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CoolSculpting - research evidence supporting its efficacy and safety

Fat removal and body reshaping are increasingly popular cosmetic procedures. Currently, liposuction is by far the most common and effective procedure for body contouring. Given the invasive nature of liposuction, and its inherent risks, there has been an ongoing quest for the development of non-invasive forms of body contouring.

A more recent development in non-invasive lipoplasty has been a novel method of fat layer reduction, termed CoolSculpting (or cryolypolysis). CoolSculpting is a novel non-invasive technology which uses controlled cold exposure to selectively destruct fat cells in the applied areas.[1,2]

In a multicenter clinical study evaluating the use of CoolSculpting for fat layer reduction of love handles and back fat pads), patients underwent CoolSculpting treatment to 1 area, while a symmetric, contra-lateral (opposite side) area was left untreated to serve as a control for observing clinical efficacy.[3]

An subgroup analysis of all patients in the “love handle” group, 32 patients, was performed. Clinical efficacy was determined at 4 months post-treatment using visual assessment with digital photography, physician assessment, and subject satisfaction. Most patients had a clinical improvement with a visible contour change, as assessed by physician observation and digital photography (Fig. 1).

Figure 1: A representative example of clinical improvement following 1 treatment with cryolipolysis for fat layer reduction of the flanks (ie, love handles). The patient’s left side was treated, while the right side served as an untreated control. The top pictures show the baseline, while the bottom pictures demonstrate the clinical improvement 4 months after treatment. The patient’s weight on the baseline and 4 month follow-up day remained unchanged.

 

A feasibility study of using CoolSculpting to reduce abdominal fat is currently ongoing.[4] A total of 42 subjects were enrolled in this study. Symmetric abdominal fat bulges, typically to the left and right of the navel (umbilicus), were treated with CoolSculpting. An analysis of the subjects’ self-assessments indicated that 79% (31 of 39) subjects reported clinical improvement within the first 2-4 months after the procedure (Fig. 2).

Figure 2: A representative example of clinical improvement following 1 treatment with cryolipolysis for fat layer reduction of the abdomen. The patient underwent a single treatment with cryolipolysis, though 2 applications (1 application to the right and 1 application to the left side) were required to treat the entire abdomen due to the larger surface area. The top pictures show the baseline, while the bottom pictures demonstrate the clinical improvement 4 months after treatment. 

 

These studies, and many others, support the conclusion that CoolSculpting may be effective for noninvasive body sculpting/reduction of abdominal and love handle fat.

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References:

1. Nelson AA, Wasserman D, Avram MM: Cryolipolysis for reduction of excess adipose tissue. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2009 Dec;28(4):244-9.

2. Avram MM, Harry RS: Cryolipolysis for subcutaneous fat layer reduction. Lasers Surg Med. 2009 Dec;41(10):703-8

3. Dover J, Burns J, Coleman S, et al: A prospective clinical study of noninvasive cryolypolysis for subcutaneous fat layer reduction—Interim report of available subject data. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, April 2009, National Harbor, Maryland

4. Rosales-Berber IA, Diliz-Perez E: Controlled cooling of subcutaneous fat for body reshaping. Presented at the 15th World Congress of the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic
Surgery, 2009, New Delhi, India

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