What is Cryolipolysis and How Does “Fat-Freezing” Work?

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What is Cryolipolysis and How Does “Fat-Freezing” Work?

Cryolipolysis is a scientific mechanism behind CoolSculpting, one of the most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatment. that involves CoolSculpting. Essentially, Cryolipolysis is the reduction of fat cells via exposure to cold temperatures. Often called “fat freezing”, Cryolipolysis is empirically shown to decrease resistant fat deposits that can’t be taken care of with exercise and diet. The results of Cryolipolysis are natural-looking and long-term, which provides a solution for notorious problem areas, like belly fat.

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How The Cryolipolysis Process Works

CoolSculpting uses Cryolipolysis to successfully reduce resistant fat deposits in the body. In his scientific paper, “Cryolipolysis For Noninvasive Body Contouring: Clinical Efficacy And Patient Satisfaction, researcher Nils Krueger explains how it works: “…[fat cells] are more susceptible to cooling than other skin cells…precise application of cold temperatures triggers [cell destruction] of the [fat cells] which invokes an inflammatory response and leads to slow digestion by surrounding [the white blood cells that rid the body of waste.]”

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Explained more simply: CoolSculpting uses an applicator to isolate an area of fat and expose it to precisely controlled temperatures that are cold enough to freeze the layer of subcutaneous fat but not cold enough to freeze the overlying tissue. These “frozen” fat cells then crystallize and that causes the cell membrane to split.

Destroying the actual fat cells means they can no longer store fat. It also sends a signal to the body’s lymphatic system, letting it know to collect the destroyed cells. This natural process takes place over several weeks and culminates once the fat cells leave the body as waste.

Cryolipolysis has some things in common with liposuction, mainly because both procedures remove fat cells from the body. The biggest difference between them is that Cryolipolysis causes metabolic processes to eliminate dead fat cells from the body. The liposuction uses a tube to suck fat cells out of the body.

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Cryolipolysis: Where Did It Start?

The discovery of Cryolipolysis happened at Harvard. Two scientists, Dieter Manstein, MD, and R. Rox Anderson, MD, began developing the idea after noticing reduced cheek fat among children who sucked on popsicles, a phenomenon known as popsicle panniculitis. Dr. Manstein breaks down the process of Cryolipolysis in Allure magazine: “Fat freezes at a higher temperature than water. Think of butter and water in the refrigerator – one is solid, the other remains liquid.”

Following this principle, the scientists developed a treatment that exposes fat cells to extreme temperatures to freeze away stubborn bulges without harming the overlying skin tissue. This is possible because skin cells are comprised mostly of water, meaning they freeze at a far lower temperature than fat cells.

Is CoolSculpting Right For Me?

These dramatic, long-term results sound promising. But keep in mind that not everyone is a good candidate for CoolSculpting. This non-invasive procedure is best for fat reduction in isolated areas for individuals who are generally active and healthy but still have difficulty with stubborn fat areas.

Learn More About Cryolipolysis Today

If you want to find out if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting, schedule a complimentary consultation with The Medspa, leading CoolSculpting provider in Connecticut. During your consultation, we will discuss the CoolSculpting procedure in detail so you can feel confident in your decision about whether freezing away fat with Cryolipolysis is right for you. To book a free consultation, contact The Medspa online or call (860) 206-8191.


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