NON-SURGICAL BODY CONTOURING – A LOOK AT THE DARK SIDE OF COOLSCULPTING, Ignite MediSpa Wollongong | Cosmetic Surgery, Dentistry, Spa & Beauty, Wellness & More

Has the CoolSculpting fat freezing craze caught your attention? If you’re considering non-surgical body contouring to achieve your desired figure, do your research and check out UltraShape Body Contouring instead. Safe. Effective. Pain-Free. The exact reasons Ignite Medispa has chosen this modality over the other more heavily marketed procedure.

One day you look in the mirror and you’re unhappy with the reflection staring back at you. Unwanted bulges are visible through your clothes and you’d give anything to have slimmer, smoother curves. You already lead a healthy lifestyle, eat right and exercise but it’s doesn’t seem to be enough. If only there was a simpler way.

A possible solution to attaining the body you want is being advertised everywhere you turn. Non-surgical fat reduction and body contouring procedures promise to reduce annoying rolls without much effort on your part. They work by targeting and destroying fat cells which the body then removes with the help of your lymphatic system.

The Dark Side Of CoolSculpting

  • Delayed Onset Pain
  • Uneven Results & Lumpiness
  • Paradoxical Fat GROWTH
  • Nerve Damage
  • Frostbite, Burns, Skin Necrosis

Not All Non-Surgical Body Contouring Is Created Equal

Non-surgical, fat-zapping treatments run the gamut from cryotherapy (fat-freezing), to heat energy (laser, radiofrequency, ultrasound), to injecting fat-dissolving solution under the skin. Each modality varies in safety and efficacy, each with its own list of pros and cons.

CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing treatment that’s been heavily marketed and is very popular because it makes sense to a lot of people. Freezing your fat off, quite literally, may sound brilliant but there’s more to the story than what you see in ads and testimonials. When it comes to any fat reduction treatment that promises “all gain and no pain” consumers are strongly encouraged to exercise their due diligence.

Before booking a consultation for fat freezing here’s what you need to know. Results are not consistent and the number one complaint is the lack of noticeable improvement. That’s because procedures like CoolSculpting can get quite expensive and many clinics often understate the number of cycles needed to achieve the advertised 25% fat reduction. Making the problem worse is the proliferation of low end, sub-par or “counterfeit” equipment brands being used by low cost clinics, leaving patients out of pocket and disappointed.

Problems You’re Rarely Warned About With CoolSculpting

In addition to underestimating the number of treatments required, these clinics often fail to inform their patients about the pain they can experience following treatments. Because freezing isn’t selective, it can damage nerves and surrounding tissues at the same time it’s destroying the fat. Once the initial numbness subsides, many people report excruciating pain two to three weeks after treatment. The “stabbing” sensations can persist for weeks and most medications don’t work to dull the nerve pain.

Notwithstanding the very real risks of severe pain and uneven results, you can also end up with a reaction called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia. That’s when your fat bulges actually get bigger in the treatment area. Yup, that’s right – BIGGER! Although it’s rare and occurs mostly in men (1 in 4,000 cycles), nobody knows what causes it. As such, there’s no guaranteed way to prevent this! Is that a risk you’re willing to take?

Injury to body tissues caused by exposure to extreme cold, sometimes resulting in gangrene.

Unlike the others we’ve discussed, frostbite, cold burns, and tissue necrosis as a result of fat-freezing options like CoolSculpting is avoidable! The reason being is this problem is entirely dependent on the providers skill and judgment, as well as the quality of the equipment they’re using. With this in mind, avoiding high volume, low cost freezing clinics with untrained staff and off-brand equipment can usually eliminate this complication. These “clinics” see CoolSculpting as a money-making cash cow and not a potentially harmful modality to be provided with care and respect. So to avoid these severe complications, don’t get fooled into taking advantage of new fat-freezing services your hairdresser or nail salon is now offering!

  • Uses Ultrasound technology to safely and permanently destroy fat cells.
  • Completely painless treatments
  • No damage to surrounding tissue or nerves
  • Can target hard to reach places like the back of the arms, bra bulge, and fat around knees
  • Average treatment time 45 min to 1 hr
  • Destroyed fat cells are eliminated in as little as 2 weeks.
  • Patients can expect smooth & uniform results
  • Uses freezing technology to destroy fat cells
  • Uncomfortable treatments
  • Residual side effects as it freezes blood vessels and nerves leading to intense post-treatment pain
  • Can’t effectively treat difficult areas such as around knees or bra bulge
  • Treatments can take several hours depending on the areas being targeted
  • Destroyed fat cells can take months to be eliminated by the body
  • Irregular, uneven results can occur

Streamline Your Curves With Proven Body Sculpting Treatments

“Whilst there is no doubt that cryolipolysis produces excellent results, in my opinion, from the data that I have seen in conjunction with basic scientific principles, ultrasound-based fat cavitation is the safest and most consistent modality for non-surgical fat destruction.”

Dr. Niro Sivathasan

Medical Director, Cosmetic Surgeon, Ignite Medispa®

What Options Are Available Other Than CoolSculpting?

UltraShape® Body Contouring

What do you do if you had your heart set on CoolSculpting but now you’re worried about the complications? The good news is cryotherapy is not your only option. For fine-tuning and slimming, UltraShape® Body Contouring is a proven method for non-invasive reduction in your waist measurement and fat reduction around your belly, sides, and thighs. It gently destroys fat by delivering ultrasonic sound waves that are:

  • Focused right at the unwanted fat leaving already lean areas untouched
  • Pulsed in short, cool bursts preventing any uncomfortable sensations of heat or cold  
  • Targeted to only destroy fat cells and avoid damaging surrounding tissues

During UltraShape® treatments, the unwanted fat cells are struck with rapid pulse waves of sound, creating just enough energy to rupture the fat cells without affecting other structures. Once the fat cells are destroyed, remnants from the cells are eliminated by the body’s natural processes.

In just three sessions, spaced two weeks apart, this truly painless treatment delivers REAL results. Each treatment only takes about 30 minutes per area and the sculpting results are impressive. As an example, you can expect an average reduction of 2.4 to 2.6 cm in your waist measurement!

What If You Need More Aggressive Fat Reduction?


If you’re not quite as far along in your fat loss journey, and need a more aggressive option, our cosmetic surgeons at Ignite Medi-spa are highly skilled in minimally invasive liposuction techniques to help you on your way.

To be a good candidate for this procedure, you must be over the age of 18, in overall good health, within 30% of your ideal goal weight, and have made an honest attempt at losing weight through diet and exercise.

If you’ve considered liposuction but found it too expensive you may want to give it another look. Liposuction remains the number one non-surgical fat reduction procedure for a reason. It’s the most effective and precise way to shape the body and remove unwanted fat.  

Total Body Lift Following Aggressive Weight Loss

Ignite Medi-spa’s third option for cosmetic body sculpting involves surgically removing excess rolls and folds of loose skin left behind with massive weight loss. This is an almost inevitable event with bariatric surgery or rapid fat loss from diet and exercise.

If you find yourself in this situation, we have awesome news! The cosmetic surgeons at Ignite Medi-spa are recognized far and wide for the phenomenal results they achieve with these intensive cases. Not only is the extra fat and skin surgically removed, but the surgery also improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports the remaining fat and skin.

If you have sagging skin and fat around your abdomen, buttocks, or thighs, you could very well get the most benefit from this total-body makeover approach.

Regardless of which body sculpting procedure you’re considering, we invite you to contact us for a one on one consultation with one of our doctors. Our experienced team will help you create the best plan to achieve the slim body of your dreams. 

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