This innovative technology is based on the safe elimination of stubborn fat deposits through targeted cooling.
Cryolipolysis has made a big impact on cosmetic medicine since it was initially FDA cleared in 2010. That’s because it targets one of the most troublesome issues for many people; bulges of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise. It is completely non-surgical and non-invasive, and reduces problem areas through a pioneering technology called cryolipolysis.
How Cryolipolysis Works
Researchers at the teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School discovered that fat cells could be targeted with extreme cold to induce lipolysis, the breaking down of fat cells. The temperature at which the cooling takes place is the key to the technology. Under tightly controlled conditions, fat cells can be frozen while other tissue, including surface skin, is left unharmed. The frozen fat cells die and are gradually eliminated by the body’s immune system.
This process is why cryolipolysis is effective:
- It protects other tissues with targeted application. Because cryolipolysis can specifically target fat cells while surrounding tissues are left unaffected, it is an advancement over other methods of fat reduction that use intense heat, focused ultrasound, or chemical injections. This fundamental difference is important because it virtually eliminates any risk of skin, nerves, or muscles being damaged during the treatment.
- It results in a permanent reduction of fat cells. Cryolipolysis treatment permanently removes fat cells because of the body’s genetic makeup. Every person is born with a certain number of fat cells; once the cells are removed from the body, they do not return.
Comparisons with Liposuction
Though cryolipolysis can produce body sculpting results that are in some ways similar to liposuction surgery, cryolipolysis can only be used on selected parts of the body. It is FDA cleared for use on the flanks (love handles) and stomach. In contrast, liposuction can be used on virtually every part of the body. Cryolipolysis treatment takes only an hour per treatment area (we can do two treatment areas simultaneously), with virtually no downtime, and optimal results are seen several weeks after treatment. It is designed for modest fat bulges; liposuction may be preferable for those who have fat deposits in areas cryolipolysis can’t reach, or patients who need more dramatic results. Although liposuction can be used to make more specific changes in body contour, it is an invasive procedure with a moderate recovery period.
$875 per large treatment area (1 treatment per hour)
$495 per medium treatment area (up to 2 treatments per hour)