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What Is Cryolipolysis Fat Freezing

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What Is Cryolipolysis?

Cryolipolysis, also known as fat freezing involves controlled cooling to destroy fat cells.

In layman’s terms, Cryolipolysis is a method through which the body’s fat is frozen to stimulate the deterioration of fat cells and therefore helping any extra pounds disappear. Targeting the body’s most stubborn areas of the body where fatty build up is common, fat freezing can help to remove stubborn pockets of fat that people struggle to lose, particularly around the arms, back, abdomen and thighs by specifically targeting these areas. It’s quickly becoming one of the most popular alternatives to surgery or liposuction, which can often be very painful and leave permanent scarring on the body. Cryolipolysis is the scientific name for the controlled application of cooling within the body to disturb stubborn fat cells. By cooling the specific body area to a low temperature, the fat tissue dies, without damage to the skin above it. When the tissue dies, it cannot regrow as easily as before, therefore its nature to continue absorbing fat into the body is diminished.

This gives the body the appearance of greater tone and contour without the need for invasive surgeries. Though this procedure can not get rid of the fat completely, it can reduce the build-up by about 20-40%, depending on the desired area. The procedure has become so popular among men and women alike because there are very few side effects and a significantly lower rate of complications compared to other surgeries. Moreover, cryolipolysis is considered a relatively quick procedure that can take place in less than an hour, with no recovery time following it.

Fat Freezing also does not affect other areas of tissue around the body, as the temperature does not go lower than -7 degrees and will therefore not freeze the blood or any surrounding nerves. Generally classed by aesthetic practitioners as a one-off treatment, results as it can take a few months to show (6-12 weeks).

How Does The Process Of Cryolipolysis?

A small vacuum-like device is used to isolate the chosen area of fat build up. The area is then frozen within the small applicator head, which may produce a slight stinging, tingling or numbness due to the sudden change of temperature. The area will then go numb and you can then relax, catch up with your favourite Netflix series, or have a nap. When the treatment is completed, the aesthetic practitioner will massage the area to restore it to the ordinary body temperature. Many clients find this process quick to get used to and are able to talk and relax during the treatment. There is no downtime and has also been know as the ‘lunchtime fat fix’.

Fat Freezing

Fat-freezing is not a permanent solution to losing weight without the combination of a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Whilst it can help with your weight-loss goals, it is not a substitute for a healthy life. The body gains fat all over, and though the treatment can target problem areas, you can still gain weight following the treatment in other areas. Aesthetic Practitioners can also help with other areas of your body, including cellulite, loose skin, stretch marks, and stubborn fat. Following the fat-freezing treatment RT Aesthetics will ask that you attend follow-up appointments at week 6 and 12 to track your fat reduction by taking before and after photos and body measurements.


Cryolipolysis is one of the safest methods of fat reduction and has proven to offer great results with little to no downtime. During the consultation the aesthetic practitioner will assess your goals and design a treatment plan based around your own individual needs. If you need a helping hand to sculpt that perfect body you’re working towards, Cryolipolysis might just be the thing for you

Posted: 1st November, 2018
Written By: Ryan Towart
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