Simply freeze the love handles – does that work?

Simply freeze the love handles – does that work?


Fat freezing cryoliposis works only if the pad is not too thick. They are available, these fat rolls, which can be tackled neither with diet nor with the sport. A new method promises to melt them by freezing cold. How it should work and for whom it is suitable.

Just above the waistband buckles up a pad that persistently refuses to disappear. Also, the fat stubble under the armpits or the padding on the thigh is like chiseled.


But despite athletic effort and low-carb attacks, they are liable where they should not be. The only chance to get rid of these stubborn depots was the liposuction for a long time. Now, a new procedure is to make the fat bulge disappear – and all without surgery, but instead with icy cold.


Fat freezing cryoliposis is the name of the process in which individual fat deposits are deliberately put to rest and cooled down to temperatures between zero and four degrees. The most common is “Coolsculpting”. Behind this is a method in which the subcutaneous tissue is sucked together with the fat cells as by a hand vacuum cleaner with negative pressure and then quasi-laid on ice. How to melt love handles and fat deposits?


This is how fat freezing cryoliposis works


What happens in the next 30 to 60 minutes is crucial for the fat way effect: “Cooling stops the blood supply to the fat cells and sometimes the cells die off,” explains Sattler. The subcutaneous tissue becomes inflamed, causing the immune system to sound the alarm. It activates the immune cells of the body, which provide in the coming weeks and months for the removal of dead fat cells via the lymphatic and blood vessels and the liver. “The skin, on the other hand, remains healthy if treated properly,” says Sattler even if you hardly believe that immediately after the treatment.


For just released from the vacuum, the “frozen” tissue initially bluish purple and stiff from the body. “The bulge is initially completely deaf,” says Sattler. However, after a snowball fight without gloves, it will be re-circulated after some time.


In these cases, fingers are called away from cool sculpting 

However with restrictions because who hopes to freeze his years of chewing fat rolls in this way, is wrong. In obese people, treatment is not possible, and people with metabolic diseases, autoimmune diseases, pregnant women and scar tissue are advised against treatment.


For whom Cryolipolyse comes into question

“In focus are more healthy people with standard weight, the sport,” says a Cosmetic Surgeon. You can help them with Cool sculpting or similar cooling methods, which use winding instead of vacuum and model the silhouette in imperfect places without having to use the knife. Even with women in the hormonal changeover phase between the 45th and 55th year, which change their body shape by the transition to menopause, the Cool sculpting is effective, “says Sattler.


But why does it melt away with them, what does not want to leave after three years of Christmas goose and vacation feasting in overweight? Beauty expert Sattler explains it this way: “Especially in a hormonal changeover phase, those affected have freshly grown fatty tissue, which is easier to remove from the connective tissue structures without the body refilling it with new fat cells.” Obese people carry chronic fatty tissue with them.


The success of a cryolipolysis treatment can only be seen after six to eight weeks, says. Patience is therefore indicated and the confidence that the schlabbrig hanging belly flaps in the coming weeks through the diligent work of metabolism through the liver degraded.


As impatient as some may wish to look for a better look over the weeks. a Cosmetic Surgeon sees advantages in this: “After sucking off fat, the skin is more likely to hang, but in Fat freezing cryoliposis the breakdown of the fat cells is slow and the skin can adapt – conversely, as with a growing belly in pregnancy, in which the tissue and the Stretch the skin slowly. ”


While women are generally more likely to complain about their flabby connective tissue, in some ways, cryolipolysis is actually an advantage. “Men have a too tight connective tissue, which means they cannot absorb so well,” says the Dusseldorf cosmetic surgeon. However, it is impossible to even with them.


These are the risks of cold treatment


Even though the procedure is basically considered to be harmless after more than 60 studies, unpleasant side effects may show: some people have reported small hematomas that may be caused by aspiration. Others experience numbness, severe burning and itching in the treated area over several days. A Cosmetic Surgeon compares the feeling afterward with a hickey that hurts or sore muscles. “If the greasy fold is too low, there is a risk of sucking in a nerve or muscle tissue and squeezing it,” says Sattler.


Not only for this reason, the experts advise against undergoing treatment in beauty salons, spa areas of hotels or tanning salons. Some chronic diseases and also circulatory or wound healing disorders exclude treatment. “Only a doctor can guarantee that this is correct and to react properly to circulatory problems or allergies,” says a Cosmetic Surgeon.


Another danger: “At temperatures below freezing, frostbite can occur and the skin blisters, but if it is well over four degrees, the treatment will have no effect,” says a Cosmetic Surgeon. Dermatologist Gerhard Sattler points out yet another problem that the layman could be tripping outside of the practices of plastic surgeons: “On the market are devices that are, for example, only the housing CE certified, but not the content.” This is hard to be understood by laymen.


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