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The Cold Hard Truth About Fat Freezing

Cryolipolysis or Cyro Lipo is a procedure that involves the non-invasive cooling of body fat to break down fat cells, resulting in a reduction of body fat. Unlike other cells, fat cells are particularly susceptible to cold.  While the fat cells freeze, the skin and other structures are spared from injury, and patients observe a visible decrease in fat bulges in a handful of treatments.

Many people refer to this treatment as CoolSculpting, however that is a brand name (the only one that’s FDA approved) and cryolipolysis is what it does. “Cryo” means icy cold and “lipolysis” is the word for the breaking down of fat. It’s a perfect name for what CoolSculpting does: freezes away fat.

During the procedure, a vacuum applicator is placed on the skin to bring it into contact with cooling panels. The patient feels a cold sensation for a few minutes, as it produces an anesthetic effect, and then fat is cooled for up to an hour.

Cryolipolysis is one of the most popular nonsurgical fat reduction treatments, with more than 450,000 procedures performed worldwide.  The therapy typically requires multiple treatment sessions, and possible risks include redness in the treated area and localized bruising, which clear within a few days.  However, it’s popularity stems from the fact that after the procedure, patients can resume their normal activities the same day.

If you are thinking about offering this service and purchasing a Cryo Lipo machine, the profit is impressive for spas. The machine is affordable and the operating cost is low. A professional machine starts around $5,000 and can cost much higher, but for each treatment the fees can be $1,000 to $2,000.

If you have additional questions about this treatment or need Cryo Lipo insurance coverage, Allied Beauty Experts can help. Simply reach out to one of our experts at or call 1-800-444-7546.