No matter the area where it settles, cellulite would be a thing of the past. This accumulation of fat is generally quite unsightly. To eliminate it, several medical techniques have been developed in recent years.
Among the most recent, cryolipolysis, a technique of aesthetic medicine without surgery, is on the rise. What is it really? What are its advantages? How is the treatment performed? Is this treatment indicated for everyone? We answer these questions in this article.
What is cryolipolysis and how does it work?
The origins of cryolipolysis date back to the 1970s when doctors noticed dimples in children sucking on ice cream to relieve tooth pain. They suspected that cold could play an important role in fat loss. Cryolipolysis is a technique that uses the properties of cold on the skin to destroy fat cells in subcutaneous tissue.
The white blood cells then eliminate them. These cells are very sensitive to cold because they are filled with fatty acids, unlike other cells in the human body. The parts of the body to be treated are exposed to the cold, using a transducer that combines both vacuum and cold.
Why choose cryolipolysis?
There are many advantages to using cryolipolysis to lose calories. First, it is not painful. Unlike a massage session against cellulite, this technique is completely painless, even on the most recalcitrant cellulites.
In addition, a cryolipolysis treatment leaves no scar on the patient. Unlike many other techniques, it does not require surgery since no instrument penetrates the body. Therefore, it does not require anesthesia. Moreover, with this method of care, results are more quickly perceptible.
Cryolipolysis: which patient profiles?
Cryolipolysis is only effective on superficial fat. It is only used on well-localized and moderate fat deposits. Unlike liposuction, for example, it is therefore intended for people with moderately unsightly fat masses.
Certain parts of the body, more than others, are however much more concerned by this treatment. This is particularly the case of the stomach, the inner side of the thighs, the hips, the buttocks, the back, the chin and the knees.
These are the women who have the most recourse to cryolipolysis. However, men may also undergo cryolipolysis. Most of them use this technique either to fight an imposing belly or love handles.
How long does it take to see results?
In reality, the time required varies according to the subject, the type of cellulite and the thickness of the fat to be lost. It is therefore based on your case that the doctor will estimate the number of sessions that will be necessary for an effective treatment.
However, it is known that after each cryolipolysis session, between 3 and 15 mm of fat is lost per treated area. Thus, from the first session, you can already see changes in your body.
These changes become much more pronounced after a month of treatment. In general, patients who have followed the treatment for at least one month obtain total satisfaction during the 6 months following the treatment. Therefore, count between 3 and 6 sessions to expect real results.
Cryolipolysis treatment: what are the contraindications?
Cryolipolysis is not suitable for all cases. For example, it should not be used to treat water retention or sagging skin. This is why, before any treatment, you must be diagnosed by a practitioner who will determine whether the cellulite in question meets the criteria required for treatment with cryolipolysis.
Cryolipolysis is also not recommended for people with the following pathologies:
- Cancer less than 6 months old;
- severe renal insufficiency ;
- untreated endocrine problems;
- major blood circulation problems (with anticoagulant treatment);
- severe diseases in which cold is the trigger (cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, cold hives, Raynaud’s syndrome).
It is also not recommended for people with open wounds, for pregnant women and for those who wear an internal electronic device.
How does a cryolipolysis session take place?
Before the session, the physician will carefully examine the areas to be treated, first to check the condition of the vital elements present and then to determine the objectives. The patient will then sign a consent form.
During the session, the gel soaked transducer is applied to the skin of the areas to be treated for approximately 50 minutes at a temperature of less than 3°C. This cold will anesthetize the skin and prevent the patient from feeling pain.
Precautions to be taken after cryolipolysis sessions
After the cryolipolysis sessions, certain gestures and precautions can help improve the results. At the top of the list is home massage of the treated areas. After each session, massage the areas that have been treated.
Continue the exercise even after the sessions have stopped. This helps to drain the destroyed tissue elements. In addition, avoid any sports activity within 2 hours after a session. Also, wait at least 30 minutes after each session before taking a shower.
It is also recommended to keep well hydrated after the sessions.
But remember that cryolipolysis is not a preventive technique. Fats can therefore be deposited back into your tissues if you do not change your lifestyle habits, including your diet. Therefore, adopt a healthy and balanced diet.
In conclusion, cryolipolysis has several advantages and is particularly effective in the fight against cellulite. However, its effectiveness has only been proven on localized and moderate areas of fat. It will be necessary to adapt one’s diet in order to avoid the return of fat mass.
It is therefore not recommended to use it for weight loss. In addition, call an aesthetic medicine center to receive care adapted to your needs.