Hundreds of thousands of people undergo fat-busting surgery every year. But liposuction comes with the risks that any surgery carries. Something could go wrong during the procedure or you could end up with an infection.
And that’s without mentioning the pain and discomfort that comes after.
There has to be an alternative.
Enter cryolipolysis. This is the technical name for a fat reduction technique that uses fat freezing to help you lose those unwanted pounds.
It’s become more popular in recent years, which means there are several devices on the market. Which device your practitioner uses will have an effect on the results that you see.
Today, we are talking about the origins of Coolsculpting, and leading Clatuu fat freezing technology.
That’s a good question. To answer it, we’re going to look at the work of a team of Harvard scientists.
In 2004, this team of scientists uncovered the secrets behind fat freezing. They found that you can use extreme cold to effectively destroy fat cells.
That differs from the normal methods of weight loss that most people use. Through diet and exercise, you can shrink the fat cells in your body. But this new technique – which the team dubbed cryolipolysis – actually gets rid of the fat altogether.
Here’s how it works.
Practitioners use a special device to lower the temperature of the treatment area. Typically, they’ll lower it below the freezing point of water.
The reason for this is that your fat cells need certain conditions to survive. By freezing them, you’re essentially robbing them of these conditions. You’re putting them in a state that makes it impossible for them to survive.
This causes the cells to crystallize and die. And from there, they break down into smaller fragments and get absorbed into your body’s natural mechanisms. Your body then uses the energy that the cells contain and gets rid of the waste product.
The key here is that this is a permanent treatment. By the end, you’ll lose up to 30% of the fat cells in the treatment area, permanently.
The Harvard scientists’ discovery has undergone more extensive research since 2004.
In 2014, researchers from the Departments of Dermatology at both Louisiana State University and Weill Cornel Medical College took a closer look at fat freezing. They found that it achieved an average patient satisfaction rate of 73%, with 86% of people seeing demonstrable improvement.
The conclusion is that freezing fat not only works, but it works far better than many may have thought. It achieves results in the vast majority of cases.
In 2008, further fat freezing experiments took place. Using pigs as the research subjects, the studies proved that the idea worked. With the research proven, manufacturers started looking for ways to put fat freezing into practice.
That’s when a couple of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School decided to team up. Dieter Manstein and Rox Anderson created the fat freezing device that was commercialised under the Coolsculpting name and put the ideas into practice.
The device underwent clinical trials in 2008. The team then spent several years getting approvals for the device. In 2010, they received approval from America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on the flanks. It received further approval in 2012 for use on the stomach. Another approval for use on the thighs came in 2015.
It’s fair to say that Coolsculpting was the original standard bearer for cryolipolysis. It’s the name that a lot of those who’ve heard of the technique automatically gravitate to.
However, there are other fat freezing technologies available today.
Introduced in 2015, Clatuu builds on the same technology concept of cryolipolysis fat freezing as Coolsculpting. Both devices freeze your fat in order to destroy it. As such, they both offer non-invasive fat reduction that’s a viable alternative to surgical liposuction.
The key with Clatuu is that it builds on the technology behind Coolsculpting. A lot of time has passed since the Harvard researchers came up with the cryolipolysis idea in the early 2000’s.
Clatuu is a modern and leading fat freezing technology and is seen as a competitor to CoolSculpting and other technologies.
Clatuu also achieves exemplary customer satisfaction rates. A study from Royal North Shore Hospital found that 89% of Clatuu users came away satisfied.
Clatuu uses dual 360 degree cooling applicators for fast, even, and effective treatment compared to other technologies and older models of machines.
That compares favourably to the 2014 study mentioned above. In fact, 16% more people come away feeling satisfied than the average for fat freezing found in that study.
That leads us to the key question.
Which of these devices is the right device for you?
Let’s take a look at the key features to assess the pros and cons of each device.
Coolsculpting comes with a single applicator and double applicator. That’s fairly standard across these types of devices.
Clatuu also has two applicators and come in varying shapes and sizes to accommodate various bodies and concern areas. No two bodies are the same, so more applicator options mean a more individualised treatment plan.
The obvious benefit is that with more applicator options available, the more we can tailor the treatment to fit you.
The 360 dual cooling applicator technology built into Clatuu uses the latest fat freezing methods on the market. The end result is a device that freezes 30% faster than other technologies.
Couple that with the fact that the applicators covers a larger or more customised treatment area and you can see that Clatuu saves a lot more time compared with other technologies. This obviously improves convenience levels for those undergoing fat reduction treatment and seeking a non-invasive alternative.
But there’s another benefit that’s more directly applicable to practitioners. Faster cooling speeds over larger treatment areas mean that they can finish treatments faster. That means they may be able to slot more treatments into a day than they would using other technologies.
The cost to consumers gets affected by two things – applicators and licensing.
Firstly, the dual applicators in Clatuu allow for two treatments to take place at one time. Most practitioners don’t double their charges for this. As a result, the consumer saves money.
Coolsculpting is owned by a parent company which then charges a licensing fee to everybody who wishes to use it. That can raise costs for the practitioner, which typically gets passed onto the consumer.
That’s not an issue with Clatuu. Buying the device does not require the purchase of a license, which means there are no extra fees beyond the device cost itself. As a result, practitioners have the opportunity to pass savings back to their clients.
Again, this lowers the cost of treatment using Clatuu. Plus, practitioners benefit from a more cost-effective system. This allows them some more flexibility in their pricing models.
Both Clatuu and Coolsculpting have applicators that allow for the treatment of the key fat reduction areas. These include the stomach, thighs, and back.
Previously, Coolsculpting had the advantage in this department. As well as these major areas, that device had an applicator that allowed for fat reduction in the chin area. Clatuu didn’t originally offer a similar applicator.
However, the Flat Mini and Wing Mini applicators now provide for this market as well. Clatuu also has special applicators for freezing stubborn fat behind the legs, inner thighs and outer thighs to suit different body shapes.
All of this brings us back to our original question. Which technology is right for you?
On the strength of this evidence, Clatuu appears to be the market leader when it comes to freezing fat. The device offers more effective fat freezing that covers a larger treatment area and also has more applicator options for tailoring to more body shapes. It’s effective and fast, with two 360 degree cooling applicators, which can be used in the same treatment. Plus, the lack of licensing requirements means that it’s more cost-effective for both practitioners and consumers.
All of this isn’t to say that Coolsculpting or other technologies don’t provide effective treatment. It does and it is very much a viable alternative to surgical liposuction.
Clatuu is the device of choice for Body Catalyst. We use Clatuu to achieve amazing results for our clients. Find out more about Clatuu and cryolipolysis at our website then contact a consultant to arrange a free consultation.