Reach areas of excess fat to reduce stubborn fat cells.
Studies have shown an average fat reduction of between 15 and 28 percent at around 4 months after initial treatment of cyrolipolysis.
Cryolipolysis, commonly referred to as fat freezing, is a nonsurgical fat reduction procedure that uses cold temperature to reduce fat deposits in certain areas of the body. The procedure is designed to reduce localized fat deposits or bulges that do not respond to diet and exercise. It is not intended for people who are obese or significantly overweight.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved cryolipolysis to treat fat deposits beneath the chin, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, abdomen, hip/flank (“love handles”), upper back (“brassiere rolls”), lower back, and underneath the buttocks.
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$950 per applicator
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How is cryolipolysis performed?
Before the treatment, the size and shape of the fatty deposit is assessed and the area to be treated will be identified and marked to find the best compliment handpiece applicator for the treatment. Once the best compatible headpiece is found, the treatment can begin:
a specialized cold sheet will cover the area of concern for protection of the skin and smooth suction of the area.
The headpiece will be activated to suction the area of concern into the applicator’s hallow opening. You will feel a tugging or pulling sensation as suction is applied. The initial sensation will be uncomfortable but will reduce after 5 to 10 minutes. The fat layer is gradually cooled to the target temperature of between 30.2 and 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
Treatment time takes up to one hour per area.
After the area is treated, the headpiece applicator is removed. The area may be massaged for 2 to 3 minutes to assist with the breakdown of the fat cells.
How are fat cells destroyed?
Cryolipolysis is a technique based on the scientific findings that fat cells are more susceptible to damage from cold temperatures than other cells, such as skin cells. The cold temperature injures the fat cells. The injury triggers an inflammatory response by the body, which results in the death of the fat cells. Macrophages, a type of white blood cells and part of the body’s immune system gets rid the dead fat cells and debris from the body.
How much localized fat can one expect to lose from cryolipolysis and when will I start to notice results?
Studies have shown an average fat reduction of between 15 and 28 percent at around 4 months after initial treatment. However, you may begin to notice changes as early as 3 weeks after treatment. Dramatic improvement is noticed after about 2 months.
What are the advantages of cryolipolysis?
Treatment is non-invasive, providing no risk of infection or risk
Treatment is relatively painless. Patient can be on their phone or read a book during the procedure
More than one area of the body may be treated in a single session so as long as there is enough body mass to suction.
There is no down time - most people can resume their normal daily activities immediately after treatment
The procedure can be performed on people of all ages
There is no damage to nerve fibers, blood vessels, muscles, or lasting damaging to skin in the treatment area.
Fat cells that have been damaged or destroyed are permanently removed from the body.
What are the disadvantages of cryolipolysis?
There may present uneven skin surfaces after the final results of the treatment.
One may require more one session to achieve each their own desired results.
Long intermission time between sessions: patients must wait 6 to 8 weeks before their next session if it is required. This is because of the body's processing time of eliminating damaged fat cells.
Results are not immediate due to the process of the body gradually removing damaged fat cells from the body. This can take 3 to 6 months to achieve optimal results.
Rare side effect - paradoxical adipose hyperplasia: the condition in which the size of fat cells increases after cryolipolysis. Men and people of Hispanic ethnicity are more prone.
Weight gain is possible after undergoing cryolipolysis as fat cells may deposit in other areas of the body.
People who have abnormal cold sensitivity or cold intolerance are not suitable candidates. The procedure is not recommended for people who have the following conditions:
Raynaud’s phenomenon: A rare condition in which cold temperatures can impede blood flow to the fingers and toes.
Cryoglobulinem: A type of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) caused by abnormal proteins that become solid or gel-like in the presence of cold temperatures. It is associated with blocked blood vessels and other problems.
Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria: A very rare autoimmune disease in which red blood cells are damaged during exposure to cold.
Cold urticaria: A rare condition in which the skin develops red, itchy spots (hives) after exposure to cold temperatures.
Cold agglutinin disease: A rare type of autoimmune hemolytic anemia in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys its own red blood cells. The condition is often triggered or made worse by cold temperatures.
Other conditions that pose a risk include
Nerve disorders, such as diabetic neuropathy
Inflammatory skin disorders
What side effects are to be expected immediately after cryolipolysis?
Temporary side effects for the areas that are treated may include:
Pain or aches
Stinging or tingling of the skin
Skin discoloration or bruising
Skin sensitivity or numbness
Side effects may persist for a few days to a few weeks after treatment. If necessary (usually not), your doctor may recommend that you take an analgesic medication to relieve pain or other discomfort.
How many cryolipolysis treatment sessions are typically needed?
You may have only one problematic area that may require only one treatment session. You may have more than one problem area that may require treatment or may need more than one treatment in a specific area to achieve your desired goal. During the consultation, our specialist will help create a plan for the ideal number of treatment sessions per area.
Will my insurance cover the cost of cryolipolysis?
Insurance usually does not cover the cost of elective cosmetic surgery and procedures.
How much does cryolipolysis cost?
Total cost will depend on what goals you’d like to achieve. On average, the cost of a typical treatment plan ranges between $2,000 and $4,000.
Ingargiola MJ, Motakef S, Chung MT, et al. Cryolipolysis for Fat Reduction and Body Contouring: Safety and Efficacy of Current Treatment Paradigms. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4444424/) Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015; June 135(6):1581-1590. Accessed 11/9/2021.