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Are you pear-shaped or apple-shaped? Though the term might sound dated, "middle-age spread" is a greater concern than ever. As people go through their middle years, their proportion of fat to body weight tends to increase — more so in women than men. Extra pounds tend to park themselves around the midsection.

Freezing fat, known medically as cryolipolysis, is one of the hottest trends in non-invasive body sculpting — that is, losing pockets of fat without needles, knives, or real downtime.

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What are the basics of body fat?

Not all fat is created equal. We have two distinct types of fat in our bodies: subcutaneous fat (the kind that may roll over the waistband of your pants) and visceral fat (the stuff that lines your organs and is associated with diabetes and heart disease)

From here on out, when we refer to fat, we are talking about subcutaneous fat, as this is the type of fat that cryolipolysis targets. A recent study showed that the body’s ability to remove subcutaneous fat decreases with age, which means we are fighting an uphill battle with each birthday we celebrate.

History of Cryolipolysis

By 2010, the first cryolipolysis technology approved for human use, named ‘CoolSculpting’, was cleared as a treatment for love handles. Clearance for treating other parts of the body, including the thighs, belly, bra fat, back, underside of the buttocks, and chin soon followed.

How is it performed?

Unlike liposuction, which can require anaesthesia and comes with risks of bleeding or serious infection, cryolipolysis is a relatively safe in-office procedure, with minimal pain and no downtime. The treatment itself takes 40-50 minutes per application, and multiple applications may be needed to cover an area. For instance, four or more applications may be needed to ensure even fat removal from the entire front of the belly.

What are the possible side-effects of the Cryolipolysis?

The most common side effects of treatment include redness, bruising, swelling, tingling, numbness, or darkening of the treated area. Most of these side effects, if present, will resolve within several weeks after treatment.

What results could I expect after the treatment?

  • Results can be seen as soon as three weeks
  • Maximum benefit seen at approximately three months.
  • Average reduction in fat ranges from about 10% to 25% per round of treatment, and there is no evidence of any body-wide side effects.
  • A second round of treatment may be needed after several months, depending on the desired results.

Who’s a good candidate for fat freezing?

Cryolipolysis appears to be a safe and effective treatment for fat loss without the downtime of liposuction or surgery. But it is important to note that cryolipolysis is intended for fat loss, not weight loss. The ideal candidate is already close to their ideal body weight, but has stubborn, pinch-able areas of fat that are difficult to get rid of with diet and exercise alone. However, cryolipolysis doesn’t target visceral fat, but may help you fit into your favourite pair of skinny jeans.

Fat Freezing Service

Fat Freezing is a non-invasive cooling of adipose tissue with induced lipolysis; they break down fat cells to reduce body fat without damaging any other tissues. As triglyceride fats are converted into solids at low temperature, this procedure uses advanced cooling technology on a selective target of fat bulges and eliminate the fat cells through a gradual process without harming the surrounding tissues. The fatty cells treated in area are gently eliminated out of the body by the normal metabolism process.

Why should people Opt for it?

  • Lipids in fat cells crystallize at warmer temperatures than the other water-containing cells. This is how Fat Freezing targets and destroys only the fat cells and spares other tissues such as skin, muscle and nerves.
  • Cryolipolysis, also known as Fat Freezing, is safe and cleared by the U.S. Food and the Drug Administration (FDA) for non-invasive reduction of fat.

Who can opt for the therapy?

Fat Freezing therapy can be opted by women and men who are unable to reduce body fat through various workouts and dietary regimes.

HOW IS IT DONE?

  • Exposure to cooling via energy extraction on fat cells lead to natural apoptosis; the death cell control mechanism releases cytokines and other inflammatory mediators that gradually eliminate the affected cells.
  • Inflammatory cells gradually digest the affected fat cells in a month after the procedure. Further, they reduce the thickness of the fat layer in the body.
  • Lipids from the fat cells are slowly released and transported with the lymphatic system that gets processed and eliminated, much like the fat from food gets eliminated.
  • Fat Freezing targets and cools only those fat cells that are of temperature that trigger a fat cell apoptosis.
  • There will be no damage to nerves or to other tissues.
  • Post-treatment, fat cells enter into an apoptotic death sequence and are gradually removed in the following weeks/months by the immune system.

Benefits of getting it done

Fat Freezing results in a noticeable and measurable fat reduction over a period of two to four months. Additionally, subsequent sessions can be done at an interval of two to four months after the initial procedure to achieve greater fat reduction.

The controlled cooling technology of Fat Freezing or Fat Freezing procedure targets and eliminates only fat cells. Other fat reduction treatments such as lasers and radio frequency based on the ultrasound technology target adjacent cells and tissues along with the fat cells causing unnecessary damage to healthy cells.