Cryolipolysis, cryoliposuction or cryomodeling is a procedure during which fat cells are frozen, as a result of which they are destroyed and removed from the body naturally.
The cryolipolysis procedure is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
The term "cryolipolysis" etymologically comes from the Greek root "cryo," which means cold; "lipo," which means fat; and "lysis," which means dissolution or loosening.
In Europe and the United States, special machines are used for cryolipolysis, and one of the best known brands is CoolSculpting equipment.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about cryolipolysis:
Cryolipolysis (also known as fat cell freezing) is a non-invasive procedure to reduce body fat deposits. It is based on the principle of freezing fat cells, which are then naturally removed from the body.
Cryoliposuction procedures use a special machine that freezes fat deposits in a specific area of the body. The frozen fat cells are then gradually removed from the body over several weeks. The effectiveness of cryolipolysis lies in the fact that fat cells are sensitive to low temperatures.
Researchers at Harvard University found that adipocytes crystallize and die when exposed to cold and that the procedure does not harm surrounding tissues.
During the cryolipolysis procedure, fat cells are cooled to 5 degrees below zero for up to one hour. The cold causes apoptosis (programmed death) of the fat cells, after which cytokines and other inflammatory mediators are released. The cells gradually degrade the adipose tissue over several months. The lipids contained in the fat cells are slowly released and transported by the lymphatic system for further processing and utilization, similar to the fat that accumulates during meals. Because the process of apoptotic cell elimination from the body is slow, it does not increase triglyceride levels or burden the liver.
The patient lies down on the couch. A special napkin is placed on the area where the procedure is carried out, and a nozzle - a manipulator - is placed on it, inside which the skin and fat folds are sucked in. The apparatus cools the fat, so that the reduced temperature causes the fat cells adipocytes to die. Subsequently, the substances released during the destruction of the fat are eliminated from the body. The skin and deeper structures are not affected during the procedure. More information about the procedure, photos and videos can be seen on the page on how the procedure is carried out Cryolipolysis CoolSculpting >>
The duration of the procedure depends on which area of the body you are cryolipolysising. The procedure usually lasts from 30 minutes to an hour.
The result is lifelong. The Cryolipolysis procedure provides an actual reduction in the number of fat cells by 20-25% in the treated areas. Even if weight gain occurs subsequently, the absence of fat cells ensures that fat will not accumulate again in that particular area. And, whether you lose weight or not, you will remain slimmer and more attractive-looking, you will feel better and your clothes will fit better. Localized fat disappears forever.
Cryolipolysis is a safe procedure that does not require surgery or general anesthesia. Cryolipolysis technology is approved by the strict US FDA (American Federal Food and Drug Administration), which is trustworthy.
Cryolipolysis is the most sought after non-invasive fat reduction technology, with more than one million people having sustained results to date. The non-invasiveness of selective and strictly controlled cooling of fat cells, without damaging surrounding cells and tissues, eliminates the risk of infection, complications from anesthesia or other side effects possible during classic liposuction.
The procedure is painless and non-invasive, requiring no anesthesia or analgesia. In the first few minutes there may be a slight feeling of pressure and cold, then comes numbness in the treated area, and the procedure becomes comfortable. During the session the patient can read, work on a computer, smartphone or just relax, saying goodbye to local fat deposits.
In most cases, there are no side effects of cryolipolysis other than possible mild swelling and partial, short-term numbness in the area subjected to the procedure. However, if in any case, it is advisable to consult a doctor before the procedure.
First of all, cryolipolysis procedure is contraindicated for pregnant women and nursing mothers. It is also contraindicated in people suffering from diseases such as cryoglobulinemia (an autoimmune disease which causes an unusual reaction to cold), paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (a very rare disease), cold urticaria.
If you have silicone implants, you should consult your doctor before undergoing cryolipolysis. Although the procedure does not directly affect the implants, it can reshape the body around them.
The results of cryolipolysis can be noticeable in a few weeks after the procedure. Fat deposits in the treated area can be reduced by 20-25%. However, results may vary depending on the number of fat cells in the treatment area, skin condition, and other factors.
Cryolipolysis is not a method of losing weight - it is a procedure for eliminating localized fat deposits. The Cryolipolysis method provides an actual reduction in the number of fat cells in the treated areas, followed by their removal through the lymphatic system. As the number and volume of adipocytes are reduced, there is a noticeable change in body contours, but not weight. In other words, you will see a very slight decrease in weight, but a big difference between your old self/you and your new self/you.
If you happen to gain weight again, it will be evenly distributed throughout the body and will not collect in the treated areas. One of the benefits of cryolipolysis is that the actual number of fat cells is reduced.
There is a widespread misconception that fat reduction and weight loss are the same thing. In fact, this is not the case. During weight loss, our fat cells decrease in size (shrink), but their numbers remain the same. During further weight gain, these fat cells increase (swell) again. The Cryolipolysis procedure, unlike other methods, provides an actual reduction in the number of fat cells in the treated areas. Even if weight gain subsequently occurs, the absence of fat cells ensures that fat does not accumulate again in a particular area.
No. The fat will accumulate all over the body, but more evenly, because in the treated areas its amount has been greatly reduced.
