Cryolipolysis, commonly referred to as fat freezing, is a nonsurgical fat reduction procedure that uses cold temperature to reduce fat deposits in certain areas of the body. The procedure is designed to reduce localized fat deposits or bulges that do not respond to diet and exercise. It is not intended for people with obesity.
Cryolipolysis has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat fat deposits behind the chin, in the upper arms, the inner and outer thighs, the belly, the hip/flank, the upper back.
Based on the discovery that fat cells are more vulnerable to harm from cold temperatures than other cells, such as skin cells, the approach was developed. The fat cells are harmed by the chilly temperature. The body’s inflammatory response to the injury leads to the death of the fat cells. To remove the dead fat cells and other waste from the body, macrophages, a type of white blood cell that is a component of the immune system, are summoned to the damage region.
The benefits of cryolipolysis are numerous: