Fat is a universal problem, and a fat free body can be extremely difficult to achieve no matter how hard you try. Sometimes dieting and exercise just won’t shift those last obstinate pockets of fat. Unfortunately, these are often located around the abdomen, where they can be prominently visible. 
No matter where it’s located, be it in their abdomen or flanks/love handles, the fact is that most people would love to shed some fat from their bellies. There can be any number of reasons for the presence of excess and unsightly fat in the abdomen area, including age, lifestyle, menopause, operations, and just plain physiology. 
That is why an increasing number of people are turning to Cryolipolysis as a solution to their belly fat problem. This non-invasive “fat freezing” procedure can target areas of fat that are otherwise proving to be stubborn. 
This guide details everything you need to know about fat freezing belly fat. 

Fat Freezing – How does it work? 

Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive means of targeting stubborn areas of body fat. It works by applying low temperatures to the pockets of fat that cause the fat cells to crystalize, in effect, killing them. 
The temperatures are usually within the range of -1° C to 4° C. This is low enough to kill the fat cells without damaging other cell types. Once the fat cells are dead, the body disposes of them through natural processes. 
The fat is frozen using a device known as an applicator. The Applicators used to treat your abdomen will vary in size based on your individual body size and how the fat presents. This means if you can pinch some fat, so can the applicators! 

The pinchable rule 

One easy way to determine if you are a suitable candidate for belly fat freezing is the good old pinch an inch trick. 
Basically, Cryolipolysis works best on areas of fat that can be pinched. It should be pointed out that this is only a rough guide, and with all fat freezing procedures, a full consultancy is required to determine suitability. 
Fat areas that you can pinch are of the fat type known as subcutaneous fat. This is a “soft fat” that is susceptible to the freezing procedure. In effect, this means that the deeper-lying areas of visceral fat, the “hard fat” located underneath the muscle, are not suitable for the treatment as the cold cannot penetrate deep enough to kill those fat cells. 
However, the plus side of this is that fat freezing is an excellent way of targeting specific areas of fat that have resisted dieting and exercise. 

Number of treatments 

This varies from case to case, but it is rare for one treatment to be all that is required. Each session will kill around 20-25% of the fat cells, so for one area to be fully treated, more than one session is normally required. And in many cases, more than one area will require treatment. 
Each session can be anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes in duration, depending on the area being treated. It is also worth noting that the body takes time to rid itself of the dead cells, so the results will not be immediately noticeable. On average, a noticeable fat reduction can be seen after about three weeks, and after three months, the full effects are visible. 
The preferred course of treatment is usually decided between the practitioner and the client at the consultancy stage. 

Looking at the bigger picture 

It may be just some bothersome tummy fat that is at the root of your desire for seeking Cryolipolysis treatments, but during the consultancy process, the consultant may advise on some complementary treatments. 
Many people seeking this treatment do so because of the way their clothes hang on them. This isn’t necessarily purely down to either the belly or those love handles. A trained consultant will help by giving you an overall view of how the treatment will change the way your midsection looks as a whole and advise on any other areas that could improve the entire “sculpt” of your upper body. 

It is not a weight-loss technique 

A common misconception is that Cryolipolysis can be a substitute for dieting and exercise as a way to lose weight. This isn’t the case. 
As mentioned, the fat that Fat Freezing targets is of the subcutaneous type. For want of a better description, this is a “fluffy fat” that is more unsightly than a weight problem. Or, to put it another way, Fat freezing is a method of achieving a sculpted body look but is not a weight-loss method. 

Is it painful? 

At worst, people find the treatment mildly uncomfortable for the first few minutes. But this quickly eases as the cold temperatures act as a natural anaesthetic and quickly numb the area being treated. 
It is a safe and non-invasive treatment and the side effects are mild and of short duration. These can include tenderness, swelling and redness, and some slight bruising. These will subside within a few days. 

Who are ideal candidates for belly fat freezing? 

Cryolipolysis works regardless of gender. Generally, women and men that are within 20lbs of their ideal weight and in relatively good overall health are suitable for the treatment. There are certain conditions like diastasis recti (a condition in which the muscles of the abdomen have partially or completely separated), which would make the treatment unsuitable. 
The easiest way to establish suitability is to arrange a consultancy visit with one of our practitioners, as they will be able to advise if this is the best route to go down. 


For losing unsightly and stubborn pockets of fat, safely, and with no invasive surgery, fat freezing can be the ideal solution. 
If you want to know more about this treatment and whether it can help you achieve the ideal body shape, why not contact us today and arrange a chat with one of our specialists. 
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