During the procedure, the light will penetrate your skin and when the fat cells are exposed, they are ‘tricked into believing that your body is in a state of famine and needs energy. At that point a temporary pore is created in the cell’s membrane. Following the procedure and for the next 48 to 72 hours the fat cells will drain their contents, thereby shrinking the cells. The contents are picked up by the lymphatic system, processed through liver and excreted through sweat and urine. All with no pain, no surgery and no downtime. For those techies out there, here’s what the cells look like as they go through the procedure.