Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive procedure used to reduce fat cells on the body by freezing. A cold compress or ice-pack is applied to a problem area for about 30 minutes, in the same way you use an ice pack when you have a toothache. It has been successfully used on double chins, love handles, belly fat, under arm fat, and, both outer an inner thighs.
How does Cryolipolysis work?
Humans have two types of fat tissue: white and brown. White adipose tissue, or white fat, stores energy or calories and produces hormones. Brown adipose tissue, or brown fat, is a dark-colored fat tissue that converts stored body energy into heat. Did you know that babies can’t shiver? Babies are born with brown fat that keeps them warm when they’re exposed to cold. As we get older, that brown fat disappears. We can increase our brown fat reserves by exercise or by shivering when we feel cold.
The SNS(Somatic Nervous System), which helps the body react to stress or emergency events, turns white fat cells into beige fat cells. This occurs when parts of the body are exposed to lower temperatures.
Care must be taken when using the ice packs to avoid burns or bruising of exposed areas of skin. No serious side effects have been reported so far.
How long before I see results?
It reportedly takes three or four months for significant results to be seen. A treatment session takes between 35 and 60 minutes. In the United States a company called Allergan offers the CoolSculpting procedure through various providers. They appear to have patented their technology in the US, China and Taiwan. The treatment is available in other parts of the world, though you may have to ask your doctor about it. I know a similar procedure is also available in Germany.