Freeze fat cells and take inches off your waist?

By: Health Local Staff Jul 25, 2014
Freeze fat cells and take inches off your waist?

Is this non-surgical treatment safe? Here's the scoop.

Cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, has been done for years in the United Kingdom. Although the fat freezing technology was approved in 2009 in Canada and the following year in the United States, the procedure is still unknown.

Fat freezing is a non-surgical remedy designed to remove problem areas that contain fat cells. The most common areas for women include the stomach and hips, although other areas of the body may be targeted. Through the use of a machine, the fat cells are frozen and then die. The dead fat cells eliminate from the body through the lymphatic system over the course of several months. According to specialists at Ontario-area spas offering CoolSculpting, people lose on average one inch per treatment. Complete results are usually seen in two months.

Who benefits from fat-freezing treatment?
According to spas that specialize in fat-freezing technology, most of the clients are not overweight. Those who benefit the most from fat freezing are active and want to target a specific area that is stubborn and not responding to diet and exercise.

If a person is significantly overweight, it is difficult to see the results gained from fat cell freezing techniques. According to the New You Spa in Ontario, clients who maintain a healthy body weight see the results more dramatically and are pleased with the outcome.

How does fat-freezing work?
So, how does fat freezing work and is it painful? First of all, the treatment is pain-free. It is non-invasive and uses a clamp-like suction that is applied directly to the target area. A cold sensation is felt but the treatment is not uncomfortable. The treatment lasts about an hour, during which time the clamp remains in place.

There is no damage done to the other cells surrounding the targeted area. The procedure is considered a more affordable option to liposuction, and is a lot less invasive. The cost of treatment for one section ranges from $600-$700 at respectable spas. According to treatment specialists, fat freezing procedures are only effective if the patient maintains a healthy body weight. If a person gains weight following a treatment, new fat cells will replace the old ones.

According to a recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, fat freezing is considered to be a safe and effective procedure for fat removal. While no long-term data has been collected, cryolipolysis is considered less risky than liposuction and other invasive fat removing treatments. The procedure is still considered to be a new technique, but those who have received treatment are satisfied with the outcome.

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