Also known as cryolipolysis, fat freezing is a non-invasive procedure that aims to destroy fat cells and remove them from the body.
It can be used to remove fat on the abdomen, back, flanks and waist, chin, arms, knees and under the buttocks.
How does fat freezing work?
The procedure is typically performed using a specialised device that cools fat cells to a temperature that triggers something called apoptosis, which simply means cell death. Over the next few weeks, the lymphatic system naturally removes the dead and damaged fat cells from the body, leading to a reduction in fat.
Surrounding tissue and cells aren’t as sensitive to the cold temperature as the fat cells, so remain largely unaffected.
Who is suitable for treatment?
Fat freezing is a great option for those looking for a solution to remove stubborn pockets of fat, also known as localised fat, that are resistant to diet and exercise.
The procedure is not recommended for anyone with obesity or those trying to lose weight. It’s also not suitable for those with certain pre-existing skin conditions. A consultation with a qualified professional will determine if fat freezing is right for you.
What results are expected from fat freezing?
A reduction in fat is usually visible a few weeks after the first few sessions, once the lymphatic system has had time to eliminate fat cells from the body. Patients can expect treated areas to look slimmer and more contoured.
As fat cells are destroyed and removed from the body in the treatment process, results are permanent. Of course, this doesn’t stop more fat cells forming over time, so a healthy lifestyle must be followed if you want to maintain results.
It’s important to understand that fat freezing results are generally subtle and might not result in a dramatic transformation. This treatment should only be used if you’re near your ideal weight and simply want to get rid of localised fat.
Does the procedure hurt?
Fat freezing can be slightly painful due to the cold temperatures and suction of the applicator, but this shouldn’t last long. It’s normal to feel slight pinching and pulling sensations during the procedure.
Are there any risks associated with fat freezing?
Temporary side effects include numbness, redness, bruising and swelling, which will subside after a few days.
More serious, but rare, concerns include paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, whereby fat cells can increase in size, uneven results, nerve damage, blistering, frostbite-like symptoms and increased skin sensitivity. Having treatment with an experienced and qualified professional will reduce the chance of you having any complications.