What is Cryolipolysis?
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive fat removal procedure. It is the cooling of subcutaneous fat cells, which induces lipolysis, which is the breaking down of the fat cells, without damaging any of the surrounding tissues or the skin. Following the procedure, the fat breaks down over a period of two to four months, resulting in fat loss that appears entirely natural. Cryolipolysis is an FDA approved technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells, with no surgery required. It is a pain free method to rid yourself of fat in specific areas.
How does it work?
Fat cells are more sensitive to cold and will freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding tissues and overlying skin. This is intended to promote fat cell elimination naturally without causing scar tissue or damage to the skin, nerves or surrounding tissues. Fat freezing technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The procedure reduces the temperature of fat cells in the treated area, which then become crystallized (frozen), and then they die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
What to expect after the treatment?
There is no downtime, individuals can go back to their normal activities after the treatment. You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks following your treatment, but will experience the most signs of change between one and three months after treatment. Your body is still flushing fat cells out via your metabolism and will continue doing so for up to four to six months following treatment. Additional treatments may be performed two to four months after the initial procedure to achieve greater fat reduction. Long-term clinical studies have not yet been completed to show exactly how long results can last, although as long as you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, long-term results are expected to remain stable.
What can Cryolipolysis treat?
It works to reduce fat in specific areas of the body, most commonly on the stomach and back. Ideal candidates are relatively fit and healthy individuals, but have some modest sized, stubborn fat bulges that are not easily reduced through diet and exercise, common areas known as love handles, bra bulges or muffins tops. It is not intended for weight loss or as an obesity cure, and it is not a substitute for more invasive and larger fat removal methods such as liposuction.
How long is the treatment and how does it feel?
Treatment time varies, usually last 45 min to one hour per session or per treated area. As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and cold, however, this soon dissipates. During the procedure you may choose to read, check email or take a nap.
Are there any side effects?
During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. After the procedure, typical side effects may include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Some rare side effects may also occur. This procedure is not for everyone, you should not have the procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. It is also not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, we will assess you if this procedure is right for you.