Cryolipolysis is the general term for nonsurgical fat reduction via freezing. Cryolipolysis, commonly referred to as "CoolSculpting" by patients, uses cold temperature to break down fat cells. The fat cells are particularly susceptible to the effects of cold, unlike other types of cells. While the fat cells freeze, the skin and other structures are spared from injury.
During the body - contouring treatments, practitioners suck pinchable body fat into applicators of various shapes and sizes to chill the lipid - rich tissue, inducing cell death.
The goal of cryolipolysis is to reduce the volume of fat in a fatty bulge. Some patients may opt to have more than one area treated or to retreat an area more than once. Patients who wish to reduce a localized fat bulge that has persisted despite diet and exercise may be interested in cryolipolysis.