MADISON (WKOW) -- This story may sound too good to be true. An FDA approved treatment can eliminate your fat while you sit and relax.
A commonly known version of the process is CoolSculpting. Patients have enjoyed the quick treatment because it requires no needles or surgery.
Here's a little catch though. "It's not for weight loss," says Anne Pientka, RN. Pientka is a nurse who has been CoolSculpting at Radiance Skin Therapy and Laser Center in Madison for four and a half years. She says patients need to be diligent with diet and exercise already. "It is for people who have healthy lifestyles, who have a pocket of fat here or there that they don't like, and they would never have surgery for it."
CoolSculpting is a version of cryolipolysis, a process that freezes and kills only the fat cells in the targeted area.
The patient undergoing treatment during this story wanted to remain anonymous, but told us it felt like someone was grabbing her arm. "It feels like I'm getting pinched," she says. It was comfortable enough for her to sit and work on her computer while the CoolSculpting was being applied.
In about an hour, the treatment is complete. After a quick massage, patients can return to their normal activities, from work to school to the gym. However, results will likely not be seen right away.
"The results can start in as little as two weeks," says Pientka. "But again, we kind of see [those normal results] at two to three months. Kind of some people see a slow process. Some people will say oh my gosh, I woke up, and it just felt like I had less fat there."
Pientka says CoolSculpting does not eliminate all of the fat cells in the targeted area, rather about 25 to 50%.
Since CoolSculpting is a medical treatment two other components are involved -- price and side effects. CoolSculpting starts at about $500 and can definitely go up from there, depending on the type and number of applications. As for side effects, Radiance Skin Therapy and Laser Center warns they can include deep itching, tingling, numbness, tenderness, pain, cramping, diarrhea, muscles spasms, aching and/or soreness, but are not typical. Side effects and results vary patient to patient.