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Is CoolSculpting® Safe?

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

Though first cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010, some people still ask themselves, "is CoolSculpting safe?" While the simple answer is, "yes," there's a lot of scientific research to explain exactly what makes the CoolSculpting® treatment safe.

CoolSculpting FDA-Clearance History CoolSculpting, the number one non-invasive fat-reduction treatment*, is FDA-cleared to freeze the fat for nine different treatment areas. The non-surgical treatment was first FDA-cleared in 2010 for those pesky flanks, also known as love handles or a muffin top. *CoolSculpting is the treatment doctors use most for nonsurgical fat reduction. Not long after, in 2012, the treatment was cleared for a very popular area people want treated: the abdomen. Fast forward to 2014, when CoolSculpting was cleared to treat thighs; allowing CoolSculpting practitioners to treat the inner thighs and outer thighs…hello thigh gap and good-bye saddlebags! In 2015—the dawn of the selfie era—CoolSculpting welcomed FDA-clearance for excess fat underneath the chin (also known as submental fullness or double chin). In 2016, CoolSculpting received some love for small areas of fat, getting simultaneous FDA-clearance for treatment of bra fat, back fat, and fat underneath the buttocks (coined “banana roll”). CoolSculpting is also cleared to treat the fat on the upper arms…bye-bye bat wings! And in 2018, CoolSculpting received the FDA-clearance for the submandibular area (below the jawline)! What does Non-Invasive mean? Non-invasive means that there are no needles and no surgery, and little to no downtime. CoolSculpting uses a technology called cryolipolysis, discovered by a group of Harvard scientists. These scientists determined that our fat cells are hypersensitive to cold… more so than skin, nerves, or muscle.  Their research revealed that when using very specific cold temperatures in a controlled setting, freezing fat would induce cell death, and then the body would naturally clear the dead fat cells. How the CoolSculpting treatment works:

  1. Fat gets cooled to just above freezing.

  2. Within the fat cells, crystals form, and then the fat cells die.

  3. As fat cells die, they collapse and a natural inflammatory process removes the dead cells through the lymphatic system.

  4. The natural inflammatory process can take a few weeks after treatment to start removing dead fat cells; resulting in fat layer reduction.

Millions of successful CoolSculpting treatments So, is CoolSculpting safe? We like to let the numbers speak for themselves. More than 7 million CoolSculpting treatments worldwide! With millions of treatments completed, clearance by the FDA, and technology that has been analyzed in controlled clinical studies and described in more than 100 clinical publications on the FDA-cleared fat reduction treatment, CoolSculpting is a safe and effective way to get rid of that unwanted fat. Should I get CoolSculpting? CoolSculpting is an effective non-surgical procedure for reducing fat. With the technology available today, CoolSculpting can eliminate these bothersome areas of stubborn fat. A non-invasive treatment like CoolSculpting could be your solution to help finally get rid of that muffin top or double chin or those love handles, saddlebags, bat wings, back fat, bra fat, or banana rolls.

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