Fat Freezing / CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting treatment

What is fat freezing?

Fat freezing, also known as Cryolipolysis or CoolSculpting, uses cold temperatures to break down fat cells in your body. It uses a low-temperature device that effectively kills subcutaneous fat cells that sit just below the skin. Unlike other types of cells, fat cells are susceptible to low temperatures, meaning it’s possible to freeze them without harming the surrounding tissue and skin. Unlike other forms of fat removal such as liposuction, fat freezing is non-invasive due to the method used and is one of the most popular ways to sculpt your body to your desired shape.

Fat freezing is often used to remove stubborn pockets of fat that don’t seem to go away despite heavy dieting and strict workout regimes. A patient may find that some areas of their body still holds a fair amount of fat -this is because fat is lost in the entire body when you lose weight. It’s not possible to target specific areas of your body when exercising and dieting, meaning you need to continue losing weight until the target area reaches your desired goals.

Unfortunately, this means that it can take much longer to lose weight in certain areas of the body. You might also get the undesired effect of losing weight in areas where you want to retain a bit more fat. As a solution to this, patients can turn to fat freezing as an effective form of targeted areas fat reduction. The ability to choose where in your body precisely you want to lose fat is why the procedure is also called CoolSculpting.

What are the benefits of fat freezing?

Here are some of the biggest benefits of fat freezing compared to other forms of fat removal.

  • It’s a non-invasive procedure, meaning no incision is made in the body.
  • It’s a low-risk procedure because there is no risk of infection and no damage to the
  • surrounding skin and tissue.
  • Patients do not require anaesthesia before undergoing a procedure.
  • Patients do not need to stay overnight after the procedure and can leave the same
  • day.
  • Multiple areas of the body can be treated in a single session because the procedure
  • is quick and efficient.
  • There is no recovery period and most people can resume their normal activities after
  • The treatment takes place.
  • The procedure is suitable for a wider range of ages.
  • It causes no damage to the blood vessels, muscles or nerve fibres.
  • It causes no long-lasting damage to the skin or tissues around the treated site.
  • Fat cells are permanently removed once they’ve been destroyed and will not return.

Fat freezing comes with many unique benefits that have made it the go-to fat reduction procedure of choice. In the past, fat reduction meant putting the patient to sleep as well as a surgical intervention which increases the risk of infection as well as longer recovery period since the incision must be stitched and left to heal. Nowadays, fat freezing represents a much safer alternative to removing unwanted fat from the body.

You’re always welcome to get in touch with our specialists at Viauty if you’d like to learn more about the benefits of fat freezing and how it compares to other fat removal treatments. We understand that patients can be sceptical about cryolipolysis and how it works, which is why we’re more than happy to offer detailed technical explanations of the process and speak one-to-one with our patients to consult them on the process and if it’s the right choice for them.

Am I a suitable candidate for a fat freezing procedure?

Fat freezing is generally suitable for most people and ages, but it’s not a process that enables major fat removal such as liposuction. Instead, it’s focused on making minor improvements and changes to one’s body. As a general rule of thumb, the ideal patient should be within a stone of their ideal weight. While the fat loss is permanent, it’s important to complement fat freezing with adopting a healthier diet and exercise regime to ensure that the fat stays off.

While fat freezing is being touted as a viable alternative to fat reduction surgery, it should not be performed on patients that are significantly overweight or obese. It should also not be performed on areas where the skin is damaged. Cuts, injuries and varicose veins create complications for fat freezing, and those areas must be avoided during the procedure. It’s important to understand the risks associated with fat freezing if you suffer from specific conditions, especially those that relate to cold temperature sensitivity.

If you have abnormal cold sensitivity or intolerance then you are also not a suitable candidate. The procedure is also not recommended for people that have: Cryoglobulinemia, a type of vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation) caused by abnormal proteins that solidify in response to cold temperatures.

Raynaud’s phenomenon, a condition where cold temperatures impede blood flow to the fingers and toes. Cold urticaria, a rare condition where hives develop after being exposed to cold Temperatures.

Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, a rare autoimmune disease where red blood cells are damaged during exposure to cold temperatures. Cold agglutinin disease, a rare autoimmune hemolytic anaemia where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own blood cells. This can be triggered by cold temperatures.

Pregnant women, nerve disorders, inflammatory skin problems and skin problems caused by immune system disorders also pose a risk during the fat freezing process. If you’re interested in learning more about fat freezing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today to learn more. We’d be happy to book you in for a consultation to see if you’re a suitable candidate for fat freezing.

What does fat freezing involve?

The fat-freezing procedure starts with a comprehensive consultation with a certified practitioner. You’ll discuss with your consultant to figure out if fat freezing is the right procedure for you and the areas that you want to treat. It may be easier to have an ideal body image in mind so that your consultant can suggest areas to treat to reach your desired goals. You’ll also discuss any conditions that could interfere with the fat freezing process. If needed, you’ll also be given a step-by-step explanation of the procedure so that you can better understand the process before you undergo treatment. 

During the procedure, the patient will sit on an inclined chair. Two special cups will be placed directly on the skin above the fatty area that you want to remove. These are connected to a cooling machine that is specifically made for fat freezing. Once switched on, the cup sucks the fatty area like a vacuum. This area of fat is then cooled for up to an hour while you lay down and relax. After the session is completed, your body will naturally remove the fat cells by passing them through the liver.

As much as 50% of the fat in the targeted area can be removed with fat freezing during the first session. However, since fat freezing works best on subcutaneous fat cells that sit just below the skin, it can take multiple treatments before you reach your desired body shape. Follow-up treatments may be needed, but this will be discussed with your specialist before undergoing the procedure.

The effectiveness of fat freezing is also reduced if the targeted area is difficult to reach or has a significant amount of fat tissue. Most clients see the best results within 6-12 weeks after the procedure. Side effects may occur in the form of marks where the suction took place, but this generally fades within a day or two. After the procedure is complete, you’re free to leave the office and return to your normal day.

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