Cooltech Cryolipo Fat Freezing often referred to as the "the safer alternative to liposuction" is a body contouring treatment. The goal of Cryolipo is to remodel the shape of the body by removing and improving stubborn bulges and pockets of resistant fat.

The concept of this procedure is to freeze fat cells in an area, causing them to die and so they are destroyed and then eliminated by our bodies via natural processes. In essence, it removes and reduces the size of fatty pockets, minus the surgery and anesthetic with minimal discomfort. 

Because the body takes nearly three months to eliminate the destroyed fat cells, the body has time to adjust and recover slowly, allowing the skin also gradually to shrink and tighten over the treated area. So there is no loose, hanging, or flabby skin left over the area as commonly seen with more invasive procedures such as liposuction. The destroyed fat cells are gradually metabolised and eliminated by the body over 6 to 12 weeks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cryolipo Fat freezing is available in Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria at the Morningside, Parkhurst, Bedfordview, Fourways, West Rand, Illovo, Irene, Brooklyn as well as in the Western Cape at Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Willowbridge branches and KwaZulu Natal in Ballito, Durban and Umhlanga.

Cryolipo Fat Freezing is a safer alternative to liposuction. Cryolipo Fat Freezing is a CE approved - FDA Pending procedure which involves cooling fat in pockets to remove resistant fat from the body by natural methods. The goal of Cryolipo is to remodel the shape of the body and improve bulges of resistant fat. The concept of this procedure is to freeze fat cells into crystals which causes the fat cell to be destroyed. This destroyed fat cell is then slowly metabolized by natural pathways of the body over a period of 6 to 12 weeks.

Ice-cream therapy is the combination of Cryo Fat freeze and synthetic Polydioxanone (PDO) threads. The result is that we can almost double the amount of fat reduction. Not only does this combination therapy assist in fat reduction, but also the reduction of cellulite in the treatment area, thereby improving the strength and condition of the skin tissue.

Ice-cream therapy is safe with no downtime as there are no surgical complications to the treatment. The body’s own natural waste removal systems are used to shed the destroyed cells over a period of time. This means there is no period where the patient has hanging skin or stretched sagging tissue. Ice-cream therapy not only helps to reduce fat but also helps to shape the body line. Since there is no surgery there’s no need for anaesthesia and the patient can immediately return to normal life. With traditional and laser liposuction, there is 6 to 8 weeks of swelling and bruising. Ice Cream therapy has mild swelling and bruising that may last a week.

The best candidate is someone who is in relatively good shape, or is at least fairly close to their goal weight, but has modest areas of fat bulges that they'd like removed such as a muffin top or bra budges or weighty inner thighs. These treatments are certainly not an alternative to a healthy diet or lifestyle. So anyone who decides to go ahead with treatment needs to realize that this does not give them the ability to binge eat or forget about taking care of themselves. This treatment cannot stop you from putting weight back on. It may simply be that you will put the weight on in a different area as the number of fat cells in the treated area will have significantly decreased and therefore not be able to store the fat as easily any longer.

The lower abdomen, the flanks, love handles, saddlebags, bra bulges, back fat, inner thighs, man-boobs or flabby knees are the most commonly treated areas. In short, those areas that you can see are struggling to respond to diet or exercise and need a different approach.

The initial feeling when the applicators are applied is that the skin is being pulled intensely into a vacuum. The cooling process then begins which might sting or feel uncomfortable for the first 10 minutes. Thereafter the area feels cold and numb. The procedure takes one to three hours depending on the amount of areas being treated, or the number of applications required. When the applicators are removed, the treated fat feels cold and hard to the touch. The area will be quite red and raised and often looks like “a butter block”. The therapist then does a manual massage of the treated area which quickly reduces the hardened effect and stimulates the circulation in the area, spreading out the “butter block” so that the area returns back to its normal shape.

