What is Cryolipolysis?

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Fat-freezing, body sculpting, body contouring, CoolSculpting. You’ve likely heard those terms at some point or another, but did you know they’re all just another way to say cryolipolysis? Whew! We know that’s a mouthful! So we’re going to break it down for you and explain why cryolipolysis (or whatever you want to call it!), is such an amazing way to get rid of unwanted fat and boost your confidence. As the top CoolSculpting Elite provider in the Bay Area (actually, we’re number one in all of California!), Sculptology’s team is second to none, and we are always happy to answer all of your questions in person during a complimentary consultation. 

What is Cryolipolysis For? 

Cryolipolysis is just the scientific term for “fat-freezing!” When you break it down, cryo = icy cold + lipolysis = chemical decomposition of fat, so… fat-freezing! The trademarked name for the amazing technology is CoolSculpting, and the story behind CoolSculpting is just as amazing as the results Sculptology is able to achieve for our clients. Over a decade ago, in 2008, two doctors, Dr. Dieter Manstein from Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Rox Anderson from Harvard Medical School, decided to research more about a well-known phenomenon involving popsicles. Yes, popsicles!  It was well-documented that kids who frequently enjoyed icy-cold popsicles often formed dimples in their cheeks. This phenomenon was common enough that it actually earned the name “popsicle panniculitis.” The two doctors/researchers also looked into a documented case where a woman rode naked on her horse in freezing cold weather (don’t ask us why!) causing fat loss from her inner thighs! Dr. Manstein and Dr. Anderson theorized an innovative hypothesis: perhaps the key to fat loss was freezing temperatures? 

They set out to test their theory, and developed the CoolSculpting technology with precisely controlled applicators. They found that freezing cold temperatures actually kill fat cells faster than they can affect other types of body tissue such as nerve, skin, or muscle cells. So when kids indulge in popsicles regularly, there is an inflammation of the fat cells in the children’s mouths, ultimately leading to a loss of the fat cells. The team conducted successful clinical studies, at first targeting the flank (better known as those “love handles”), and earned CoolSculpting’s first FDA-clearance in 2010. Now, the amazing fat-freezing technology has earned a total of nine clearances from the FDA, which means nearly any part of the body can be treated. Then, in 2020, Allergen, CoolSculpting’s parent company, gave the already-amazing applicators a redesign, making them even better. Thus, CoolSculpting Elite was born! 

How Does Cryolipolysis Work? 

So, how does cryolipolysis work? Well, we have some really good news for you. You don’t have to submerge yourself in a pool of popsicles or ride a horse naked in the snow – which would be difficult to do in the San Francisco area anyway! Instead, you can visit one of Sculptology’s two Bay Area locations, and our team will assess your goals and whether CoolSculpting Elite is the fat-reduction solution you’ve been looking for. Our complimentary consultations are always free of pressure and judgment, and we create custom treatment plans for each and every client to fit their goals.

During your CoolSculpting Elite treatment session at Sculptology, an applicator will be suctioned to target your stubborn areas of subcutaneous fat (the kind you can pinch). Since it’s non-surgical, anesthesia is not necessary, but you may experience sensations of tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling or cramping; however, these sensations quickly subside as the area becomes numb.  Your expertly qualified CoolSculpting Elite technician will then massage the treated area following the procedure to reduce side effects and increase the fat-freezing process. The cryolipolysis process kills the fat cells, and since they’re then “dead,” your white blood cells attack them, converting them to triglycerides which are then metabolized by your liver and expelled out of the body through the lymphatic system. In as few as four weeks, you’ll notice the treated area is more contoured and sculpted, achieving about a 20%-25% reduction in fat. All thanks to the science of cryolipolysis!

Sculptology, the Bay Area’s Cryolipolysis Experts At Sculptology, the number one service we provide is cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting Elite. We are humbled to have been able to perform more CoolSculpting treatments than any other California provider, and that so many men and women have trusted us to get them amazing results when diet and exercise have failed them. We would love to have a conversation with you about your goals and how we can help you look and feel more confident. Get in touch with our team today for a no-pressure complimentary consultation.

About Sculptology

Sculptology was derived from the ideology of perfecting the curvature of the human body, by specializing in the art of body contouring. Sculptology has performed OVER 10,000 CoolSculpting treatments, and our practice has grown to 2 locations; Pleasanton, and Lafayette, to better serve our patients and clients living over the Bay Area. We are proud to be the #1 CoolSculpting Provider in California, and an elite top 5 practice in the nation as a CoolSculpting Center of Excellence. It is our belief that the modern aesthetic client deserves a comprehensive approach to their aesthetic goals. We believe in being honest and transparent, ensuring our clients are recommended the right solution to their aesthetic needs. We give back to the community through Sculptology Life and promote the practice of a holistic approach to a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle through the enrichment of the body, mind, and soul. Our brand is backed by integrity, expertise, and instilling confidence in every single client.

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