CoolSculpting Promised to Zap Fat. For Some, It Brought Disfigurement.

Posted 19 April 2023

CoolSculpting is among the most popular fixes for unwanted bulges. But the risk of a serious side effect appears to be higher than previously known.

More than a dozen years ago, a medical device hit the market with a tantalizing promise: It could freeze away stubborn pockets of fat quickly, painlessly and without surgery.

The device, called CoolSculpting, was entering an already-crowded beauty industry selling flatter stomachs and tauter jaw lines, but it had an advantage: a vaunted scientific pedigree. The research behind its development came from a lab at Harvard Medical School’s primary teaching hospital, a detail noted routinely in news features and talk show segments.

The pitch worked. CoolSculpting machines are now common in dermatology and plastic surgery offices and medical spas, and the technology has generated more than $2 billion in revenue.

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Freeze yourself into good health: SA’s first ‘cryosauna’ open for business

Posted 20 December 2015

The Sunday Times published a story on CryoLiving in Cape Town, the first company in South Africa to offer cryotherapy. The owner, Eugene Pienaar claims “[T]he cold is said to stimulate the release of “happy hormones”, cortisone and natural morphine, creating an anti-inflammatory and pain-killing response.” The cost is R495 for up to three minutes of “whole-body cryotherapy”. The article also points out that a Forbes article, titled What Are The Cold, Hard Facts On Cryotherapy?“, noted: “Without nearly enough scientific evidence, the US Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved whole body cryotherapy as a medical treatment.”

Forbes Magazine continues: “A closer look shows that many of these claims are not yet grounded in credible scientific evidence. For example, there is no real scientific support that WBC [whole body cryotherapy] is effective as a weight loss or obesity prevention measure”, and Read the rest