Cryolipolysis-Fat freezing

Fat freezing, also known as Cryolipolysis

A medical treatment which can reduce stubborn pockets of subdermal fat.

The science behind it..

Fat freezing, technically known as cryolipolysis, is an FDA approved non-invasive method of freezing fat cells to get rid of “love handles,” a double chin and other unwanted bulges of fat. It promises to remove 25 percent of fat in a given area, but probably not all in a single treatment. Fat freezing works by using paddles that suction your skin into a cup in order to crystallize underlying fat cells. Each procedure can last from 35 minutes to an hour, depending on the target area. The discomfort involved is said to be minimal although the area treated will first feel very cold and then numb.

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Is this the right treatment for you?

If you’re considering the procedure, you should be aware of its limitations. Fat freezing is intended to reduce the appearance of visible bulges, not as a treatment for obesity. The specific areas of fat targeted may also include thighs, upper arms, abdomen, breasts, and “banana handles” (fat under the buttocks).


Initial results can be so subtle that patients may not notice any difference. It may take up to four months to see changes. And don’t expect any significant weight loss.

Fat freezing - before and after

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More science …

It is based on the principle that fat cells are more easily damaged by cooling than skin cells.  Harvard scientist conducted a series of experiments in 2008 which showed that fatty tissue cooled below body temperature but above freezing will develop a local inflammation (panniculitis) which leads to (fat) cell death. Cryolipolysis was developed to apply low temperatures to the tissue via thermal conduction. In order to avoid frostbite, a specific temperature level and exposure are determined. Cryolipolysis makes use of a powerful vacuum which increases the inflammatory response. Fat tissue undergoes a localized cell death which takes place over a period of several months. In 2009 Coleman et al. reported results after cryolipolysis had been applied to “love handles”  in a single session to ten patients. A session takes less than an hour and does not require any anaesthesia. With a single treatment a 20% reduction after two months and 25% reduction at six months in the fat layer as assessed by ultrasound. The lipolytic effect of treatment takes place within about two to four months.

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