How Are the Dead Fat Cells Excreted by the Body After Cool Sculpting? Also Do They Cause Fat Emboli?
Doctor Answers 3
Fat Cells Removed by CoolSculpting
Injured fat cells undergo apoptosis - that is programmed cell death. Basically, the injured fat cell sends a signal to the immune system. During the 2-month post- treatment period after your cool sculpting, these injured fat cells undergo a controlled and programmed form of cell death, helped along by immune system cells. The material from these cells is taken up and metabolized by the immune system cells.
Regarding fat emboli - this is a rare event reported with traditional large-cannula liposuction. I am not aware of any such cases from cool sculpting.
CoolSculpting for fat loss and the removal of fat cells
Once the fat cells die from Zeltiq's coolsculpting, the macrophages of the immune system consume them and distribute them. As there is no injury to the vascular system with CoolSculpting there isn't a mechanism of which I'm aware that a fat embolus would occur and I am not aware of such a report, unlike when abdominoplasty has been done at the same time as liposuction.
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