Freezing Fat Cells: How Does It Work?

Young woman undergoing Cryolipolysis treatmentDepending on who is telling the story, the history of cryolipolysis traces to either one of two versions.

Ice Pops vs. Frostbite

The first version gives us a picture of doctors noticing a change – more specifically, a degradation of fat – on the cheeks of children after they have had their fill of ice pops.

The second version sounds more believable, though. Researchers finally deduced what really happens when a person suffers from frostbite. They concluded that fat cells freeze faster than skin.

This version is more to the point, as fat is more sensitive to temperature than human skin. Fat cells die faster than skin cells when you both expose them to very low temperatures.

What Is ?

Cryolipolysis is a cosmetic procedure whose primary aim is to freeze your fat cells. Today, you are more likely to encounter the term CoolSculpting than cryolipolysis.

Now you are asking why anyone would want to freeze his or her fats. It is actually being marketed as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction.

Instead of a practitioner – with the use of a machine – “sucking” fat from an area of the patient’s body, with CoolSculpting the practitioner is “freezing” or “crystallizing” the fat cells, causing them to break down and ultimately exit the body via the liver.

How Does Fat Get Frozen?

The practitioner uses rounded paddles that are capable of powerful suction. A paddle “vacuums” or “sucks” the area being treated and delivers cooling. This freezes the fats and brings about their destruction.

A session may last anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. Most patients experience a minor discomfort, as well as some mild bruising after the treatment. There is no surgery or wounding involved.

Does It Work?

CoolSculpting is popular to work almost as well as liposuction, but it is mostly recommended for patients who only need mild fat reduction, such as on love handles or bulges under the bra. Effects vary for every patient; some respond more quickly than others.

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The number of sessions also plays a huge role in how effective the treatment can be.

If you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting, you should remember that its success is highly dependent on how willing you are to maintain a healthier diet and follow it up with some exercise.