- How does cryolipolysis work?
A specific transducer is positioned on the selected area in order to combinate vacuum action to capture the subcutaneous tissue and selective cryotechnology to cool it. The fat cells (adipocytes) in the subcutaneous tissue (under dermis) are mostly saturated fatty acids rich cells, and as a consequence, especially sensitive to cold exposure. On the other hand, the contiguous elements such as blood vessels, peripheral nerves, melanocytes, fibrocytes, or poor fatty cells are much less sensitive to cold exposure. This characteristic definitely leads to adipocyte elimination without damaging the surrounding tissues.
- Eliminating fat cells after cryolipolysis treatment
The elimination process of exposed adipocytes to CryoLipolysis action is as follows :
-* Directly by crystallization, followed by apoptosis and progressive cell dissolution with gradual lipids release during the next 2 to 6 weeks following the session.
-* Indirectly as a consequence of the sympathetic nervous system stimulation that lipolysis will induce.
- How many cryolipolysis sessions will be needed?
Depending on the adipose tissue thickness and the wished reduction, the patient will have 1 to 3 sessions. Preferred waiting time between 2 sessions will be approximately 45 days.
- What kind of results will CryoLipolysis bring?
Depending on the initial adipose tissue thickness, the average loss will be from 3 to 15 mm. In terms of adipose tissue loss percentage, the equivalence is 25% to 45%. Approximately 40% of the result will be visible within 15 days, but 6 weeks is the minimum to appreciate a more global improvement.
Only at that time can the patient and his doctor decide whether an additional session is needed or not.
- How long does a cryolipolysis session take?
Depending on the size of the treated area, more than a single application can be necessary. For instance we will need 2 applications for abdominal areas, 1 for each “love handle”, and 2 for the lower back . Each application will last around 60 min thanks to the new LipoContrast technology.
- Who is the ideal candidate for cryolipolysis procedure?
LipoContrast is specially recommended for local adiposities: the ideal candidate is not an obese patient with general adiposity, but one who wants to reduce local fat concentrated for instance on abdomen, flanks, lower back, and arms…
- Is cryolipolysis painful?
The procedure is not painful for the patient at all. They will feel a slight tension close to the treated area due to the vacuum effect, then a feeling of moderate heat due to the temperature elevation (first phase of the LipoContrast) followed by an intense localised cold feeling. The procedure ends with a further elevation of the temperature. This variation allows for safe apoptosis. After the session :
-* Usually : Redness and numbness on the treated zone that can last a couple of hours.
-* Very rarely: slight hematoma that will resorb within a few days. The patient can resume normal activity without specific discomfort immediately after the session.
- Main differences between LipoContrast DUO and other competitive systems
The LipoContrast system results in a notable and natural reduction of fat tissue, avoiding the traumatic experience of invasive methods (liposuction for example), and preventing the risk of damage on contiguous tissues as it can occur with radiofrequency, focalized ultrasounds or laser lipolysis. The three-phased procedure (heat-cold-heat) avoids all tissue necrosis by allowing apoptosis to take place without resorting to sub-zero temperatures.
- How long will the results last?
The adipocytes that will be eliminated by the LipoContrast procedure will gradually release their lipids first, before being definitively absorbed by the body’s natural metabolism.