Cryolipolysis: Everything to learn about freezing fat away
Cryolipolysis is the most popular non-surgical treatment in fat reduction. Cryolipolysis stands for “cryo” = cold + “lipo” = fat + “lysis” = cell death and removal. In other words, when fat cells are subjected to precise cooling temperatures, they crystalize and rupture. This results in cell death.
Cryolipolysis, also known as CoolSculpting or fat freezing, is scientifically shown to reduce stubborn bulges that withstand diet and exercise. Results appear natural and last. Thus, CoolSculpting delivers long-term solutions to challenging fat deposits, like belly fat, love handles, thigh fat, double chins, armpit fat, and more. Read on to discover more about Cryolipolysis and learn whether freezing fat away with CoolSculpting is right for you.
The Discovery of Cryolipolysis
Cryolipolysis was discovered by Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Rox Anderson, MD., scientists at Harvard University. The two noticed reductions in cheek fat with children who sucked on popsicles, a marvel called popsicle panniculitis. This phenomenon sparked the concept of cryolipolysis. As Dr. Manstein described to Allure magazine, “Fat freezes at a higher temperature than water.” He presented the metaphor of “butter and water.” With the butter representing fat cells and the water representing skin cells. When put “in the refrigerator – one is solid, the other remains liquid.” Using the same basis, Dr. Manstein understood that by exposing fat budges to cold temperatures; he could successfully freeze fat without freezing the overlying skin or tissue. Like the butter and water in the refrigerator, the fat becomes hard and brittle. In contrast, the water withstands the cold without changing its physical properties.
How Cryolipolysis Works
CoolSculpting effectively reduces difficult fat deposits by inducing Cryolipolysis. Researcher Nils Krueger, in a scientific paper, “Cryolipolysis For Noninvasive Body Contouring: Clinical Efficacy and Patient Satisfaction,” points out this process. “The [idea] behind cryolipolysis exploits the premise that adipocytes are more susceptible to cooling than other skin cells. The precise application of cold temperatures triggers [cell death] of the adipocytes. Krueger further explains that why the fat cell dies, it triggers “an inflammatory response [that] leads to slow digestion by surrounding macrophages..”
Simply put, CoolSculpting employs an applicator to isolate a fat deposit, such as belly fat. The applicator then subjects that bulge to precisely controlled temperatures. These temperatures are cold enough to freeze fat without harming the skin or adjacent tissue cells.
Once frozen, the ruptured fat cells signal the lymphatic system to gather the destroyed cells and excretes them as waste from the body. This process takes 8 to 12 weeks.
Since the body excretes the fat cells, they cannot grow back, resulting in long-term fat reduction. Hence, fat freezing is like Liposuction in that it permanently removes fat cells from the body. However, CoolSculpting does this with scalpels, surgery, and minimal downtime.
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Cryolipolysis creates dramatic fat reduction. Nils Krueger’s study demonstrated a reduction of 25% in fat after a single fat-freezing procedure.
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