The Cool that is CoolSculpting®
- Posted on: May 15 2018
Things can get pretty toasty here in the Chicago area during the summer. This summer, maybe it’s a good time to chill out with a CoolSculpting® procedure at DuPage Dermatology & Aesthetics. You’ll have a nice, relaxing experience, and you’ll put some fat in the deep freeze.
You’ve probably heard about CoolSculpting®, but maybe you don’t quite understand this revolutionary fat freezing treatment. Since at DuPage we’ve all attended CoolSculpting® University, where we received extensive training in the procedure and the manufacturer showed all the ins and outs of this cool technology, let’s share some of that information with you.
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 growing up 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. The end result of those studies was CoolSculpting®.
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 at DuPage.
We know the time of our patients is valuable, so at DuPage Dermatology & Aesthetics we now offer Dual Sculpting. It’s twice the CoolSculpting to freeze twice the fat! Instead of a single CoolSculpting applicator, we utilize two different machines at the same time. For instance, you can treat love handles on both sides at once. Or both outer thighs at once. By having two CoolSculpting devices, we can save you an extra trip each time you come in for a little freezing of some unwanted fat.
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?!
Want to tell your fat to chill out this summer? Call us at DuPage Dermatology & Aesthetics, (630) 455-0140, and ask us about CoolSculpting®.
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