CoolSculpting: Does it Really Work?

I know by now you’ve heard of CoolSculpting and many of you have asked yourself “Hmmm, I wonder if it really works?” Or, “What are the side effects?” Even though CoolSculpting has only recently been trending, it is not an entirely new technology. The fat-freezing procedure formally called cryolipolysis was first discovered years ago.

Scientists at Harvard University observed that some children who ate ice pops got dimples in their cheeks. The scientists—Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Rox Anderson, MD—realized that the ice pops were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells. The scientists observed that cold can target fat cells—without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue.

As explained by UCLA professor and plastic surgeon Jason Roostaeian “Fat is more temperature-sensitive than your skin. It goes through the cell death process before your skin does.”

CoolSculpting was first approved by the FDA in 2010, but only recently have you seen the commercials touting the benefits of fat-freezing with virtually no downtime.  Sound too good to be true? According to Roostaeian and Manhattan-based CoolSculpting guru Jeannel Astarita, the technology works. Here, they discuss the ins and outs of fat-freezing, from weight loss to health risks.