Your skin is the single most important barrier you have between you and the outside…
It’s a technique that has been gaining popularity rapidly over recent years as an effective alternative to traditional surgical procedures, offering a non-invasive way to contour your body and boost your self-confidence.
Whether you’re aiming to trim your waistline, reduce love handles, or enhance the appearance of other problem areas, fat freezing could help you achieve your desired look with minimal discomfort and little to no recovery time.
Understanding the Science Behind Fat Freezing
Fat freezing operates on the principle of Cryolipolysis – a process that targets and crystallises fat cells by exposing them to controlled cooling. This cooling is carefully calibrated to freeze fat cells without causing damage to the surrounding skin and tissues.
As a result, the frozen fat cells gradually break down and are naturally eliminated by the body over time.
How Fat Freezing Works: Targeting and Crystallizing Fat Cells
While the science of fat freezing is fairly complex, the fundamentals of the technique are actually quite straightforward:
- Targeting the Trouble Zones: During a fat-freezing session, a specially designed applicator is placed on the selected area of your body. This applicator suctions in the fatty tissue, isolating the fat cells to be treated.
- Precise Cooling: The applicator then delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat cells. This cooling process crystallises the fat cells without harming the skin or surrounding tissues.
- Natural Elimination: Over the following weeks, your body’s natural processes kick in. The crystallised fat cells are gradually metabolised and flushed out of your system.
- Visible Results: As the weeks pass, you’ll notice a reduction in the treated area’s fat layer, leading to a more contoured appearance.
Controlled Cooling: Safety for Surrounding Tissues
One of the key advantages of fat freezing is its ability to precisely target fat cells, without affecting the surrounding tissues. This controlled cooling technology ensures that only fat cells are affected by the process, leaving the skin, muscles and other structures unharmed.
This further enhances the procedure safety and makes it a preferable choice for many to more conventional surgical procedures.
Benefits of Fat Freezing
While fat freezing is far from the only option available for precise and effective body sculpting, it nonetheless offers a broad range of advantages over alternative treatment methods.
Examples of these include:
Unlike surgical options such as liposuction, fat freezing is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require incisions, anaesthesia, or downtime. It’s a comfortable procedure that allows individuals to resume their daily activities immediately after the session.
- Targeted Fat Reduction
Fat freezing is particularly effective in targeting specific areas of the body where fat tends to accumulate, such as the abdomen, flanks (love handles), thighs and double chin.
- Natural-Looking Results
The gradual elimination of fat cells means that results appear gradually as well. This natural progression often leads to results that are more subtle and less noticeable than more invasive procedures, resulting in a look that’s both natural and enhanced.
- Minimal Discomfort
Most individuals undergoing fat freezing report minimal discomfort during the procedure. Some might experience a sensation of cold and a gentle pulling, but these sensations are generally well-tolerated.
- No Downtime
One of the key points of appeal with fat freezing is that it doesn’t involve any downtime. Unlike surgical procedures that might involve weeks of recovery, fat freezing allows individuals to return to their regular routines right away.
- Gradual Fat Elimination
The body gradually processes and eliminates the targeted fat cells over a period of several weeks post-treatment. This provides a more gradual change in appearance, making the results look natural and less abrupt.
- Customisable Treatment Plans
Each individual’s body is unique and so are their aesthetic goals. Fat-freezing treatments can be tailored to specific areas and adjusted to achieve the desired outcome.
- Long-Lasting Results
The fat cells that are eliminated through cryolipolysis do not regenerate. Therefore, the results of fat-freezing treatments can be long-lasting, provided a healthy lifestyle is maintained.
- Safe and Approved
Cool sculpting is a scientifically proven procedure, reassuring individuals of its safety and effectiveness. It has been used for years and has an established track record for delivering outstanding results.
- Boost in Confidence
Shedding stubborn fat in problematic areas will almost always lead to a boost in self-confidence and body image. Feeling comfortable in your own skin can be life changing and with fat freezing is achievable with relative ease.
Step-by-Step Fat Freezing Session Guide:
Even with a fairly straightforward procedure such as fat freezing, approaching the treatment itself for the first time can be a daunting prospect. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can make for a more comfortable experience, so here’s what you can expect if you decide to go ahead.
- Treatment begins with a thorough consultation with a trained professional. They will assess your specific goals and determine if you are a suitable candidate for fat freezing.
- This is an opportunity to discuss your expectations, target areas and ask any questions you may have.
