- Commonly referred to as fat freezing, is a nonsurgical fat reduction procedure that uses cold temperatures to reduce fat deposits in certain areas of the body.
- The procedure is designed to reduce localized fat deposits or bulges that do not respond to diet and exercise.
- It is not intended for people who are obese or significantly overweight.
- FDA has approved to treat fat deposits beneath the chin, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, abdomen, hip/flank ("love handles"), upper back ("brassiere rolls"), lower back and underneath the buttocks.
- Size and shape of the fatty deposit is assessed and the area to be treated is outlined with a skin marking pencil.
- A handheld device called an applicator is used to freeze the layer of fat cells (adipocytes) underneath the skin. An antifreezing membrane is applied to the area to protect the skin. The fatty bulge is suctioned or vacuumed into the applicator's hallow opening. You will feel a tugging or pulling sensation as the suction is applied. Intense cold plus other possible sensations - tingling, stinging, aching, cramping - lessen after 5 - 10 minutes as the area becomes numb during the cooling down process. The fat layer is gradually cooled to the target temperature between 8 degrees to 11 degrees celsius.
- It takes up to one hour to treat an area. After the area is teated, the applicator is removed. The area may be massaged for 2 - 3 minutes to assist with the break down of the fat cells.
How are fat cells destroyed?
Fat cells are more susceptible to damage from cold temperatures than other cells, such as skin cells. The cold temperature injures the fat cells. The injury triggers an inflammatory response by the body, which results in the death of fat cells. Macrophages, a type of white blood cell and a part of the body's immune system gets rid of the dead fat cells and debris from the body.
How much localized fat can one expect to lose from cryolipolysis and when to notice results?
Studies have shown an average fat reduction of 25% at around 4 months after the initial treatment. But may begin to notice changes as early as 3 weeks after treatment.
Advantages of Cryolipolysis
- No surgical incision is required
- A low risk procedure
- May resume their normal daily activities immediately after treatment
- No damage to nerve fibres, blood vessels, muscles or lasting damage to skin in the treatment area.
- Fat cells that have been damaged or destroyed are permanently removed from the body.
- May experience an increase in self-esteem due to an improvement in their appearance.
Disadvantages of Cryolipolysis
- Recommended only for people who are in good general health looking for "spot" fat reduction in specific areas on the body. Not recommended for those who are significantly overweight or obese.
- More than one session may be needed to achieve desired results.
- The next session can't be performed until 4 - 6 weeks after the first session because it can take this long for damaged fat cells to be eliminated from the body.
People for whom cyrolipolysis is not recommended
- Obese or significantly overweight
- Areas of the skin that are cut or injured, contain severe varicose veins, dermatitis or other skin lesions.
- Those with abnormal cold sensitivity
- People with the following conditions:
- Raynaud's Phenomenon
- A rare condition in which cold temperatures can impede blood flow to fingers and toes
- Inflammation of blood vessels caused by abnormal proteins that become solid or gel-like in the presence of cold temperatures.
- Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria
- A rare autoimmune disease in which red blood cells are damaged during exposure to cold.
- Cold Urticaria
- Skin develops red, itchy spots (hives) after exposure to cold temperatures
- Cold Agglutinin Disease
- Body's Immune System mistakenly attacks and destroys its own red blood cells, often triggered by cold temperatures.
- Nerve disorders like diabetic neuropathy
- Skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis
Side Effects to be expected immediately after
- Pain or aches
- Stinging or tingling of skin
- Skin sensitivity or numbness
*These side effects may persist for a few days to a few weeks after treatment. You may take analgesic like tylenol to release discomfort.
How many treatment sessions are typically needed?
There may be only one problematic area that may require one treatment session or more than one problem area that may require treatment thus needing more than one treatment in to achieve your desired goal.
Have a consultation to design a plan: number of treatment sessions that will best meet your desired goals.
How much does cryolipolysis cost?
- $350 per session
- PROMO: Less than 15% for 3 - 4 sessions
- PROMO: Less than 20% for 5 - 6 sessions