How does CoolSculpting eliminate fat?


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According to Wikipedia, CoolSculpting eliminates fat by using a procedure called cryolipolysis to freeze and kill fat cells. The dead fat cells are then naturally processed by the body and excreted over a period of six to 12 weeks, leading to a trimmer figure, reports CBS News. The novel fat-reduction procedure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010, adds Wikipedia.

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According to Wikipedia, cryolipolysis is often marketed as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. Cryolipolysis is founded on the premise that fat cells are more amenable to damage or death by extremely low temperatures than normal skin cells. The procedure is designed to target fat cells while avoiding damage to the surrounding tissue and is carefully controlled to prevent frostbite.

Cryolipolysis is recommended for eliminating fat around the thighs and belly and for eliminating love handles, reports CBS News. It is not suitable for patients who require the removal of a lot of fat. According to Wikipedia, side effects include skin redness, numbness and minimal bruising on the sites where the procedure is applied.

According to Wikipedia, cryolipolysis was developed by R. Rox Anderson and Dieter Manstein of the Massachusetts General Hospital's Wellman Center. According to CBS News, the idea grew from the observation that children who ate a lot of popsicles had dimples as adults because fat cells in their cheeks were killed by the chilly popsicles, a condition known as popsicle panniculitis. After several years of experiments, the duo released their data in 2008. According to CBS News, about 425,000 procedures were conducted globally in 2013.

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