Can CoolSculpting Affect Fat on Other Parts of Your Body?February 21, 2019
There are a few different methods of non-invasive fat reduction. They mostly use specialised technology to target and destroy fat cells, without disrupting your outer layers of skin. Some methods use Ultrasound energy to eradicate fat cells, others, such as CoolSculpting or CoolTech, use cooling technology to essentially freeze the fat cells to death. Once the fat cells are destroyed, your body removes them naturally through its waste system.
Which type of fat does it affect?
There are different types of body fat, but the main categories are subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat forms beneath the deeper layers of your skin. When subcutaneous fat forms a lumpy or dimply appearance, this is what we refer to as cellulite.
Visceral fat forms on a much deeper layer around the organs. Excess visceral fat can lead to long term health problems.
Both types of fat can accumulate from diet and sedentary lifestyle. Both can be reduced by healthy diet and exercise, but visceral fat responds first. Subcutaneous fat can be more stubborn, especially in certain areas of the body such as the thighs and the lower abdomen.
Non-invasive fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting only treat subcutaneous fat. They don’t affect visceral fat which is much deeper. By treating subcutaneous fat, you can still get a slimmer appearance in areas where you’ve previously had stubborn fat pockets that didn’t respond to diet or exercise. Some of our patients see these treatments as a reward that helps them show off their hard work from diet and exercise. Others see these treatments as motivation to keep up their healthy lifestyles and maintain their results.
Are CoolSculpting results permanent?
Once fat cells are destroyed by a fat reduction treatment, they don’t come back, so in this sense, the results are permanent. The treatment, however, does not remove all of the subcutaneous fat cells. Without sensible eating and activity levels, the remaining cells can eventually accumulate more fat. This is why we recommend that you continue with a healthy lifestyle after treatment. You don’t have to become a keto-diet devotee who lives at the gym, but you’ll probably want to keep the treats in moderation and try to maintain some activity in your life. Live with a sensible level of healthy habits.
Can CoolSculpting lead to more visceral fat?
This is quite a common question we get in our clinic. If you reduce the number of fat cells beneath the skin, does that mean your body sends excess fat to the organs?
In a word, no. As discussed above, your body can still send fat to the treated area if you gain a significant amount of weight. According to our Clinical Director, Dr Garry Cussell, “the residual cells are capable of expanding to multiple times their size.”
Fat reduction treatments can reduce the amount of fat you have in one area, but there is no evidence to suggest that they can change the way that your body distributes excess fat.
Can CoolSculpting lead to more fat in other areas?
This is another common question that we get in the clinic, and the answer is basically the same as with visceral fat. Fat reduction treatments do not appear to change the way that your body distributes excess fat.
Additionally, after CoolSculpting, some fat cells can still remain in the treated area. These remaining cells can grow and accumulate more fat if you gain a significant amount of weight in the future. Whether you maintain your results or not, you definitely don’t have to worry about the fat going to other areas of the body.
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