Why Burn Your Fat Away When You Can Freeze It?

Medical intervention for fat loss can be divided into two categories: invasive and noninvasive. Invasive options are surgical, including the various forms of bariatric surgery (restricting the physical size of the stomach to limit food intake), as well as liposuction. Noninvasive options are applied to the exterior of your skin and don't require any incisions. Instead of having your stomach reduced in size, or your fat suctioned out, why not just freeze it?

Fat Freezing

Cryolipolysis (informally known as fat freezing) uses a device that obliterates fat cells by reducing their temperature. The process involves having an electronic cryolipolysis paddle positioned against your skin, over the target zone. This rapid cooling doesn't damage the overlying skin and other cells, but simply passes through them to your subcutaneous fat. This is your visible fat, which can cause the skin to jiggle or seem dimpled. 

Cell Death

The reduction in temperature causes cell death of your targeted subcutaneous fat. It can no longer retain its physical arrangement and is then reabsorbed back into your body. As mentioned, cryolipolysis doesn't require any incisions, so these dead fat cells don't need to be removed. Your body is able to process them, now that they can no longer form accumulations of fat. But surely it's uncomfortable to have your skin exposed to this type of cold?

What to Expect

As mentioned, cryolipolysis is noninvasive. No anesthetic or numbing of the skin is needed, and no pain relief will be required afterward. At most your skin will feel slightly numb, and mildly tender. This reaction is to be expected, and your aftereffects will quickly fade. Your results will ultimately begin to fade too, and effective cryolipolysis needs regular sessions. Just how often this is needed will vary. The duration of your results will depend on the density and location of your subcutaneous fat. You may need to have cryolipolysis performed several times per year, or annually, depending on your goals.

A Realistic Outlook

As straightforward as the process is, it's important to have a realistic outlook. It can contour your body, although there are limits to its overall reshaping abilities. Essentially, someone who is obese or heavily overweight can't achieve a new body via cryolipolysis. The process is most effective when removing smaller deposits of subcutaneous fat that are difficult to budge with diet and exercise alone. Theoretically, someone with significant medical weight loss needs could undergo a surgical procedure to substantially reduce their body mass, and can then periodically undergo cryolipolysis to maintain their new weight.

From your point of view, all that's involved in cryolipolysis is to sit perfectly still while the doctor or technician operates the electronic paddle. For more information about noninvasive fat loss solutions, contact a relevant professional cosmetic service in your area.