But what is fat freezing (cryolipolysis) and how does it work?
A cryolipolysis machine offers non-surgical fat reduction treatments, a non-invasive alternative to liposuction – perfect for those who are needle phobic and want to avoid the risks associated with this type of surgery. The devices are designed to help patients tackle areas of unwanted excess fat that perhaps diet and exercise just hasn’t managed to shift, or to help boost the fat loss process alongside diet and exercise. Results will depend on the device you use, the patients post treatment diet / exercise and post treatment massage. Fat freezing is not a permanent solution to weight-loss and patients should be made aware that without the combination of a healthy diet and active lifestyle, the results won’t be lasting. Whilst fat freezing can help with weight-loss goals, it should not be considered a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.
How is cryolipolysis performed?
1.The procedure can be done in a doctor’s office or outpatient clinic. The size and shape of the fatty deposit is assessed and the area to be treated is outlined with a skin-marking pencil. Patients are awake during the procedure.
2. A handheld device called an applicator is used to freeze the layer of fat cells (adipocytes) underneath the skin. First, a gel pad is applied to the area to protect the skin. Next, the fatty bulge is suctioned or vacuumed into the applicator’s hallow opening. You will feel a tugging or pulling sensation as suction is applied. These sensations, intense cold plus other possible sensations – tingling, stinging, aching, cramping – lessen after 5 to 10 minutes as the area becomes numb during the cooling down process. The fat layer is gradually cooled to the target temperature of between 30.2 and 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
3.It takes up to one hour to treat an area. After the area is treated, the applicator is removed. The area may be massaged for 2 to 3 minutes to assist with the breakdown of the fat cells.
No surgical incision is required.
It is a low risk procedure. There is no risk of infection.
The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Patients do not need to be sedated or anesthetized before undergoing the procedure.
More than one area of the body may be treated in a single session.
Most people can resume their normal daily activities immediately after treatment.
The procedure can be performed on people of all ages.
There is no damage to nerve fibers, blood vessels, muscles, or lasting damaging to skin in the treatment area.
Fat cells that have been damaged or destroyed are permanently removed from the body.
Patients may experience an increase in self-esteem due to an improvement in their appearance.