What is Cryolipolysis?

What is Cryolipolysis?
What is Cryolipolysis?

Fat reduction continues to be one of the topmost aesthetic needs of many Americans year after year. Stubborn fat cells in specific pockets of the body may fail to respond to diet and exercise, making it difficult for an individual to lose fat on their own. A number of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures are available today that are specifically designed to reduce unwanted fat deposits.

One of the most popular among non-invasive fat reduction procedures is CoolSculpting, which is based on a cutting edge technique called Cryolipolysis. During the initial consultation, the treatment provider will explain the process to the patient. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides CoolSculpting and other procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles CA, and surrounding communities.

Cryolipolysis Overview

Cryolipolysis refers to the process of non-invasive cooling of the targeted fat tissue to induce lipolysis – the disintegration of fat cells – to reduce unwanted body fat without causing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The scientific principle behind Cryolipolysis was discovered by Harvard affiliated scientists.

The research conducted by the scientists showed that under controlled conditions, subcutaneous fat cells are more vulnerable to the impact of cold temperature than other tissue. With this discovery, the scientists realized that if a specific area of the body is exposed to a targeted cooling process, it can freeze the fat cells selectively, without causing harm to the surrounding healthy cells.

This led to the development of the unique Cryolipolysis process, which became the foundation for the patented CoolSculpting procedure to reduce undesirable, stubborn fat deposits from the body without surgery. Dr. Gary Motykie is a leading cosmetic surgeon providing CoolSculpting and various other procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles CA, and nearby locations.

Distinctive Fat Reduction Technique

The use of Cryolipolysis makes CoolSculpting a distinct procedure, which is fundamentally different from other non-invasive fat reduction modalities. Other methods typically involve necrotic cell death by causing aggressive damage to the fat with thermal energy, high intensity ultrasound waves, lasers, or chemical injections.

Challenges exist in these techniques with regard to targeting the precise tissue depth and avoiding damage to other structures. CoolSculpting technique, in sharp contrast, using Cryolipolysis induces apoptosis precisely in the fat cells to gradually and gently mitigate the fat layer while preserving the healthy tissue. Results are more predictable and natural looking with this Cryolipolysis based procedure.

Where do the Fat Cells Go?

Fat cell apoptosis occurs with the Cryolipolysis technique in the targeted areas of the body. This results in the release of cytokines and various other inflammatory mediators. These inflammatory cells slowly digest the frozen fat cells over a period of several weeks and months following the procedure.

Lipids from the fat cells are gradually released and transported via the lymphatic system to be processed, quite like fat from food. The lipid clearance process occurs at a gradual, natural pace, and as a result, there is no adverse or unhealthy impact on the blood lipids or liver function.

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What is Cryolipolysis?

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