Does freezing fat cells kill or preserve them?
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Coolsculpting kills fat cells
Freezing fat permanently removes fat cells
Does Freezing the Fat in CoolSculpt Kill or Preserve Them?
In fat that is harvested and stored in a freezer to be used for injection later it is possible that some of those fat cells are damaged or killed when they are harvested or in the freezing process (probably not nearly as much as the CoolSculpt procedure). However, the majority of those cells are preserved and may survive after thawed and injected at a later date. The difference may be in the temperature and the fact that in CoolSculpt the fat cells are still in the body. The freezing causes apoptosis or programmed cell death. Also, when the injured fat cells thaw in the body they may cause damage to other nearby fat cells, thus increasing the effect of CoolSculpt.
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Freezing fat cells of the inner thigh
CoolSculpting has FDA approval for fat reduction since 2010. CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells. Fat cells are more susceptible to damage by freezing than the other cells, (nerve, vessel, bone, etc.), around them. The fat cells die via a process called apoptosis, (programmed cell death). The number of fat cells are therefore reduced. This happens over a period of time, so the body is not overwhelmed with dead fat cells. The body will take these cells up, process them and excrete them, just as any other cell. The remnants are filtered through the liver, and then excreted eventually via stool. CoolSculpting now has an applicator for thighs. CoolSculpting had been used in this area with good results. See an experienced CoolSculpting practice, they will determine if you are a candidate. Best to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. They will be able to tell you of the different options, (CoolSculpting, Liposuction, Direct excision, etc.).
Coolsculpting elimination of fat cells
Freezing Fat and Inner Thighs
Cool Sculpting is a great tool for freezing your fat and reducing both the inner and outer thighs. Cool Sculpting freezes the fat in a given area and then your body naturally dissolves these fat cells. Cool Sculpting has two new adaptors - the coolfit for the inner thighs - and coolsmooth for the outer thighs. For the best results please find a board certified dermatologist with a lot of experience with Cool Sculpting.
Permanent Fat Removal
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