Non-surgical fat reduction treatments, such as CoolSculpting, are often considered an ideal option for older patients due to the lack of risk associated with the procedure. While there is no official age limit for using CoolSculpting, it is always best to consult with a doctor before undergoing any type of treatment. It is important to have realistic expectations when considering any type of cosmetic procedure, as it is not possible to go back in time. CoolSculpting is perfect for those who are already following a healthy diet and exercise regime, but still have pockets of fat in certain areas of the body.
If there is loose skin present, a different procedure such as a tummy tuck or face lift may be necessary. Removing fat from the area can make loose skin more visible. The CoolSculpting procedure results in gradual fat loss over time, so no one needs to know that you have had a cosmetic procedure. During the two months following treatment, dead fat cells are eliminated from the body through natural metabolic processes.
Macrophages, a type of white blood cell that are part of the body's immune system, are “called” to the site of injury to remove dead fat cells and waste from the body. Liposuction removes fat and can be combined with treatments to improve skin laxity and retraction after surgery, but it primarily removes fat and is not a treatment for loose skin. Liposuction cannulas give the plastic surgeon much more precise control over the removal of fat cells; liposuction also allows a larger volume of fat to be extracted. Treatments like TempSure and Z-Wave were designed to tighten the skin in cases like this and are safe for patients of any age.
A portable device called an applicator is used to freeze the layer of fat cells (adipocytes) under the skin.