Where does the fat go after CoolSculpting?

The technology known as CoolSculpting has been in the news lately; it is a safe, noninvasive technique that can get rid of stubborn fat without requiring any incisions or sutures. No downtime is necessary after a CoolSculpting session, meaning clients are back to work and their daily activities that same day. Despite all the information available, you may still have a few unanswered questions about this innovative technique. For instance, after CoolSculpting, where does all the fat go?

Fat Cells Don’t Stand a Chance Against CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a state-of-the-art, nonsurgical technique using Cryoplipolysis, or very cold temperatures to eliminate pockets of fatty tissue. Each session is custom-tailored to the individual patient using unique applicators that are specifically designed to sit snuggly against the skin of the target area. As the applicator slowly cools, the area will become numb, chilling the tissues and ‘freezing’ the fat through a process known as apoptosis.

During this dramatic drop in temperature, the walls of the fat cells are permanently damaged and collapse, while the healthy skin remains unaffected. Over the next three to four months, the damaged fat cells are metabolized by the liver and safely eliminated by the body. As this occurs, the area treated with CoolSculpting will begin to look smoother, flatter, and tauter. A single CoolSculpting session can offer between 20-25% reduction in fat.

Will the fat come back?

Everybody is born with a finite number of fat cells. Throughout our lifetime, this number of cells does not change. However, with weight fluctuations and hormonal shifts, these cells may shrink or expand. CoolSculpting will help the body to eliminate a portion of fat cells within a target area. Once the cells have been flushed away by the body, they cannot reform. This means that the sculpted results from CoolSculpting can be long-lasting. The best way to ensure your CoolSculpting results look good for years to come is to commit to a healthy diet and consistent exercise routine. Just remember, while the fat cells cannot come back, those remaining remain cells can still change in size with weight gain.

Let’s talk about what CoolSculpting can do for you.

If you are thinking that CoolSculpting may be the perfect treatment those stubborn, isolated areas of fat along your waistline, thighs, lower back, or even under your chin, we encourage you to speak with an expert at Plastic Surgery Associates. Our patient coordinator will go over the basics of CoolSculpting, helping to decide if the technique could be right for you. We can assist in arranging an in-person or online consultation with one of our dedicated aesthetic team, each of whom has trained at the CoolSculpting University. Call our Santa Rosa office or our Novato office for a personalized consultation. If you would prefer, fill out our online Contact Us form and a patient coordinator will reach out to you.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.