Despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, that pesky ring of fat simply refuses to burn off. Now, desperate times call for desperate measures. You need a safe, effective way to get rid of that stubborn fat once and for all—that is, if such a method even exists. Heard of Fat Freezing?
Sounds too good to be true? With Fat Freezing, your dream of a slimmer, flatter body may finally be within reach. If you’re looking to find out more about this brand-new procedure, you’ve come to the right place.
Caption: Fat Freezing applicator
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Put simply, Fat Freezing is a procedure that aims to reduce stubborn fat, which cannot be eliminated through other lifestyle changes like diet modifications or regular exercise. It is scientifically known as cryolipolysis, and works by cooling body fat in a non-invasive way to break down fat cells.
When you eat food, fat is broken down by the liver and digestive system into two types of fat: processed fat (which gives your body the energy to function) and excess fat, which is not used. Excess fat is stored in fat cells, which aims to eliminate.
First, a specialised applicator is used to apply suction to the targeted area. Following this, cooling plates in the applicator lower the surrounding temperature, hence crystallising and damaging the fat cells beneath. This changes the metabolism rate of the affected cells, kickstarting a biological process known as programmed cell death
While Fat Freezing may work to reduce total fat, giving you a slimmer, more flattering figure, it is not a tool for weight loss. This is because weight loss depends on the size of your fat cells, not the total number (which is usually fixed after adolescence). When your fat cells decrease in size, you lose weight, regardless of the number of fat cells you have. However, since it reduces the number of fat cells—by 20–25% in treated areas—and not the size, your body mass will likely stay the same.
After the treatment, these cells collapse due to damage sustained from freezing, and are later consumed by other cells. They are then are naturally processed by the body and disposed of, taking unwanted fat with them. You’ll then be able to enjoy a more shapely and slender figure.
Caption: The process of Fat Freezing
Source: Screenshot from Therapolis
Fat Freezing can be applied to a number of areas on the body containing fat, including:
Source: Sculpt MD (Ireland)
With Fat Freezing, you can shape your body exactly the way you want it, without having to put additional effort into taking supplements, planning a specialised diet or dragging yourself to the gym. Before and after the treatment, you can stick to your regular lifestyle without having to make any major changes. (However, you may find yourself more motivated to keep your body in shape—talk about side effects!)
As Fat Freezing is a non-surgical procedure, you won’t need to go under the knife, unlike traditional methods of fat reduction such as liposuction or gastric bypass surgery. Instead, Fat Freezing is a non-invasive, more convenient alternative to surgery that allows you to enjoy the benefits of fat reduction with less of the risk.
The Fat Freezing procedure is tailored for anyone who wishes to remove unwanted fat in the target areas above. It is especially effective for patients who have visible bulges on their body that they want to eliminate, such as muffin tops or love handles.
Conversely, you should not undergo Fat Freezing if you have medical conditions relating to cold, such as cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. Additionally, as Fat Freezing does not affect weight loss, it cannot be used to treat obesity.
First, a gel pad is applied to the targeted area. The applicator is then secured to the area to deliver controlled cooling. You may feel intense cold during the first few minutes. However, this feeling should dissipate within 5–10 minutes as the area becomes numb. Additionally, because the applicator uses a vacuum to apply suction to the targeted fatty tissue, you may experience a mild tugging or pulling sensation.
The procedure is said to be extremely comfortable, and you are free to multitask as the treatment is being applied. Many patients read, work on their laptop or even nap during their Fat Freezing session, which usually lasts 30–60 minutes depending on the number of areas targeted.
You may experience mild swelling, bruising, tenderness or other forms of skin sensitivity at the treated areas after the procedure. If you received treatment in the chin (submental) area, you may also experience a sensation of fullness in the back of your throat. However, these side effects are temporary and will resolve themselves within a few days to a few weeks.
Minimal to no downtime is required after a Fat Freezing procedure, and you will be free to return to your daily activities immediately after your treatment.
Depending on your personal goals and needs, you may require more than one session to enjoy the full effects of Fat Freezing treatment.
You should be able to see visible results within 1–3 months, as the frozen fat cells die off. Untreated areas will not experience a change in fat cell distribution and will therefore not be affected.
Because the frozen fat cells are naturally eliminated, you can expect the results of Fat Freezing treatment to be long-term. However, do note that results may vary among individual patients.
Caption: Before & after Fat Freezing treatment
Source: Sanctuary Bramhall
Fat Freezing is considered a very safe procedure that carries minimal risk. The applicator targets only the fat cells that you want to remove, leaving other tissues undamaged. Furthermore, built-in safety measures in the form of sensors detect when skin is getting too cold, and automatically shuts down the system to prevent adverse effects stemming from extreme cold.
Depending on the number of areas treated, the price of Fat Freezing treatment can range from anywhere between $2,000–4,000. Many patients opt to treat multiple areas at once despite the higher costs involved, to best achieve their desired effects.