What is Lipolysis?

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What is Lipolysis?

LIPO (fat) + LYSIS (decomposition or breakdown)

Lipolysis is a technical term that refers to when a fat cell reduces the amount of fat that it stores. This stored fat is actually made up of droplets of triacylglycerols (also known as triglycerides). When fat triacylglycerols are broken down, they end up as glycerol and free fatty acids (FFAs) which are both processed by the body as energy.

When more triacylglycerols are formed, the membrane of a fat cell can expand to accommodate it. Conversely, when fewer triacylglycerols exist, the membrane shrinks. Therefore, when you lose weight, the fat cells are actually shrinking rather than getting destroyed.

That means you’ll always have roughly the same number of fat cells in adulthood — unless, of course, you remove them with a surgical technique such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, or melt them away with a nonsurgical technology like SculpSure. These techniques are really the only way to reduce the actual number of fat cells in your body!

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