Cryogenic Lipolysis Vs Laser Lipolysis: A Complete Breakdown

It is common to think of weight loss in terms of calories, but the physiological ramifications of weight loss are far more baroque and unknown. A number of chemical reactions that occur have an almost opaque level of complexity. People often get frustrated with weight loss because they expect a direct conversion from activities to weight. However, the body will only lose fat when certain obligations are first met.

Enters… the ingenious fat loss treatment…’Lipolysis

What Is Lipolysis?

It is safe to assume that everyone wants the maximum fat loss with the least amount of discomfort. Lipolysis is also known as the breakdown of stored fat. This is accomplished through a chemical reaction called hydrolysis, in which one molecule is split apart-in this case a molecule called triglyceride-into two molecules. In order to make the molecules completely independent, a fragmented water molecule is added to the open ends to “cap” them off and prevent any further bonding.

Body excreting fat? Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? It is incredible to naturally excrete fat from our bodies without any physical toil.

There are a few reasons why lipolysis in induced. Hormones are a big contributor and can include epinephrine (also known as Adrenaline), norepinephrine, ghrelin, growth hormone, testosterone, and cortisol. All working for different reasons in the body, however, can all induce the breakdown of fat. With the advances in technology, it has been found that now you can trigger this breakdown of fat with damage to the fat cell itself. The aim is simply to destroy the adipocyt (fat cell) so that our bodies seek to clear the damaged cells with a natural inflammatory response and subsequently remove them.


Is Laser Lipolysis effective?

Laser lipolysis (lipo) has become a commonly adopted and accepted modality for removal of unwanted fatty tissue and is claimed to be as effective as traditional liposuction without a hospital stay. Laser lipo is marketed on the basis that it is a quick and effective way of getting rid of the unwanted flab. It is meant to be a less invasive procedure and the effects are permanent since the fat cells are inactivated by the laser beam, leaving them incapable of storing fat any more.


So, What is Cryogenic Lipolysis & Laser Lipolysis?

Cryogenic lipolysis (also known as Cool Sculpting) is a procedure that uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, freezing them to the point of elimination. Laser lipolysis is a minimally invasive technology that liquefies fat for removal. It is a laser-based procedure that breaks up and removes fat cells in areas such as under the chin, neck, and jowls or areas with loose skin such as the arms. It also contracts collagen and tightens the skin.

Cryogenic Lipolysis Vs Laser Lipolysis

1. Cryogenic Lipolysis or Cool Sculpting

  • It is a totally non-invasive fat reduction.
  • Unlike laser liposuction, the entire procedure takes place without any local anaesthesia or needles.
  • You can drive home and resume normal activities after the procedure.

2. Laser Lipolysis

  • It involves making incisions and actually doing liposuction.
  • The recovery is more involved with laser lipo.
  • Lipolysis more effective than Cryogenic lipolysis.
  • Laser lipolysis cannot be done without suctioning the fat.
  • Laser lipolysis in addition to liposuction is much more effective than Cryogenic lipolysis.

What are the Techniques Involved in Both the Procedures?

A) Laser Lipolysis

With laser liposuction, energy from a laser travels through the skin to the fatty tissue. It melts the fat which is then removed through a suction device attached to a surgical tool called a cannula. At the same time, the laser stimulates the production of collagen. This helps tighten the tissue and skin. Because laser cauterizes the blood vessels as it works, there is minimal bleeding or bruising. It’s ideal for the abdomen, chest, chin, hips, knees, neck, and thighs.


Laser liposuction side effects

  • After the treatment, common side effects often include bruising and tenderness in the treated area.
  • Scarring, infection, or irritation may also occur but are less common.
  • It may take several days of recovery following the procedure and several weeks before you can return to strenuous activities like exercise.


B) Cryogenic Lipolysis or Cool Sculpting

The technique used in Cryolipolyis freezes the fat cells to kill them. The body then naturally flushes away the destroyed fat cells over a span of one or two months. Doctors cover the skin with a gel pad. The skin is then drawn between two cooling plates where the fat cells are frozen and destroyed. You don’t feel pain. You simply feel the sensation of cold on the affected areas. Cryolipolyis is ideal for the abdomen, back, and love handles.

