Fat freezing, or cryolipolysis as it’s known in the industry, is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. While not a particularly new treatment, it has gone from niche (read: incredibly expensive) to mainstream over the past few years, predominantly due to huge leaps in the technology used—and subsequent affordability—making it a far less pricey and realistic way to remove stubborn fat from the parts of your body that just straight up refuse to budge.
We hit up the team at Peche Medispa in Newstead to experience fat freezing first-hand. Here’s exactly what you can expect when it comes to freezing your fat.
What Is Cryolipolysis And What Does It Do?
We have science to thank for this controlled cooling technique, which crystallises fat cells to the point of elimination. Yes, you are eliminating the fat from your body. Each treatment reduces the number of fat cells in the treated area by anywhere from 25-30%. The classic catch cry that it won’t happen overnight rings true here, so expect the elimination to occur over a period of six to eight weeks as the crystallised fat cells die off and are naturally eliminated from your body. The most popular spots for fat freezing are (rather unsurprisingly) the love handles, followed by the abdomen and inner thighs. I decided upon the abdomen. So here goes...
Before your cryolipolysis treatment you’ll need to go through a detailed health and lifestyle consult. The team at Peche Medispa assess everything from your diet to how active you are, and will run you through the risks of the treatment. As with any procedure, there is always risk of side effects, so do your homework and discuss anything you're unsure of with the team.
Preparation Is Key
There are a few things you need to do both before, and immediately after your treatment. For starters, you need to forgo alcohol (plan your social calendar accordingly) for 24 hours and abstain from caffeine for two hours both pre and post treatment. It’s also recommended that you up your water intake to ensure you’re flushing out your lymphatic system.
Once you’re lying comfortably in position on the treatment bed, your technician will place a special vacuumed applicator to the treatment area. The team at Peche use Clatuu, a state-of-the-art French fat-freezing system that uses a 360-degree applicator, proven to more thoroughly treat the desired area (read: it target freezes more fat). It then quickly lowers the temperature of the treatment area to -9C. The first 10-20 seconds are not the most pleasurable, but mostly just uncomfortable. Think of it like an aggressive pinch, however you very quickly forget about the discomfort as it lessens to a dull ache as the cooling process takes effect. The cooling energy of the machine targets the fat layer without damaging any surrounding cells so all you have to do is pop in a podcast and enjoy some you-time for the next hour.
Given that it is a completely non-invasive treatment , there is no downtime post-treatment meaning you can go about your daily activities—and yes, that even includes the gym.
Does It Actually Work?
The first thing you’ll notice after the treatment is that the treated area is incredibly cold and quite red, which shouldn’t really come as a shock considering you’ve just frozen a part of your body. You’ll also have a tingly pins and needles kind of sensation on the treatment area once the applicator has been removed, though this will subside within a few minutes. A little swelling and redness in the area of the skin where it comes in contact with the applicator is rare but completely normal, amd usually subsides within 24-36 hours.
You will really see the results at about the 12 week mark, with 25-30% of your fat cells gone for good. Just over 12 weeks on and my treated area is noticeably smaller and more defined, so I consider that quite the win.
We went to Peche Medispa in Newstead, where the cost for cryolipolysis using Clatuu starts from $400 and can be as much as $800 per treatment depending on the size of the area treated.
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Note from the editor: the author of this article was a guest of Peche Medispa in Newstead.
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