January in Michigan isn’t exactly beach weather. It can feel like we’re all living in the freezer out in the garage. But trips to Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and Petoskey aren’t that far away.
So, why not put some freezing to good use to get your body ready for the warmer weather? At Elite Plastic Surgery, we think it’s a great time to do just that by putting your fat in a deep freeze with CoolSculpting®.
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 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. CoolSculpting® was born as a direct result of this research.
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.
The result? A 20 to 23% decrease in fat cells in the treatment area over the months following your CoolSculpting session with our team at Elite.
Non-invasive and not painful
The entire CoolSculpting® is not painful. There is some minor discomfort when the cooling is first being delivered, but that passes as the area becomes numb with the cooling. And there isn’t any downtime. How cool, literally, is that?!
Because it takes up to 12 weeks for your body to get rid of all of your frozen fat cells, January in Grand Rapids is a great time to come in for a CoolSculpting session. By summer, you’ll be loving your slimmer contour. Call us at (616) 459-1907 to schedule your CoolSculpting session.