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A Complete History of CoolSculpting


Did you know that CoolSculpting (or fat freezing, if you prefer) can trace its origins from popsicles? Read on for an overview of the interesting beginning of this successful fat elimination method that has helped millions of people from all over the world look and feel better in their bodies.


How Did CoolSculpting Begin?


The history of CoolSculpting goes back to about a decade ago. Two doctors, Dr. Rox Anderson from the Harvard School of Medicine and Dr. Dieter Manstein from the Massachusetts General Hospital, noticed that children who frequently ate popsicles tended to have dimples on their cheeks. This phenomenon made the doctors curious. 

Being scientists, the doctors started carrying out studies to find out what caused the dimples.

After a lot of time researching, the doctors discovered that dimples formed due to inflammation of the fat cells in the children’s mouths. How? The fat cells in the cheeks were frozen and “killed” due to the cold temperature of the popsicles, and eventually eliminated from the body. The phenomenon, scientifically known as “popsicle panniculitis, paved way for today’s popular fat freezing body sculpting method known as fat freezing

The doctors wondered whether the principle of targeted fat loss on the cheeks would also hold true for other parts of the body. They started experimenting by applying cold and lowering the temperature of fat tissues to about 40 degrees. From the experiments conducted, the doctors found out that low temperature caused the fat cells to disintegrate and die, without harming the skin or nearby organs. The working of the procedure explains why it’s referred to as “fat freezing”. 


Timeline on the Development of CoolSculpting

Fat freezing, or CoolSculpting, is medically referred to as Cryolipolysis. Below is an overview of the development of the technique:



In 2009, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Manstein report their first clinical success in using Cryolipolysis to treat love handles on various patients. Towards the end of the year, the doctors begin the process of getting the treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).



In 2010, Cryolipolysis is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a non-invasive method of breaking fat on love handles. Later in the year, fat freezing machines start to be sold in private clinics across the United States.



Towards the end of 2011, more countries around the world approve fat freezing for the elimination of fat in stubborn areas. In total, the procedure is approved in over 46 countries worldwide, including the European Union, Canada, China, and various Asian nations.



By the end of 2012, the United States leads the world in successful freezing fat procedures. The FDA approves the method for the treatment of stubborn fat in other areas of the stomach beyond the love handles. At the same time, over 15,000 successful fat freezing treatments are registered nationwide.



In 2014, new fat freezing devices are developed for the market. Coming to regulations, the FDA approves CoolSculpting for the treatment of stubborn fat in more parts of the body, including the thighs. With this approval, more people become eligible to undergo fat freezing treatment.



By 2017, CoolSculpting is well-known around the world. Information about the procedure is readily available in clinics and online. Also, millions of people have undergone the procedure to remove stubborn fat from different parts of their bodies. 


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