There is a prevalent rumor going around about Coolsculpting, and it is a rumor that both promises a lot and that most people hope to be true. Fortunately, it is true: The effects of Coolsculpting do last in the long term.
Don’t just take my word for it, though. A recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology confirms this rumor.
Although cryolipolysis, which is the destruction of body fat through freezing fat cells, has only been FDA-approved since 2010, there are some patients that were treated in the initial studies (circa 2007) who are now 9 years post-treatment. This JCD study went back and analyzed their long-term results by photos and measurements of weight, BMI, and circumference.
In the two cases that were followed over the 9-year period, both participants were male and both had only one side of their flank areas (i.e. “love handles”) treated. By only treating one side of the body with Coolsculpting and not the other, the researchers would be easily able to compare the effects of the treatment to the opposite untreated side.
Also, in both cases, both men had their photographs taken and weights followed once each year over the past 9 years. Then, an independent panel of 3 dermatology or plastic surgery doctors, none of whom were involved in the treatment of these patients, reviewed the photos.
Each doctor was asked to pick out the treated side and rate the improvement. All the reviewers correctly identified the treated side in 100% of the images presented to them.
The identification is even more interesting (and ironic) in that both patients had actually gained weight, not lost weight, over the 9-year period. The man in the first case gained 5 pounds over the course of 9 years, and the man in the second case gained 10 pounds in that same time period.
However, no doctor in the independent panel saw any appearance in increased weight or thickness in either post-treated side. The author, Dr. Bernstein, concluded that “local reductions in flank fat have significant longevity and suggest that results from cryolipolysis may be very long-lasting.”
Coolsculpting remains the gold standard for non-invasive fat reduction and is giving surgical liposuction a run for its money. In addition to Coolsculpting’s effectiveness, many studies have demonstrated its safety as well.
The lack of downtime following the procedure is also a major advantage. Use of this technology started in the flanks, and is now being used in the abdomen, thighs, arms, back and chest.
If you have any questions about Coolsculpting, we are having an informational get-together on October 17th, 2016 from 6-8 P.M. in our Augusta office. However, you must register for this event by calling us at (207) 873-2158 ASAP, as we have only 4 more spots available for this event as of the time this blog post has been published.
If you can’t make this informational meeting for any reason but really want to, don’t worry. We will have further informational sessions in the coming months as well.