Several days after the procedure, the cooled fat cells begin a process called "apoptosis" and begin to shrink. These damaged fat cells are slowly metabolized over several months by our bodies and removed through the liver. Cold Technology is highly effective and is producing consistent results for local areas of fat like the love-handles or 'man-boobs'. Larger areas of fat may require more invasive treatments such as tummy tuck or traditional liposuction. With the Cryotechnology you will start seeing results after 4-12 weeks.

One or two suction and cooling heads (independently controlled) with large surface areas are placed on the areas to be treated. The Cryolipo cooling heads generate a vacuum that temporarily decreases blood flow to the treated area, immobilising the fat tissue, and isolating the treated area from surrounding tissue.

Low temperature (0° C to - 5 °C depending on the thickness of the fat which is measured before the treatment with special callipers), is then applied to the area in a controlled process, 'freezing' the localised area for a controlled period of time. If you feel too uncomfortable with the cold, let your therapist know. Once the cooling procedure is completed, the fat cells are liberated into the lymphatic system and gradually eliminated by the body's natural metabolic process. Skin isn't damaged, but subcutaneous fat, which is more sensitive to targeted cold, begins a two-month destruction after exposure to Cryolipo Fat Freezing.

Cryolipo fat freezing has incorporated "vibration technology" which helps with better lymph drainage and leads to better results.

The procedure is performed in a doctor's practice typically under the supervision of the doctor. There is no anaesthesia or recovery time needed. After the treatment is completed, patients may immediately return to their normal activities including work and exercise.

Studies showed an average loss of 2 – 3 cm which can be seen after 45 days in the treated area. The results are delayed and take from 8 weeks to 6 months to be noticeable and optimal. More than one treatment per area may be needed to achieve the desired result depending on the initial amount of fat to be reduced. The results are visible within a short time frame but a final result is usually attained after 3 to 4 months.

If there are areas of hardened fat such as the saddle bags that need to be treated, it is recommended that 2 to 4 weeks of traditional Liposculpture procedures such as CarboxytherapyExilis EliteLavatronTitaniaVelashapeAccent and even Injected Mesotherapy

An area treated with Cryolipo Fat freezing can only be retreated with fat freezing 45 days later.

Depending on the size of the candidate you will need 1-3 sessions every 45 - 60 days.

Several days after the procedure, the cooled fat cells begin a process called "apoptosis" and begin to shrink. These damaged fat cells are slowly metabolized over several months by our bodies and removed through the liver. Cryo Technology is highly effective and is producing consistent results for local areas of fat like the love-handles or 'man-boobs'. You will start seeing results after 4-12 weeks, with the results gradually improving from week 4 right up to week 12. It is also important to remember that the addition of the PDO threads also requires a 4 – 12 week period to really see the results starting to show, but with the threads, the results will continue to improve for up to another 6 months after treatment.

Extensive testing has shown that cooling only damages fat cells, and other tissues at the treatment site are not affected. The dead fat cells are swept away and discarded by the body's normal metabolic processes. Because of its non invasive nature; Cryolipo Fat Freezing has considerably fewer risks than other fat reduction procedures. This procedure is considered safe for most patients, although there are certain risks associated with any kind of treatment. Some of these risks may include redness, bruising and reduced sensation in the treated area. These side effects are normal and usually go away on their own after the treatment.

Side effects are often mild and related to the end cooling temperature of the treatment. 

  • Post-treatment, there may be a mild burning sensation which usually subsides within 10-30 minutes. 
  • The skin may be red for between seven minutes to seven hours after a treatment. 
  • On certain areas bruising may occur which usually resolves after 7 to 14 days.  

Other side effects may include tingling, tenderness, temporary dulling of sensation, temporary bruising and swelling and rarely, some patients report mild abdominal cramping the first few nights after the procedure. In very rare cases (particularly in cases where patients have hormonal imbalances) a condition called 'paradoxical adipose hyperplasia' can occur. It is, therefore, imperative for you to disclose all requested medical history and medications taken and consult a doctor. 

Cryolipo fat freezing is safe or all skin types.

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Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Amanda Cloete

Special thanks to Heather for the extra personal client attention and professional manner in which she treated me during my cryo-lipo fat freezing treatment.

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