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Fat Melting vs Fat Freezing – Which popular Body Sculpting treatment is best?

The new approach to fat loss

The way we approach fat loss has changed, and we have technology to blame, or should we say ‘thank’? Our busy lives don’t always have the time for enough exercise to get in shape – especially before a last-minute event. Our quick-fix culture needs something that can help us reach our body goals faster, and now we have technology to achieve this.
Already, non-invasive body sculpting has become the go-to treatment for celebrities, athletes, and anybody that simply wants to shift those stubborn areas of unwanted fat without spending hours in the gym or going under the knife. In response to the growing demand for this new approach to fat loss, more and more clinics and salons are investing in body sculpting technology and quickly seeing the benefits to their clients and their profits. But with a range of different body sculpting technologies available, it can be difficult to know the best device to suit your client’s needs. Here’s where we can help.

What are the most effective fat reduction treatments?

There are two main approaches to non invasive fat reduction: fat melting and fat freezing. The first is done by Radiofrequency (RF), which converts electrical energy to heat beneath the skin, causing the fat cells to melt. Fat freezing is achieved with Cryolipolysis (Cryo), which uses sub-zero temperatures to freeze the fat cells. Both techniques result in lipoapoptosis, whereby fat cells are emptied and the fat is removed through the body’s lymphatic system.
At opposing ends of the thermometer, both Radiofrequency and Cryolipolysis offer a genuinely effective alternative to surgical intervention, with countless successful treatment courses that have radically reduced waistlines. But how do these two different technologies compare?

Clinical application

Therapists are more actively involved with RF treatments; gliding the treatment hand piece over the target area, which creates an even result without gaps. With Cryo treatment, the therapist just needs to set up the Cryo applicators and activate them. However, because Cryo applicators are static during treatment and are typically quite large, the treatment is limited to larger body areas such as the abdomen, legs and back. In contrast, RF treatments can be performed almost anywhere on the body, including problematic areas for excess weight and loose skin such as the arms and neck.

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Fat Freezing Abdomen Treatment

What does ‘fat melting’ and ‘fat freezing’ feel like for clients?

Clients will usually feel a comfortable warm sensation with Radiofrequency body sculpting, and when combined with other complementary technologies such as roller massage (to increase lymphatic drainage), it’s actually quite pleasant.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Cryolipolyisis. The pulling skin suction and freezing temperatures of around -11°C can make the treatment quite uncomfortable. Clients can also expect to feel a localised soreness after their fat freezing treatment, similar to that of a minor muscle injury or intense workout.

Potential side effects

For Fat Melting treatments to effectively break down fat cells and stimulate collagen production, an optimal temperate range of 40-42°C is required at the skin’s surface. Many advanced RF devices now feature integrated real-time temperature monitoring systems to ensure safe therapeutic temperatures are not exceeded and eliminate the risk of thermal injury.
Although quite rare, ’ice burns’ are a concern with Cryolipolysis. Furthermore, fat freezing treatments carry the remote risk of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. This adverse reaction to the treatment results in the fat cells and treatment area becoming larger rather than smaller.

Fat Melting vs Fat Freezing treatment results

While both technologies deliver effective treatments for fat reduction, Cryolipolysis has its obvious limitations. Results are very localised to the treatment site, with little impact on skin laxity, and slow lymphatic drainage.
Commonly, clients will see a promising reduction in their waistline measurement immediately after treatment, but this is extremely unreliable and somewhat misleading as our cells will generally contract when cold. Although Cyrolipolysis treatments are often combined with other body sculpting technologies such as ultrasonic cavitation, these treatments are not able to be performed simultaneously, which can lead to a substantial increase in treatment time.
Clinical studies have consistently found RF to be the more effective of the two technologies, with more uniform results over a larger area, considerable skin tightening, and much higher lymphatic drainage – essential for faster results. Furthermore, when combined with other technologies such as infrared, RF has shown to deliver significantly improved results. This combined technology approach is a favourite of many aesthetic doctors who use RF to improve and reinforce results after surgical liposuction procedures.
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Fat Melting vs Fat Freezing – Comparison Table

Radiofrequency Cryolipolysis

Technology

Heat

Cold

Clinical Application

Active

Passive

Fat Reduction

Skin Tightening

Cellulite Reduction

Lymphatic Drainage

Treatment Areas

Most areas

Limited areas

Results

Larger, uniform coverage

Smaller, localised coverage

Treatment Time

Approx 20 mins per area

Approx 20 mins per area

Comfort

Combines with

Infrared, roller massage, pulsed vacuum

None simultaneously

RF Cryo

Technology

Heat

Cold

Clinical Application

Active

Passive

Fat Reduction

Skin Tightening

Cellulite Reduction

Lymphatic Drainage

Treatment Areas

Most areas

Limited areas

Results

Larger, uniform coverage

Smaller, localised coverage

Treatment Time

20 mins/area

20 mins/area

Comfort

Combines with

Infrared, roller massage, pulsed vacuum

None simultaneously

Buying a Fat Melting or Fat Freezing device

Whichever is your preferred technology, make sure you purchase your device from a reputable company that will provide you with the quality and support you need for your business. As RF and Cryo both utilise temperature to achieve their therapeutic effect, it’s important to choose a device with advanced patient safety features, such as real-time temperature monitoring.
If you’d like to know more of the main things to look for when buying a device, download Skyncare’s FREE Body Sculpting Checklist.

What is Real-Time Temperature Monitoring? 

How much do Radiofrequency & Cyrolipolysis machines cost?

The cost of Radiofrequency and Cryolipolysis machines ranges from over £40,000 to as low as £5,000. A higher-priced machine may deliver a slower return on investment, while a machine at the lower end of this price range will be unlikely to have the same advanced features to ensure treatment efficacy and safety. Value is relative to cost and performance, so it is important to take both these into consideration instead of just the price tag.

What’s the future of non-surgical fat reduction?

The demand for slimmer waistlines isn’t going away. Driven by celebrity endorsements and a ‘quick-fix’ culture, more people than ever are seeking out fat reduction treatments.
By introducing this service in your salon, you can stay ahead of the curve and give your clients the body they’ve always wanted. It might be a natural succession to laser hair treatments, or could be combined with other therapies to create the ultimate aesthetic package.

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