Spring into a Slimmer Contour
- Posted on: May 15 2021
In Utah, once the snow melts and the mud dries, we all want to be outside as much as possible. But we also don’t want to be showing off bulges here or there that seem highly impervious to our best efforts to get rid of them.
Why not tell those areas to chill out…literally.
Come see us at Saltz Plastic Surgery/Spa Vitoria and we can put CoolSculpting to work on those areas. May’s a perfect time to do so, as your contour will continue to slim through the early part of summer.
It all came from kids eating popsicles
Everyone has heard of CoolSculpting. This amazing treatment, where fat cells are frozen and removed by the body naturally, was actually the result of an accidental discovery of sorts. 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 are depressions 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. They called this Popsicle Panniculitis.
They theorized that what seems to happen in the cheeks could happen elsewhere. So, they investigated selectively freezing fat cells in a process they called cryolipolysis. CoolSculpting was born.
There are three steps involved in cryolipolysis. First, 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.
The result? A 20 to 23% decrease in fat cells in the treatment area over the months following your CoolSculpting session.
Compared to other fat reduction methods
The cooling is a key difference between other non-invasive fat reduction methods. In those applications, either laser or high-intensity focused ultrasound energy are used. Unlike CoolSculpting’s precise, targeted freezing of only the fat cells, these other methods cause damage to surrounding tissue. This leads to tissue burning, pain, and other issues.
Now you are an expert at the science behind CoolSculpting. Ready to shrink those pockets of unwanted fat? Call us at Saltz Plastic Surgery in our Salt Lake office, (801) 274-9500, or our Park City office, (435) 655-6612, to schedule your CoolSculpting session.