Cryolipolysis is the newest and hottest (excuse the pun) craze among celebrities, and is receiving rave reviews from news and media outlets. Essentially, it is the idea of freezing off your fat. But what is Cryolipolysis, and is it a safe cure for stubborn fat and cellulite? Let’s take a closer look at this new treatment.
What is Cryolipolysis?
The idea behind cryolipolysis is really quite simple. It operates based on the principle that adipocytes (cells that contain fat) are more susceptible to the cold than other cells. Take frostbite for example – when frostbite occurs, the fat cells freeze before the skin cells. The same principle follows in cryolipolysis – the fat cells freeze first, leaving the skin cells completely intact. Essentially, it is the idea of freezing off your fat.
How does Cryolipolysis work?
During a Cryolipolysis treatment, the area of fat is placed between two cooling panels which will rapidly cool the area for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once finished, the area of fat will harden and then soften again. After the session, your body works to dispel the crystallized fat cells, causing them to breakdown and absorb over the next few months. While the main result of such treatment is the loss of fat, many people also use it to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
How long is each session? How many are needed to see results?
Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Some say that up to 50% of the fat problem can be targeted within only one treatment session, although results can take up to 1-4 months to see. Larger body parts may require more treatments than smaller body parts.
Are there any pre or post measures that need to be taken?
No. There is no downtime after a Cryolipolisis treatment. With that being said, if you wish to maintain results, a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and exercise routine is necessary.
Is it painful or dangerous?
During a Cryolipolysis treatment you may feel some sensations of pressure and extreme cold, however, these should subside after the first few minutes. Following treatment there are no known long term effects, but clients may experience some short term redness, swelling, bruising, stinging, or aching at the treatment site.
With that said, Cryolipolysis does pose a threat to people with certain conditions. Anyone suffering from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria should not risk undergoing such treatment.
Who can undergo a Cryolipolysis treatment?
Cryolipolysis is not for everyone and is not a cure for obesity. It is best suited to for individuals who engage in regular exercise and maintain a healthy diet. Cryolipolysis should be used only by individuals within a normal weight range who have trouble eliminating specific areas of fat, or who would like to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Anyone with the conditions listed above should not seek cryolipolysis treatment.
Does it work?
Yes, Cryolipolysis has been proven effective when used for the reduction of fat. It’s effectiveness in reducing the appearance of cellulite is still in the investigational process and has not been proven. In extremely rare cases (1%), treatment can lead to an increase in the volume of fat cells. This is known to happen in men more commonly than women for reasons that are unknown. There is also a risk that fat cells in larger areas will not be removed evenly.