What is Lipocontrast?
It is about reducing the fat locally by the cold.
The bulges on the stomach and hips can be unsightly, resistant to diets and sports. The people concerned are, for the most part, reluctant to surgical interventions. The new Lipocontrast method represents a non-invasive treatment alternative based on the apoptosis (destruction) of fat cells by cold.
In Europe or Asia, a slender figure represents an ideal of beauty. Lookouts look to reshape their bodies. In recent years non-invasive treatments such as massage, radio frequency, ultrasound and laser machines have been developed. The new method of cryolipolysis , used clinically since 2009, adds to this offer of care.
How does Cryolipolysis work?
The method was developed by Dr. Med Dieter Manstein and Prof. Dr. Med Rox Anderson at Harvard Medical School Boston, Massachusetts.
For 40 years we know that fat cells are more sensitive to cold than other body tissues. In 1970 a “popsicle pannicultis” was described, a reduction of the fat of the cheeks of children who sucked ice in the water. The “pannicutis” observed on the riders, whose thighs were exposed to the cold, is a similar phenomenon. The challenge of developing the method was to control the temperature so as to remain in a therapeutic field, a too low temperature can damage tissue, a high temperature remains without effect.
In pig tests, panniculus adiposus was reduced by exposure to cold by approximately 40% without damaging the skin and other tissues. A lipid level study found no significant changes in lipid serum with the exception of a decrease in serumtriglycerides.
After these results, a clinical study for the fat freezing treatment of fat deposits on the hips and belly was performed. Since then, this patented method, recognized by FDA, has resulted in more than 250,000 treatments.
The fat is crystallized
Controlled cold application causes crystallization of fat in adipocytes that emit apoptosis signals. After 14 days the macrophages arrive in the treated area, begin phagocytosis of the adipocytes that are eliminated. This apoptosis is, unlike necrosis, a natural metabolism that takes place over a period of 2 to 4 months.
Cold treatment and sessions
The fat deposits are photographed and marked. The skin is protected by a cloth induced by gel. After the area to be treated is aspirated by a cold applicator and cooled for one hour at a controlled temperature of + 2 °.
A study conducted by several centers found a reduction in fat of 22%. One to three sessions are required. A sustainable result is achieved with a healthy lifestyle. An interesting case was found: the individual had grown 7 kg in 2 years, the result on the treated area was unchanged.
Possible undesirable effects
A feeling of cold and pressure. Possible sensation of aches. No significant adverse effects noted in the 250 000 treatments performed. After the session work or leisure can be resumed immediately.
This method is deprecated:
– For people with a high reactivity to cold (cryoglobulinemia, cold urticaria)
– In case of pregnancy
– Skin disease or injury to the area to be treated
– Cryolipolysis is an innovative, non-invasive procedure for reducing localized fat deposits.
– Medical treatment without operation, without anesthesia, without work stoppage.
– Causes apoptosis of the adipocytes by the cold, the fat is eliminated naturally.
– The result is set up gradually over two to four months.
This method is not recommended to lose weight, but for the reduction of fat on the stomach and hips.