The History of CoolSculpting

The History of CoolSculpting | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

The History of CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary procedure that lets you target fat loss safely by freezing away unwanted fat. It is one of the many revered procedures offered at Spectrum Dermatology, but how did CoolSculpting begin? It was born at Massachusetts General Hospital when Dr. Dieter Manstein and Dr. R. Rox Anderson noticed a strange phenomenon—fat loss was common in the cheeks of children who had a penchant for popsicles. Known colloquially as “popsicle panniculitis,” the doctors wondered if the side effect could be duplicated for esthetic purposes in adults.

Although it’s known that spot reduction via exercise and diet doesn’t work, there are options (like liposuction) that have let practitioners target fat with other routes. However, liposuction is a surgery that almost always requires anesthesia, which is often the most dangerous aspect of surgery. If something as simple as eating popsicles led to targeted fat loss, it made sense that it could be duplicated with technology.

Research began, and it was found that targeted applications of a cold device could safely lower the body’s temperature in that area to around 40 degrees. There was no risk of hurting nearby skin or other organs. Over time, it was found that targeted cooling led to a fat reduction of around 20 percent, and CoolSculpting was born. Zeltiq, the original home company of CoolSculpting, began offering the procedure to medical clinics in 2005.

Twenty percent is an impressive amount given the fact that ideal clients are already close to or near target weight. CoolSculpting is not a fat loss procedure, but a means of contouring the body and targeting that last stubborn fat. Unlike liposuction or weight loss surgery, the results are not instant, and that’s a good thing. It can take between two and six months to see full results. Freezing away fat takes merely longer because it’s an organic process. This lapse allows the body time to adjust.

Spectrum Dermatology, CoolSculpting Specialists in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

An adjustment period is especially important because many people who opt for CoolSculpting are experiencing some signs of aging including more lax skin. As we age, our skin produces less collagen and elastin. This means it doesn’t snap back as easily, and a dramatic, sudden weight loss (like liposuction) can lead to saggy skin. CoolSculpting works slowly, so the skin has a better capacity to adjust. If you’re interested in CoolSculpting, contact Spectrum Dermatology today – 480-948-8400.