Is Fat Freezing permanent?

Fat Freezing is a non-surgical and non-invasive aesthetic treatment that can help to spot reduce stubborn areas of fat on your body. It has gained popularity over the last decade and is now the UK’s no 1 Body Contouring treatment. When clients enquire about the procedure they want to know how it works and is Fat Freezing permanent?

How Fat Freezing works

Fat Freezing is also called Cryolipolysis. It is the process of freezing fat cells by exposing them to freezing temperatures. When your fat cells are frozen it causes “Apoptosis” which means the programmed death of the adipose (fat) cell. As your fat tissue is frozen, the cells start to crystalise and shrink, this results in some of the fat cells dying. Apoptosis results in the permanent destruction of these fat cells.

Once the fat cells have died, your body then removes the dead cells. These are transported through your lymphatic system and metabolised by your liver. Over an 8-12 week period, the cells are eliminated from your body.  Once the fat cells have died and been eliminated from your body, they cannot return and have been permanently destroyed.

How permanent are the results of Fat Freezing?

Clinical studies have shown that Fat freezing can cause apoptosis in around 20-40% of fat cells with each treatment. This can lead to a visible reduction in the treated area, helping people to refine their body shape. However, results vary amongst individuals and can be affected by your health and medical status, as well as your lifestyle choices.

The fat cells have been permanently destroyed. This means that as long as you maintain your weight, the results will be long-lasting. However, if you gain weight then this will affect your long term results. As you gain weight, your remaining fat cells will increase in size. This will happen all over your body, including the previously treated area.

To ensure your results are long-lasting, it’s important to be mindful of your diet and lifestyle choices.


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