Thought I might try something different. Let’s talk about Cryolipolysis,
And now you are asking what the heck is Cryolipolysis . Let’s figure this out by breaking it up into meaningful sections:
- Cryo: from Greek kruos meaning icy cold, or frost;
- Lipo: from Greek lipos meaning fat
- Lysis: from Greek luein meaning to release
So, cryolipolysis, commonly known to patients as CoolSculpting, uses low temperatures to break down fat cells. Unlike other types of cells, fat cells are particularly susceptible to cold. When fat cells freeze, the skin and other structures are not damaged. This is one of the most popular non-surgical fat loss treatments, with more than 2 million procedures performed worldwide.
Patients who wish to reduce the local fat bulge that persists despite diet and exercise may be interested in this procedure. Patients with cold-related illnesses, such as cryoglobulinemia, cold urticaria, and paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, should not undergo cryolipolysis. Patients with sagging skin or poor complexion may not be suitable for this surgery.
What is the effect of freezing fat?
The goal of cryolipolysis is to reduce the volume of fat in fat bulges. Some patients may choose to treat more than one area or withdraw to one area multiple times.
Does cryolipolysis need anesthesia?
This procedure can be completed without anesthesia.
What will happen during the procedure?
After evaluating the size and shape of the fat bulges to be treated, the medical staff will select an applicator of the appropriate size and curvature. The area of interest is marked to identify where the applicator is placed. A gel pad is placed over the area to protect the skin. Application will commence and the applicator will suck the bumps of fat into the applicator hole. The temperature inside the applicator drops, and as the temperature drops, the area becomes numb. Patients sometimes feel discomfort due to the vacuum pulling their tissues, but once the area is numb, this will resolve within a few minutes.
The patient often watches television, uses a smartphone or reads during the operation. After one hour of treatment, they will turn off the vacuum, remove the applicator, and massage the area to improve the final result.
What are the risks of freezing fat?
There is a low complication rate, which is great, and the satisfaction rate is high. There is however some risk of possible surface irregularities as well as asymmetry. Patients may not get the results they hope for. In rare cases, less than 1% of patients may have abnormal fatty hyperplasia, which is an unexpected increase in the number of fat cells. This is three times more likely in men than in women and is more common in people of Hispanic or Latino descent.
Recovery from cryolipolysis
The procedure has no activity limitation. Patients sometimes feel sore, as if they have exercised. Patients rarely feel pain but if this happens, the patient should contact the plastic surgeon, who can prescribe medication for a few days.
What is the result of freezing fat?
The body will gradually shed damaged fat cells over 4 to 6 months. During this period, the volume of the fat bulges will decrease and the average fat will be reduced by about 20%.
This non-surgical fat reduction treatment procedure can be done during your lunch break, at an affordable price with no anesthesia or incisions.