Fat Freeze 101: How Does Cryo Fat Freezing Work?
Do you have a few stubborn areas of fat that just don't seem to go away, no matter how much you diet or exercise?
If you're considering Cryo fat freezing treatment as a way to get rid of those stubborn fat bulges, you're not alone. This relatively new procedure is becoming increasingly popular as a way to achieve body contouring. But how does cryo fat freezing work, and what should you do after your treatment? Keep reading for answers to these questions and more!
But before we go there, here's why we know so much about Cryo Fat Freezing:
At Kosme Aesthetics, we have 5 different Cryo fat freezing Machines and perform over 500 treatments per month. As of the writing of this article, we only have one outlet but we're performing a lot of sessions, so we know the ins and the outs of Cryo fat freezing.
How does Cryo Fat Freeze work?
The science behind how Cryolipolysis works is actually quite simple. Fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than other types of cells in your body. Extreme cold kill fat cells.
Cryo fat freeze treatment works by causing cell apoptosis (fat cell death) at freezing temperatures. A membrane is laid on your body and the fat freeze machine uses a suction cup to freeze the fat cells.
Cold temperature then cause targeted fatty tissue to freeze and hence die. The dead fat cells then get flushed out by the lymphatic system in standard natural ways.
Over time, this process eliminates fat cells in the treatment area. Studies show that Cryolipolysis or Cryo fat freezing can reduce subcutaneous fat by up to 25% after just one treatment. And, unlike other fat reduction treatments, there is no risk of saggy skin.
Though different methods of Cryo fat freezing treatments can efficiently destroy fat cells, they don't remove all the fat cells in the treatment area; which is the main reason why any weight gained between your treatment and your 8-week review could negatively affect your final results.
Last but not least, Cryo fat-freezing is the unbranded version of the machines. The technology is the same and if you're not concerned about the brand and only the price-to-efficacy ratio, you can consider this as the best option.
In a short period of 30-90 days, we've seen clients achieve a tummy size reduction of up to 35%. In summary, Cryolipolysis is a good non invasive fat removal treatment for those who have weight loss goals. Do take note that Cryolipolysis is not a permanent solution. To achieve the best result, lifestyle habits such as a healthy diet and regular exercise will increase the longevity of your desired results.
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What are the pros and cons of Cryo fat-freezing treatments?
It is non-invasive
The cryolipolysis is a non invasive procedure. The Cryo fat freezing treatments use a device that has a number of applicators that come in different sizes to work on different parts of the body with stubborn fat pockets such as the belly, arm, inner and outer thighs. A therapist will place the applicator on the treated area and it uses cool energy to eliminate fat cells under your skin surface.
There is little to no pain associated with this treatment, as many have described their experience as tolerable as the slight discomfort involved is due to the suction from the applicators similar to a cupping treatment.
The treatment time is short
Each session can last anywhere from 35 minutes to one hour, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.
There is a short recovery period
Clients can resume their normal activities immediately after the Cryo fat freezing treatment and there is no anaesthesia required, unlike other invasive procedures such as traditional liposuction.
On the other hand, Cryo fat freezing also has its own set of cons:
It can have side effects
Some clients do experience heightened skin sensitivity, and numbness. Others observe redness or swelling in affected areas after their treatments which will typically recede within a few weeks. All these can also be treated or minimized with proper do's and don'ts.
To find out more about Cryo fat freeze treatments' do's and don'ts in our article "Aftercare Guide: What To Do After Fat Freezing (And Not To Do)"
It requires more than one session to get the desired result
For best weight loss results, doctors usually recommend between two and four sessions of Cryo fat freezing treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart. A single treatment will not yield the best results for you. This can be costly for some patients.
It is not a permanent solution
Fat cells that are frozen during the treatment will eventually be broken down and eliminated by the body. However, new fat cells can develop in the treated area if the patient does not maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise.
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Frequently Asked Questions
It's scientifically possible in fat freezing that this effect induces apoptosis. As fat is resistant to temperatures, the freezing temperatures will make the cells freeze and die thus preventing any other damage. The treatment freezes your fat cells at -5°C, leaving surrounding tissues unharmed.
Over the following weeks, your immune system will clear off the fats in natural ways.
There are up to 100 or even more different types of fat freeze machines. The important thing for you to know is that there are branded and non-branded machines. A branded machine such as Coolsculpting is FDA-approved but often costs 3-5x more than the generic version of fat freeze.
The next thing you need to know is that there are different types of suction cups, the 360 version can give you an increased surface area treatment so you get better results.