The number of fat cells in our bodies typically becomes a fixed number at some point in our teenage years. Therefore losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells (also known as adipocytes). Instead, it changes the size of these fat cells.
This is why some individuals struggle to lose that little bit of excess weight or fat on their body. The good news is that there is a technique called “Fat Freezing” that can help the patient lose fat and inches. While there are a few fat freezing treatments overall, the most popular one is CoolSculpting by Zeltiq.
Fat-freezing procedures such as CoolSculpting can reduce the number of fat cells in treated areas by about 20% to 25%. These fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated, so they won’t migrate to another area of your body. When you have the fat freezing treatment, fat cells freeze and start to die off. During the process of cell death, fat cells begin to collapse. Over the weeks following your procedure, other cells consume the dead fat cells, which are naturally processed and eliminated from the body.
CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure for the reduction of unwanted fat tissue, utilizing a patented method known as cryolipolysis, or the use of cooling to break down fat. CoolSculpting® employs precisely controlled cooling to naturally reduce unwanted fat in areas such as the abdomen, flanks, upper arms or neck and jowls (double chin). Only fat cells are frozen and once crystallized, these fat cells are naturally eliminated from your body.
CoolSculpting uses rounded pads that come in four different sizes to create a suction effect on your skin. As you sit back and relax, the panels work to cool your fat cells for the duration of your procedure. As the temperature lowers to nearly 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit), the fat cells below the pads crystallize and die, while your skin and the surrounding tissue remain relatively unaffected.
During the CoolSculpting® procedure, the treated fat cells are eliminated. As long as the patient maintains his or her weight with their normal diet and exercise, long-term results should remain stable.
Because there are no incisions to be made, no anesthesia to be given, and no stitches needing to heal, the recovery period following a CoolSculpting treatment is remarkably short. There is literally no downtime at all. You’ll be able to resume regular activity, and even go right back to work from your doctor’s office. Some people even schedule short treatment sessions over their lunch break. Also there are absolutely no restrictions on physical activity whatsoever. In fact, exercising during and beyond your recovery period will help improve and maintain your results.
Other Fat Freezing options
There are many DIY options out there, that feature pads and wraps you can use at home, though as there is no level of regulation on these, Dr. Green does not recommend the use of these. There are also variations of CoolSculpting such as CoolMini, CoolAdvantage and CoolSculpting Petite which we can discuss with you according to your situation.
If you would like to find out more about ‘fat freezing’ or about treatments such as CoolSculpting then contact us online today or call our NYC office at 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether these treatments may be right for you.