- Assessment and Marking:
- During the session, the practitioner will identify the target areas for treatment and mark them accordingly.
- This step ensures the precise application of the cooling device to the targeted areas.
- Application of Cooling Device:
- A gel pad is applied to the treatment area to protect the skin and act as a barrier between the cooling device and your skin.
- The cooling applicator is then placed on the targeted area, delivering controlled cooling to the fat cells beneath the skin.
- Cooling and Crystallisation:
- The cooling process crystallises the fat cells without harming surrounding tissues.
- You might experience a mild pulling or tugging sensation due to the vacuum effect of the applicator.
- Treatment Duration:
- The treatment session typically lasts around 30 to 60 minutes per targeted area.
- During this time, you can relax, read, or even catch up on work.
- Massage or Manipulation:
- After removing the cooling device, the practitioner may perform a brief massage or manipulation of the treated area.
- This helps to break down crystallised fat cells and enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Resuming Daily Activities:
- Fat freezing is non-invasive, allowing you to resume your daily activities immediately after the session.
- There is usually no downtime required.
- Post-Treatment Sensations:
- Common sensations post-treatment include temporary numbness, redness and mild discomfort in the treated area.
- These effects are normal and should subside within a few days.
It’s important to understand that fat freezing is not an instant fix – the results are gradual and become more noticeable over the coming weeks and months.
While many individuals achieve their desired results after a single fat freezing session, some may require multiple sessions to attain their goals. The decision on the number of sessions needed depends on factors such as the amount of fat to be reduced and individual response to the treatment.
It is therefore important to ensure you have realistic expectations and that you discuss your objectives clearly and fully with your practitioner.
Alternative Fat Reduction Techniques
Depending on your requirements and physiology, you may find that several different fat reduction techniques are equally viable options. However, each brings its own unique advantages and disadvantages into play, which should be considered carefully and discussed with your practitioner.
Alternative treatment methods may include:
- Method: Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of fat through suction. It requires anaesthesia and incisions, which can lead to scarring and downtime for recovery.
- Comparison: Fat freezing, on the other hand, is non-invasive and does not require any surgical procedures or incisions. It effectively reduces fat cells through controlled cooling, without the associated risks of surgery or extended recovery periods.
- Ultrasound Fat Reduction:
- Method: Ultrasound techniques use high-frequency sound waves to target and break down fat cells. This method can be uncomfortable and may cause temporary redness or swelling.
- Comparison: Fat freezing is a painless procedure that involves no discomfort during or after the treatment. It’s a straightforward process that doesn’t rely on sound waves or potentially uncomfortable sensations.
- Radiofrequency Fat Reduction:
- Method: Radiofrequency treatments use heat to melt fat cells. While it can be effective, it might also cause skin discomfort and affect the surrounding tissues.
- Comparison: Fat freezing is a precise method that doesn’t involve heat or discomfort. It’s a one-time treatment that specifically targets fat cells without affecting surrounding tissues.
- Injection-based Treatments:
- Method: Injection methods involve introducing substances into the body to dissolve fat. These treatments can be invasive, requiring needles and potentially causing bruising.
- Comparison: Fat freezing is entirely non-invasive, requiring no injections or needles. It’s a safe and comfortable procedure that eliminates the need for invasive techniques.
- Exercise and Diet:
- Method: Traditional methods of fat reduction involve regular exercise and a healthy diet. While effective, they might not always yield targeted results in certain areas.
- Comparison: Fat freezing offers targeted fat reduction, addressing specific problem areas that might be resistant to diet and exercise. It provides a solution for stubborn fat deposits that are not easily eliminated through lifestyle changes alone.
Establishing Suitability for Fat Freezing
In general, an individual may be considered a suitable candidate for fat freezing if they meet the following criteria:
- Stable weight
- Looking to tackle stubborn fat deposits
- Healthy lifestyle
- Realistic expectations
- Good general health
- Good skin elasticity
- Not pregnant or breastfeeding
- No recent surgeries
- No autoimmune disorders
- No hernias or implants
During your initial consultation, your practitioner will ask you a number of questions regarding your medical history and any current medications you may be taking, in order to establish your suitability. It is also important to ensure that you have realistic expectations and that the issues you are looking to address can be treated effectively with Cryolipolysis.
If you would like to learn more about fat freezing or have questions regarding your own beauty goals, we would be delighted to provide you with an obligation-free consultation at your convenience.
Contact a member of the team at Cambridge Laser Clinic today, or email us any time and we’ll get back to you as promptly as possible.