In this month’s first blog, we introduced CoolTone™, a new body contouring treatment from the company that owns CoolSculpting. CoolTone™ sculpts the muscles in the treatment areas by causing a crazy number of muscle contractions in just 30 minutes.
Here’s some more on CoolTone™ and what it can do for our patients.
It’s all about the contractions
Your brain and body work together to contract your muscles. Sure, some muscles run on a sort of autopilot to enable breathing and the like. Plus, we don’t consciously think of all the muscles that are engaged in the legs when we walk up a flight of stairs. Still, in most cases, such as when we throw a ball, there is communication between our brain to initiate the muscle movements needed to perform the action.
That’s the beauty of CoolTone™. Instead of using the acetylcholine (the nerve messengers in our muscles) to tell the brain to contract the muscle, muscles can also be triggered to contract through external stimulation. Electromagnetic energy is one of those external stimulators, and that’s what CoolTone™ uses to contract your muscles. Actually, using electromagnetic energy to bypass the natural method of muscle contraction causes more muscle fibers to engage and this creates stronger muscle contractions.
Magnetic Muscle Stimulation
The electromagnetic energy used in CoolTone™ is called Magnetic Muscle Stimulation (MMS). It delivers strong pulses into the muscle tissues in a completely noninvasive manner. The CoolTone™ applicator generates a magnetic field that creates a current when it passes through a conductive material. Muscles are good conductors of magnetic fields, unlike skin and fat, which are poor conductors. CoolTone’s MMS technology penetrates into the muscle layers and induces involuntary muscle contractions wherever the CoolTone™ panels are placed. How many muscle contractions? How about 20,000 in a 30-minute CoolTone™ session.
What do all of those contractions do? They strengthen the muscle fibers and improve the muscle conditioning, which results in stronger, firmer, and more toned abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.
This sounds as if that could hurt, but it doesn’t. In fact, the FDA has cleared CoolTone™ to strengthen, tone, and firm the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
Studies show the changes
To earn FDA clearance for CoolTone™, Allergan (the parent company) had to provide results from clinical testing. Here is what they showed:
- Improved core and muscle strength
- Up to 1.5 cm reduction in waist circumference
- Significant fat reduction in the treatment area
- Significant increase in muscle mass