Q&A on Fat Freezing

One of the top searched beauty treatments of 2022 is fat freezing. The method of freezing fat is called cryolipolysis. The FDA approved this method in 2010. Cryolipolysis was discovered by scientists who were studying what happens to fat during frostbite. Fat freezing is a wonderful option for targeted fat lose in a spot that is not being eliminated through exercise and diet. So let’s get into the top questions and answers.

Is there a difference between cyrolipolysis and CoolSculpting?

They are both processes that freeze fat to help eliminate stubborn fat. CoolSculting is a company brand that provides this service.

Can you freeze fat at home?

Experts do not recommend that you try to freeze fat at home. You can find lots of tools and claims on line but the truth is that you can create long-term skin damage. Frostbite or permanent tissue damage resulting in numbness can occur. Ironically, you could actually make your skin condition worse but trying to freeze fat on your own. 

How does fat freezing work?

The cryolipolysis device cools your fat to a temperature that destroys it while leaving your skin and other tissues unharmed. Treated fat cells become a waste product thats eliminated (via the liver) from the body permanently. These fat cells will not be regenerated by the body but you can create new fat cells in the same area if you gain weight in the future.

Who should try fat freezing?

CoolSculpting is a great option for people interested in targeting stubborn areas of fat that have not been eliminated with diet and exercise. The non-surgical procedure is designed to reduce localized fat deposits or bulges. The treatment is best for clients who are looking to reduce body fats and want significant results in the shortest amount of time.

How much does it cost and how long does it take?

On average the fat freezing cost is $2,000 – $4,000 and will take 4-6 months for all of the dead fat cells to leave the body. The good news is you can begin to see results 2-3 weeks after the first treatment.

Does fat freezing work and how long does it last?

Clinical studies show that fat freezing can effectively reduce subcutaneous fats by 25% after one session. Clients typically get 1-4 sessions. The great news is that fat freezing should last indefinitely. If you maintain your weight you should be able to keep the fat off. This is because the fat freezing process actually kills off fat cells.

Do you lose weight when you freeze fat?

Cryolipolysis does not help you to lose weight. It’s designed to help you lose fat only.

Are their hazards or side effects when freezing fat?

The FDA has cleared freezing technology that causes fat cells to crystallize. This process helps to remove unwanted fat cells permanently. Freezing fat with a professional service is thought to be safe although on rare occasions there can be temporary side effects. They include:

  • Pain or aches
  • Stinging and/or tingling of the skin
  • Redness and/or swelling
  • Skin discoloration or bruising
  • Skin sensitivity or numbness

Under very rare occasions you may experience extreme pain around the treated area. You can also experience severe numbing and bloating around the skin area being treated. Want to learn more, check out this post from the americanboardcosmetics.org.

In summary, fat freezing is an excellent option for targeted fat lose. In a couple of treatments you can lose those fat bulges forever.

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Dr. Vanessa Rodriguez is a board-certified general practitioner with more than 15 years of patient care experience. She takes an integrative approach to patient care that considers the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and is deeply committed to assisting her patients in achieving and sustaining optimal health. Dr. Vanessa is also a skilled writer and medical reviewer, specializing in preventive care and health promotion. Her articles are written in an approachable manner that is simple to comprehend and implement in one’s own life. Dr. Vanessa’s mission is to equip her patients and readers with the knowledge and resources necessary to live their greatest lives.

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