Cryogenic Lipolysis side effects

  • Complications and side effects are lower than with more invasive procedures, such as liposuction.
  • The most common complication was having less sensation than beforehand in the treated area. Other complications may include swelling, bruising, sensitivity, skin redness and localized pain.


Other Side effects & risks of treatment

  • Expect minor swelling, bruising or tenderness for a few days or longer.
  • Rarely infection and haematoma (collection of blood underneath the skin) can occur following treatment.
  • Asymmetrical (lop-sided) results and minor scarring can be long-term risks associated with laser lipolysis.

What is the Cost of Cryogenic Lipolysis & Laser Lipolysis?

The cost of nonsurgical fat reduction can vary. A surgeon’s cost may be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, time and effort the treatment requires. Your total investment will depend on the size of the area you are treating and the number of sessions you require. We typically recommend 1-2 sessions a week across an 8-12 week period for best results.

How Many Times Do You Have to Do Cool Sculpting?

When thinking about seeking out Cool Sculpting, you may often wonder how many times you’ll need treatment to achieve the results they desire. The truth is, it depends on every individual body. Other factors include your expectations, commitment to the treatment and your attitude towards healthy living. Cool Sculpting can reduce certain areas that are difficult to lose through healthy diet and exercise; however, we encourage all of our clients to maintain a healthy lifestyle before, during and after treatment. In general, patients to receive 1-3 Cool Sculpting treatment sessions in each area treated. The amount of treatments needed depends on the results you want and the number of areas being treated.

How Long Does a Cool Sculpting Session Last?

Each treatment can take as little as 35 minutes. Like Cool Sculpting for the arms, you can get permanent results in one session for your thigh treatment. A patient can, however, have multiple areas of Cool Sculpting done at the same time, in one session. It is only suggested they wait when wanting to re-treat an area.


How Soon Will You See Cool Sculpting Results?

Patients are usually able to fully transform their bodies after 3 treatments, but it is important to maintain realistic expectations. Wait the entire 4 months after your procedure before seeking out a second or third treatment. Cool Sculpting relies on your own body’s ability to rid the body of fat cells. Therefore it can take time to see results. So it is important not to get frustrated by waiting and be patient. If it has been 4 months after your procedure and you still do not see the results that you want, you can consider going for a second treatment.


Is Cool Sculpting Better than Laser Lipo?

The Cool Sculpting device is designed to treat focal pockets of fat. For patients seeking a nonsurgical method to reduce fat in a localized area, such as in the love handles or outer thighs, Cool Sculpting may be the appropriate treatment. However, for patients looking to treat excess fat over a larger area of the body or for patients desiring a more dramatic change in body contour, liposuction may be the more suitable choice. Ultimately, the most appropriate treatment option is that which aligns with the aesthetic goals and individual preferences of the patient.


How Much Fat Can Be Removed With Laser Lipo?

Right now, surgeons follow guidelines that set a maximum extraction limit of 5,000 milliliters of fat (5 kgs approx) for all patients, regardless of variations in weight or body fat status. But the new study suggests surgeons could use a patient’s body mass index (BMI) to determine how much fat extraction is safe. BMI is a rough estimate of a person’s body fat based on height and weight measurements.


The Way Ahead…

Even though treatments at Skin City are offered by only a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the best procedure to help you achieve your goal, whether surgical or nonsurgical.

Your plastic surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your nonsurgical fat reduction options
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of nonsurgical fat reduction and any risks or potential complications

Unlike most other methods of fat reduction and weight loss, Cryolipolysis slimming treatment involves no needles, surgery, or downtime!  Skin City is the most experienced Cryolipolysis clinic in India, having treated thousands of patients with a reputation for superlative results. Enquire now about Cryolipolysis and book your preliminary consultation here.