#BEAUTYBITCH GETS FROZEN!
So last month I went to Therapie Clinic in Donegall Place for 2 sessions of Cooltec fat freezing on my abdomen.
Cooltec or Sculpture is a non-invasive fat reducing treatment that exposes fat cells to controlled cooling in order to break down the fat and destroy it so that it can be naturally flushed away from the body. In short, a suction system lifts your loose fat from your body slightly and this basically cools the fat cells to near freezing, crystallises them and they more or less shatter and die as I understood from it.
I was worried that all this dead fat would get into my bloodstream and raise my blood fats or put my liver under strain, but the studies show dead fat cells are digested by white blood cells in the immune system. The studies also showed the treatment wouldn’t damage my skin or nerves, and that a single one-hour procedure could shrink the fat in the area being treated by an average of 20 to 25 per cent.
Therapie Clinic, which has clinics nationwide, is the only clinic to have the COOLTEC machine in NI and the treatment is becoming more and more popular after reports that TV star Kim Kardashian and her mum Kris Jenner are big fans of it. The treatment is best for the areas where fat is stubborn — all the usual problem areas which just won’t budge even though you work out and eat healthily. Stomach, love handles, arms and inner thighs are all popular areas with the treatment. Plus, you can repeat the treatment as often as you like (or can afford).
My therapist Alison put me at ease and had explained everything before the treatment began. She put a suction-like device on to the skin on the problem area and cooled the fat cells. It took about five minutes to cool the fat to the correct temperature, which is around -15c.
The device was left on for an hour until the area was completely frozen which helps break down the fat cells, which are then flushed away by the body’s natural metabolic process. My skin was protected using a gel-infused pad so I didn’t get a freeze burn. I was told that I could bruise a little but I didn’t. The whole (hour long) process wasn’t painful for me, just slightly uncomfortable at first – but definitely bearable and I even managed to fall asleep the second time.
After the treatment I felt numb with pins and needles in the treated area. My stomach was swollen and the numb feeling stayed for about two weeks. It has been a month from the treatment and I have seen great results.
The team at Therapie is quick to point out that CoolTec isn’t a quick fix, and nor is it a weight loss treatment because it removes only small areas of fat. ‘The ideal candidate is within two stone of their ideal body weight and has pockets of pinchable soft fat on muffin tops, flanks, back fat, abdomen and inner thighs,’ said Alison.
My verdict? The procedure is safe, fast and works on lumps and bumps. Results aren’t instant, but the effects are visible in around three weeks, but vastly improve after around to 12 to 14 weeks. I saw a nice subtle reduction in the pesky fat that crept over the waistband of my jeans and which popped my tummy out of LBDs.
It’s particularly efficient at shaping the waist, giving a lean, toned curve and I would recommend this treatment as part of a healthy weight-loss programme. Contact Therapie on 08000 121 565. Clinics Nationwide.