Cryolipolysis FAQ's

Q. Where on the body can this treatment be performed?

A. Cryolipolysis targets the most common problem areas of unwanted, stubborn pockets of fat that can be difficult to treat with diet and exercise alone. By using interchangeable vacuum applicators tailored to suit the treatment area, our services non-invasively trim, tone, and contour the:

  • Abdomen

  • Buttocks

  • Thighs

  • Upper arms

  • Back

  • Waistline

  • Inner knees

  • Mons Pubis

Q. What is Cryolipolysis aka Crio?

A. Our device manufactured by Criocuum, is a scientifically-advanced system that utilises the latest fat-freezing technology to isolate and chill localised fat in the underarms, abdomen, back, thighs, and buttocks. The system uses cryoliporeduction principles to non-invasively and painlessly remove up to 45 percent of subcutaneous fat while enhancing skin elasticity for proper skin trimming, toning, and contouring.​

Criocuum treatments were developed to achieve superior non-invasive fat reduction without the limitations of downtime.

The treatments use an adjustable vacuum applicator to selectively suction fatty tissue and freeze it between -10 and 5 degrees Celsius. Clients can expect to feel an intense cold on the first application but that wears out quickly. Cell apoptosis (destruction of fat cells) occurs after the lipids of the fat cells crystallise and are removed by the body’s natural lymphatic filtration system, reducing fat tissue by 3 to 15 mm.

The cold environment also causes a 74 percent increase in skin elasticity in the targeted area, fine-tuning the fat-reduction process for an elite sculpted look.

Q. How long does the treatment take?

A. Criocuum treatments take about 30-60 minutes, depending on your individual needs.


Q. When will I see results?

A. Results can be seen 15 days afterward. Full results are noticeable 8-12 weeks later.


Q. How many sessions will I need?

A. One to three sessions may be required, depending on the level of localised fat, to achieve the best results. No more than 3 treatments can be performed in the same treatment area.

Q. How soon after my first treatment can I have my second?

A. We need to wait 6 weeks between treatments conducted in the same treatment area. If you are wanting treatment in a different area it is best to leave 2 weeks between treatments.

Q. If I have a cold or am feeling a little unwell can I still have my treatment?

A. No. Your body is already utilising your lymphatic and immune systems to fight off the bug you may have. Crio uses your lymphatic system to remove the dead adipose cells.  Having any illness or multiple areas treated at the same time would place too much strain on your lymphatic system, and you could end up feeling worse. It is best to wait until you are better, and in terms of treating multiple areas, treat them at separate intervals so your lymphatic system is not overloaded.

Q. What pre and post-care are required?

A. Ensure you drink two liters of water over 24 hrs prior to your appointment and following your appointment. Do not drink it all once, sip at water regularly. Drinking water will help you achieve optimal results.


Q. Can I return to work after the treatment?

A. Yes, this treatment can be performed on a lunch break.

Q. What can I expect to feel from treatment?

A.  It is expected to feel extremely cold in the treated area for a few minutes until reaching the desired temperature, to which the area will become completely numb. It is common to feel pins and needles, tightness, numbness, and soreness in surrounding areas during and post-treatment. Once treatment time is finished and the handpiece is being removed, as blood flow returns to the area it is expected to feel a burning warm sensation followed by extreme tingling for a few moments.


Q. What are the risks associated with treatment?

A. CRIOCUUM is considered a safe procedure with minimal side effects, but as with any procedure there is a certain degree of risk and it is important that you understand the risks associated with this technique. The personal decision to undergo treatments is based on comparing the risk to the potential benefit. Although most people who have this treatment do not experience these complications, you should consider each point before consenting to the therapy with CRIOCUUM.

  • Erythema (reddening) will always appear in the zone treated. It may last from a few minutes to a few hours.

  • Occasional localised hematomas caused by the suction process

  • It is common to feel paraesthesia and dysaesthesia (alterations in skin sensitivity) in the zone treated due to the low temperature, although at deep levels of the adipose tissue, where the tissue has crystallised, it is normal for this effect to last for up to 8 weeks.

  • A feeling of asthenia (tiredness) possibly with a high temperature that lasts less than 24 hours

  • It is quite common to feel a mild degree of pain during the procedure, mainly during the first 10 minutes or so of the treatment, the zone then becomes anaesthetised by the cold.

  • Discomfort after the treatment may often occur in the zone treated due to the quick change in temperature that will last for about 10 minutes; sometimes there may be some mild discomfort for about 7-10 days afterward, along with possible inflammation.

  • On rare occasions there is a possibility of fainting or a superficial lesion related to the freezing effect.

  • Extremely rare instances of Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (approximately 1 in 4000). Removal of this will most likely require liposuction.

Q. Am I suitable for treatment?

A. CONTRAINDICATIONS ​(treatment is not suitable for people with any of the below)

  • BMI over 29

  • Urticaria or hypersensitivity to the cold

  • Raynaud’s disease

  • Cryoglobulinaemia

  • Hypoproteinaemia

  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding

  • High temperature

  • Coagulation disorder

  • Acute infectious processes

  • Hernia in the zone to be treated

  • Active skin lesions, dermatitis, or open wounds in the zone to be treated

  • Chronic diseases affecting bodily functions (kidney failure, heart failure, etc)

  • Infectious diseases with related morbidity (local or systemic)

  • Autoimmune conditions affecting the skin (dermatological, rheumatological)

  • Varicose veins in the treatment area, phlebitis, thrombophlebitis

  • Patients who have just had surgery or recent surgery on the area to be treated (at least 6 months after the procedure)

  • History of oncology issues.