How Does a CoolSculpting Machine Work?

Coolsculpting machine is a noninvasive fat reduction treatment that uses low temperatures to kill unwanted fat cells. The frozen cells are then naturally processed and eliminated by the body over time, resulting in a slimmer, more toned appearance. This procedure is also known as cryolipolysis or fat-freezing, and it can help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the legs, arms, buttocks, and chin. It’s often combined with other weight loss treatments such as liposuction, various heat and sound-wave technologies (like SculpSure or Kybella), and chemical therapies (like VelaSmooth).

The device works by placing an applicator against the fat bulge and using a gentle vacuum mechanism to draw the area up into the applicator. Then the applicator will be cooled to the point where only the fat cells are affected, freezing them in the process. The treated cells are then crystallized, and the body will naturally eliminate them in the weeks and months after treatment. The results from this noninvasive procedure are long-lasting and can be maintained with a healthy diet and exercise.

A professional CoolSculpting treatment uses an FDA-cleared applicator to target fat pockets in a way that is safe and effective. This applicator has a suction mechanism that pulls the fat up towards the surface of the skin so that it can be targeted by the cooling temperatures. DIY methods of treating fat with ice packs do not generate the same suction, so they are unlikely to be as effective.

During a Coolsculpting session, the treatment specialist will secure the applicator to the fat bulge and use it to press against the bulge for 35-minutes. This will ensure that the fat is exposed to the exact temperature of the coolsculpting machine, which is cold enough to freeze and destroy fat cells but safe enough to avoid damaging skin and tissue.

After the procedure, the treatment provider will remove the applicator and massage the area to help reduce any post-treatment pain or discomfort. The patient can then go back to their normal activities immediately afterward with no downtime or side effects. CoolSculpting can produce noticeable results within six months after treatment, and many people see their results even sooner.

The new Coolsculpting Elite machine is designed to treat more than one area at a time, making it easier for medical spas and salons to meet the demand for this procedure. Revive Medical Spa in Fayetteville, Arkansas, began offering Coolsculpting two years ago and recently added a second machine to allow clients to tackle multiple problem areas at once. The spa’s director, Anne Scott, says the procedure has been a boon for her business.