Fat freezing is the most popular non-surgical choice for spot reduction of stubborn fat. It is widely used, with millions of treatments occurring worldwide each year. There are several fat freezing technologies available in Australia, with Coolsculpting and Cooltech being the leading competitors. Cool sculpting was first introduced to Brisbane in 2015, and Cooltech, developed as an evolution of Cool sculpting principles, was introduced in 2016. So how does Coolsculpting vs Cooltech Cryolipolysis stack up?
At Pearl, we decided to introduce Cooltech because we could provide it at a more affordable price for our clients, but how does Cooltech compare to Coolsculpting? What exactly is Coolsculpting? How does fat freezing work? What is involved in fat freezing treatments? And what are the results and recovery from Coolsculpting vs Cooltech fat freezing?
What is Coolsculpting vs Cooltech Fat Freezing?
Cool sculpting was developed in America by Zeltig. Zeltig even patented a new word for fat freezing – cryolipolysis. (Strictly, the term cryolipolysis can only be applied to Cool sculpting). In contrast, Cooltech was developed in Europe by Cocoon Medical.
It is incredible to think that someone dreamt up cryolipolysis as an innovation in aesthetic body treatments. However, the inventors were from Harvard Medical School and stumbled on the idea from observing that children who sucked on ice popsicles would develop dimples! Lightbulb moment – maybe applying freezing to adult fat would bring about spot fat reduction as well?
Clinical trials to test the hypothesis began in 2008, and the original Cool sculpting prototype device was born. However, it took two years for FDA approval in America to reduce fat on flanks in 2010 and further permission for stomach in 2012 and thighs in 2015.
Cooltech Fat Freezing
All new technologies have enjoyed a monopoly on the market for some time. So it did not take long before competitors jumped in to offer alternatives. Cue Cooltech and Clatuu. Cooltech is the main competitor to Coolsculpting in Australia. Cooltech was developed in Europe by Cocoon Medical. Starting in 2010, they now have distributors in over 60 countries and millions of fat freezing treatments behind the technology. Cooltech is a non-invasive technology, the same as Cool sculpting. However, Cocoon has been able to keep operating costs lower, and we pass the savings on to you.
Most Common Areas Treated
1. Women common areas: stomach (upper and lower belly), inner & outer thighs, and upper arms (tuckshop arms). Close after this is bra roll, love handles and waist.
2. Men common areas: belly, love handles and back.
How does Fat Freezing Work? – Coolsculpting vs Cooltech
Both cool sculpting and Cooltech work by freezing fat cells under the skin. The frozen fat is then removed from the body naturally. Though the inner workings of the machines are different, both aim to cool fat under the skin until it crystallises while allowing other tissue such as skin and blood vessels to stay intact. This safety is achieved because fat cells are more susceptible to cold than other tissue and freeze at higher temperatures. (think of when you put food into the fridge – the fat solidifies on the surface the fastest).
Around 20- 25% of the crystalised/frozen fat cells are broken down and permanently destroyed through a process known as apoptosis. Once broken down, the fat is eliminated through natural processes from your body, resulting in fat loss in the treated area over 6 -12 weeks. So why not just put cold packs on your skin? Well, the technologies designed to perform cryolipolysis are pretty complex. The machine handles fat cells gently at ultra-low temperatures while protecting the surrounding skin and muscles.
How Effective is Fat Freezing?
The most crucial factor in the effectiveness of fat freezing is correct treatment and the time the applicators are applied to your skin. In addition, spot reduction can require more than one treatment session and treatment stacking to ensure a smooth result. In a small percentage of the population, treatment is ineffective (estimated 3-5% non-responders). It is not clearly understood why some people are resistant to fat freezing. However, it is effective for spot reduction in the vast majority of people. So Cooltech, as well as Coolsculpting Brisbane, revolutionised the non-surgical treatment of unwanted fat.