CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that can break down fat cells without causing damage to other tissues. CoolSculpting is an industry-changing technology to reduce stubborn subcutaneous fat cells. Combined with a healthy lifestyle, CoolSculpting can give you the sleeker, tighter look for those stubborn areas like love handles and double chin. Read on to learn more about CoolSculpting and the science behind it.

The Origin of CoolSculpting

Two Harvard University scientists, Dieter Manstein and R. Rox Anderson, observed that some children developed dimples due to eating popsicles. This led them to the idea that cold could selectively affect fat. After much research, this paved the way towards the science of Cryolipolysis.


CoolSculpting Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive cooling of the adipose tissue. This tissue is cooled to induce lipolysis, which is the breakdown of fat cells. The two Harvard dermatologists and their team conducted meticulous research that helped demonstrate that subcutaneous fat cells are naturally vulnerable to the effects of cold, under carefully controlled conditions. This natural, controlled cell death leads to the release of cytokines (among other inflammatory mediators) that eliminates the fat cells over time. These inflammatory mediators gradually consume the fat cells over the next month after the procedure which in turn reduces the thickness of the treated fat layer. The lipids from these fat cells are slowly processed and naturally eliminated from the body.

The Scientific Conclusion

Based on their research findings, the dermatologists concluded that “prolonged, controlled local tissue cooling can induce selective fat cell reduction and subsequent loss of subcutaneous fat, without damaging the overlying skin.” This discovery was given the name “Selective Cryolipolysis.” This research led to the development of the patented technology behind the CoolSculpting Cryolipolysis procedure.

The CoolSculpting Procedure

We all know that some stubborn fat cells just won’t go away no matter much we exercise or eat right. This is where CoolSculpting comes in. Your medical aesthetician will be able to help you target and cool these stubborn fatty areas. They will cool these fat cells to a certain temperature that triggers fat cell apoptosis. This will cause no damage to your nerves or other surrounding tissues because the lipids in fat cells crystallize at a warmer temperature then the water from other areas. During the weeks following your CoolSculpting treatment, your fat cells will undergo the apoptotic death sequence and will gradually be naturally removed from your body by your immune system. The treatment is simple, comfortable, and fast. There are no needles, no anesthesia, and no pain medication needed for treatment. Following treatment, there is no downtime needed and you can resume regular activities right away.

CoolSculpting typically removes 20-40% of fat from the target area, giving you a fitter, tighter appearance. The traditional CoolSculpting procedure targets problem areas likes like the love handles and stomach. With the sleek specialized CoolMini applicator, your medical aesthetician can now target fatty under the chin, in the armpit area, and around the knees.

Is the world’s #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure right for you? Book a consultation with The Ottawa Skin Clinic to discuss whether you are a candidate.