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How Long Before Frozen Fat Cells Are Removed from the Body After CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is one of the most reliable treatment options for fat reduction and body contouring, removing even stubborn fat without plastic surgery. This body sculpting procedure is safer and requires minimal downtime because it uses a cutting-edge solution to remove fat deposits and relies on your metabolism to flush it out. But since it's a non-invasive treatment, patients often ask how long it will take to eliminate the dead fat cells from the body.

So how long does it take frozen fat cells to leave your body after CoolSculpting? The destroyed fat cells from the CoolSculpting procedure will take around 3 to 4 months to be flushed out of the body — this is why it can also take this long for your body sculpting treatment to show results. The body needs time to process frozen fat cells with the lymphatic system and flush them out of the body permanently as waste.

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How Long Does It Take Fat Crystals to Leave Your Body After CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a convenient cosmetic option helping patients remove every stubborn fat bulge in their bodies by 20% by freezing localized fat cells. Unlike liposuction or plastic surgery, this fat reduction solution is a non-invasive procedure, so you don't need incisions and general anesthesia.

CoolSculpting lets treated fat cells undergo a process called apoptosis or programmed cell death before they are removed from your body as waste. Because of this, it takes around 3 to 4 months for the fat crystals to leave your body as they are being processed by the lymphatic or immune system.

Why It Takes Time to Eliminate Fat Deposits with CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting removes unwanted fat cells from the body to remove pinchable body fat or stubborn fat bulges, even without plastic surgery. Because of this, it does not provide immediate results like you would expect from liposuction because it needs time for the fat deposits to be metabolized naturally by the body. 

To know why it takes time for destroyed fat cells to be flushed out of the body, you must first understand how procedures of CoolSculpting work and what the body does to the frozen fat cells.

How CoolSculpting Removes Fat Cells

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that removes excess fat by freezing localized fat cells to trigger apoptosis or cell death without damaging the surrounding tissue. The dead fat cells will then be metabolized and flushed out of the body naturally, leaving the treated area slimmer and more toned. This body sculpting treatment targets only pinchable and stubborn fat that is difficult to remove even with a healthy diet and exercise, like:

  • Double chin
  • Tummy tuck
  • Flanks or muffin tops or love handles
  • Abdomen
  • Bra fat
  • Banana roll
  • Back fat
  • Upper arms
  • Submandibular bulges

The fat tissues of these problem areas lie on top of the muscles, called subcutaneous fat. They're usually stubborn fat and difficult to remove even if you've led an active and healthy lifestyle. While CoolSculpting is a reliable fat reduction treatment, it's not a weight loss solution. But since it removes diet-resistant fat, it can set you up for success in achieving your goal weight.

How Your Body Flushes Out Fat Crystals

Once the CoolSculpting applicator is applied to your skin, it sucks in the excess fat and freezes localized fat cells. Your CoolSculpting procedure takes time to produce results because it allows your body's metabolism to take it from there and flush out the treated fat cells.

Once the CoolSculpting treatment has triggered cell death on unwanted fat cells, the immune system or lymphatic drainage will take over. Phagocytes, like macrophages and dendritic cells, will absorb the dead fat cells and transfer them to the lysosomes to break down their cellular components for reuse. 

Lysosomes are often called the digestive system of the cell that breaks down and recycles these components with the help of acids and enzymes — a process called autophagy. These compounds will then be used as fuel for creating new molecules, like white cells.

The byproducts of apoptotic bodies or destroyed fat cells will then be migrated to nearby lymphatic drainage to transport waste products back into the bloodstream. The kidney or liver will then process these substances and excrete them out of the body. This entire process of removing unwanted fat cells frozen by CoolSculpting happens gradually, taking 3 to 4 months.

How to Speed Up the Removal of Fat Crystals After CoolSculpting

Speeding up the removal of treated fat cells in your problem areas to reveal a slimmer and more toned appearance will greatly depend on your metabolism or the processes of your overall immune system. 

You can enhance your lymphatic system to help eliminate dead fat deposits faster by leading a healthy lifestyle, observing a healthy diet, and doing regular physical activity. You should also keep yourself hydrated, avoid NSAIDs, and massage the treatment area after the procedure.

1) Exercise Regularly

Maintaining physical activity is beneficial for your lymphatic drainage that's responsible for flushing out the excess fat processed from your CoolSculpting treatment. Exercising creates muscle contractions that enhance the flow of your lymphatic system.

