Give Fat Cells the Cold Shoulder this Winter
- Posted on: Feb 14 2019
Winters in Portland are typically cold and grey. They’re perfect for hanging out by the fire reading a good book.
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we think our damp winters are also the perfect time to put some of your unwanted fat cells in the deep freeze with CoolSculpting, the world’s most popular, non-invasive body contouring treatment.
It all started with a few popsicles
CoolSculpting® wasn’t the original intention when two scientists studied the effects of freezing on the cheek area. Two doctors at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Drs. Dieter Manstein and R. Rox Anderson, were doing a study that theorized children who ate lots of popsicles growing up developed dimples in their cheeks more than children who didn’t eat lots of popsicles. Dimples form in the cheeks where the muscle isn’t covered with much fat, so when the muscle contracts a dimple forms. The idea was that the cold in the popsicles somehow affected the fat cells in the cheeks. The doctors called this Popsicle Panniculitis.
Based on what they thought could be happening in the cheeks, the two doctors further theorized that the same process/result could happen elsewhere. So, they investigated selectively freezing fat cells in a process they called cryolipolysis. The end result of those studies was CoolSculpting®.
How it works
To achieve cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting® involves a three-step process. First, a cooling panel uses suction to pull the target area skin into solid contact with the cooling plates. Then the cooling is directed downward into the skin. The temperature is precisely equal to the freezing point of fat cells, while not freezing adjacent tissue cells that freeze at a higher temperature. Exposure to this freezing causes fat cell apoptosis (a natural, controlled cell death). The body sends cytokines and other inflammatory mediators to the area to gradually digest the dead fat cells in the weeks following the CoolSculpting session. Lipids from the dead fat cells are slowly released and transported by the lymphatic system to be processed and eliminated from the body, in the same manner that fat in food is eliminated. It takes anywhere from three to 12 weeks for the body to permanently remove the dead fat cells.
How successful is this fat freezing with CoolSculpting? It removes from 20-23 percent of the fat in the treatment area. And it does this without any incisions, anesthesia, or downtime. How cool is that? OK. Bad pun.
The FDA has approved CoolSculpting for use on eight areas: the abdomen, flanks, thighs, underside of the buttocks, bra line fat, back fat, upper arms, and the jowls.
We love CoolSculpting at the Center for Cosmetic Dermatology, and so do our patients. Give us a call and ask about CoolSculpting, (503) 297-3440, and then come summer you’ll be ready to sport a leaner, meaner contour.
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