Cryolipolysis: Freezing Fat to Lose Weight
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Cryolipolysis: Freezing Fat to Lose Weight

A new FDA approved technique, known as Cryolipolysis is an innovative and non-invasive body contouring procedure which may help to decrease fat deposits.

Can you really freeze away your fat? A new FDA approved technique, known as Cryolipolysis is an innovative and non-invasive body contouring procedure which may help to decrease fat deposits. Although it is only approved in the United States for anesthetic uses and skin cooling, the practice has been producing successful weight loss results in Europe and Canada.

During the procedure, suction cup-like devices are placed on the skin to gradually remove body heat from the subcutaneous levels of skin. Although this skin layer becomes frozen, the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis, is not harmed since it is more resistant to cold. The process of Cryolipolysis was discovered by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital when they realized that adipose tissue is extremely sensitive to cold. Intense cold sensations trigger the breakdown of fat through a process known as apoptosis. Apoptosis is a form of cell death which is activated when a cell undergoes extreme stress. Following apoptosis, fat cells begin to wither and are naturally removed and metabolized by the lymphatic system.

Cryolipolysis has some advantages over liposuction and other non-invasive procedures, such as those which use radio frequencies and acoustic waves. In addition to being safer, this procedure also produces more uniform results since all cells react the same way when frozen. Cryolipolysis is painless; aside from some redness and numbing, patients have reported few problems associated with the procedure. Following the treatment, redness and a slight bruising of the skin is possible but should not last for more than a few hours. Patients have seen about a 25% reduction in fat deposits from a single session; follow up treatments may be necessary depending on how much fat a patient wishes to lose.

Unfortunately, results are not immediate. Due to the gradual breakdown of fat cells, full results may not be visible for a few months. The procedure is also not as quick as some would hope; the tissue must be cooled incrementally, so the entire process takes about an hour. Furthermore, the procedure is most effective on highly dense fat areas such as “love handles”. In the future, areas such as the thighs and stomach may be able to be treated. Developers of Cryolipolysis have stated that the procedure is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle but should be used by patients who wish to loose a bit of fat from their trouble spots.

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Ranked #30 in Weight Loss

Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing this information.

abdul muhammad

are there clinics in dallas whereby a person can take the fat off by freezing.

do clinics take insurance?