A real alternative to liposuction for fat reduction
The number of fat cells in our bodies typically becomes a fixed number sometime in our teenage years. Losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, it changes the number of fat cells. Losing weight only makes fat cells smaller and does not us lose them.
After dieting and weight loss, fat cells get smaller but the number of fat cells stays the same. When weight is gained, fat cells get bigger.
Most commonly, liposuction is used on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, calves, and back.
During liposuction, the fat is removed through a hollow instrument - a cannula - which is inserted under the skin. A powerful, high-pressure vacuum is applied to the cannula.
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, altering the shape of the body. However, if the patient does not lead a healthy lifestyle after the operation, there is a risk that the remaining fat cells will grow bigger.
The amount of fat that can be safely removed is limited.
Liposuction has a number of possible risks, including infection, numbness, and scarring. If too much fat is removed, there may be lumpiness or dents in the skin.
Cooltech treatment or fat-freezing procedure is a non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting—so you'll look great from every angle.
As a non-invasive procedure, patient satisfaction is high, the technology safely delivers cooling energy underneath the skin without affected the skin on top. There is no anaesthesia, no downtime and no invasive techniques used. It is a proven, safe and effective technique. Many of us have fat cells that don't go after diet and exercise as well. The cool tech procedure targets only those fat cells by cooling them to sub-zero temperatures and eventually killing them on the spot. In the weeks and months to follow the body eliminates these dead fat cells from the body by its own metabolisation process.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure and can be performed under local anaesthesia, under sedation, or with full general anaesthesia. In general, the more areas that you treat, the more sedation or full general anaesthesia you will need. The incisions for liposuction are small, typically less than 1/4 inch, so there isn’t much scarring. There is, however, a recovery period that lasts for a few weeks – bruising and swelling are most common. Patients can usually resume light exercise after a few days.
As opposed to liposuction, Cool tech is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require anaesthesia at all. The Cool tech system includes a disposable gel pad that is placed over the treatment area. A cooling head is then placed over the gel pad and suction is activated. The machine has a base that cools the liquid flowing through the headpiece and pulls the fatty area into the head, therefore, freezing the fat. After an hour or so (or two hours for a non-suction treatment type) the cooling head is removed and the frozen area is massaged briefly. Although there can be some discomfort when the tissue is first pulled into the cooling head, this becomes numb once the cooling starts and the massage doesn’t hurt. Like liposuction, it takes a few weeks to see the final result, and although there really isn’t much pain, like liposuction, the treated area can feel a little tender for a while.
Liposuction is the more aggressive treatment of the two, allowing more fat to be removed in a single session. Because Cool tech removes less fat per treatment, patients may need several sessions of Cool tech to get their optimal result.
Cool tech can be a great option for smaller fatty deposits. It is also a great choice for patients that are keen to avoid surgery, either for personal preference or because of health issues that may increase the risk of surgery.
Patients always wonder which is more cost effective – liposuction or Cool tech. If a patient is treating a single small area that will probably be effectively treated with two sessions, then Cool tech makes a lot of sense and may be cheaper. However if there are multiple sites to treat, and some of these will need three or more Cool tech sessions to get full resolution, then liposuction may be the less expensive of the two.
In the long run the choice of which is best for you depends on you – how you feel about it, what issues are the most important, and how aggressive you want to be in removing the fat. If avoiding surgery is super important to you, and you’ll accept less dramatic results in order to do so, then Cool tech might be your best option.
The reasons why cooltech treatment stands to be a better choice for most patients precisely include the following
The most unique benefit of cooltech treatment is that it does not require a full time therapist attention like other body shaping procedures like ultrasound or RF and at the end of those as well they don't have definitive results.
It‘s a lunch hour procedure for 2 palm sized areas.
We can treat upto 4 of these palm sized areas in one sitting.
The repeat treatment on the same area is done after 3 months
This is one of the safest and most efficient procedure available in the market.
Both males and females are ideal candidates for the procedure.
If you can pinch it we can freeze it !
We can treat punchable fat from all areas of the body including-abdomen, thighs-inner/outer, chin, flanks, bra bulges, chin, buttocks, upper arms, etc.
The only thing is that we should consider any implants or other cosmetic procedures in the same areas as the treatment areas to avoid complications.
The Cool tech fat-reduction procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat in targeted areas. Unlike weight-loss surgery (e.g., gastric bypass), the Cool tech procedure is not a weight-loss solution for people who are obese. Good candidates for the Cool tech procedure have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Many people want a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
Do's- to get the possible results, you are advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise which also helps in long term maintenance, to apply moisturisers to the treated areas as they may be a little sensitive.
you can gently massage the treated areas as directed by your dermatologist so that the healing time for the fat disassociation is faster.
Donts- try to avoid tight clothing immediately after the procedure and avoid friction in the areas treated. Avoid heavy exercise for the muscles involved in the treated areas.
The procedure has no downtime as such, the patient can go back to work immediately, the only thing that the patient might feel is the soreness that is felt after a heavy workout, that too only in the areas where the treatment in done.this typically starts from the second day onwards and lasts until 10 days from the procedure.but this is very bearable and the patient can continue with his routine activities and may be required to a take an analgesic if required, but thats quite it, nothing else is specifically required.
Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A healthy body is a happy one.
No supplements are required after your Cool tech treatment. It’s not a diet and exercise program, so you won’t need to change any of your lifestyle habits. Many patients do feel more motivated to take care of themselves after a Cool tech treatment. It’s as if they got a second lease on their body! They want to take even better care of themselves.
I find the fat freezing technique as one of the most effective techniques that I have come across among various body shaping treatments. As the patient expectations are very high in this segment you require something that is really promising to deliver results and I feel cool tech just helps with that and that too and not at a very extravagant price tag.
It is one of those procedures that you can recommend to your patients without having doubts in your mind if it will deliver results.
I would highly recommend this fat freezing technique and I think it is very feasible for the Indian market which is highly price sensitive and high result oriented.
Dr. Rohan Anand
Skin World, Pune