Can I return to normal activities after fat freezing treatments?

Fat freezing treatments are non-invasive walk-in walk-out treatments that do not cause any side-effects. There is no bruising or swelling involved with fat freezing, since the process of the fat removal is safe, non-inflammatory, and once the initial treatment is over, quite slow.

The fat freezing treatment at our Melbourne clinic involves temperature-controlled fat cell removal, whereby the outer fatty layer is chilled to a specific (low) temperature, at which temperature the fat cell is destroyed. Cryolysis works because fat cells die at a slightly warmer temperature than other tissue, meaning that no other tissue is harmed in the removal of your fat cells during fat freezing – other tissue requires lower temperatures, therefore takes longer to freeze than fat.

Fat freezing treatments are comfortable, and while some sensations can be felt during treatments (pressure, temperature changes), there are no lasting impacts on your skin. Once treatments are over, there may be some redness for a few hours, and in some cases, there may be some minor and temporary loss of sensation in the skin. Nobody will be able to tell that you have had body sculpting treatments.

Because there is no swelling, you can wear your normal clothes, and if you have a big night planned where you need to wear a special outfit (a tight dress, for example), you can rest assured that you will have nothing in the way of you looking your best.

Fat freezing doesn’t work immediately, however, so don’t count on having a smaller waistline immediately after treatments. You will look the same for a little while, and the treated area will slowly shrink away over the coming weeks as your body scavenges what’s left of the fat cells and removes them from your body. This is the natural process your body goes through of removing dead or damaged cells, called phagocytosis. Phagocytes – your garbage collectors – roam around, picking up old or damaged cells, and breaking them up and recycling their parts or eliminating them as waste. These special clean-up cells can only work so fast, but rest assured the fat cells can’t be resurrected even if the phagocytes are slow, so the fat will eventually be removed.

When you are aged about 11 or 12, you’ve developed all the fat cells you’ll ever have in your life. Fat freezing at our Melbourne clinic is the process of us removing some of these fat cells, reducing the amount of fat you have stored on your body. That is, getting rid of a portion of not only your fat cells, but the fatty acids stored inside of them.

A fat cell is like a water balloon – it expands and contracts with whatever is inside of it. Fat freezing bursts the water balloon, emptying its contents, which is then scavenged and excreted as waste. This treatment effectively removes fat from certain areas of your body, reducing the circumference of the area. The more treatments you have, the more fat can be removed, forever, from your body.

Treatments are non-invasive, take between 30 minutes and an hour, and are comfortable. You may require several treatments to get the results you want, however one of our specialist cosmetic dermatologists will establish the best course of action for your body type. Fat freezing is a great option for those who want a non-invasive non-surgical fat removal treatment.

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