Many people have stubborn pockets of fat that simply do not respond to diet or exercise. Women may carry fat on their inner or outer thighs, their back, or their arms. Some men carry fat on their chest, over their pectoral muscles. Men and women alike are prone to carry fat around their waist frequently, while the rest of their figure or physique remains quite lean. Some people will always carry stubborn areas of fat even when they are at a healthy body weight. Sometimes this is due to genetics, but hormonal changes as we age can cause weight to shift to the abdomen or other areas where it may not have previously existed. Until recent years plastic surgery was the only option. Now there is a non-surgical option that has become so popular it’s quickly becoming a household name. This medical treatment is known as CoolSculpting. CoolSulpting is the clinically proven treatment that freezes away fat! Developed by Harvard Scientists, the Cryolipolysis technology behind CoolSculpting was born in the 1970’s.
Why does this matter? Because CoolSculpting works! Once the fat is gone the changes in the way you carry fat on your body will be permanently altered. Correct placement of the cooling devices is imperative to ensure you get the contour you want!
1) EXPERIENCE: Skinpossible has the most advanced training available. All of our technicians have graduated CoolSculpting University and our CoolSculpting lead, Amber, was one of the first to become a CoolSculpting Master in Canada. She is one of the few to have also attended the Scholar’s Class! Yes this is a verifiable fact!
2) RESULTS: CoolSculpting works! Our experience will ensure you get the contour you want. When you come for your CoolSculpting assessment at Skinpossible we can show you before and after photos of our own treatment results. Our happy patients have generously given us permission to show their results and we have hundreds of examples of our own work that we can show you.
3) SPEED AND EFFICIENCY: Skinpossible has three CoolSculpting machines (more than any other clinic in Alberta) so we can treat multiple areas simultaneously to save you time. We also have the newest applicators for the shortest treatment times.
4) GREATER COMFORT: In addition to the new Advantage applicators being faster, they are also far more comfortable than the older generation Legacy applicators that are still utilized by some providers.
5) CHOICES: When it comes to non-surgical body contouring, at Skinpossible you have choices. We also offer WarmSculpting by SculpSure, EMSCULPT and Belkyra! We will customize the best possible treatment plan based on your individual needs, utilizing and combining the most appropriate mixture of body contouring option (s) from our arsenal of modalities.
6) INTEGRITY: We will never exaggerate what any of our treatments are capable of! We will tell you exactly what to expect; what CoolSculpting, SculpSure and EMSCULPT can do, and what non-surgical body contouring treatments cannot do. If you are not a candidate for body contouring we will tell you!
7) STANDARD OF CARE: Our warm, kind, knowledgeable staff will make sure each visit, from your initial consultation and treatment to final follow-up appointment will be enjoyable from start to finish. From our beautiful ambience and generous welcome gifts, to our hospitality offerings and thorough follow-up, the standard of care and treatment experience you can expect at Skinpossible will be second to none!
8) LOCATION/PARKING/HOURS: Located in Calgary’s south, just blocks away from the ring road, we are fast and easy to get to no matter where you are coming from. Parking is free at our front door. Daytime, evening and Saturday appointments are available.
9) FINANCING: Skinpossible has partnered with Medicard, and for CoolSculpting (and other treatments that can be so life-changing) financing makes perfect sense. Manageable monthly payments are temporary, but CoolSculpting results are permanent!
10) EMSCULPT IS INCLUDED! We want you to experience EMSCULPT and what better way than to let you try it. EMSCULPT is a series of four treatments but one treatment is included with the purchase of every CoolSculpting package at Skinpossible!
CoolSculpting was introduced in 2009 and over the years has evolved with the consistent introduction of innovative upgrades. Skinpossible has always promptly invested in each upgrade as it was released. We have every shape and size of the cooling device including:
CoolMini: This tiny applicator is perfect for small areas like under the chin, knees, or that little bulge that pokes out above the bra, under the arms. Treatment time is 45 minutes.
CoolPetite: This newest of the handpieces allows us to treat smaller areas previously too small or too large before CoolPetite’s introduction. Treatment time is 35 minutes.
CoolSmooth: This handpiece was developed especially for the treatment of the outer thigh fat known as saddlebags. Treatment time is 75 minutes and we can treat both thighs at the same time with two machines!
CoolAdvantage: The CoolAdvantage upgrade made CoolSculpting faster and more comfortable than it previously had been. The fat is drawn in more gently so discomfort in the days following the treatment is almost non-existent. It also reduced treatment times from 60 minutes per cycle down to 35 minutes.
CoolAdvantage Plus: With all of the advantages of CoolAdvantage, this largest of the applicators are for debulking areas such as the abdomen. A cycle takes only 45 minutes.
