Have you heard about “fat freezing” and wondered if it is really a thing? At Accent on Skin we have been helping our clients change their body shape and remove unwanted areas of fat for coming up 3 years! We have the CoolTech technology to help you address those unwanted lumps and bumps that no amount of diet or exercise can seem to shift.
CoolTech, an FDA approved non-surgical fat-freezing procedure
CoolTech is “fat-freezing” technology otherwise medically known as cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis literally translates into cold (cryo) fat (lipo) destruction (lysis), put simply the technology uses freezing temperatures to break down and permanently destroy fat cells in a targeted area.
CoolTech is an FDA approved non-invasive procedure, meaning it does not require surgery, anaesthesia, or medications that could cause an allergic reaction. The cold doesn’t damage other tissue cells in the way it does fat cells, so there should be no damage to the skin or underlying tissue.
Cryolipolysis : A safer, better and less complicated alternative to Liposuction
Cryolipolysis is becoming one of the most popular alternatives to liposuction for spot reduction of fatty tissue, because of its ease of use and limited adverse effects. The rate of complications and side effects is much lower than with more invasive procedures, such as liposuction. Cryolipolysis is recommended over liposuction for patients who are not amenable to surgery or those who desire to avoid downtime.
How is the fat freezing procedure performed?
Cooltech has 10 vacuum suction applicators in six individual designs to treat various areas of the body making full-body contouring easy and effective. These applicators are placed on specific areas and suck up the targeted fat, and with regulated heat extraction it impedes the blood flow to the area and induces crystallisation of the targeted fatty tissue. The frozen and crystallised fat cells die. Over the next several months, macrophages, part of the immune system’s clean-up crew, digest the dead fat cells.
Consult your health practitioner to know if you’re the ideal candidate
Good candidates for cryolipolysis are those within a normal weight range and those who engage in regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, but still have noticeable fat bulges in certain areas. You need to be realistic about your expectations and what is achievable and are willing to maintain the results of CoolTech by continuing with a healthy, active lifestyle
Number of sessions to achieve the desired outcome may vary from case to case
More than one CoolTech treatment session may be needed to achieve the outcome desired, we will talk to you at your initial consultation about what is achievable and how many sessions you may require. It is important to remember this treatment is not a weight loss procedure or a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise.
The first treatment session targets approximately the first centimetre of fat, and subsequent treatments target deeper layers of fat. Larger individuals with more subcutaneous fat will likely require more treatment sessions than thinner individuals. Similarly, people striving for complete correction will usually require a number of sessions.
Common areas on the body Cryolipolysis is most suitable for
- Abdomen – That stubborn “pooch” or pocket of fat that sits below your belly-button. We can treat this belly fat, giving you a flatter, tighter-looking abdomen.
- Inner and Outer Thighs – we can successfully treat fat along the inside of the thighs, as well as “saddlebags”, which is the fat sitting on the outside of the thighs.
- Love Handles – These are those rolls of fat that appear just over the waistband of your pants. Say goodbye to your love handles and enjoy a more sculpted, hourglass figure.
- Bra Bulge/Back – If you have fatty deposits around your back or bra area, CoolTech can give you a smoother appearance and improve the look of fat hanging over your bra.
- Under the Chin – Unhappy with your double chin? Cryolipolysis can be used to tackle fatty deposits under the chin, giving you a more attractive profile and jawline.
- Above the Knees – As people age, we sometimes experience the of drooping fat over the knee, we can eliminate this fat, helping you feel more comfortable in shorts and skirts.
- The “Banana Roll” – The term banana roll, is used to describe the fat bulge found beneath the buttocks, on the back of the upper thigh. CoolTech has the perfect curved applicator perfect to treat this fat roll below your buttocks, giving you a perkier looking posterior!
Procedure to be followed pre and post fat-freezing
You will have an initial consultation to determine if this treatment is suitable for you. We will discuss your medical history and assess your body areas of concern, to make treatment plan and discuss your goals and expectations. Before your treatment we take measurements and mark up the site to be treated. Pre-treatment photos will also be taken.
Cooltech has specially designed gel pads that are placed over the area to be treated, these protect the skin from the cold. We then place the specific vacuum handpiece on the skin above the area of fatty tissue. The machine then draws up the fat pocket and cools the area down to the desired temperature to induce cryolipolysis.
Each session may take upto 70 minutes with no recovery time and high success rate
Most CoolTech treatment sessions take 70 mins. We massage the treatment area for 5 minutes after we remove the applicator. There is no recovery time because there is no damage to the skin or tissue, in fact we encourage you to continue with regular movement and exercise post treatment. Some people report soreness at the treatment site, similar to that they might have after an intense workout or minor muscle injury.
After the procedure, it may take around 4–6 months for the fat cells to leave the body. In that time, the area of fat will decrease by an average of 20-30%. CoolTech has a high success rate, and is very effective for removing areas of fat from the body, and has fewer side effects than other procedures, such as liposuction.
We will review the results with you in 4-6 months, take follow-up photos and together review before and after images.
A safe procedure with minimal side effects
Cryolipolysis is considered a safe procedure with minimal side effects. Side effects can include swelling, bruising, redness, numbness, transient neuralgia, and slight skin discoloration that are all usually self-resolving 2 to 4 weeks after treatment
Neither a weight loss procedure nor a substitute to regular exercise
Though this procedure permanently removes pockets of fat, it is not a miracle cure, and people should not expect to see a complete removal of fat. Lifestyle and other factors also play a role. A person who continues to eat an unhealthy diet and remains sedentary while undergoing CoolTech can expect less fat reduction than those who keep active and maintain a good diet.
CoolSculpting cannot tighten loose skin. If the skin has stretched around fat pockets, a person may have excess skin after the procedure to remove the fat.
At Accent on Skin, our aim is to give you a beautiful and natural result. For more personalised information, feel free to reach out to us.