More than this, it's also good for maintaining and even enhancing the effects of your CoolSculpting results. It can prevent the remaining fat deposits from becoming large and may help you achieve your goal weight and ideal body shape.

2) Observe a Healthy Diet

Consuming food rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that boost the immune system and waste removal will also help you speed up the elimination of dead fat cells. Like keeping a physical activity, consuming a balanced diet also helps maintain and enhance your CoolSculpting results.

3) Keep Yourself Hydrated

Always keep yourself hydrated to enhance the processes of your lymphatic system. This helps provide a healthier function as more water aids the kidneys to remove sodium and other byproducts, including remnants of dead fat cells. 

Keeping yourself hydrated also promotes a healthier lymphatic flow, avoiding water retention. Poor lymphatic flow leads to stagnant, dirty, and congested lymph due to toxin build-up the body can't eliminate due to dehydration. Some experts recommend water with slices of lime or lemon or alkaline water to speed up lymphatic drainage and enhance the body's function in flushing out dead fat cells.

4) Avoid NSAIDs

It's necessary to avoid NSAIDs or drugs that control the body's inflammatory responses. CoolSculpting removes body fat by triggering cell death, allowing your natural processes to flush out these toxins. 

This process greatly relies on the immune system and the body's response to inflammation. This allows the phagocytes to eat the dead fat cells and transport the byproducts to the lymphatic drainage. NSAIDs can interfere with this bodily process and may even cause paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is a condition where the destroyed fat cells harden. Instead of breaking down the fat cells, PAH thickens and expands the fat tissue. You can take acetaminophen or Tylenol if you need to take medications for the discomfort.

5) Massage the Treatment Area

The treated area is usually massaged right after the CoolSculpting session to help break down stubborn fat and release fat crystals. Continuing this massage at home allows you to have enhanced lymphatic drainage and circulation, greatly enhancing your CoolSculpting results.

What to Expect from Your CoolSculpting Procedure

CoolSculpting is a body contouring treatment that removes pinchable fat bulges by freezing the fat tissue at low temperatures, triggering cell death. These destroyed fat cells will then be flushed out of the body naturally.

It's a safe and non-invasive alternative to liposuction because it doesn't require incisions or general anesthesia. Because of this, busy patients also rely on this body sculpting treatment because it only involves minimal downtime. You may learn more about what to expect by knowing how the procedure goes and how many treatment sessions you'd need.

How Your Procedure Goes

Your CoolSculpting session wouldn't last long -- it can only take around 1 to 3 hours, depending on the treatment area. As mentioned, you won't need general anesthesia or incisions. Your treatment session might go as follows:

  1. The problem areas will be marked and measured for accuracy.
  2. A gel pad will be applied to the treatment area to protect your skin from the freezing action of the CoolSculpting session.
  3. The CoolSculpting applicator will be hovered on your skin, allowing it to vacuum the body fat and freeze the fat cells.
  4. The CoolSculpting applicator will then move to the other problem areas.
  5. The treated area will be massaged to break up the frozen fat cells. This can be slightly uncomfortable.

You can expect to feel pinching and pulling sensations during the treatment session. Patients react to pain differently, but many of them report only minimal discomfort. You may consult your doctor about more ways to reduce pain.

How Many Treatments You Need

CoolSculpting gradually reduces around 25% of fat bulges in your body. The treatment session you need depends on your aesthetic goals and the amount of excess fat needed to remove, but most patients need up to 3 procedures to achieve significant results.

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It can take 3 to 4 months before frozen fat cells will be removed from the body after having the CoolSculpting procedure. This is because the body gradually flushes out these dead fat cells as phagocytes eat them and transport the byproducts to the lymphatic drainage to be excreted by the body as waste. This is a much shorter recovery period compared to otherwise traditional procedures like liposuction, and gives you results just as good, if not better.

NJ Center for CoolSculpting is one of the best medical spas in New Jersey that offer a wide range of body contouring treatments. With the help of our board-certified professionals, you can get a slimmer and more toned body without the long downtime. Learn more about our treatments and get in touch with us today.

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  • "The treatment itself was not uncomfortable. Afterwords, I felt great. I didn't really notice anything for about 30 days. After day 30 until about a month later, I started noticing that my favorite jeans were not as tight anymore. I wasn't having to suck in to get them buttoned. And by that two month period after my CoolSculpting

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  • "It's subtle at first, and then a month later you look and go, "Wow - It really did something!" It really moved the bar for me, and I'm feeling better about myself already. It feels so good to put on anything and know I look as good as I've ever looked. And I didn't say that or feel that when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's."

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