Fat freezing, or cryolipolysis, as it is professionally known, is a brilliant way to tackle stubborn fat that doesn’t seem to go anywhere, no matter how much exercise you do. But can it help you to lose a significant amount of weight? When considering this procedure, it’s important to have realistic expectations of the results you’ll receive, and understanding how much weight you could lose is vital.
What is cryolipolysis and how does it work?
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that removes fat cells without any needles or scalpels. Carefully controlled low temperatures are applied to the body to destroy fat cells without doing any damage to the overlying skin.
The structure of fat cells is weak and this means the cells struggle to survive at temperatures lower than body temperature, while skin cells remain unaffected. Once the fat cells die, their contents are removed from the body via the lymphatic system. Provided that a good diet and exercise regime is followed, the area of stubborn fat will not return.
Fat freezing is a comfortable and relatively quick procedure. There is no pain or discomfort caused by the process, except for a little bit of skin sensitivity in the targeted area for a few days afterwards. There is no downtime required for recovery either. Each procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes and most people require only one to two sessions to see good results.
How much fat can cryolipolysis remove?
Fat freezing is designed for stubborn fat loss rather than significant weight loss. The best candidates for the procedure are those who are already close to their ideal weight, and simply have some areas of stubborn fat that is difficult to lose with diet and exercise. Areas of pinchable fat on the tummy, thighs, buttocks and upper arms respond really well to fat freezing. However, even when the fat cells are successfully destroyed and the targeted areas look leaner, it is unlikely that the fat loss is enough to cause a significant drop in actual body weight.
It’s also important to note that fat freezing only works on subcutaneous fat which sits beneath the skin, rather than visceral fat which lines the internal organs. Someone with excess fat on their belly is likely to have both visceral and subcutaneous fat in this area, and fat freezing will only go a small way in reducing the overall volume of the belly. Instead, it is better to work on losing weight via diet and exercise to get rid of excess visceral fat, then undergo cryolipolysis to tackle any stubborn, remaining subcutaneous belly fat.
Will fat freezing help me lose fat faster than exercise?
Although most people see subtle results immediately after a cryolipolysis session, the fat cell death process actually takes several weeks. The overall results of the procedure will not be fully seen for eight to twelve weeks after the treatment. This means that fat freezing is not a quick, overnight fix for stubborn fat; it’s a fast and simple procedure, but the results aren’t seen quickly.
It’s difficult to say whether fat freezing will lead to faster fat loss than with exercise and diet. However, one of the reasons why the procedure is so popular is because it removes fat that is difficult to shift with diet and exercise alone. Often, when it comes to lasting stubborn fat on the torso, thighs and arms, a great deal of very intense exercise is required to get rid of it and many people simply do not have the time to train to this extent. Cryolipolysis is a brilliant alternative to spending excessive hours sweating in the gym, but for the sake of your health and for maintaining the results of fat freezing, you should continue to incorporate some exercise into your lifestyle.
Can fat freezing be used alongside other weight loss techniques?
Cryolipolysis is a brilliant procedure to support the results of your weight loss. However, it is best to undergo fat freezing only once you are close to your target weight so that you have a realistic idea of how much fat is left on your body and what type of results you’re likely to get after fat freezing.
Although fat freezing permanently destroys existing fat cells, it is possible for new fat cells to grow if you gain more weight. For this reason, it’s really important to maintain your physique by continuing on with a healthy diet and exercise regime.
Will fat freezing improve my health?
Excess fat is associated with an increased risk of various health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Reducing body fat via weight loss can therefore certainly help to improve overall health. However, the minimal amount of fat loss that occurs with cryolipolysis is unlikely to have any significant impact on your overall health. Small amounts of subcutaneous fat are unlikely to have a major impact on the body’s condition of health, and since it is this type of fat that fat freezing destroys, there are no major health benefits from undergoing this procedure.
Fat freezing is therefore a strictly cosmetic procedure. However, cosmetic procedures can have a brilliant positive impact on our overall wellbeing. When we feel satisfied with our appearance, we tend to feel more confident and outgoing. Procedures like cryolipolysis can go a long way in boosting our self-esteem and subsequent mental health.
If you’re interested in fat freezing and are wondering if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, be sure to get in touch with us at Laser Lounge Media City. We can book you in for a consultation where you can tell us about your areas of stubborn fat and we can advise you on what sort of results you can expect with cryolipolysis.