13 Apr CoolSculpting Inventors are Working on New Fat-Busting Invention
You know CoolSculpting as the revolutionary, completely non-invasive procedure that freezes away pockets of stubborn fat for good. It’s the popular body contouring and body sculpting treatment at Spectrum Dermatology, and the makers of CoolSculpting have expanded treatment options to virtually every area of the body or face. The most common CoolSculpting areas to treat are the stomach, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, back, and below the chin (submental fat). CoolSculpting might seem like a relatively new invention, but its roots lie in the 1970s with a surprising discovery.
Decades ago, researchers discovered that children who ate a lot of frozen popsicles had less fat in their face than their peers. Fat that’s exposed to certain freezing temperatures is permanently “killed,” and CoolSculpting takes this discovery and customizes it to bring you targeted body sculpting. CoolSculpting isn’t exactly a “fat loss” procedure, but rather a treatment for targeting specific pockets of excess fat that you would like removed. A single CoolSculpting session reduces the number of fat cells in the target area by up to 20 – 25 percent. Most clients require 3 – 5 sessions per treatment area for optimal results.
The Latest in Body Contouring
CoolSculpting quickly became a client favorite. It’s non-invasive, there’s no needles, and there’s no downtime. Special hand tools are used to target the treatment site and gently “suck” the unwanted fat area into an external device (somewhat like placing a vacuum on the skin). Only the targeted area is exposed to just the right freezing temperatures to cause the fat cells to die. In the days and weeks following the treatment, the targeted fat cells are naturally absorbed and expelled by the body. Full results can be seen within six months after the final treatment.
The technical term for CoolSculpting is cryolipolysis, and it’s the leading non-surgical treatment for targeted body contouring. Now, the makers of CoolSculpting have revealed that they’re creating a new technology aimed at reducing fat through an injection. The theory behind the new invention (not yet on the market) has similarities to CoolSculpting. The injection is an ice solution dubbed a “slurry,” and in theory it should be able to target any fat reachable with a hypodermic needle.
The New Face of Body Sculpting
The CoolSculpting inventors revealed their latest project in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and one reviewer says, “this treatment has the potential to become one of the most performed cosmetic procedures in plastic surgery practice.” However, an injection isn’t plastic surgery. There are other injectables on the market that dissolve fat, such as Kybella which uses deoxycholic acid to treat the double chin area. The lead author of the paper says the major appeal of the “slurry” is how easy and convenient it is to use. Patients who opt for CoolSculpting require 30 – 60 minute sessions per treatment area, which is relatively fast compared to other treatments but not nearly as fast as an injection. Right now, slurry injections are made up of 20 – 40 percent tiny ice particles, so vials look similar to slush. When injected into fat deposits, they act exactly like CoolSculpting (and if they get into muscle or any non-fat tissue, no harm is caused). When slurry injections were put into pigs, there was a 55 percent reduction in thickness of fat compared to pigs who were injected with a melted ice mixture—and no muscle or skin damage occurred.
However, many patients prefer CoolSculpting because it’s completely non-invasive. For those who prefer to avoid needles whenever possible, the “slurry” injection might not be the best fit. CoolSculpting is also a proven method of body sculpting while the slurry is still in testing stages. However, rest assured that if and when slurry injections are FDA-cleared, proven safe and effective, and available to the public, Spectrum Dermatology will have them. Spectrum Dermatology is always at the forefront of testing and adopting the latest options for body contouring and sculpting.
Schedule Your CoolSculpting Session Today
As you keep an eye on the development of the slurry, you can keep your body contouring plans on schedule with CoolSculpting. Schedule your treatments right now and you’ll see final results in the summer just in time for vacations and swimsuit season. To learn more about CoolSculpting or to schedule your appointment, call Spectrum Dermatology at (480) 948-8400.