The Science and Results Behind CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting is a popular treatment that has been around since 2010. Since the FDA cleared it in 2010, over 700,000 treatments have been performed around the world. Based upon its popularity, it’s clear that people are seeing real and measurable results. But what, exactly, does CoolSculpting do to your body?
The Science Behind CoolSculpting
When you freeze fat cells, they self-destruct. CoolSculpting suctions the skin of the area you’re concerned about, and then it uses a controlled cooling process, called Cryolipolysis, to drop the skin’s temperature down to the temperature needed to kill those fat cells. The body then will eliminate naturally those dead fat cells over the next few weeks, leaving you slimmer.
Cryolipolysis is the secret behind CoolSculpting’s success. Researchers at Harvard Medical School’s teaching affiliate found that fat cells could be targeted with extreme cold to induce lipolysis, which is the breakdown of fat cells. The temperature is key; fat cells can be frozen without harming other tissues (like the skin).
CoolSculpting will specifically target the fat cells in areas that concern you. A gel pad is placed over the skin to protect it. Surrounding tissues are not affected. Compared to other procedures which use heat, ultrasound or injections, CoolSculpting is virtually risk-free when it comes to skin, nerve or muscle damage.
CoolSculpting results in a permanent reduction of fat cells. Once fat cells are gone, they do not return; this is because every person’s body only has a finite number of fat cells. They do not regenerate.
Results will be seen in a few weeks, as those fat cells are eliminated from the body. You will notice small improvements day by day.
The remaining fat cells condense, which reduces the fat layer, making you look slimmer and reducing inches. On average, most patients see anywhere from a 20 to 30 percent reduction in fat (in the treated area) from a single treatment. In fact, most people report dropping one or two dress sizes.
However, doctors point out that while this is a permanent reduction of fat cells, you still need to diet and exercise in order to control the fat cells you have left. If you gain weight, that weight has to go somewhere, and it will go to your remaining fat cells, which will expand. However, for those stubborn areas that are resistant to exercise, CoolSculpting can give you the shape for which you’ve been dieting and exercising to achieve.