In this article, we look at fat reduction versus weight loss. It may be confusing to hear that reducing fat is not the same as losing weight. When it comes to freezing fat, it’s all about what happens to your fat cells.
Looking at Fat Cells
Here are two important things worth noting:
- Losing weight makes fat cells smaller.
- Losing weight does not make fat cells go away.
Sometime in your teenage years, the number of fat cells in your body usually becomes a fixed number.
When you lose or gain weight, your body generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, your body changes the size of fat cells.
Gaining weight makes your fat cells get bigger. After dieting and losing weight, your fat cells get smaller, but the number of your fat cells remains the same.
When you have the CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure, the number of fat cells in the treated areas is actually reduced by about 20% to 25%.
The treatment naturally processes and eliminates these fat cells so they won’t migrate to another area of your body. There is no change to fat cells in untreated areas*.
*Data on file. ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc.
The treated fat cells are gone. You’ll find your stubborn fat bulges start to disappear, leaving a more sculpted you.
After your CoolSculpting treatment, you may not weigh less. But, you’ll look thinner, and your clothes will fit better.
How Your Body Processes Fat
How Your Body Processes Fat Cells After CoolSculpting Treatment
A normal fat cell is round. As the CoolSculpting treatment is applied, the fat cell freezes and starts to die. During the process of cell death, the fat cell begins to collapse. Over the next few weeks, other cells consume the dead fat cells, which are then naturally processed and eliminated from your body.
The Fat Cells Are Gone for Good
The CoolSculpting procedure will NOT help you lose weight. However, if you want to lose unwanted fat and look slimmer in your clothes, then CoolSculpting may be right for you.
Now that we’ve looked at fat reduction versus weight loss, you might be wondering, “Am I a candidate for CoolSculpting treatment?” Get in touch to learn more!
Results and patient experience may vary. While CoolSculpting is safe, some rare side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, only your CoolSculpting provider can help you decide if CoolSculpting is right for you. In the U.S., the CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank. Outside the U.S., the CoolSculpting procedure for non-invasive fat reduction is available worldwide. ZELTIQ, CoolSculpting, the CoolSculpting logo, the Snowflake design, and Fear No Mirror are registered trademarks of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. © 2016. All rights reserved. IC1964-A