Cryolipolysis – the cool new way to reduce body fat without surgery

PUBLISHED: 09:28 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:10 27 May 2015

Woman's body before and after a diet

Woman's body before and after a diet


There was a time when you would have to resort to costly and invasive liposuction if you weren’t happy with your wobbly bits. Recent times have seen a shift towards non surgical cosmetic procedures including non surgical fat reduction.

Several new non surgical fat reduction treatments have emerged which have utilised technology including lasers, ultrasound, radio frequency, and cryogenic lipolysis (fat freezing) also known as cryolipolysis.

Of all the available treatments, cryolipolysis stands head and shoulders above the rest in its ability to reduce unwanted body fat. During a cryolipolysis treatment fat cells are destroyed using extreme cold without the need for knives, cannulae or other surgical instruments. The treatment area is simply suctioned into a specially designed cooling chamber and the temperature is taken down to around minus 5 degrees centigrade. At this temperature, fat cells are destroyed but other tissues will remain unharmed.

Amazingly it takes just one cryolipolysis treatment to achieve good results and there is no down time, you can go on to resume normal activities straight after your treatment.

What Exactly Is Cryolipolysis And Where Did It Come From?

Cryolipolysis was developed in the USA by Harvard University. Research that lead to cryolipolysis goes way back to the 1950’s. During this post war period rationing ended and a variety of new luxury food items became readily available. Families were also more affluent and there was a sudden surge in the consumption of all things sugary including ice pops. Eventually doctors made the connection between the consumption of ice pops and sunken cheeks observed in some of their child patients. The sunken cheeks were directly caused by the effect of the sub zero temperatures in direct contact with the inside of the cheeks. Cold paniculitis or popsicle paniculitis as it became known is an inflammatory response to cold which causes the fat cells to die. The dead fat cells are broken down by the body and disposed of.

Extreme cold will of course damage all types of body tissues. However, some cells are more easily damaged by cold than others. Luckily for us, fat cells are damaged relatively easily compared to other cells. By using a specific temperature known to damage only fat cells, cryolipolysis has proved it’s self to be a much safer alternative to going under the knife and in many cases, more cost effective too.

Cryolipolysis requires only one treatment and it can safely be used on many different areas of the body but it works best on the really wobbly soft fat that typically sits around your middle, flanks, inner thighs and backs of the arms (lovingly known as bingo wings). Typically you can expect to see results after around six weeks to two months after undergoing a single treatment.

Cryolipolysis is not a replacement for liposuction. Surgical liposuction will always have it’s place in the cosmetic industry. Liposuction will be able to remove much more fat than cryolipolysis, but for those people just after a little nip tuck, those with smaller areas they are not happy with then cryolipolysis could be the answer. The beauty of cryolipolysis is that it is a walk in, walk out procedure with absolutely no down time. You can resume normal activity after treatment. The only side effect is that the area may feel vaguely sore to the touch for a few days after treatment.

Evolutions Clinic in Winchester was Hampshire’s first cryo clinic. We are the only clinic in Hampshire with experience in all the major non surgical body contouring treatments including cryolipolysis, laser lipolysis, ultrasonic cavitation and intralipotherapy. Talk to Hampshire’s body contouring experts today on 01962 809937.

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