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What is Fat Freezing (Cryolipolysis)?

Cryolipolysis, commonly known as fat freezing, offers a non-surgical solution for targeting and reducing localized fat deposits resistant to traditional diet and exercise. This technique, patented under the name CoolSculpting™, employs cold temperatures to selectively reduce fat in specific body areas, excluding individuals with obesity.

Ideal Treatment Areas

FDA-approved for treating fat beneath the chin, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, abdomen, hips, upper and lower back, and beneath the buttocks, cryolipolysis addresses localized fat bulges.

Procedure Overview

Performed in a doctor’s office or clinic, cryolipolysis involves assessing the fatty deposit’s size and shape. The fat layer is gently frozen using an applicator, causing fat cell injury. Over time, the body’s immune system eliminates these damaged fat cells, leading to fat reduction.

Expected Outcomes

Studies indicate an average fat reduction of 15-28% about four months post-treatment. Changes may become noticeable as early as three weeks, with significant improvements evident after approximately two months.

Benefits of Cryolipolysis

    • Non-invasive with no surgical incision
    • Low risk of infection
    • Outpatient procedure without sedation
    • Multiple areas treatable in a single session
    • Quick recovery; normal activities can resume immediately
    • Suitable for various age groups
    • No lasting damage to nerves, blood vessels, or muscles
    • Permanent fat cell removal
    • Potential boost in self-esteem

Drawbacks of Cryolipolysis

    • Not recommended for individuals with obesity
    • Possibility of irregular skin surface post-treatment
    • Multiple sessions may be required
    • Results may take 3-6 months to fully manifest
    • Rare paradoxical adipose hyperplasia risk
    • Potential for weight gain in other areas


Cryolipolysis should be avoided for individuals with obesity, skin injuries, severe varicose veins, dermatitis, or other skin lesions. It is also unsuitable for those with cold-related conditions like Raynaud’s phenomenon, cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, cold urticaria, and cold agglutinin disease, as well as during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or for people with certain medical conditions.

Recovery and Side Effects

Temporary side effects may include pain, stinging, redness, swelling, skin discolouration, sensitivity, or numbness in treated areas, typically subsiding within days to weeks. Analgesics may help alleviate any discomfort.

Cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, provides a safe and effective option for sculpting your body, offering a non-surgical alternative for localized fat reduction. However, consult a healthcare professional to determine if it suits your unique circumstances.

Where do I get fat freezing in Mentone?

You can book a consultation with Dr Dilan Ranasinghe at Mentone General Practice and perform your procedure in his Dandenong rooms.

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