What is Cryolipolysis?
Cryolipolysis, also referred to fat freezing is a non-invasive alternative to liposuction that involves the localised application of a low temperature device to break down and destroy stubborn fat cells. These dead cells are then transported by the lymphatic system, processed and eliminated by the body.
What does the treatment process involve?
During the procedure, a pair of special plates attached to a cooling machine are placed directly onto the skin above the fatty area you want to target. Once the machine is switched on, a strong vacuum effect pulls the excess fat into the suction plate, and you then lie attached to the machine for up to two hours whilst the ‘freezing’ effect takes place. After the session, your body then works to remove the crystallised fat cells, causing them to initially shrink and then break down before being absorbed completely over a period of two to four months.
It has been shown that cryolipolysis can reduce subcutaneous fat at the treatment site by up to 25% after one treatment.
Are there any side-effects?
Clinical studies on cryolipolysis have established its safety, efficacy and tolerability for fat reduction. Serious side effects are rare. Most risks highlighted in relation to cryolipolysis are deemed mild and transient and include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness, bruising, altered sensation and numbness that usually resolve within 14 days after treatment. You will be fully consulted before any treatment to discuss the side effects in detail.
What areas can be treated?
Areas that can be treated include:
• Love Handles/Flanks
• Inner and Outer Thighs
• Upper Arms/Bingo Wings
• Bra and Backs Rolls
Will it hurt?
We apply a topical anaesthetic cream prior to treatment to numb the skin which will help to provide pain relief during the procedure.
When will I see results and how long do they last?
The results of cryolipolysis are not immediate. Since the fat slowly leaves the body over time, you can expect to see initial results within three to four weeks, more defined results within six to eight weeks, and final results within 3-4 months.
To maintain the results it is important to follow a healthy low calorie diet and exercise regularly. It is also important to drink 8 glasses of water a day before and after the treatment. Fat elimination is accelerated by the amount of water you drink therefore, water is key component to eliminating the fat.