CoolSculpting offers a non-surgical alternative for fat removal. But where do the excess fat cells go?
If you’re determining whether a CoolSculpting treatment at Cosmos Clinic in Canberra is right for you, no doubt you have lots of questions regarding the procedure itself. Beyond what areas CoolSculpting can treat and the aesthetics it can achieve, one of the common questions our team get asked is “where does the fat go”?
How does CoolSculpting work for fat removal?
CoolSculpting is an innovative and effective method for removing excess fat cells that haven’t shifted no matter how restrictive your diet is and how much you exercise. The technology was founded by researchers at Harvard University who discovered fat cells were sensitive to the effects of cool temperatures.
Using an FDA-approved applicator, controlled cooling is delivered to the treatment areas. The process, known as cryolipolysis, freezes the fat cells in the targeted areas of the body and can reduce the fatty tissue by 20-25% per treatment without damaging surrounding tissue.
Where do the destroyed fat cells go?
So CoolSculpting destroys the fat cells with freezing temperatures, but where does the fat go? Unlike surgical procedures like Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck, the fat isn’t physically removed from the body by the surgeon.
This fat reduction treatment just highlights the body’s incredible ability to adapt and respond to maintain homeostasis.
After the cool temperatures have been delivered to the treatment area, the stubborn pockets of fat are destroyed. Once the fat cells die, they are processed and naturally removed by the body through your lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is comprised of a network of tissues and organs including your tonsils, lymph nodes and spleen. Its main role is to transport the lymph fluid that contains infection-fighting white blood cells around the body. It’s this fluid that helps to remove toxins, waste and other materials like the dead fat cells out of the body to avoid disruption to the normal bodily processes.
Unlike surgical procedures, the process of removing the destroyed fat isn’t instantaneous. The results of the fat freezing treatment occur gradually with the elimination of fat taking 3-6 months. While many patients can see a noticeable difference in their body shape just three weeks after their CoolSculpting procedure, the final results are revealed in the months after the treatment.
It’s important to note, as a non-invasive fat removal procedure the results aren’t as dramatic as those that can be achieved with surgical treatments like Liposuction. For substantial body sculpting results, most people will require 2-3 treatments.
Will the fat come back?
The good news is, the results of CoolSculpting are permanent. As an adult, the body doesn’t grow new fat cells, even when you gorge on ice cream and burgers. When they are removed during this non-invasive procedure, the fat won’t come back in the treated areas.
If and when you experience weight gain in your love handles or inner thighs, it is due to the fat cells expanding in size rather than multiplying or growing new ones.
With this in mind, CoolSculpting is effective at removing excess fat cells, but it is not a weight loss solution for your excess fat bulges. You can still put on weight in other areas of the body and the remaining fatty tissue can expand, however, it is more difficult to do so after. Maintaining your body contouring results can easily be achieved if you adhere to a healthy diet and lifestyle.