Cryolipolysis | Everything to Know about CoolSculpting


Cryolipolysis is the science behind CoolSculpting, the most popular non-surfical fat reduction treatment available. This scientific process refers to the reduction of stubborn fat cells by exposing them to precise, controlled cooling. More commonly known as fat freezing, Cryolipolysis is proven to reduce stubborn bulges that resist a healthy diet and exercise. The results are natural and long-term. CoolSculpting is the perfect way to non-invasively correct problem areas like the belly, thighs, double chin, and upper arms.

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Read more to learn about Cryolipolysis and determine if freezing fat cells with CoolSculpting is right for you.

The Discovery of Cryolipolysis

Two Harvard scientists developed Cryolipolysis. They noticed a reduction in cheek fat among kids who sucked on popsicles. One scientist explained that the concept of Cryolipolysis to Allure magazine, saying, “Fat freezes at a higher temperature than water. Think of butter and water in the refrigerator – one is solid, the other remains liquid.” When following the same principle, the scientists realized that they could freeze the fat cells by exposing bulges of fat to cold temperatures. They were able to freeze them without freezing or damaging any skin cells in the process. Skin cells are composed mostly of water, so they have much lower freezing temperature than the fat cells.

How Cryolipolysis Works

CoolSculpting reduces fat cells by inducing Cryolipolysis. Nils Krueger, a research who studies Cryolipolysis, in the scientific paper titled lays out this process: “Cryolipolysis For Noninvasive Body Contouring: Clinical Efficacy And Patient Satisfaction.” Krueger states that, “The principle behind cryolipolysis exploits the premise that adipocytes [fat cells] are more susceptible to cooling than other skin cells. The precise application of cold temperatures triggers apoptosis [cell death] of the adipocytes, [fat cells] which invokes an inflammatory response and leads to slow digestion by surrounding macrophages [the white blood cells that rid the body of waste.]”

When you think about this process in simpler terms, CoolSculpting uses an applicator to isolate the fat deposit and then exposes it to extreme cooling temperatures. The temperatures are cold enough to freeze the subcutaneous fat, but not enough to harm any skin or tissue. The fat cells, once frozen, crystallize and rupture. The destruction of the cells renders them useless and unable to do their job of storing fat. Once they die, the fat cells will process out of the body as waste via the lymphatic system. This process is natural and will occur over several weeks after treatments.

Cryolipolysis is similar to liposuction. They both remove fat cells from the body. However, Cryolipolysis is the only way to remove fat cells non-invasively, and it is entirely painless.

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Is Cryolipolysis Right For Me?

To enjoy the phenomenal, transformative CoolSculpting results, you must be the ideal candidate. Since Cryolipolsys is not a weight loss treatment, it will never be used to treat obesity. Instead, the perfect candidate will be a fit and active adult who follows a healthy lifestyle but still struggles with stubborn fat bulges.

Cryolipolysis Near Me

The best way to figure out if Cryolipolysis is right for you is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Always Beautiful. We are a premier CoolSculpting provider with exceptional treatment specialists. During your consultation, you can speak with our specialists about your goals and determine if this treatment will be right for you. To schedule your free consultation, contact us at (720) 280-7016.


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Ali McCoy
Ali McCoy

Meet Ali McCoy Stengel, LE, RN, BSN

Denver Area Aesthetic Injector, Speaker, and Trainer

My name is Ali and I am the founder, owner, and Master Nurse Injector at Always Beautiful® Medspa. I have been in medicine since 2002, although my passion for facial aesthetics began much earlier. Growing up with acne and self-esteem issues, it became my mission to help others feel comfortable in their skin. Bringing beauty and medicine together became the ultimate pairing to educate the patient, staff, and injector for a safe experience and natural results.

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