Due to the fat freezing procedure not requiring sedation or anaesthesia and being painless, it provides people who have chemical reactions to these drugs with an affordable, non-surgical and painless option to achieve their desired body shape.
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 reduces localised fat deposits or bulges that do not respond to diet and exercise.
There is no damage to nerve fibres, blood vessels, muscles, or lasting damage to the skin in most individuals.
However, if you have injured skin, severe varicose veins, dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis it is best to skip this treatment. Individuals with liver or kidney problems, uncontrolled diabetes, epilepsy, or implanted medical devices are also advised against this treatment. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not go for fat freezing either.
What are the Normal Side Effects?
Cryolipolysis works thanks to fat cells being more sensitive to cold than skin cells. It destroys the fat cells while leaving the skin on top untouched. Shortly after your treatment, the macrophages (a type of white blood cell part of your immune system) respond to the ‘injured’ area to discard fat cells from the body.
If you are planning to treat visible areas such as your chin, there are a few immediate sides effects you want to be aware of. Mild side effects of treatment include redness, bruising, swelling, tingling, numbness, or darkening of the treated area. These side effects will, however, be short-lived and disappear within a week of treatment.
How Does This Procedure Work?
At Diminish Clinic, they begin with an assessment to determine how many treatments are needed to achieve the desired results.
For your safety, they start treatment by applying a gel pad to protect the skin of the treatment area. A handheld applicator that generates a vacuum pulls the area into the machine. Here, cool temperatures (-8°C to -10°C) temporarily decrease blood flow to the fat tissue.
In the first moments of treatment, tugging, tingling, stinging, aching, cramping may be felt. These sensations should stop after 5-10 minutes. At this point, the area becomes numb due to the subcutaneous fat layer being cooled to between -8 and -10 degrees Celsius.
Each treatment lasts 45-60 minutes. Your therapist might need to massage you for 2 to 3 minutes to assist with the breakdown of the fat cells.
There is a minor risk that the skin surface may be irregular after healing. Moreover, you may require multiple sessions to achieve specific outcomes. This is especially common with older patients.
Many of us are familiar with the dreaded jiggle of our thighs as we walk tall in high heels, exhausted with the process of finding and squeezing into jeans, and tired of not wearing beautiful blouses for fear of the dreaded bra bulge. But cryolipolysis offers an affordable way to achieve the best version of ourselves.