Cool Legacy: We still own all of the sizes of this older generation of Cooling devices and we still use them at times. These cycles take 60 to 75 minutes.
Proven Track Record: In the past nine years more than 7 million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed on men and women worldwide. Areas that can be treated include the abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs, back fat, bra fat, “banana roll,” upper arms, male chest fat and underneath the chin. It is the most utilized body contouring technology in the world by a very wide margin.
Clinical Studies: The CoolSculpting procedure is safe and it works well! The proof is in the 70+ clinical studies that validate its effectiveness. Other body contouring treatments might have a study or two, maybe three, but CoolSculpting has over seventy! The clinical evidence consistently speaks for itself.
Highest Patient Satisfaction Rating: CoolSculpting has the highest “Worth It’ rating of all non-surgical body contouring treatments. It also won the New Beauty Award for Best Overall Fat Fighter for the past three years in a row. We will admit that one of the newer technologies has us impressed. So impressed, in fact, we bought it! For more information go to these additional body contouring webpages: CoolSculpting Vs SculpSure and SculpSure
*Results may vary
Developed by Harvard scientists, research has shown that when fat cells are frozen they crystallize and die, and that’s how CoolSculpting works. The cold exposure induces apoptotic cell death of subcutaneous fat cells. In other words, it causes the cells to die much the same as they would from natural old-age. The difference is that when cells die of old-age they reproduce themselves before they pass away. In this case, there is no time to replicate. Learn more>
Many of us have bulges of fat like muffin tops
Those unwanted bulges contain fat cells, which can be resistant to diet and exercise but not CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to target and crystallize fat cells
Crystallized fat cells gradually die off, they are then naturally released from your body
In the weeks and months following treatment, remaining fat cells condense, reducing the fat layer
With CoolSculpting is possible to remove fat from the body
A CoolSculpting treatment begins with a consultation. One of our CoolSculpting experts will sit with you in the privacy of one of our consultation rooms and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. We will show you before and after photos of what CoolSculpting has achieved for some of our other patients (who gave us permission to show their photos) and let you know if you are a candidate. Based on which areas of your figure of physique you wish to have treated we can map out a treatment plan that will fit your goals, schedule, and budget. No pressure! No obligation!
Prior to starting your treatment we will weigh you and take photos of the treatment areas from a variety of angles. Since the fat will clear gradually in the weeks following treatment these, base-line photos provide a record to refer back to for comparison purposes at the time of your post-treatment follow-up. What the eye doesn’t see every day the brain can forget, so most people really appreciate seeing the side-by-side visible changes. Coloured markings are then used to map out the treatment plan and precisely identify exactly where to place each cooling device to create the best possible contour.
Once you are comfortably positioned on the treatment table, a thin gel pad will be placed on your skin to protect the skin from frostbite. The appropriate cooling device is placed against the markings and gentle suction draws the fat into the applicator. Over the next 35 to 45 minutes the fat crystalizes while the surrounding tissue remains unharmed. The gel pad and applicator are then removed and the treatment area is massaged for two minutes. This brief massage can be uncomfortable, but most people tolerate it well. Bringing the fat back to room temperature quickly improves the efficacy of the treatment significantly.
The area will feel cool but not intensely cold for approximately 5-10 minutes, a sensation that subsides as the area becomes numb. Then you feel nothing. Your technician will make you comfortable with blankets and pillows and offer beverages and snacks. She will provide you with our guest wifi password, a remote for the television, and leave you to relax while the fat freezes. Some people use this time to answer emails, read or simply nap. You will have a pager to call your technician in case you need anything. Your technician will have a timer and will return promptly when the treatment is completed.
The crystallized fat cells are gradually removed over the next few weeks and months through the body’s natural physiological processes. Most people start noticing a difference at about the 4 week mark but the most dramatic results occur after about 8 weeks. Results and patient experience may vary, but an average of 25% of the treated fat will be gone for good! A follow-up visit at approximately 12 weeks post-treatment will allow us to take photos for comparison purposes and see the before and after results side-by-side. Some people opt to do additional treatment(s) for further fat reduction or contouring.
If you would like to know what CoolSculpting can do for you call and book a consultation. We’ll do an assessment and let you know if you are a candidate. We’ll give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. No Pressure. No obligation.
*Please note the information below is relevant to CoolSculpting’s New Advantage Applicators
Clinical studies show that results are significantly improved when the treatment area is massaged after CoolSculpting. If using a machine to perform the post-treatment would help the treatment work better than a manual massage would, we would offer it. We did, in fact, test and compare both methods of a massage by doing a split trial on flanks with a demo unit that was loaned to us. We massaged one flank with the vibrational machine and the other using manual massage. The side where we used the manual massage lost significantly more fat. Click here to see the before and after comparison for yourself.
