1. Fat cells, 2. Fat cells exposed to direct cold, 3. Fat cells begin to die, 4. Fat cells are removed naturally and fat loss occurs
After puberty, most of our fat cells are developed and stay with us for the remainder of our lives.
Most of us have dense areas of fat cells, causing 'problem' fat areas. Diet and exercise can help us lose fat all over, but cannot specifically target these areas.
Until recently, the only solution was to remove the cells through the process of liposuction.
Cold Temperatures Can Destroy Fat Cells
In the 1980's, several doctors noticed children developing dimples from sucking on popsicles. It was later discovered that the children's fat cells were damaged from the cold of the popsicle, therefore causing the area to retain less fat.
Fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other cells. When frozen for an extended period of time, crystallization occurs within the cells, causing damage. Once destroyed, they are slowly excreted from the body over several weeks.