Fat Freezing

What is Fat Freezing?

Fat freezing is a non-invasive body sculpting technique that utilizes cold temperatures to freeze away fat cells without damaging external tissues. The method is also called Cryolipolysis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2010. Scientists came up with the idea for cryolipolysis by studying what happens to fat during frostbite. Fat freezes at a higher temperature than skin. The cryolipolysis device cools your fat to a temperature that destroys it while leaving your skin and other tissues unharmed. The procedure is designed to reduce localized fat deposits or bulges that do not respond to diet and exercise.  It is 100% natural.

How does Fat Freezing work?

Cryolipolysis isn't surgery and doesn't use needles. The size and shape of the fatty deposit is assessed and the area to be treated is outlined with a skin-marking pencil. Patients are awake during the procedure. A handheld device called an applicator is used to freeze the layer of fat cells underneath the skin. First, a gel pad is applied to the area to protect the skin. Next, the fatty bulge is suctioned or vacuumed into the applicator’s hollow opening. You will feel a tugging or pulling sensation as suction is applied. These sensations, intense cold plus other possible sensations – tingling, stinging, aching, cramping – lessen after 5 to 10 minutes as the area becomes numb during the cooling down process. The fat layer is gradually cooled to the target temperature of between 30.2 and 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit. After the area is treated, the applicator is removed. The area may be massaged for 2 to 3 minutes to assist with the breakdown of the fat cells.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Cryolipolysis to treat fat deposits beneath the chin, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, abdomen, hip/flank (“love handles”), upper back (“brassiere rolls”), lower back, and underneath the buttocks.

How are fat cells destroyed?

The technique is based on the finding that fat cells are more susceptible to damage from cold temperatures than other cells, such as skin cells. The cold temperature injures the fat cells. The injury triggers an inflammatory response by the body, which results in the death of the fat cells. Macrophages, a type of white blood cells and part of the body’s immune system, is “called to the injury location,” to rid the dead fat cells and debris from the body.

What are the advantages of Fat Freezing?

  • No surgical incision is required.
  • It is a low risk procedure. There is no risk of infection.
  • You do not need to be sedated or anesthetized before undergoing the procedure.
  • More than one area of the body may be treated in a single session.
  • Most people can resume their normal daily activities immediately after treatment.
  • The procedure can be performed on people of all ages.
  • There is no damage to nerve fibers, blood vessels, muscles, or lasting damage to skin in the treatment area.
  • Fat cells that have been damaged or destroyed are permanently removed from the body.
  • You may experience an increase in self-esteem due to an improvement in their appearance.

You should avoid Fat Freezing if you have:

  • Loose skin
  • Poor skin tone
  • Cryoglobulinemia (a condition where abnormal proteins in your blood thicken in cold temperatures)
  • Cold urticaria (a skin condition that causes hives on your skin when it gets cold)
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (a type of anemia that destroys your red blood cells when you're in cold temperatures)
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding
  • Nerve disorders, such as diabetic neuropathy
  • Inflammatory skin disorders
  • Skin conditions caused by immune system disorders, such as eczema or psoriasis

Pre & Post Treatment Instructions


Pre-Treatment Instructions: Things you need to do before going to your Fat Freezing appointment.

  • Avoid eating 2 hours prior to treatment if you are treating your stomach/abdomen area.
  • Drink (1 gallon) of water per day and follow a low fat diet to maximize your results.
  • Avoid caffeine 2 hours before treatment
  • Avoid any alcohol 24 hours before treatment
  • Avoid having any laser treatments on the area 2 weeks before treatment
  • You should avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications and anticoagulants like Aspirin, Ibuprofen or certain kinds of vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • Unprotected sun exposure to the treatment area 2 weeks prior to treatment can result in complications such as skin burns. SPF 30 is required on the treatment area if it is exposed to the sun.
  • Exfoliate the treatment area the day of your treatment.
  • Wear baggy and comfortable clothes that can also be removed easily.
  • Avoid lotions, creams, moisturizers, self-tanners or any other topical products on the area to be treated.
  • Discontinue the use of Accutane for six (6) months prior to treatment.
  • If you are pregnant, we will need to postpone your treatment. You can resume your treatment 3 months after delivery with a release from your doctor.
  • Avoid the use of Retin-A or any acids that may be irritating to the treatment area 3 days prior to treatment.
  • Please note that you may be more sensitive to the procedure if you are premenstrual or menstruating.
  • If you are on antibiotics, you must have had your last dose 10 days prior to treatment.
  • The use of certain medications causing sensitivity to sunlight, (photosensitive) should be avoided, please contact us if you are not sure if your medication is photosensitive. Photosensitive medications may cause skin burns.
  • If the skin to be treated is irritated, non-intact or bruised we will postpone your treatment until your skin is healed.


Pre-treatment instructions must be followed to prevent any complications. Please contact us prior to your appointment with questions or concerns regarding your treatment.


Post-Treatment Instructions: Things to remember after getting your Fat Freezing treatment.

  • Drink (1 gallon) of water throughout the day and follow a low fat diet to maximize your results.
  • Walking for 30 minutes will benefit your body’s response to this treatment.
  • The treatment area should not be exposed to the sun. SPF 30 or higher should be applied whenever exposed to the sun. Avoid sunburn during the healing process of the skin for 2 weeks after treatment
  • It is normal for the area to feel tender immediately after the procedure
  • The treated area will feel cold after the procedure
  • Temporary bruising and numbness in the treated area can also occur (although this is rare)
  • Avoid hot baths, steam rooms and massage for 24 hours after the treatment
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hrs after treatment
  • Avoid caffeine 2 hours after treatment
  • Avoid a heavy meal and fatty foods for 1 hour after treatment
  • Do not wax the treated area for 3-5 days
  • Do not laser the treated area for 2 weeks
  • Avid exfoliating the treatment area 24 hours post treatment, avoid exfoliating irritated skin.
  • Avoid Retin-A or irritating acids or products for 24 hours following treatment.
  • If the skin in the treated area crusts, do not rub, pick, or use any kind of exfoliation until the treated area heals. Do not shave the area if crusting is present. Contact the office for care instructions.
  • If swelling occurs, apply ice packs. Discomfort or stinging may be alleviated with Tylenol or other pain reliever.
  • For longer-lasting results, maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise.


Following all Post treatment Instructions will maximize your results and minimize your risk of complications. Please contact us with questions or concerns regarding your treatment.


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