Why do some websites say SculpSure works better than CoolSculpting? +
In some cases, SculpSure is a better option than CoolSculpting. That is why we purchased it. According to the clinical evidence, SculpSure does not remove more fat than CoolSculpting or get rid of fat faster. Perhaps the content writers for those websites have not read the studies. CoolSculpting, when it includes post-treatment massage, clears an “average” of 25% of the treated fat. SculpSure can clear “up to” 24%, although it is usually significantly less. CoolSculpting and SculpSure each have unique advantages, and at Skinpossible you have both options.
Can I return to normal activities after my treatment? +
Yes you can. The procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely. Often times, patients return to work after the session is over.
Do I need to take special supplements, or follow a diet or exercise program for CoolSculpting to work? +
No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt any diet and exercise habits in the weeks following your treat-ment. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment.
Should a nurse do my CoolSculpting treatment? +
If there was any benefit whatsoever to having a nurse do your CoolSculpting, we would definitely have a nurse performing these treatments. There is no need for injections or anesthesia, so it is not necessary for a nurse to do your Coolsculpting procedure. If there are any concerns or reasons for caution our doctor will personally review your treatment plan before proceeding. Instead, we have highly trained and experienced laser technicians who specialize in medical aesthetics. They’ve also been trained to give an extra measure of pampering, so you feel well taken care of during your treatment.
Why is there conflicting information about how much time a CoolSculpting treatment takes? +
The previous generation of Cooling devices required 60-75 minutes per cycle compared to the shorter treatment times of only 35-45 minutes with the new updates. The upgrades make Coolsculpting far more comfortable during and after the treatment as well.
What happens during the treatment? +
You and your clinican first select the area(s) to be treated. Your clinican will position the device on your body. The device will then draw the bulge up between two cooling panels. The sensation is a firm pull and pressure – enough of a pull to ensure the selected tissue will be cooled most efficiently. An hour or so later, depending on your needs, you’re done.
Is the CoolSculpting procedure safe? +
Remarkably so! There are very few health concerns that would contraindicate you from having the treatment. The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared and Health Canada approved. With over 5million CoolSculpting procedures worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.
Can I return to normal activities after my CoolSculpting Treatment? +
Yes, you can. The procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely. Often times, patients return to work after the session is over.
Do I need to take special supplements, a strict diet and exercise program? +
No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.
Where does the fat go? +
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body.
What will my results be? +
Typically, each CoolSculpting treatment results in a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment is complete, you can attain further reductions with additional treatments, resulting in even more fat loss. Some patients find that just one treatment fully addresses their goals. You and your doctor will discuss and design a customized treatment plan that suits you best.
What does CoolSculpting feel like? +
Does CoolSculpting hurt? It can be somewhat startling when the fat is drawn between the cooling plates but this is much more comfortable with the gentle suction of the new generation of cooling devices. It feels cool (but not cold) for 5-10 minutes and then you feel nothing at all. The two minute post-treatment massage is uncomfortable (rated 3.7 out of 10) but it is usually we tolerated and over quickly.
When will I see results from CoolSculpting? +
You may start to see changes as quickly as 3-4 weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. Your body will continue to clear fat for up to four to six months after the treatment.
Can I have CoolSculpting and SculpSure at the same time at Skinpossible? +
Absolutely! Your consultant will make recommendations on the best possible treatment plan utilizing either or both of these two remarkable non-invasive body-contouring technologies.
How many treatment areas can be treated at a time at Skinpossible? +
Because we have three CoolSculpting machines and a SculpSure laser, technically four (or more) That would be rare and somewhat awkward unless you have the flexibility of Gumby. We have found that we can usually treat two areas with Coolsculpting easily and we do this every day. Now, with the addition of SculpSure, we can also offer CoolSculpting and SculpSure in the same treatment plan and potentially perform both treatments at the same time.
Would Lipotrophic Fat Injections help me get better results from CoolSculpting? +
Lipotrophic injections can be used in connection with a medically supervised weight-loss program to help the liver metabolize fat. If Lipotrophic injections would help enhance CoolSculpting results we would offer them. The truth is that nothing is required to help break down the fat after your CoolSculpting treatment. The fat is cleared through the body’s lymphatic system. The liver has nothing to do with it. FYI, in the absence of strict dietary restrictions that accompany medically supervised with(weight) loss programs, the injections will do nothing to cause weight-loss. For more information to go to: https://iapam.com/mic-injections
What is the purpose of the massage after CoolSculpting? +
When tissue has been frozen, returning it to room temperature quickly causes further damage. That is why people suffering from hypothermia need to be “thawed out” slowly. In the case of CoolSculpting, however, we want to cause further damage. The two minute post-treatment massage restores the crystalized fat to room temperature quickly, and improves efficacy of the treatment significantly!
