Cryolipolysis - Fat Freezing Treatments

Cryolipolysis, also known as fat freezing, is a non-invasive method for shaping the body. It uses an ultrasound device that lowers the temperature of targeted subcutaneous fat (this is the fat located just below the skin’s surface) sufficiently to “freeze” the fat and destroy it, then metabolising it naturally out of your body over the next few months. The results are permanent.

Cryolipolysis is perfect for areas such as the “muffin top” on the belly or abdomen, inner thighs and back, or any areas on your body where you have extra fat that can be “pinched”.

The “freezing” is done is a controlled manner so only the targeted fatty deposits are treated and the surrounding tissue is not damaged in any way.

The first step is to place a gel over the targeted area to allow the device ease of movement. The applicator is placed on top of the area to be treated whereby a suction or vacuum-like process pulls the targeted fat up into the device where the cooling begins. The area will become numb after a few minutes.

The treatment can take between 30 to 90 minutes depending on the practitioner and the size and number of area/s being treated.

After the treatment the practitioner massages the area to maximise results and bring the skin back to normal temperature.

Q. Can anyone get this treatment?

A. Anyone who has noticeable fat bulges in target areas can be a candidate for fat freezing. However, this is not an advisable weight loss treatment for those who are obese.

Q. Are there any side effects and does it hurt?

A. While the treatment is being applied, patients report a pulling or pinching sensation, extreme coldness, slight stinging, aching, or cramping in the area. These sensations should fade away as the area gets numb from the coldness.

Some people experience redness, mild pain and bruising for a few days afterward.

Q. How long does it take for results to appear?

A. You can generally expect approximately 20 percent fat reduction but this may take a number of treatments. Results take from two to four months to be fully apparent.

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Cryolipolysis – Fat Freezing Treatments

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Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.


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    I’m interested in getting cryolipolysis and wondering how much it costs and how quick to do the procedure?

    • Trish

      Hi Melissa
      Where are you located? There’s many clinics that do the treatment. I can forward your details if you like.

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    Hi .. Can you suggest a very good clinic to fix botched fat freezing procedures, that were performed by a person in Moorabbin .. Three parts of my body were effected (hips, upper arms and inner thighs).

    • Trish

      Hi Allegra
      I’d suggest contact ASAPS (the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and see if they can help.
      Sorry to hear that’s happened to you!

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