Fat freezing can be performed using a few different purpose-built devices marketed under different brand names. The Cooltech and Clatuu are two such machines.
At ENRICH Clinic, we have upgraded to the Cooltech fat-freezing device, having moved on from the Clatuu. The Clatuu, while an excellent machine, has been superseded at our clinic by the Cooltech.
What does the Cooltech fat-freezing device do?
The Cooltech device is a high-tech fat removal device that performs cryolipolysis – fat freezing. Fat freezing is a non-invasive method of fat removal using cold energy delivered to fatty layers to induce fat breakdown (lipolysis). The body’s metabolic processes then collect and dispose of the damaged fat cells via a process called apoptosis.
Apoptosis is also known as programmed cell death. When a cell has had its time or is damaged in some irreversible way (such as by fat freezing), it will take itself out of the operational pool of cells.
Fat freezing using the Cooltech device preserves other nearby cells, such as skin cells and blood vessels. These cells get damaged at a lower temperature than fat does.
Fun fact: fat freezing as a fat removal method was discovered in the observation that kids who were continually sucking on ice blocks subsequently lost fat in the cheeks.
You can see results of a single fat freezing treatment after three weeks and beyond, up to about three months past your last treatment.
How does the Cooltech fat-freezing device compare to other cryotherapy and body sculpting technologies?
Our previous fat freezing technology at ENRICH was the Clatuu; however, we’ve upgraded to the Cooltech device. We loved the Clatuu, but we are continually upgrading our technology and have moved on to the Cooltech device.
The benefits of Cooltech
- Precision cooling and suction and improved efficiency – less time in the clinic, faster treatment times
- Temperature control for greater safety
- Even fat treatments for smoother body contouring
- No more than an hour per treatment
- Multiple areas treated in one session
- No downtime
Which areas of the body can benefit from Cooltech treatments?
- Waist (‘love handles’)
- Hips (‘muffin top’)
- Thighs (‘saddlebags’)
- Ankles (‘cankles’)
- Upper back (‘bra rolls’)
- Lower back
- Abdomen/belly area
- Chin/neck area (‘double chin’, ‘turkey neck’)
What happens during a Cooltech treatment?
First, we discuss what you’re after and assess your desired treatment areas and overall health. Once we decide which areas to treat, we’ll prepare your skin and start treatments. The treatment involves suctioning the fatty regions up into the handpiece and then cooling that area for a predetermined length of time.
You’ll feel a cool sensation for the first 10 minutes, but the treatment is never painful or uncomfortable.
The fat freezing treatment takes 40-60 minutes, during which you can read, take a nap, listen to music or a podcast, or watch cat videos. It’s totally up to you how you spend your treatment time.
Recovery and results of cryotherapy with the Cooltech
Cooltech fat freezing is a no-downtime treatment, so you can walk in and walk out of the clinic and go about your normal activities. That includes exercise, work, school, and socialising. There is absolutely no scarring involved with fat freezing – there are no incisions.
The results take a couple of months to fully reveal themselves since your body has to dispose of the fat cells, and that takes time. Rarely, you may see some bruising, but this will disappear within the week. Numbness in the area may occur but will resolve within three weeks.
What’s the difference between Cooltech treatments and liposuction?
Fat freezing is quite a different procedure to liposuction in that, while both treatments remove fat, they do so in entirely different ways. Liposuction works by suctioning fat out of the treatment area, while fat freezing damages a fat cell beyond repair, so it is reabsorbed into the body as waste over time.
Does fat freezing with the Cooltech work?
Yes, fat freezing works! It is much slower than liposuction, though, so results may take a while to see. Fat freezing doesn’t offer the capacity to remove as much fat as liposuction, at least not in one go.
Cooltech side effects
Side effects from the Cooltech and fat freezing, in general, tend to be mild and don’t last long. Cooltech side effects may include redness, bruising or numbness at the treatment site, all of which will clear up in a week or two.
If you have any side-effects or are concerned about side-effects, please call the clinic for a chat. We can answer any of your questions.
Fat freezing with the Cooltech – it works, slowly, non invasively
Fat freezing is a proven fat removal method for those who prefer to avoid liposuction. It’s a non-invasive, safe procedure performed in the clinic without anaesthetic in a walk-in walk-out treatment.
Interested in the science behind fat freezing? Researchers have undertaken a comprehensive review of 19 studies into fat freezing, concluding that:
“Cryolipolysis [fat freezing] is a promising procedure for nonsurgical fat reduction and body contouring and presents a compelling alternative to liposuction and other, more invasive methods.
“This procedure appears to be safe in the short term, with a limited side effect profile, and results in significant fat reduction when used for localised adiposities [fat].”
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