What is Fat Freezing?

Cryolipolysis, commonly known as “fat freezing,” is a form of non-surgical fat removal that can be used to break down unwanted fat.

This painless and non-invasive weight loss treatment has become extremely popular in recent years. It is not difficult to understand why; cryolipolysis is less risky than traditional liposuction, and only one treatment is needed to obtain visible results.

Cryolipolysis is not an operation and does not use needles.  Instead, a fat freezing device is applied to the area of your body that you want to target.

The device cools the area quickly and is left in place between 35 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes.  During that time, the process destroys around 20% -25% of the fat cells in the target area.

The final results may not appear for a few months, but you may start to see some changes in a few weeks.  Your immune system slowly removes dead fat cells during this period.


Who Is It For?

Cryolipolysis is not a way to lose weight.  Your doctor can recommend it if you have tried diet and exercise and have not been able to get rid of some lumps of fat.

You should avoid cryolipolysis if you have:

  • Loose skin
  • Bad skin tone
  • Cryoglobulinemia (a condition where abnormal proteins in the blood thicken at low temperatures)
  • Cold urticaria (a skin condition that causes urticaria in cold weather)
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (anemia that destroys red blood cells at low temperatures)

Cryolipolysis can be used to remove fat cells from parts of the body, such as:

  • Under the chin and jaw
  • Thighs
  • Belly
  • Back and sides
  • Under the buttocks
  • Along the bra line
  • Upper arms


What Can Fat Freezing Do for You?

Many people don’t know how to achieve their ideal body shape through proper diet and exercise because it always results in uniform change throughout the body.

Say you have leaner than average legs and a thicker than average waist, and you are trying to lose weight so your waist matches your legs, losing 10 kg still leaves you with the same unfortunate proportions.

To selectively cut down the waist, or any other part of the body after weight loss, a modeling and fat removal procedure must be used.

Cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, is currently the least invasive and most effective option on the market.  This treatment allows patients to selectively reduce fat which is impossible with diet and exercise alone.

In a few weeks or months, you can have ideal physical proportions and a body to show off with confidence.


How Cryolipolysis or Fat Freezing Works

Prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures has long been known to cause significant tissue damage.  This is the premise behind frostbite and many other cold-related conditions.

However, it was discovered a few decades ago that, since fat freezes at a higher temperature than most other tissues, it is possible to selectively freeze fat cells without killing skin or muscle tissue.

Once they are completely frozen and crystallized, fat cells will rapidly degrade and be eliminated from the body.

One of the most significant benefits of fat freezing is that it permanently destroys unwanted fat cells.  Therefore, people can often maintain their cryolipolysis results indefinitely.


Are Fat Freezing Treatments Dangerous?

Fat freezing is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that helps you remove unwanted body fat.  It is clinically proven and effective in reducing difficult areas or pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise.

But are fat freezing treatments dangerous?

Cryolipolysis is a painless and non-invasive treatment that offers a non-surgical substitute for traditional liposuction.


Fat Freezing is a Low-Risk Treatment

Millions of fat freezing procedures have been given worldwide, and the procedure is recognized as a safe and effective treatment for subcutaneous fat reduction.

So in answer to the question, “are fat freezing treatments dangerous?” the answer is no.

During the procedure, a device is attached to your body and placed directly above the fat pocket you are trying to reduce.  The device then cools the adipose tissue to about 40 °F. This freezes and kills some fat cells.

Over the next few weeks, dead fat cells travel through the lymphatic system and are slowly expelled from the body.  Results can usually be seen approximately 8-12 weeks after treatment.

Fat freezing offers many advantages over surgical liposuction procedures.  It is painless and there is no actual recovery time.  It is entirely non-invasive and is a fraction of the cost of liposuction.


Side Effects of Fat Freezing


Bruising can occur in a treated area.  This is induced by the pressure of the device being held above the fat.

The most common places for bruising are the hips, back, and chin.

Bruises disappear between 3 to 10 days after treatment.

Localized and Temporary Numbness

During the procedure, the treated area becomes numb.  This is caused by fat tissue being exposed to the cold temperature.

The numbness can last anywhere from several hours to several weeks.  Most customers report that the sensation disappears after 24 hours.


At the end of the treatment and after the device has been removed from the body, the area is visibly red.  This is caused by exposure to low temperatures.

Normal skin color will return in the next few hours following the completed procedure.

Mild swelling

A small number of patients reported mild inflammation in the body area being treated.

This will decrease in the days following the procedure.

Gentle self-massage can help reduce swelling if it occurs.

Feeling cold

After the treatment, it is normal to feel cold.  The treated tissue has been frozen and will remain cool immediately after treatment.  Cold tissue can take up to 24 hours to return to average temperature.


Risks and Complications of Fat Freezing

As with all surgical or non-surgical treatments, freezing fat presents a small number of risks or complications that can arise after a procedure.

Freezing fat is a very safe procedure.  The complications listed below are infrequent when fat freezing is administered through specially engineered equipment.


Frostbite is a burn that can appear if the skin comes in direct contact with the device during the procedure.  This is a rare complication of cryolipolysis.

To minimize the risk of burns from frostbite, it is essential to place a protective pad on the skin that works as a barrier between the skin and the device.

In case of burns from frostbite, we recommend that you immediately contact your local clinic.  They will be able to help you effectively manage and treat the burn.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

A rare complication of fat freezing treatments is a condition called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

PIH is caused by inflammation of the skin and can be thought of as a discolored or dark patch of skin.  It is more common with darker skin tones.

When PIH occurs, it tends to disappear on its own over time, but there are several topical treatments can be applied to reduce discoloration.