Cryolipolysis Fat Reduction Treatment

Cryolipolysis, commonly referred to as fat freezing, is a non-invasive fat reduction technique that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise.

This method targets and cools fat cells to a temperature that causes their natural death while leaving surrounding tissues unharmed. Over time, the treated fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated by the body, resulting in a reduction of fat layers.

What is CoolSculpting® by ZELTIQ?

CoolSculpting® by ZELTIQ represents a brand of cryolipolysis treatment, a non-surgical fat reduction technology. It uses controlled cooling to efficiently diminish fat layers in specific areas such as the abdomen, thighs, flanks, and under the chin, helping to achieve the desired body shaping and contouring. The device is designed to ensure safety and comfort, with built-in sensors that monitor the skin’s temperature to prevent any risk of frostbite or other complications.

Indications for Cryolipolysis Fat Reduction Treatment

Cryolipolysis is specifically indicated for people looking to reduce localised fat deposits that are difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise alone. Here are some of the primary indications for this treatment:

  • Abdomen and Love Handles
    Reduces fat around the stomach and flanks for a flatter, more contoured silhouette.
  • Thighs
    Slims down inner and outer thighs, enhancing overall leg shape.
  • Chin and Neck
    Reduces submental fat, commonly known as a double chin, improving facial aesthetics.
  • Back and Bra Area
    Addresses fat bulges around the bra line and lower back for a smoother profile.
  • Upper Arms
    Targets and reduces upper arm fat, providing a more toned appearance.
  • Male Chest
    Reduces excess fat in the chest area, minimising the appearance of enlarged male breasts.

The Procedure of Cryolipolysis

The cryolipolysis procedure using non-invasive fat reduction technology is a straightforward process designed to be as comfortable and efficient as possible. Here’s how it typically unfolds:


The process begins with a consultation where the patient’s suitability for the treatment is evaluated. This involves discussing medical history, and expectations, and examining the areas of concern to design a personalised treatment plan.


On the day of the treatment, the target area is marked and a gel pad is placed to protect the skin. This pad provides a barrier between the cooling panel and the skin.


The device is then applied to the area. It uses vacuum pressure to draw the fatty tissue between cooling panels. Once the fat is suctioned into the applicator, controlled cooling is delivered to freeze the fat cells. Patients might feel a cold sensation at first, which usually subsides as the area becomes numb.


Each treatment session lasts about 35 to 75 minutes per area, depending on the size and number of areas being treated.

Benefits of Cryolipolysis Fat Reduction Treatment

Cryolipolysis offers several advantages as a fat reduction method, particularly appealing to those seeking non-invasive alternatives to surgical procedures. Here are some of the key benefits:

Effective Fat Reduction

It targets and reduces stubborn fat cells in specific areas, providing noticeable and lasting results as the body naturally processes and eliminates these cells.

Gradual, Natural-looking Results

Since the fat cells are processed and eliminated by the body over time, the results develop gradually over several weeks to months, creating a more natural transition and less abrupt change to one’s appearance.

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Downtime Expectations For Cryolipolysis Fat Reduction Treatment

Patients should anticipate mild, short-lived effects:

  • Temporary Redness, Swelling, and Bruising: These mild side effects are the most common, often resolving within a few weeks. The treated area may also feel firm or tender to the touch.
  • Skin Sensitivity: Post-treatment, patients may experience heightened sensitivity or reduced sensation in the treated area. These sensations usually return to normal over time.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Proper aftercare following a cryolipolysis treatment helps in achieving optimal results and minimises any potential side effects. Here are key aftercare and maintenance tips:

  • Manage and Monitor Discomfort
    Mild discomfort or numbness may occur in treated areas. Over-the-counter pain relief can help manage this. Monitor the area for any unusual changes, such as prolonged pain or other unexpected symptoms.
  • Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
    While cryolipolysis reduces fat cells in treated areas, it does not prevent new fat cells from forming. Maintaining a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and regular exercise sustains the results.
  • Use Gentle Skin Care Products
    The treated area may be sensitive. Using gentle, non-irritating skin care products and avoiding aggressive scrubbing or hot baths for a few days is advisable.
  • Follow-Up Appointments
    Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and discuss additional sessions if needed for further improvements.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Is it recommended to combine other treatments with cryolipolysis for enhanced fat reduction?

    For enhanced fat reduction, cavitation therapy such as Robolex, X-Wave or ProShock Ice, which enhances fat cell disruption, is an effective synergistic combination with cryolipolysis. Additionally, for improved skin tightening and a more sculpted appearance, we highly recommend combining cryolipolysis with Thermage treatment. This comprehensive approach targets both fat reduction and skin laxity, ensuring optimal results.

    Is cryolipolysis a solution for weight loss?

    No, cryolipolysis is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is a fat reduction treatment best suited for removing localised areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to diet and exercise.

    Can cryolipolysis help tighten skin?

    Cryolipolysis is primarily designed to reduce fat layers. It does not tighten the skin. Patients with significant skin laxity might not see a tightening effect and may need to consider alternative treatments, like Thermage, for skin tightening.

    Are the results of cryolipolysis permanent?

    The fat cells eliminated by cryolipolysis do not regenerate; however, the remaining fat cells can enlarge if weight is gained. It’s important to maintain a stable weight to keep new fat from accumulating.

    How many cryolipolysis sessions are needed for visible results?

    The number of sessions required can vary depending on the person’s body type, the area being treated, and the desired outcome.

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