Coolsculpting – What is it?

Coolsculpting was developed at Harvard University by scientists Dieter Manstein, MD, PHD, and Professor Rox Anderson, MD. Coolsculpting technology was born of the observation that some children got dimples due to eating popsicles (Popsicle Panniculitis). That breakthrough was the insight behind Cryolipolysis, the proven science on which Coolsculpting is based. Cryolipolysis is exclusively licensed from Massachusetts General Hospital a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.


Coolsculpting is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese, the treatment will be aimed at adults who have diet and exercise resistant pockets of fat (bulges) and who until now, have had to consider forms of liposuction or other minimally invasive methods, to remove these pockets. The procedure is completely non-invasive and successfully helps you lose fat permanently. Coolsculpting is particularly effective at removing fat around abdominals, over a four to six week period, tummies and love handles are noticeably reduced, the treatment is also suitable for upper arms, inner thighs, back fat and male breast reduction.

The Coolscupting Procedure

Many of us have bulges of stubborn fat, those unwanted bulges contain fat cells which can be resistant to diet and exercise. Coolsculpting uses controlled cooling to target and crystallise fat cells. Crystallised fat cells gradually die and are naturally eliminated from your body. In the weeks and months following treatment, the remaining fat cells condense, reducing the fat layer. Coolsculpting is based on the science of Cryolipolysis which is fundamentally different from other non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures. Other methods of fat removal damage fat with heat, laser or chemical injections, causing necrotic cell death. These methods can pose unpredictable results and a challenge with regard to targeting the appropriate tissue depth, and preventing unintended damage to other structures surrounding, or within the fat layer.

In contrast, the Coolsculpting procedure induces apoptosis (controlled cell death) only in fat cells by a precisely controlled cooling method which targets, cools and eliminates fat cells gently, gradually and naturally without causing damage to other tissue. Over the next few weeks, the fat cells die off and are removed by the lymphatic system and the liver. The body will not replace the fat cells removed from the treated area.

Coolsculpting requires only one treatment, however areas can be treated again safely after the 3 month period, to achieve a more sculpted result.

Before & After