Why fat freezing is taking over from liposuction.

Dr Paul details everything you need to know about the basics of CoolSculpting and all about our dedicated CoolSculpting Suite.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a fat freezing treatment that delivers dependable, predictable results. We have always been experts in anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, but we love this clever and non-invasive alternative to liposuction. It’s easier, doesn’t require surgery, produces more even results, and doesn’t require any of the downtime usually associated with liposuction.

How does fat freezing work?

Fat cells have a few funny characteristics that CoolSculpting takes advantage of.  These cells are not very resistant to cold temperatures. When they are exposed to low temperatures in a controlled manner for a period of time, the cells do not handle it well. They initiate a process know as apoptosis, which is a form of cell death where they are dismantled and removed without cause damage to surrounding tissues. These cells are permanently removed in this process, so you won’t see them again. Each cycle sees a 20-29% reduction in the fat in the treated area.

The fancy medical term for how the machine works is cryolipoysis – fat freezing resulting in non-harmful cell death.

What are the benefits of fat freezing over liposuction?

There are actually several:

It doesn’t require surgery and general anaesthetic.

Bruising and pain associated downtime is vastly reduced – you will be able to walk home immediately after treatment. We’ve even had patients receive a cycle or two over lunch and go back into work for the afternoon.

It is highly controlled and predictable – with smooth and consistent results – unlike liposuction which can produce uneven results sometimes.

In terms of cost it is cheaper for the vast majority of people too.

Why should I trust CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an FDA clearing device which permanently removes fat cells in the treated area. The machine is owned by Abbvie who acquired it when they bought Allergan, the makers of the famous botulinum toxin formulation we use. This is a company that has been at the leading edge of medical aesthetics for decades. If they are involved with a product, you can be sure it has been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness.

WARNING – there are other fat-freezing machines out there but they are not FDA cleared. As such they have not been put through rigorous testing and there are some horrific stories of cold-burns happening on cheaper, mimicking devices. So be careful.

What is the CoolSculpting process?

The treatment works in cycles – a cycle being one attachment and a 35-45 min application of controlled cooling to the area. To decide how many cycles you need to get the result and the sculpting you want, we require an assessment.

The consultation assessment is done with a medic and a CoolSculpting Specialist. A plan is drawn up where the number of cycles you require to realise your transformation is calculated – across Europe the average number of cycles a person receives is just under 6.

Following this we book you in for a treatment day where you can receive up to 6 cycles in a session, depending on the area being treated.

The assessment and consultation is critical. It cannot be done remotely, and you will not be treated on the same day.

Where does the treatment take place?

We have a dedicated CoolSculpting suite at Amara Clinic where all assessments and treatments take place. The suite is comfortable, air-conditioned and discreet. We also have TV complete with Netflix so you can “Netflix and chill” your stubborn pockets of fat away. Most patients to do multiple treatments in the one sitting, which can take a few hours. But in the comfortable surrounds of our dedicated suite you’ll be well taken care of as you start your 360 degree body transformation.

How do I start my body transformation?

CoolSculpting is popular among men and women alike. You can visit our general CoolSculpting page for more information. We also have a dedicated section for men as they have different concerns.

The rule is – if you can pinch it, you can freeze it.

You can also reach out for an information pack on our contact page.


By Dr Paul Munsanje

Dr Paul Munsanje is the Owner and Medical Director of Amara and has 13 years industry experience.
Read more about him here.