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What is Cryolipolysis

Cryolipolysis is a non-surgical fat reduction treatment which uses controlled

cooling to selectively target and eliminate stubborn fat. The results are

proven, noticeable, and lasting.

The technology was developed based on the premise that fat cells are

more easily damaged by cooling than skin cells, as demonstrated by

popsicle panniculitis. In this process, when subcutaneous fat is cooled

below body temperature but above freezing, the fat undergoes controlled

cell death followed by a local inflammatory response, a localized

panniculitis that gradually results in a reduction of fat in that area.

How Cryolipolysis Works?

​Cryolipolysis has emerged as a popular non-invasive treatment option for

reducing localized areas of fat. Its principle relies on controlled cooling of

subcutaneous fat cells in order to reshape body contours.

During a treatment, an anti-freezing membrane and cooling applicator is

applied to the treatment area. The skin and adipose tissue is drawn into the

applicator where controlled cooling is safely delivered to the targeted fat.

The exposure to cool temperatures is set so that it causes controlled cell

death of subcutaneous fat tissue without apparent damage to the overlying skin. The dead fat cells are then naturally processed and eliminated by the

body’s lymphatic system.​

When will clients see results?

The results can be seen as early as 3 weeks after the treatment. The most

dramatic results will be visible 2 to 3 months after the procedure.

Are the results permanent?

After the age of 5, the body stops producing new fat cells. When a person

gains or loses weight, the fat cells merely become bigger or smaller. The

actual number of fat cells remains exactly the same.

Through fat reductions procedures such as cryolipolysis, the number of fat

cells within the body is reduced, so whatever fat cells you lose, you lose


Important Safety Issue


The reason why fat freezing is safe is because the cold exposure is not to

such extremes that it immediately kills the fat cells. Rather the cold

exposure initiates a natural program of cell destruction where they die in a

more safe and gradual manner over approximately 3 months

Visceral Fat vs. Subcutaneous Fat

Visceral fat

Visceral fat is the deep, internal fat behind the muscle wall. Healthy levels of

visceral fat help to insulate and protect your internal organs.

Visceral fat is two times more responsive to diet and exercise than subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat cannot be treated with cryolipolysis.

Subcutaneous fat

Subcutaneous tissue sits in front of the muscle wall, beneath the skin. It’s

usually pinch-able and pliable and can be pulled away from the body. Subcutaneous fat

does not respond well to diet and exercise. Cryolipolysis works beautifully with subcutaneous.

Treatment Contraindications

*Cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria

*Known sensitivity to cold such as cold urticaria or Raynaud’s disease

*Impaired peripheral circulation in the area to be treated

*Neuropathic disorders such as post-herpetic neuralgia or diabetic


*Impaired skin sensation

*Open or infected wounds

*Bleeding disorders or concomitant use of blood thinners

*Recent surgery or scar tissue in the area to be treated

*A hernia or history of hernia in the area to be treated

*Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, or rashes

*Pregnancy or lactation

*Active implanted device such as pacemaker or defibrillator

 There are also times when a contraindication may not apply, but you still

 need to exercise caution and possibly limit the treatment

Areas That Can Be Treated

 The cryolipolysis procedure can be used to safely reduce unwanted fat

 from all major areas, including:


*Flanks (love handles or muffin top)

*Male chest (man boobs)

*Back including bra-bulges


*Inner and outer thighs


*Chin, armpits and knees

 There must be pinch-able fat to be able to do a treatment. The general rule

 is, if you can pinch it, you can freeze it.

Client Consultation

The ideal candidate for cryolipolysis are relatively fit but have some modest-

size fat bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise. They are seeking spot

reduction for specific areas of fat but are not considering a surgical procedure.

The cryolipolysis procedure is not intended for weight-loss or obesity and is

not a substitute for invasive methods such as liposuction.

The consultation is used to determine whether an ideal client is a suitable

candidate, and that they assess their goals and expectations, and identify the treatment

areas. It is essential for our client to have realistic expectations. At the end of the

consultation the client will then understand the treatments in depth and expected


What to expect during the treatment

The initial sensation is the skin being pulled into a vacuum. During the

cooling process, the area may sting or feel a little uncomfortable. After

approximately 10 minutes, the area should feel cold or numb.

What to expect after the treatment

Immediately after treatment the skin may look red and bruised and may feel

tender to touch.

Treatment Plan


When designing a treatment plan, there is 1 thing that we need

to take into consideration:

 *What are the main areas of concern.

How Many Treatments


The number of treatments needed to see noticeable changes varies from

person to person. Most clients will need anywhere between 2 to 3

treatments to see optimal results.

A second treatment can be performed after 3 weeks, but no closer as the

body needs time to recover. When planning a second treatment, it is

recommended to customize the plan, changing applicators and varying the

location slightly.


Treatment Duration

Treatment duration depends on the skin thickness and temperature



Before and Aftercare

*Drink plenty of water

*Alcohol should be avoided before the treatment and can be resumed

 the day after

*Maintain healthy diet and exercise

*The client can return to work or normal activities immediately after the


 Side Effects


The following effects can occur in the treatment area during and after a

treatment. These are caused by exposure to cold temperatures. These side

effects occur because cryolipolysis affects the treatment area in a similar

manner to frostbite. These effects are temporary and generally resolve

within days or weeks.

 During A Treatment

*Sensations of pulling, tugging, and mild pinching at the treatment site.

*Intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, cramping. These sensations

 subside as the area becomes numb.

 Immediately after a treatment

*Redness and firmness.

*Transient blanching and/or mild bruising around the edges of the

  treatment area.

*Tingling and stinging

 One To Two Weeks After A Treatment

*Temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and skin sensitivity at the

  treatment site.

 Tenderness, cramping, and aching.

*Itching, skin sensitivity, tingling, and numbness. Numbness can persist

 up to several weeks after a treatment.

 There are other side effects that can occur specific to the chin area

*Sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental area


*Cold exposure to the hypoglossal nerve may cause tongue deviation

 following treatment of the submental area.

*Cold exposure to the marginal mandibular nerve may cause lower lip

 weakness following treatment of the submental area.

*Cold exposure to the submandibular gland may cause dry mouth, or

 decrease in saliva production, following treatment of the submental area.

 There are some rare side effects that have been seen both in clinical

 studies and commercial use

*Paradoxical hyperplasia: Visibly enlarged firmer tissue volume within the

 treatment area, which may develop two to five months after treatment,

 possibly even after a visible result is noticed. It is a very rare but serious

 side effect of cryolipolysis that occurs most in men. Surgical intervention for

 correction may be required.

*Late-onset pain: A typical onset several days after a treatment and

 resolution within several weeks.

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