Blame it on the hot summer we’ve had — but recently, at dinner parties across Auckland, a topic is back on the tips of tongues: fat freezing. Now no longer a new technology, the fat-freezing procedure formally called cryolipolysis was first discovered after, rumour has it, doctors noticed that children who ate a lot of ice pops experienced fat degradation in their cheeks.The explanation being that fat is more temperature-sensitive than your skin, so goes through the cell death process before your skin does.
Cryolipolysis technology gained attention as an alternative to liposuction, promising to take care of love handles and bra bulge with the wave of a cooling paddle. The non-surgical fat reduction tool can also tackle loose skin under the chin, a smaller area that is more difficult to alter through natural means like diet and exercise. Sound too good to be true? Yvonne Marvin of College Hill-based CoolSculpting knows that the technology works. Here, she discusses the ins and outs of fat freezing, from weight loss to health risks.
How does it work?
It works by applying the applicator to the fat deposits and chilling them down to the point where the fat cells crystallise and die, the body takes over and gradually eliminates the fat cells.
Who is it for?
It is for anybody, within reason. It’s about sticky fat deposits and rebalancing the body shape.
What are the results?
There will be approximately 23–25% fat loss per area treated.
Will it make you lose weight?
No, fat weighs very little so it is not a weight loss programme.
Is it permanent?
Yes, it never comes back, you can only shrink or expand the cells that are left.
Is it safe?
The equipment used at CoolBody is clinically-proven to reduce localised pockets of fat. It has been used for more than one million successful treatments worldwide, but everyone’s needs are different.
If I am preparing for a holiday or an occasion, how long before should I start treatment?
Two to three months prior is preferable as it could be a little tricky if only three or four weeks prior to leaving on vacation or for that special occasion.
How do I book in for a consultation?
You can book your consultation with Yvonne by calling or texting 021 192 3430, or contacting the clinic on 09 360 0066.