"Where does the fat go?" This is the most popular question I have been asked regarding CoolSculpting. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to take a minute to answer THE question and give those interested a better understanding of the treatment.
Where does the fat go?
Let's take a moment and think about how the fat consumed in your diet gets digested in the body. The fat from food travels through your digestive system to your liver to be metabolized. The processed fat is used as an energy source for your body. Any excess fat that is not used will be stored in your adipocytes (fat cells).
Now, if one were to receive CoolSculpting treatments, controlled cooling is applied to the fat cells. The fat cells are then frozen and damaged, causing them to undergo natural cell death through apoptosis. You can think of this process as the fat cells commiting suicide.. and who doesn't want that right? The fat cells that die by apoptosis begin to collapse. At this point, macrophages from all over your body are activated to come digest and consume the dead fat cells along with their lipid contents. The dead fat cells and their contents are cleared through the lymphatic system. Everything then goes to the liver where it is processed as waste. So, every time you go to the bathroom or work up a sweat, you can give yourself a pat on the back because you are successfully getting rid of those dead adipocytes.
The idea is so simple yet mind blowing at the same time. Who would have thought that you could decrease the number of fat cells without having to undergo surgery? CoolSculpting is truly a NON-INVASIVE treatment. Meaning that there will be no needles, no anesthesia and no cutting. The downtime is also about little to none, since most of our clients reported being able to resume their daily activities after receiving the treatment.
With this post, I hope to give you a better understanding about CoolSculpting and get you excited about this new technology!