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