Get Cool for the New Year
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
With our pleasant winters here in Austin, it may not seem like the right time to think about chilling. But it’s actually a great time to give your unwanted pockets of fat the cold shoulder with CoolSculpting® at Austin Cosmetic Surgery. That way you’ll have a slimmer contour come the warm bathing suit weather.
It all started with a few popsicles
Most of our patients don’t know this, but 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
CoolSculpting® at Austin Cosmetic Surgery 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 much fat gets frozen into nonexistence? A 20 to 23% decrease in fat cells in the treatment area over the months following your CoolSculpting session with the team at Austin Cosmetic Surgery.
Who couldn’t use a little fat freezing in preparation for the warmer weather to come? Call us at Austin Cosmetic Surgery, (512) 688-8000 (Austin), or (480) 947-7700 (Scottsdale), to schedule your session.
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