The ideal candidate for cryolipolysis is someone with a normal body weight and well-defined fat folds that they want to get rid of quickly and painlessly. Fat that can be pinched with the fingers (pinchable fat) is suitable for the procedure. However, it is worth noting that cryolipolysis helps remove subcutaneous fat and not visceral fat (fat accumulation around and inside internal organs). Cryolipolysis is also not a solution for people who are obese and overweight. It is designed to reduce localized fat in people who are overweight less than what is required for a diagnosis of obesity.
The Cryolipolysis unit comes complete with applicators, which in their functional area and shape correspond to different volumes, shapes and aesthetic areas of the body. Depending on the size and direction of the fold to be reduced, the doctor chooses the appropriate size and shape applicator. The cup-shaped applicator of the device retracts and holds the fat fold between the two panels, while controlled heat dissipation takes place.
Unlike surgical methods such as liposuction, you should not expect quick and impressive results after a cryolipolysis procedure. A single cryolipolysis procedure can neutralize 20-40% of the fat cells in the area where the applicator is used. The Cryolipolysis apparatus affects only fat cells without damaging the skin or surrounding tissues. Gradually, over a period of 2-3 months, the fat cells are eliminated from the body and at the same time, thanks to their natural elasticity, the skin is restored.
Whereas during liposuction, fat cells are destroyed and removed from the body in an "aggressive" manner, leaving the skin damaged and prone to flabbiness.
Without a doubt, the cryolipolysis procedure is the ideal choice for people who want to avoid the pain, risk and long recovery period present during surgery.
The injection lipolysis technique involves injecting special substances that dissolve the fat cells. The dissolved fat is then eliminated through the body's lymphatic system. However, injected lipolysis does not reduce the number of fat cells in the treatment area, and therefore, in the event of further weight gain, fat will accumulate again in a particular area.
In contrast to injectable lipolysis, the cryolipolysis procedure provides an actual reduction of 20-40% in the number of fat cells in the treated areas. Even if weight gain occurs subsequently, the absence of fat cells ensures that fat will not accumulate again in a particular area.
Yes, it will. The Cryolipolysis procedure brings results even if you do not adhere to a healthy lifestyle, providing an actual reduction of 20-40% in the number of fat cells. However, the effect of the procedure will be much better if you stick to a balanced diet and exercise regularly after the procedure. In this case, your body will look slimmer and tighter, without the fat component, and your skin will be firmer.
No, it can't. On the contrary, skin laxity is eliminated thanks to: first, the production of collagen - a structural component of cells that has a rejuvenating effect - triggered by tissue inflammation caused by its cooling. Secondly, once the fat cells are neutralized, the available collagen fibers take up more space and, due to this, provide better support to the skin. And thirdly, due to its elasticity, the skin begins to adapt to new, smaller amounts of localized fat deposits in the treated area.
It is important to understand that the Cryolipolysis procedure is not a method of combating skin laxity and sagging. This problem is corrected with other treatments such as radiofrequency, mesotherapy, etc.
If the fold rolls over easily between your fingers, it's skin. If not, it's fat.
No, this is not possible. The cryolipolysis machine's cooling system selectively targets only subcutaneous fat. It is a completely safe method. The CoolSculpting Cryolipolysis machine has been approved by the strict American Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the correction of fat deposits in the abdominal area.
This is not possible. The cryolipolysis machine's cooling system selectively affects only subcutaneous fat. It does not affect the functioning of the endocrine glands or other body systems. This method is absolutely safe. Only the CoolSculpting Cryolipolysis machine has been approved by the strict American Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the correction of fat deposits.
No, because the blood flow in the treatment area is restricted during the session.
Of course you can. Elimination of most adipocytes before pregnancy prevents further accumulation of fat in places of local accumulation, due to the expected weight gain during pregnancy.
Also, note that the cryolipolysis method can also be used after pregnancy. Three months after a natural delivery or six months after a cesarean section is enough.
Of course. The procedure can have a preventive effect because during menopause estrogen production decreases, metabolism deteriorates and fat cells tend to grow and replace muscle mass.
No, it is not an expensive procedure, taking into account that it gives a radical reduction of local fat deposits, being a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The method makes it possible to avoid surgical intervention and a long recovery period after the procedure. The cryolipolysis procedure does not impose any restrictions on activities before or after session. This procedure can be performed during a lunch break, after which the patient can immediately return to their daily activities.
The first results will be visible after 6 weeks, but the main effect of the procedure will be noticeable after 3 months. However, your body will continue to eliminate dead fat cells for the next six months. The speed at which the results of the procedure appear depends on each person's metabolism.
Depending on the thickness of the layer of stubborn fat, 1 to 3 treatments are required. The course can be repeated after 45 days. This method is suitable for all skin types and ages.
No. Due to the fact that the Cryolipolysis procedure is non-invasive, you will be able to return to your usual lifestyle immediately. A possible feeling of numbness after the procedure is temporary and does not interfere with daily activities. Because the session lasts an average of one hour, many people come in for the procedure during their lunch break or during the time they would normally spend at the gym.
There is no need to take supplements or stick to a new diet or exercise. The mechanism of action of the Cryolipolysis procedure gives sustainable results that are independent of the factors mentioned above. Nevertheless, for many people, the Cryolipolysis procedure has become an incentive to take care of themselves. It has become a second chance to take care of your health and, of course, your appearance.
Yes, of course. Cryolipolysis combines perfectly with other body treatments such as carboxytherapy and mesotherapy to maximize skin tone and elasticity and reduce cellulite.
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