Cryolipolysis | Fat Freezing with CoolSculpting
Cryolipolysis is the most popular non-surgical fat reduction treatment in the world. Cryolipolysis indicates to the reduction of fat cells through precisely controlled cooling temperatures. Broken down, the word means cold-induced cell death (Cryo meaning cold, lipo meaning fat, and lysis meaning cell death.)
Also termed fat freezing, Cryolipolysis provides a scientific process in reducing stubborn bulges that resist diet and exercise. Results look natural and last, offering long-term solutions to challenging fat deposits like belly fat, love handles, thigh fat, and more.
Learn about Cryolipolysis and if freezing your fat away through CoolSculpting is right for you.
The Discovery of Cryolipolysis
Cryolipolysis was discovered by Harvard scientists Dr. Dieter Manstein, MD, and R. Rox Anderson, MD. They observed a decrease in cheek fat when children sucked on popsicles, a marvel called popsicle panniculitis. Dr. Manstein shared the concept of Cryolipolysis with Allure Magazine, stating, “Fat freezes at colder temperatures than water.
For example, imagine placing a bowl of melted butter and a glass of water in the refrigerator. The butter will turn hard while the water gets cold. Following the same principle, Dr. Manstein noticed that he could successfully freeze the fat by exposing fat bulges to cold temperatures while protecting the underlying skin. This occurs because skin cells consist mainly of water and possess a much lower freezing capacity than underlying fat cells do.
How Cryolipolysis Works
CoolSculpting safely and effectively reduces fat through generating Cryolipolysis. Researcher Nils Krueger lays out the process through a scientific paper titled: “Cryolipolysis For Noninvasive Body Contouring: Clinical Efficacy and Patient Satisfaction.” In the study Krueger explains, “The principle behind cryolipolysis (fat freezing) exploits the premise that [fat cells known as] adipocytes are more susceptible to cooling than other skin cells. The precise application of cold temperatures triggers apoptosis of the adipocytes, [also known as fat cell death] which invokes an inflammatory response and leads to slow digestion by surrounding macrophages.”
Simply put, CoolSculpting uses an applicator to isolate a fat deposit like belly fat. It then exposes it to exact cooling technology. These temperatures are low enough to freeze subcutaneous fat while protecting the skin from any thermal burn. This causes the cell to crystalize and then rupture, resulting in cell death. Over 8 to 12 weeks, the lymphatic system processes the destroyed cell as waste from the body. Much like Liposuction, which also destroys the fat cells, CoolSculpting involves no surgery and no downtime. Therefore, millions of adults flock to CoolSculpting for their body contouring needs.
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Nils Krueger’s study depicted a 25% reduction in fat after a single fat freezing session. Moreover, once the destroyed fat cells leave the body, they do not grow back. They are gone for good. This results in long-lasting fat reduction.