Ice sculpting body contouring treatments use cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, to target stubborn areas of fat without surgery. The device freezes and kills fat cells without harming neighboring skin, nerves, vessels, or muscles. Each treatment usually takes less than an hour, and there’s no downtime. Each treatment will be performed several months apart, to give the body enough time to react naturally, and dispose of the fat cells organically. Typically it is best to wait a minimum of 30 days before starting a new session of ice sculpting, with 4 months being ideal.
HOW DOES LASER LIPO WORK?
Unlike conventional liposuction, the idea of noninvasive laser lipo is not to remove fat cells, but to shrink them. During each session of ice sculpting Cryolipolysis Body Sculpting a technician places laser diodes onto the body protected via gels. The laser energy then penetrates down to the fat cells and their membranes. This fat cells release their stored fatty acids, glycerol, toxins, and water into the body and then shrink, potentially resulting in lost inches. The body then flushes out the expelled fat-cell contents via the lymphatic system or burns them for energy.
Each treatment takes between 35 and 60 minutes. Results are permanent, but some people choose to have additional sessions to remove even more fat cells. It takes four to six months to see full results. You should only be at your provider’s office for a couple of hours per treatment. More time may be necessary if you’re treating multiple body parts. Cryolipolysis results are meant to be permanent. The only exception is the stomach area, which could require two or more sessions to obtain optimum results. Studies show that cryolipolysis is safe and effective. The risks are few and rare. There’s no damage to your liver. Side effects are mild.
WHO’S ELIGIBLE FOR LASER LIPO?
The ideal candidates for laser lipo is a little bit smaller than for traditional lipo because the procedure isn’t perfect for extensive weight loss. It might be right for you if you’re:
- Only about 25-50 pounds over your ideal weight
- More concerned with “problem areas”
- In good health with good skin elasticity
Are there any people for whom cryolipolysis is not recommended?
Cryolipolysis should not be performed on patients who are obese or significantly overweight. Also, it should not be performed on areas of skin that are cut or injured, contain severe varicose veins, dermatitis, or other skin lesions.
People who have abnormal cold sensitivity or cold intolerance are not suitable candidates. The procedure is not recommended for people who have the following conditions:
- Raynaud’s phenomenon. A rare condition in which cold temperatures can impede blood flow to the fingers and toes.
- Cryoglobulinemia. A type of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) caused by abnormal proteins that become solid or gel-like in the presence of cold temperatures. It is associated with blocked blood vessels and other problems.
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. A very rare autoimmune disease in which red blood cells are damaged during exposure to cold.
- Cold urticaria. A rare condition in which the skin develops red, itchy spots (hives) after exposure to cold temperatures.
- Cold agglutinin disease. A rare type of autoimmune hemolytic anemia in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys its own red blood cells. The condition is often triggered or made worse by cold temperatures.
Other conditions that pose a risk include
- 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
Though some clients begin to notice results after only a few sessions, most require 6–8 treatments to see maximum results.
Two treatments per week for four weeks are recommended.
Because the treatment is not invasive, no downtime is required.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH LASER LIPO?
All parts of the body that store fat can be treated.
The most common treatment areas include:
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.