Over the last 20 to 30 years the history of non-invasive cosmetic procedures has been very tumultuous. There have been a number of technologies that have disappointed both physicians and patients in delivering the results they have promoted. A conservative and very critical physician will approach new technology with skepticism until proven otherwise. Since CoolSculpting’s commercial launch in the fall of 2009, over 4 million treatments have been performed to date worldwide. Many physicians are now adopting Coolsculpting based on its proven track record of delivering consistent and reliable results.
As to where the fat goes, there are two main pathways. The first is your body could utilize or “burn” the stored energy of the fat during your daily activities or exercise. In this case, the fat is metabolized to H2O and CO2. The water is eliminated in the urine and the carbon dioxide is expelled when you breathe/exhale. The second process is through your body’s natural mechanism of removing damaged or unhealthy cells. Through a sophisticated process, the fat cell is removed via the lymphatics, liver, and bowel movements.
Lastly, the fat cells are permanently removed. Your body contour should remain stable as long as your weight remains consistent. The remaining or untreated fat cells in the treated area will be able to expand or increase in size if you were to gain weight but should not be more than if the area was not treated.