What will my results be after CoolSculpting? +
Typically, each CoolSculpting treatment results in an average of 25% reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment is complete, you can attain further reductions with additional treatments, resulting in even more fat loss. Treatments can be repeated as early as four weeks, or at any time, if further reduction is desired.
Why do some people feel CoolSculpting is “Not Worth it?” +
Firstly, as with all treatments, CoolSculpting results do vary from person to person. There are hyper-responders, average respond-ers, low responders and, unfortunately, a rare non-responder. Justifiably a few people are disappointed with their results, but on the flip side, most are satisfied and many are delighted. The most common reason for the few reviews that claim the treatment didn't work has nothing to do with the treatment at all. It has to do with the simple fact that what the eye doesn’t see every day the brain forgets. When people return to the clinic for post-treatment photos, sometimes they have forgotten what they looked like before. The photos almost always leave them convinced and happy. The “not worth it” reviews are often written by people who did not return to their treatment provider to see their before and after comparisons. CoolSculpting has the highest “worth it” rating of all body-contouring treatments.
Am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting? +
CoolSculpting is not for weight-loss. It is a body-contouring treatment that can reduce localized areas of fat. An ideal candidate will be within 30 pounds of their ideal weight, but anyone wishing to reduce a localized area of fat could be a good candidate. Only the area of fat that is treated will be reduced in size so it is important to have realistic expectations.
How is it that CoolSculpting can get rid of fat but is not for weight-loss? +
Fat is not heavy compared to its volume. A single pound of fat is the size of a pound of butter. When you think about reducing fat from a localized area, a small weight change makes a big difference. When you look at before and after photos of CoolSculpting results, the best examples will be those that show little or no weight-change. If the weight has not changed the fat-loss is clearly a result of the treatment, not weight-loss results from diet or exercise.
Can I exercise after CoolSculpting? +
You could go straight to the gym immediately following your treatment. The treated area will feel tender for a few days but there is no reason to not exercise.
Do I need to massage the treated areas every day after CoolSculpting? +
No, this is part of the post-treatment instructions following SculpSure, but is not required after CoolSculpting.
Are there any side effects from CoolSculpting? +
Inflammation is to be expected and the nerves in the fat that was treated will be temporarily desensitized. It is normal to feel a numb sensation afterward but this typically resolves within a few days or 2-3 weeks at most. Bruising is not uncommon and at some point within the first two weeks you may experience one or more of the following sensations: deep itching, tingling, pain in the treatment area, mild to severe cramping, muscle spasms, aching and/or soreness. Side effects have been dramatically reduced since the introduction of the new cooling devices. Other less common side effects will be discussed at the time of your consultation.
How many times will I need to have CoolSculpting done? +
It only requires one treatment to see undeniable results, although many people opt to do another round of treatments for further reduction. Those who wish to debulk should expect that a second round will be required.
Can CoolSculpting achieve liposuction results? +
Yes, it absolutely can, and it can do so without the risks of plastic surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations, however. A single round of non-surgical body-contouring cannot get rid of as much fat as a single lipo-suction plastic surgery can. Additional treatments could be required to achieve results comparable to plastic surgery. The cost for CoolSculpting is less so additional rounds could still cost less than plastic surgery. Another thing to consider is that non-surgical body contouring cannot correct loose skin like a tummy tuck can.
Can CoolSculpting be used safely on all Skintypes? +
Yes, we can do your treatment no matter what your ethnicity.
What happens if I gain weight after CoolSculpting? +
The fat that clears after CoolSculpting will be gone for good and many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, are motivated to take even better care of themselves. If you do gain weight, however, the weight will be more likely to accumulate evenly all over your body, not localized in the treated areas where it previously tended to accumulate.
Does CoolSculpting feel really cold? +
The coldest part of a CoolSculpting treatment is the gel pad that is applied to the skin prior to application of the cooling device. Oddly, while this gel pad is at room temperature it feels ice cold. The purpose is to protect the skin from frostbite. Once the cooling device is applied it feels cool but not cold for 5-10 minutes. Then the nerves become desensitized and you feel nothing at all. The 2-minute post-treatment massage is the most uncomfortable part of the CoolSculpting treatment but most people feel this is quite tolerable.
Is there any advantage for me to have my CoolSculpting done at the clinic that offered it first? +
Since it’s introduction in 2011 the technology has evolved greatly with the introduction of new machines and new improved applicators. On the contrary there would be a definite disadvantage to having the treatment done with the first CoolSculpting machines to hit the market.