While the concept of “freezing” fat cells to reduce excess fatty deposits is relatively new, years of extensive scientific research and clinical results support the effectiveness of cryolipolysis—defined as the process of reshaping body contours through controlled-cooling. “Fat freezing” is most successfully seen through CoolSculpting®, a fat reduction treatment that gained FDA-approval in 2012. Today, CoolSculpting® is one of the most popular medical spa procedures available thanks to its ability to smooth “love handles,” “muffin tops,” and other bulges without surgery, downtime, anesthesia, or incisions.
Inspired by the medical uses of cryotherapy, CoolSculpting® works by using handheld cooling panels to expose isolated fatty tissue to very cold temperatures, thereby crystallizing the targeted fat cells. Since fat is more sensitive to the extreme cold than your skin, fat cells are destroyed in these conditions while the surrounding tissue is left unharmed. The crystallized fat cells are then naturally flushed out by the liver over the following months. This process does not break the skin barrier, eliminating the risk of infection and scarring.
Although the results achieved are not as extensive or immediate as a surgical procedure, CoolSculpting® is widely considered an effective non-surgical alternative to liposuction for the right patient. For more information on treatment, or to schedule a CoolSculpting® consultation, please contact Miller Cosmetic Surgery.
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