CoolSculpting: Where Does the Fat Go?

fat elimination during coolsculpting

In just a few short years, CoolSculpting has become one of the most popular treatment options for men and women looking for an innovative approach to fat elimination. However, some prospective patients still have questions about how non-surgical treatment is so successful in removing stubborn fat pockets. If you’re thinking about getting CoolSculpting, here’s what you need to know about this fat removal treatment.

CoolSculpting and Fat Cells

To understand where fat goes after CoolSculpting, it’s important to understand how fat cells work. Body weight fluctuations play a significant role in the number of fat cells in your body. When you gain weight, they can grow and multiply. When patients lose weight, fat cells can shrink down but never truly disappear, leading to unwanted pockets of adipose tissue. These extra lumps are often resistant to routine diet and exercise, meaning that for patients to achieve their dream look, they often must visit a specialist for removal.

Before the development of CoolSculpting, patients were limited in their treatment options to either liposuction or tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). While these options are certainly successful, not all patients need or want to undergo surgery just to remove stubborn fat pockets. For these individuals, CoolSculpting is the perfect answer. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical body contouring procedure that helps reduce fat deposits almost anywhere on the body.

The success of CoolSculpting lies in how the procedure works. Unlike traditional body contouring procedures, CoolSculpting leverages the unique process of cryolipolysis to specifically remove fat cells. During the procedure, applicator paddles are placed around the excess fat tissue and freeze just the targeted and kill fat cells without damaging surrounding tissue. Once the unwanted cells have crystallized, they begin to collapse. In the weeks after treatment, other cells begin to consume the dead fat cells, which are then naturally processed and removed from the body. With each treatment session, more fat is processed out of the body, revealing a slimmer, more toned physique all without the long-term recovery or preparation required by surgery.

Maintaining CoolSculpting Results

Another reason why patients love CoolSculpting comes down to how the treatment transforms each individual’s fat cell count. While this non-surgical solution is not a weight loss alternative, it helps reduce the overall number of fat cells a patient has – in some cases by up to 25% in treated areas.  As a result, while patients may not see a change on the scale, they will look thinner and feel more comfortable wearing their clothing. So long as patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, they can expect the results of their CoolSculpting procedure to last well into the future.

For the best results, our Indian Wells cosmetic specialist usually recommends patients pursue CoolSculpting once they’ve reached their goal weight and undergo several sessions in order to fully eliminate unwanted fat cells.

Schedule your CoolSculpting Consultation

At Desert Med Aesthetics, our goal is to help patients wade through their treatment options and find the solution that best fits their needs. For men and women interested in getting rid of stubborn fat lumps and feeling their best, contact Dr. Cosgrove at (760) 777-8772 to schedule your CoolSculpting consultation.