1. What is it?
Cryolipolysis(fat freezing) is a non-invasive procedure. It uses cooling technology that results in localised fat reduction. The technology behind Cryolipolysis was designed and developed by dermatologists at Harvard Medical School. Their analysis revealed that fat cells are more responsive to the effects of cold in contrast to the surrounding tissue. Fat cells crystallise at different temperatures than other cells. It is specific in breaking down the fat cells while sparing all the other tissue such as the skin, muscle mass, and nerve fibres.
2. Does it work?
YES – There are numerous clinical trials, celebrity reviews, and before & after photos which support the effectiveness of fat freezing.
3. How does it work?
A special vacuum suction cup with cooling plates is positioned on the selected body area. The area is then chilled – fat cells are especially sensitive to cold exposure. When cooled fat cells crystallise and as a result no longer function in their usual way, and breakdown (Apoptosis). The surrounding blood vessels, nerves, etc are much less sensitive to cool exposure and remain unaffected. This results in the elimination of the fat cells without damage to the surrounding tissues.
4. What happens to the fat cells that have been treated?
Fat cells perish and are dissolved into the body via the lymphatic system. The nervous system flushes effected fat cells from the system using the bodies natural processes. The area treated becomes smaller in size over the following weeks as this process happens.
5. How long is the session?
Each session is between 45-60 minutes per area, depending on the thickness of the area, and how quickly you respond to the cooling technology. Your treatment will be tailored to your individual requirements which are discussed in your pre-treatment consultation. Additional time may be required if you require more than one area.
6. How many sessions will I need?
One session is sufficient for most areas. Cryolipolysis has the advantage of not requiring a course of treatment. Depending on the thickness of the fat and your personal goals fat freezing may be repeated in the same area a second time but is not necessary. If you choose that you would like a further reduction in the same area, preferable waiting time between sessions is approximately 45 – 60 days. This is to give enough time to measure the effectiveness of the initial treatment.
7. What will the results be?
Clinical studies on Cryolipolysis have shown reduction of fat is between 20% to 40%. Results will vary on the individual, the thickness of the fat deposits in each area, and the lifestyle maintained after treatment. Those that follow the aftercare advice, will get the best results.
8. When will I see the results?
This depends on the individual, the fat thickness and the area treated. Changes happen over several weeks, 12 weeks being the estimated time to see the maximum result, although some of our clients begin to see changes at around two weeks. In clinical trials 12 weeks post treatment, 9 out of 10 people saw an undeniable reduction in the treated area.
9. What will I feel during the session?
After you have agreed the area, you will feel a “tug” close to the treated area due to the vacuum effect used to hold the area in place during the session and a cold feeling at the beginning of the procedure at the vacuum site. This is reported as “different” as it’s an unusual feeling, but not painful. We often have clients fall asleep during their session. There is no anaesthetic or numbing agent required during the treatment.
10. Will it hurt
No, this truly is a comfortable process. Unlike other Cryolipolysis companies our technology has an unique function which reduces the vacuum pressure. People are almost always worried that it will be uncomfortable but tell us afterwards that there was onlymild pain or discomfort and that it was not as cold as they thought it would be. Your comfort is always of the up most importance to us.
11. What will I feel after the session?
The beauty of Cryolipolysis is there are generally few side effects. There is no recovery period, or downtime. It is very rare to bruise or have extended redness after the treatment. You can resume normal daily activities, without discomfort, immediately after the session, or go back to work if you are being treated in your lunch break.
12. Are the results permanent?
YES – It is permanent. The fat cells that will be crystallized through the Cryolipolysis procedure are absorbed by the bodies natural processes. Once destroyed the same fat cells cannot grow back.
13. Who is the ideal candidate?
Cryolipolysis is especially indicated for local fat reduction: The ideal candidates are those who want to reduce localised fat deposits for instance on the abdomen, flanks, lower back, hips, thighs, upper arms etc. These tend to be areas particularly stubborn to diet and exercise. Although most people are treatable, it is not an overall weight loss solution. We suggest that the ideal candidate is within or near their ideal body weight range (BMI) people in this group will see the best results. It can also be an excellent additional motivation for those embarking on a change in lifestyle.
14. Do I need to follow a particular exercise program after the treatment?
No supplements or diet plan are required and you do not have to change your exercise habits for the treatment to work. However, Cryolipolysis is not a substitute for taking care of your body. You may feel more motivated to take care of yourself after the treatment, after all it is an investment in your good looks. Combining cryolipolysis with a healthy diet and lifestyle will only further maximise your result.
15. What is the main difference compared to other procedures?
The Cryolipolysis treatment results in a notable and natural reduction of fat tissue, avoiding the traumatic experience of invasive methods (liposuction), and the risk of damage to surrounding tissue. It is different to other non-invasive laser lipo offerings that use lasers (like I-Lipo, Strawberry and Laser Lipo) Cryolipolysis physically destroys the fat cell and no course of treatment is required as in these other laser based treatments. No exercise is required for the treatment to get results and the results are permanent. The results are not as fast or as dramatic as invasive procedures like liposuction or tummy tuck but Fat Freezing is an effective alternative for those wanting to avoid the higher cost, pain, risk, and recovery time associated with surgery.
16. When you treat the fat in one area what happens to the fat cells in the rest of my body? Do they move to compensate?
Once the fat cells are destroyed, those cells are eliminated. Fat is not able to re grow again in the same area that was treated. There is no risk of fat from other areas moving over to the treated area to compensate.
17. Are there any needles?
Cryotherapy is non invasive. There are no needles required.
18. If you are just freezing the fat away, can I not just apply an ice pack and get similar results?
The application of the cooling technology is done through a controlled process, this cannot be replicated with an ice pack.The application of the cooling technology is done through a controlled process, this cannot be replicated with an ice pack.
19. How large is a treatment area?
We have two sized application hand pieces. This allows us to treat larger areas like the upper, lower abdomen, thighs and flanks as well as smaller areas such as the upper arms, bra fat and inner thighs. Our small hand piece treats an area around the size of a woman’s hand, and the larger applicator around the size of two women’s hands. Both are the same price.
20. What counts as a treatment area?
If we treat one area on each arm, that would count as two treatment areas. E.g. Lower abdomen = 1 area. Both Hips = 2 areas. Both love handles & lower abdomen = 3 areas.
21. What areas can you treat?
Upper & lower abdomen, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, love handles, flanks, muffin top, banana rolls (underneath buttocks), hips, male torso/man boobs. The applicator cannot be used for the chin, ankles or wrists as usually these areas are too small to treat. Cryolipolysis can be used to reduce “man boobs” but cannot be used to treat female breast tissue or gynaecomastia.