What is Cryolipolisys ?
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive fat removal procedure. It is the cooling of subcutaneous fat cells, which induces lipolysis, which is the breaking down of the fat cells, without damaging any of the surrounding tissues or the skin. Following the procedure, the fat breaks down over a period of two to four months, resulting in fat loss that appears entirely natural.
How Does it Work?
Cryolipolysis works on the basis that fat cells are more vulnerable to energy extraction – in this case, cooling, than the surrounding tissues. That means that cryolipolysis will break down the fat cells, but not the surrounding tissues. Once cooled, the fat cells then undergo apoptosis, which is controlled cell death. When apoptosis happens, the fat cell wall breaks down causing lipids (fats) from the cells to be released. These lipids are transported by your lymphatic drainage system to be processed and eliminated through the body in the same way that fat from your food is eliminated. This process is very gradual, meaning that there is no danger of your lymphatic system being overloaded.
How long does it last ?
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks following your treatment, but will experience the most signs of change between one and three months after treatment. Your body is still flushing fat cells out via your metabolism and will continue doing so for up to four to six months following treatment. Additional treatments may be performed two to four months after the initial procedure to achieve greater fat reduction. For example, clinical studies using the CoolSculpting device show that it provides “noticeable, measurable fat reduction in properly selected patients over the course of two to four months after the procedure”, and that “patients experiencing fat layer reduction show persistent results at least six months after the CoolSculpting treatment”. Long-term clinical studies have not yet been completed to show exactly how long results can last, although as long as you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, long-term results are expected to remain stable.
What can Cryolipolysis treat ?
Cryolipolysis works to reduce fat in specific areas of the body. It’s most commonly used on the stomach and back. It cannot be used on the breasts and it cannot be used to reduce cellulite, (studies are ongoing on the application of this technology for this indication). If you have a specific area in mind for your cryolipolysis procedure, speak to your practitioner first to see if that area can be treated with cryolipolysis. Ideal candidates are relatively fit and healthy individuals, but have some modest sized, stubborn fat bulges that are not easily reduced through diet and exercise, common areas known as love handles, bra bulges or muffins tops. Cryolipolysis is not intended for weight loss or as an obesity cure, and it is not a substitute for more invasive and larger fat removal methods such as liposuction.