Cryolipolysis is a procedure approved by the FDA for local slimming and is very safe and is performed by a nutritionist in some slimming centers.
In the cryolipolysis method, freezing temperature is used to destroy fat cells. In this method, the cold does not damage other cells except the fat cells, so it does not damage the skin or the underlying tissue.
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The frozen cells gradually shrink and are eliminated from the body through the liver within a few months. Since fat cells do not regenerate, it can be expected that the reduced body size and local slimming in the treated area will remain with the person forever. This method is especially effective for fat bulges in the upper and lower abdomen, side areas (love handles), arms and inner and outer thighs.
Does cryolipolysis have side effects?
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive procedure, so it does not require incisions, anesthesia or drugs that can cause an allergic reaction. This means that the rate of complications and side effects is very low compared to invasive procedures such as liposuction.
But you may experience the following temporary side effects during and after cryolipolysis:
- Tingling sensation
- a bruise
- skin redness
- Local pain
But these side effects are very minor and usually well tolerated. They usually last for twelve days or a month depending on the area being treated and the patient.
Tips to reduce discomfort
Talk to your nutritionist about ways you can reduce pain and other side effects during and after the procedure. The nutritionist may use a massage on the target area to help increase the efficiency of the fat freezing process while limiting side effects.
Pain medications are not usually given for this procedure, as this type of procedure is not a surgical procedure. or anesthesia is not used. However, your nutritionist may recommend over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you experience any pain or swelling. You should not use pain relievers before treatment, as this can increase side effects such as bruising.
Nutritionist instructions after cryolipolysis
After treatment, it is recommended to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and supplement it with regular exercise to maintain an ideal weight. Other than that, there are no special instructions because this local slimming method is very simple.
How many sessions of cryolipolysis are needed for local slimming?
The number of treatments required varies from patient to patient. Patients typically lose about 20% fat in a targeted area after the first treatment. Many patients do not feel the need for further sessions for that area after that.
If you need more treatment, the nutritionist will recommend a second treatment at least one month after the first session.
After a cryolipolysis session, how long will it take to see the size reduction effect?
Changes are usually visible after 2 weeks. But the full effect of a cryolipolysis session can be seen after 2-4 months.
Who are the right candidates for using cryolipolysis local slimming method? And in which areas of the body can this method be used?
If you have a fit body, but there are hard fat bulges or cellulite in some areas of your body, which do not respond to exercise or a healthy diet, and also do not necessarily require surgery, you can use this method. These areas include arms, shoulders, bra line, stomach and sides, thighs and hips.
Pregnant or lactating people, people who are prone to severe bleeding, and people who have grade 2 or higher obesity, and heart patients are not suitable for using this non-invasive device for local slimming.
Review of studies on the use of cryolipolysis method for local slimming
Research generally shows that cryolipolysis is a relatively safe and effective treatment for local fat removal.
A 2015 study published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery analyzed 19 previous studies on the use of cryolipolysis slimming devices. The results of this study showed that when fat reduction was measured with a caliper device, subjects lost an average of 14.67 to 28.5 percent of fat in the areas treated with cryolipolysis. When these studies measured fat by ultrasound, subjects lost 10.3 to 25.5 percent of fat in the target area.
Is size reduction with cryolipolysis permanent?
The results are considered permanent in the treated areas. However, if you don’t maintain your weight, fat is likely to accumulate in other areas. A proper diet combined with physical activity ensures permanent optimal results.
Although this procedure can remove areas of fat, it is not a miracle cure and people should not expect to get rid of the entire fat. This method will not work for everyone, and some people may experience worse side effects than others.
Lifestyle and other factors may also play a role in the final outcome. A person who maintains an unhealthy diet and remains sedentary while undergoing cryolipolysis should expect less fat loss.
Likewise, cryolipolysis cannot tighten loose skin.
Other non-invasive local slimming methods (without surgery) : Microneedling