So just what is CoolSculpting, and how precisely does it get rid of body fat? As it turns out, the name is pretty on point, as CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, literally freezes the fat off of you with a machine on targeted areas of your body. The reason this can be done without permanently injuring the skin, muscles, nerves, and other cells in the area you freeze is because fat is more temperature sensitive than the rest of the cells your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. That means that fat will go through cell death first, leaving the rest of your cells intact.
As for the actual procedure, you can expect to be attached to the cooling applicator for about an hour, give or take, depending on the area on your body. During that time, 20 to 25 percent of the fat in your targeted area, whether it’s your chin, abdomen, thighs, back, or arms, will be frozen and killed. Then over the course of the next couple of weeks, your body will get rid of those cells, thus revealing your new body.