The Coolsculpting procedure is performed in our office and takes about one to three hours. The area treated is marked and covered with a gel pad to protect the skin. The physician then uses a hand-held vacuum applicator to gently draw the excess skin and underlying fat between the two cooling panels. You will feel a firm pulling sensation and may feel mild cold in the treated area. This sensation will dissipate, and the area will become numb (much as it would if an ice pack were applied).
The cooling process lasts for a predetermined amount of time. It must damage the fat cells, turning fat within the cells from a liquid to a solid. The fat is naturally flushed from your body in the ensuing two months. There is no evidence that the procedure has any adverse effects on levels of liver enzymes or blood fats (such as cholesterol). You will experience a gradual reduction of the fat layer, typically over two to four months time.
There are no needles, no anesthetic, no surgical incisions, no pain medications and no downtime. Temporary side effects include redness, minor bruising, cramping, tingling or numbness in the treated area. The manufacturer says that people can enjoy leisurely pursuits like reading, listening to music, surfing the Internet – even napping – during the procedure, and can resume their normal routine the same day.