Cryolipolysis also known as fat freezing is a new procedure that involves the non-invasive cooling of body fat to break down fat cells, resulting in a reduction of body fat without damage to other tissues. The fat cells are particularly susceptible to the effects of cold, unlike other types of cells. While the fat cells freeze, the skin and other structures are spared from injury. This is one of the most popular nonsurgical fat reduction treatments performed worldwide.

Indications of Cryolipolysis

Patients who wish to reduce a localized fat bulge that has persisted despite diet and exercise are best suited for Cryolipolysis. The goal of Cryolipolysis is to reduce the volume of fat in a fatty bulge. Some patients may opt to have more than one area treated or to retreat an area more than once.

Cryolipolysis procedure

After an assessment of the dimensions and shape of the fatty bulge to be treated, an applicator of the appropriate size and curvature is chosen. A gel pad is placed to protect the skin. The applicator is applied and the bulge is vacuumed into the hollow of the applicator. The temperature inside the applicator drops, and as it does so, the area numbs. Patients sometimes experience discomfort from the vacuum’s pull on their tissue, but this resolves within minutes, once the area is numb.

Patients typically watch TV, use their smart phone or read during the procedure. After forty to fifty minutes of treatment, the vacuum turns off, the applicator is removed and the area is massaged, which improves the final results.

Recovering from Cryolipolysis

There are no activity restrictions. Patients sometimes feel sore, as if they had worked out. Rarely do patients experience pain. If that happens the patient should contact the plastic surgeon, who may prescribe medication for a few days.


Cryolipolysis – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risks of Cryolipolysis?

The complication rate is low and the satisfaction rate is high. There is a risk of surface irregularities and asymmetry. Rarely, in less than 1 percent, patients may have paradoxical fat hyperplasia, which is an unexpected increase in the number of fat cells.

What are the results of Cryolipolysis?

The injured fat cells are gradually eliminated by the body over 1 to 3 months. During that time the fatty bulge decreases in size, with an average fat reduction of about 20 percent.

What are the alternatives to Cryolipolysis or fat freezing?

Our 3D Lipo treatment is the best treatment option if you have a roll of fat. If you are looking for circumference loss e.g., you are looking to shrink the entire stomach area then fat freezing is the ideal treatment. Both of these treatment types are conducted via the same device – the 3D Ultimate Pro machine.

I have alopecia universalis. Am I more susceptible to sun burns and skin cancer?

Sun protection is recommended for all individuals – hair or not. However, individuals with hair loss on the scalp are more susceptible to sunburns on the head and other harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Hair helps to block UV radiation from reaching the surface of our skin, thus, when an individual loses their hair, they also lose some of that protection. Even people with hair are encouraged to wear a hat or spray their scalp with sunscreen if they’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time.

Which areas can I have fat freezing of Cryolipolysis?

• Stomach (upper or lower) • Love handles / flanks • Inner thighs • Outer thighs • Arms

How do I know if Cryolipolysis or Fat Freezing is right for me?

If you are unsure which of our fat reduction treatments are best for you, please book a FREE body consult and our expert body therapist will be able to advise.

How does Cryolipolysis (Fat freezing) work?

Once the crystallised cells have left your body, you will notice a considerable reduction in that area’s visible fat. This fat reduction technique can be used on several different parts of the body, including the abdomen, arms, waist and thighs.

Does the Cryolipolysis or fat freezing treatment come with any risks?

Cryolipolysis fat freezing is unsuitable for pregnant / breastfeeding women. A full list of side effects cautions and contraindications will be discussed with you during your consultation.

Should I do anything specific before or after my treatment?

Do not consume large meals immediately before your procedure, or directly afterwards. We also recommend avoiding alcohol and caffeine on the day of your treatment.