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How CoolSculpting prevails over non-FDA approved alternatives

What is Cryolipolysis?

If you have ever wished that certain pockets of fat could simply be dissolved away to achieve the look you’ve been dreaming of, dream no more! Cryolipolysis can make your dreams a reality- without the risks of surgery and the discomfort of hours at the gym. All you have to do is lie down as CoolSculpting does all the heavy lifting for you. This probe introduces cold temperatures to the targeted fat. Compared to other cells, fat cells are more easily damaged by the cold. This causes fat cells to die, while the surrounding cells are spared. Damaged fat cells are subsequently removed via the body’s natural processes of clearing away dead cells and viola! Goodbye fat! Unsurprisingly, cryolipolysis is the go-to non-surgical fat reduction treatment for most doctors. 

What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is a leading brand when it comes to cryolipolysis devices. In fact, as the only FDA approved cryolipolysis device in the US, the brand name Coolsculpting® is often used synonymously with the procedure itself. 

Complications of Cryolipolysis

Due to the non-surgical nature of this treatment option, cryolipolysis is a relatively safe procedure. Occasionally, some might notice temporary redness, mild swelling, bruising or altered sensation over the treated area. Even more rarely, more serious complications like more severe pain or altered sensation, skin hyperpigmentation, or paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) may arise.

What is PAH?

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) is a rare side effect that has been observed to develop 2-3 months following fat-freezing treatment. In PAH, instead of fat cells being removed, they expand and harden, resulting in an enlargement of the treated area. Although the effects of PAH are cosmetic and are not known to present a risk to physical health, some choose to undergo surgical intervention to correct it. 

Research findings on the occurrences of PAH showed that it happens in about 1 in 2000-4000 CoolSculpting® treatment cycles. The exact cause of PAH remains uncertain but researchers have noticed certain predisposing factors such as having had previous cryolipolysis treatments, male gender, being of Hispanic or Latino origin, or using larger applicator handpieces for the procedure. Researchers also discovered that the occurrence of PAH was significantly lower (75% less likely) with the newer device models and applicators. This is reassuring and exciting news, especially for those interested in trying Coolsculpt’s newest device model- CoolSculpting® Elite.

CoolSculpting vs CoolSculpting® Elite

CoolSculpting® Elite is the result of improvements made after decades of R&D based on real-life client experience with CoolSculpting. Here are some features that set this model apart from its predecessors to make CoolSculpting® Elite truly elite.

CoolSculpting Elite model boasts a range of new and improved applicator probes with enhanced shapes, designed to better contour to various parts of the body being treated. This might appear to be a minor enhancement, but it results in increased comfort and safety. The improved applicator shape reduces pressure and squeezing on treatment areas, potentially lowering the risk of PAH.

These new applicators are also more efficient. They provide 18% more skin surface area coverage- and that equals more fat removal! Speaking of efficiency, the CoolSculpting® Elite gets the job done twice as quickly compared to its older counterparts. This latest device features a dual applicator option, allowing for simultaneous treatment of two areas and effectively halving the time needed to achieve your ideal body contouring results.

And here’s one last bonus benefit: if you were hoping to take a snooze during your session, you can go right ahead because the Elite runs more quietly than older models.

CoolSculpting® vs Brand XYZ

Since the invention of CoolSculpting and the increase of its popularity, other companies have hopped on the trend and attempted to replicate the technology and create their own version of cryolipolysis devices. Despite this, CoolSculpting & CoolSculpting Elite are still the only FDA approved cryolipolysis devices in the US. As safety and efficacy has not been established for other devices, they are considerably more risky to use. 

One of the risks that come with cryolipolysis are freeze burns. This is when tissue surrounding the targeted area is damaged or even destroyed from being exposed to extreme cold. CoolSculpt has come up with multiple safety features to prevent this from happening. Throughout the procedure, Freeze Detect® and CoolConnect® continuously monitor the temperature of the skin. If the skin temperature ever dips lower than the optimal range, the machine will automatically shut off. For added safety, before Coolsculpting treatment begins, a patented gel pad is positioned on the skin. This is designed to prevent the applicator from being in direct contact with the surrounding skin, thereby protecting it.

So if you are in search of the latest, top of the line cryolipolysis technology that ticks the boxes for safety and efficacy, CoolSculpting Elite is what you’re after. Be sure to search for a licensed medical professional trained in operating CoolSculpt to ensure your safety and best results.

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