Cryolypolisis Technology (Cool Shaping)
Cryolipolysis is the non-invasive cooling of adipose tissue to induce lipolysis (breaking down fat cells) without damage to other tissues. The result over two to four months is a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat.
After the procedure, exposure to cooling causes fat cell apoptosis, which leads to the release of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators.
Inflammatory cells gradually digest the affected fat cells in the months after the procedure.
Lipids from the fat cells are slowly released and transported by the lymphatic system to be processed, much like fat from food. Because the lipid clearance process is gradual there is no harmful change in blood lipids or liver function.
Lipids in fat cells crystallize at warmer temperatures than other water-containing cells. This is how Cryolipolysis targets only fat cells for destruction and spares other tissue such as skin, muscle, and nerves. The Cool Shaping® system controls the rate of energy extraction or cooling during the procedure.
The Cool Shaping system includes a selection of non-invasive, tissue-cooling applicators controlled by a precisely engineered monitoring system.
To perform the Cryolipolysis Procedure, the physician attaches an applicator to the targeted procedure area to extract energy (cooling) from the underlying fat tissue. The specially designed vacuum applicator draws tissue into the applicator cup and gently holds it between two cooling panels, extracting heat according to the selected procedure profile.
Sensors embedded in the applicator monitor the skin during the procedure to ensure a consistent and uniform procedure. The sensors are linked to the control console to continuously monitor and adjust cooling throughout the Cryolipolysis Procedure and provide continuous feedback to the physician.
Clinical studies demonstrate that the Cryolipolysis Procedure provides noticeable, measurable fat reduction in properly selected patients over the course of two to four months after the procedure (3),(4). Additional procedures may be administered two to four months after the initial procedure to achieve greater fat reduction.
Patients experiencing fat layer reduction show persistent results at least six months after the Cool Shaping treatment.
Longer-term studies have not yet been completed. It is known that the exposure to cooling causes the fat cells to begin a process of natural removal, which gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. The fat cells in the treated area are gently eliminated through the body's normal metabolism process, like fat from food.
The elimination of fat cells as a result of the Cryolipolysis Procedure is expected to last about as long as fat cells removed by invasive procedures such as liposuction.
The results of the Cryolipolysis Procedure are not as rapid or dramatic as invasive procedures such as liposuction. However, for patients who wish to avoid the pain, risk and recovery time associated with surgical procedures, the Cryolipolysis Procedure may be the preferred option.
The Cool Shaping Procedure is completely non-invasive, which allows immediate return to normal activities such as work or exercise. Redness may appear in the treated area, and may last from few minutes to few hours. Some localized bruising or swelling may occur, which clears within a few weeks. Many patients experience a temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area, lasting one to eight weeks.
Ideal candidates for the Cryolipolysis Procedure are relatively fit, but have some modest-size fat bulges that are not easily reduced through diet and exercise. They are seeking spot reduction for specific areas of fat, but are not considering a surgical procedure. The Cryolipolysis Procedure is not intended for weight loss or obesity, and it is not a substitute for invasive methods such as liposuction.
The controlled cooling of the Cryolipolysis Procedure targets and eliminates only fat cells. Other treatment modalities, such as lasers, radiofrequency and focused ultrasound, affect fat cells and may affect other adjacent tissue in a way that is not comparable to the Cool Shaping method.
Well-controlled studies to determine whether the fat-reducing effects of the Cryolipolysis Procedure will result in the improved appearance of cellulite have not been completed. We do not recommend the Cryolipolysis Procedure using the current applicators for cellulite at this time.