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Fat Freezing CoolSculpting and Liposuction: Why They Won't Work
The Problem With Fat Killing Alternatives to Weight Loss
Modern American citizens tend to search for fast and simple solutions to complex problems. This pervasive McCulture rewards shortcuts and encourages rule bending. Due in part to a struggling economy, individuals work long hours endeavoring to provide for their families. They lack the time and financial resources to exercise and eat healthy foods. Consequently, a tidal wave of obesity has swept over the nation. It comes as no surprise then that the vast majority of Americans are looking for quick and simple methods of losing weight. Cryolipolysis, also known as CoolSculptingTM, and Liposuction offer an apparently effortless alternative to the tried and true methods of diet and exercise. These treatments only provide a temporary solution, and ultimately do more harm than good.
During development, childhood, and adolescence, the human body produces a genetically predetermined amount of adipose tissue (i.e. fat tissue). This tissue consists of both mature adipose cells, called adipocytes, and preadipocytes, which become mature fat cells when the old ones die. Adults have a fixed number of fat cells that grow and shrink as weight increases or decreases. Overweight individuals generally don’t possess a greater number of adipocytes; instead their fat cells grow larger than those in a typical human. When fat cells are removed from an adult, via liposuction or cryolipolysis, the remaining fat cells eventually pick up the slack and grow larger.
As a result, these treatments fix the problem only temporarily. The body continues producing and storing energy containing molecules in the surviving adipose cells. Unfortunately, not all adipose tissue resides within the skin. A certain percentage exists around other tissue, in joints, and in organs. As organ surrounding fat cells grow, they potentially interfere with vital bodily functions. All fat cells have an upper limit to their size. When all the existing cells reach their limit, they either begin to divide, or the preadipocytes mature. As a consequence, surgery condemns an obese individual that has liposuction or cryolipolysis, but does not change his behavior, to death since fat necessarily overwhelms his organs. Some people need to physically appear thin as motivation for diet and exercise. This is the only group for which I would recommend surgical fat removal. Immediate side effects of cryolipolysis and liposuction are: bruising, numbness, scarring, pain, and possibly skin necrosis, and infection. Long term side effects, without behavioral changes such as diet and exercise, include death.