Last updated December 2021
What is Cryolipolysis fat freezing?
Cryolipolysis is a non surgical method of body contouring where fat cells are frozen and broken down for the body to remove via the lymphatic system. Cryolipolysis is also known as Fat Freezing. The prolonged exposure to below freezing temperatures targets fat cells in the treated area. Once the adipose cell (fat cell) is frozen it is removed permanently from the body over many weeks. Results can be seen in 10 weeks and retreatment can be performed if necessary.
Interestingly, this method of destroying fat cells was discovered by a Harvard scientist who discovered children with hollowing in their cheeks from icy poles. The cold was destroying their fat cells.
Areas that can be treated includes arms, love handles, abdomen, saddle bags, thighs, knees and bra fat.
How is Fat Freezing treatment performed?
You will be photographed and measured prior to treatment to provide a baseline for measuring treatment outcomes. Following this the area will be marked up to ensure sufficient space for 1 or 2 applicators, based on a treatment plan decided with your practitioner.
Whilst laying on the treatment bed the applicator and a gel pad is applied. A strong vacuum suction is placed on the treatment area to pull the tissue in to the applicator. This initial part of the treatment can feel a little uncomfortable for up to 5 minutes due to the very cold temperature applied. After this the remainder of the procedure will be quite comfortable. The treatment takes approximately 40 to 60 minutes to complete, at which time the area will be massaged to both soften the area and kick start the lymphatic flow to assist with the elimination of fat cells.
How many Fat Freezing sessions are needed?
Results vary from patient to patient, however as a general rule we recommend 2 to 3 sessions per treatment area to achieve the desired outcome. In some rare cases patients may only require one treatment.
What to expect after Fat Freezing treatment
The area will be cold to touch for up to 48 hours. Redness, swelling and bruising is very common and can last up to 2 weeks. Other side effects such as numbness, itching and sensitivity can last up to 4 weeks.
You can resume normal day to day activities immediately after treatment.
Following treatment you should consume eight glasses of water daily and perform a 10 minute massage to the area daily for a minimum of 1 week.
You should avoid anything too hot such as hot showers, exercise or saunas until the treatment area is back to normal. Alcohol should also be avoided during the initial healing process.
A healthy lifestyle must be followed to maintain results including daily exercise and a balanced diet.
Who is suitable for Fat Freezing treatment?
Those in overall good health who are not wanting surgical treatments such as liposuction are best suited to cryolipolysis fat freezing treatment. Those who are overweight or obese are unsuitable as fat freezing is not a weight loss treatment. Patients who already follow a balanced diet and lifestyle with stubborn pockets of fat that are not responding to diet or exercise will have the most desired outcomes.
Medical conditions that are unsuitable for Fat Freezing
A thorough medical history is obtained during your initial consultation to assess suitability for fat freezing treatments as some medical conditions are contraindicated.
Some of the conditions that prevent treatment includes; history of cold pathology, surgery or caesarean in the last 6 months, hernias, pregnancy, heart conditions, open wounds, blood disease or use of blood thinners, scar tissue and skin conditions such as eczema.
Risks or complications associated with Fat Freezing
Following your Fat Freezing appointment nerve sensitivity or numbness may present for up to 4 weeks. In some ethnic backgrounds, skin pigmentation may develop in the area which will resolve on its own over a period of time. There may be some surface irregularities under the skin. More than one treatment may be required to achieve desired endpoint. In rare cases there can be paradoxical adipose hyperplasia that will require surgical revision.
Does fat freezing actually work?
Yes, fat freezing works by destroying your fat cells and your body eliminates these fat cells through its lymphatic system. Ideal for pockets of fat which is not responding to diet and excercise.
When will I see results from fat freezing?
It will take time for your body to eliminate the fat cells. We advise that results can usually be determined 10 weeks post treatment. Another treatment may then be able to be performed if required.
How long does fat freezing results last?
The fat reduction results from fat freezing are permanent. Once the fat cells have been eliminated they do not return.
What are the side effects of fat freezing?
The treated area will feel cold to touch for up to 48 hours after treatment. Bruising, swelling and redness are all temporary side effects. Usually those side effects can take 2 weeks to complete subside. Numbness, itchiness and increased sensitivity in the treatment area can often persist for a longer period of time but generally these resolve within 4 weeks.
Is Cryolipolysis permanent?
Once the dead fat cells have been eliminated from your body they will not regenerate.
How much does Cryolipolysis cost?
Cryolipolysis fat reduction is priced per treatment area. You can view our cryolipolysis cost on our pricing page.
What is the difference between CoolSculpting and Cryolipolysis?
Cryolipolysis is the same as CoolSculpting. CoolSculping is the brand name of one of many machines used to perform fat freezing for fat reduction. At Victorian Cosmetic Institute we use the Cristal Cryolipolysis Fat Freezing machine, made in France to the very high European manufacturing standards.
Why should I choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute as my provider of Fat Freezing?
Fat freezing is ideal for removing small quantities of fat which is not responding to diet and exercise.
At Victorian Cosmetic Institute we use the Cristal Cryolipolysis Fat Freezing machine for our nonsurgical fat reduction treatments. Made in France using the latest French technology, this machine is the safest body contouring device available and has been developed in accordance with European high standards.
The practitioners at Victorian Cosmetic Institute are dedicated to optimal treatment outcomes. Our practitioners obtain a through medical history and provide an honest assessment as to whether fat freezing fat reduction is suitable for you.
Schedule a consultation today by calling 1300 863 824 or by booking online.