Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate fat cells. The technology behind cryolipolysis was first discovered in 2008 by a group of Harvard scientists who observed that children who ate popsicles frequently developed dimples in their cheeks, indicating that exposure to cold temperatures could destroy fat cells.
Cryolipolysis devices, such as CoolSculpting and coolslimming, work by placing a suction device on the targeted area of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, which then cools the area to a temperature that kills the fat cells without damaging surrounding tissue. The dead fat cells are then naturally eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system over the course of several weeks, resulting in a reduction of fat in the treated area.
Cryolipolysis is a relatively safe and effective procedure for reducing localized fat deposits, and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area (double chin), thigh, abdomen, and flank. However, it is important to note that cryolipolysis is not a weight loss solution or a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, but rather a way to contour and sculpt the body by reducing stubborn fat pockets that may be resistant to diet and exercise.