CoolSculpting has become a well-known noninvasive procedure proven to assist in fat reduction. Using a process called cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting works by exposing a patient’s stubborn fat deposits to freezing temperatures for a prolonged period. The body then naturally disposes of the fat over time through the liver as waste.
The results are permanent because once fat cells are removed, the body cannot grow them back. As a nonsurgical procedure with minimal recovery time, CoolSculpting can be a great alternative to more intrusive treatments like liposuction.
The next question you may have is how the fat is frozen? It’s not like these cells can leave your whole body frozen solid like an ice cube. CoolSculpting machines target and freeze fat by drawing the skin of the treated area into a rounded paddle called an applicator. Some applicators suction in the target body part’s surface, while others lack such a vacuum effect.
Depending on the treated area, different applicators may be required. CoolSculpting providers have a variety of different applicators at their disposal, which can be used on body parts from the chin down to the thighs. Keep reading to learn about the different CoolSculpting applicators and the body parts they can treat.
What are the Different Types of CoolSculpting Applicators?
Designed to treat larger body parts like the abdomen, flank, and inner thigh, this applicator can get the job done in as little as 35 minutes per area. The older version of this applicator, however, could require up to an hour to get the job done. This curve design varies from standard, plus, and petite. The CoolAdvantage Plus is perfect for debulking larger areas. CoolAdvantage Petite is the right size for the upper arm and smaller pockets of fat.
The largest of the applicators, the CoolMax can freeze the most fat in the least amount of time. This applicator works for large areas of fat around the abdomen, such as belly hangover and love handles.
A slightly smaller applicator similar to CoolMax, the CoolCore is the most commonly used applicator. As you can likely gather from the name, this tool is best suited for contouring patients’ abdominal regions. The CoolCore is one of the newest applicators and can actually treat both the upper and lower abdomen simultaneously.
Designed for the harder to reach places, this applicator is able to freeze smaller pockets of fat. From a “bra bulge” to back fat, the CoolCurve is versatile in thanks to its curved shape.
As a flat head applicator, this is perfect for treating verticle planes, such as slimming the arms and inner thighs. Women looking for the coveted “thigh gap” can be helped with this applicator.
This one is different from the other applicators, as it does not use a suction mechanism. The CoolSmooth treats areas with non-pinchable or dense fat, making this ideal for outer thigh fat. With a 75-minute treatment period, the CoolSmooth also requires the most amount of time per session. Another differentiating feature is this applicator’s ability to hug the areas treated, which enables it to work without a vacuum effect.
As you can probably gather from the name, this is a smaller applicator, which makes ideal for submental fat found under the chin. Additionally, the CoolMini can work on other areas untreatable by larger applicators, including the armpit region and around the knees. Treatments involving the CoolMini usually take around 45 minutes to complete.
Keep in mind that, depending on the area that you are treating, one or more applicators may be used concurrently. It’s important to remember that CoolSculpting works in cycles, meaning that you may need to come in more than twice.