ask you to come in for another consultation, should you wish to continue with more treatment cycles. We’ll let you know if we think your body can benefit from more sessions. Sometimes, we only need to adjust some of the applicator patterns in the second treatment, to smooth out the body shape. This is why your second treatment may not cost the same as your first.
CoolSculpting® can’t achieve more than 25% fat-reduction. Nor will truSculpt® iD (nor a combination of both). So it’s not like we can treat you indefinitely – you’ll just be wasting your money at a certain point.
Each area we treat will require up to 45 minutes. You can expect to be in session for at least 1 hour. If you want to treat multiple areas, it can take longer. For this reason, your sessions may be ongoing, or split apart to make them more manageable.
Is there downtime with CoolSculpting® fat removal? What about side effects?
Some people continue with their daily routines immediately after treatment sessions. There are very little side effects, and some people experience zero downtime. Remember – there is no cutting or surgery involved in this type of lipolysis.
However, given that the process of cryolipolysis for non-invasive fat removal is cold, you can experience some of the common feelings you’d get when ice is placed on your body for a long time. For example, redness, swelling, tingling or itching of the area that has been treated. And, since the machine requires ‘pinching’ to work, there may be some minor bruising after a treatment.
If you’ve experienced CoolSculpting® in the past, you can take rest knowing that newer applicators have improved the discomfort that occurs during treatment.
For a few weeks after treatment, you may feel numbness (only on the treated area). You can also experience cramps or sensitivity. These are common and go away on their own.
CoolSculpting® is “FDA-cleared” as being safe for non-surgical fat removal on specific areas of the body. You can read more about this here.
Anyone with pre-existing health conditions should notify their practitioner before treatment. If you have specific diseases, you should not be undergoing any form of fat removal through freezing. These include conditions like cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. Though, you should let us know about your entire health history to be sure.
What is the cost of fat removal with CoolSculpting® at your skin clinic?
The cost of CoolSculpting® can vary depending on how much fat you’re treating, which applicators need to be used, as well as the number of treatments required.
Generally speaking, if someone were to treat their whole body, they can expect to spend roughly $3000 – $4000 CAD. This is in comparison to liposuction, which can cost around $10,000 or more. Liposuction also results in significant downtime, and can leave your body in ‘lumps’ afterwards. So there are clear value-added benefits to non-invasive lipolysis – whether with CoolSculpting®, truSculpt® iD or a combination of both.
To get an accurate estimate for your case, we encourage you to come in for a consultation. That will really be the only way to give you cost expectations. This is because some (but not all) body parts may need to be treated twice, with different applicators in different sessions, at different time lengths or with other methods. It truly requires a customized treatment plan.
Typical pricing scenarios are as follows:
- COOL ADVANTAGE PLUS – $1600 / cycle
- COOL Smooth Pro – $1000 / cycle
- COOL Curve, COOL Fit, COOL Core, COOL mini, COOL Petite – +/- $800 / cycle
After your initial consultation with us, we’ll be able to let you know about package-rate pricing that may benefit your case. Consultations do come with fees, however they can be credited towards future treatments at our clinic.
We can also help direct you to financing options through Health Smart or Medicard.
What CoolSculpting® applicators do you use at your skin care clinic?
If you’ve been shopping for a CoolSculpting® provider, you may notice that they don’t all carry a full stock of applicators (i.e. hand pieces). Nor do they all carry the most recent ones, which come with technological advances. These applicators are the ‘magic beans’ that can reach more types of body fat for better, more comprehensive lipolysis. At BC Laser and Skincare, we carry a wide range of modern CoolSculpting® applicators. These include:
CoolFit Advantage™ (35 minute treatment): typically used for inner thigh fat removal. Upgrade to the CoolFit™ applicator, which took 1 hour. The CoolFit Advantage™ applicator is part of the new CoolAdvantage™ system.
CoolCore Advantage™ (35 minute treatment): typically used around the abdominal area. Upgrade to the CoolCore™ applicator, which took 1 hour. The CoolCore Advantage™ applicator is part of the new CoolAdvantage™ system.
CoolCurve+ Advantage™ (35 minute treatment): used for curved areas, typically the waist where you have flanks, love handles, muffin tops, etc. The CoolCurve+ Advantage™ applicator is part of the new CoolAdvantage™ system.
CoolCore Advantage Plus™ (45 minute treatment): typically used as a large ‘debulking’ treatment, to rid the body of the bigger bulges, so that finer work can be done after the fact. Also used on the abdomen. Larger version of CoolCore Advantage™. Upgrade to the CoolMax™ which takes 75 minutes.
CoolAdvantage Petite™ (35 minute treatment): typically used for underarm fat, bra bulges and the backs of knees and thighs.
CoolMini™ (35 minute treatment): specially designed for use under the chin, to get rid of ‘double chin’ fat.
CoolSmooth PRO™ (1 hour treatment): typically used for denser fat, and does not require ‘pinching’ or suction.
Before and after photos of CoolSculpting® treatments:
See also: truSculpt® iD page.