Cryolipolysis treatments, which use fat freezing technology to provide cellulite removal treatments, are considerably new in the world of dieting and cosmetic weight loss solutions. But even though this tummy tuck alternative is fairly new, it’s still very safe and effective:
- Unlike other types of cosmetic procedures (like liposuction, for example), cryolipolysis treatments are non-invasive, meaning there’s no sharp equipment used and there’s virtually no recovery time needed. Rather than removing fat cells through an invasive procedure, cryolipolysis uses fat freezing technology to kill fat cells in targeted areas below the skin, and then the body naturally flushes out these dead cells over a period of two to four months.
- There are minor side effects to cryolipolysis, like redness and slight bruising, but these side effects go away quickly and it’s still possible to go through your daily life without any major interruptions. Additionally, because the actual reduction in fat cells isn’t immediate and instead occurs over a period of a few months, it gives your body time to adjust. Although too much excess fat is definitely not a good thing, it can also be dangerous to lose a lot of weight very quickly.
- The biggest concern that most patients have is simply that a fat freezing procedure would hurt the skin, but because the technology has been developed quite a bit over the years, researchers have been able to find an exact temperature at which to cool the equipment that is placed on the skin. This temperature is cold enough to freeze fat cells, usually in about an hour, but it’s warm enough to ensure that frostbite doesn’t occur.
- Most importantly, cryolipolysis treatments are FDA-approved! Doctors and weight loss experts recommend that patients seeking these treatments be within about 10 to 20 pounds of their ideal weight, and it’s always a good idea to ask your doctor or dermatologist for a consultation before starting any treatments.