- Cryolipolysis is a medical treatment used to destroy fat cells.
- Its principle relies on controlled cooling to near 4 Celsius for the non-invasive localized reduction offat deposits in order to reshape body contours.
- The exposure to cooling is set so that it causes cell death of subcutaneous fat tissue without apparent damage to the overlying skin.
- The process can also be known as “fat freezing”.
Method Of Action
- Lipolysis procedures attempt to “dissolve” fat cells by nonsurgical means.
- A number of methods have been attempted, including the use of laser, ultrasound, andRadio frequency current.
- Exposure to low temperatures can selectively damage subcutaneous fat while leaving the skin intact.
- Based on the premise that fat cells are more easily damaged by cooling than skin cells, Cryolipolysis was developed to apply low temperatures to the tissue via thermal conduction.
- In order to avoid frostbite, a specific temperature level and exposure are determined.
- Treatment time for general use/application is between 45–60 minutes per site.
- Some cryolipolysis devices have a pair of applicators that can be used simultaneously reducing the overall treatment time when treating corresponding areas such as the sides of the stomach, back of legs and flanks.
- Temporary local redness, bruising and numbness of the skin are common side effects of the treatment and are expected to subside.
- No serious long-lasting side effects were encountered during follow-up time of six months.