01 Feb Fat Freezing Risks
It resembles a vacuum cleaner and claims to be the best fat-busting device by getting rid of excess flab.
The machine does something called ‘fat-freezing,’ which is supposed to dissolve fat, including stubborn love handles and inner thigh fat.
Advertised as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction, many say that cryolipolysis (the professional name of the procedure) is a no needle, no scalpel, no-scar treatment.
It is said to use extremely low temperatures to kill fat cells, all without harming the skin. More clinics are offering this treatment all around the country.
Claiming a 50 percent reduction in fat around the area being treated in one session, some clients also note that they are seeing results within just 48 hours.
The subcutaneous fat layer, the layer that is just below the skin, is the target of each treatment using the machine. Once it is switched on, the strong vacuum pulls excess flab into the machine. The dead cells are removed naturally via the body’s liver.
Advocates for the treatment maintain that freezing the skin above the fat freezes the fat cells at a higher temperature than the tissue surrounding it.
The treatment also includes a gel sheet which is placed over the area being treated. Like many things in life, there are some medical experts who stated the claims made around this machine are far from reality, and that there often devastating consequences.
In fact, many doctors are reporting that patients have been left burned, and possibly scarred for life, because of unqualified practitioners who bring customers into their stores with bargain rates and over-hyped results.
Take Sarah Hall, 33 for example. She decided she wanted to boost her confidence by using a cosmetic treatment to get rid of excess fat. She picked a treatment option that promised such results in just one ‘freezing’ session.
However, within just a few hours, her skin on her stomach went from feeling numb and white cold to blisteringly hot and bright red. The inflammation caused by the treatment was so painful she began to feel sick. Her claims were validated by her GP. He mentioned that the burns were akin to frostbite.
It was only after the treatment that she was informed that the ‘trained practitioner’ who performed the treatment was simply a hairdresser.