Cryolipolysis vs Liposuction vs Body Surgery


It is the time of year when losing weight is at the top of most of our to do lists, however with lifestyles becoming busier, many people are searching for a quick fix.

So what are your options?

Cryolipolysis, Liposuction and Body Surgery are just three of the treatments that we offer that can help deal with excess fat on the body.

Cryolipolysis, also known as Fat Freezing is a new treatment for Aurora Skin Clinics which works by super-cooling fat cells so they break down and are harmlessly reabsorbed by the body.

Liposuction is a surgical technique originally developed in France. During the surgery, fatty deposits are removed from your body using suction.

Body Surgery (lift) is an operation that removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the body to produce a more taut appearance. Operations can be performed on your abdomen (abdominoplasty/tummy tuck), your arms (brachioplasty) and thighs. It if is multiple areas of your body, you may look into a full body lift (lipectomy) which focuses on toning the body picking the areas you wish to focus on including upper, lower and total body lifts.

So at a glance it would seem that Cryolipolysis would be the obvious option; it’s fast, effective and painless – but it may not be the quick fix that many are searching for…


So what should you know before going ahead with this revolutionary treatment?

Before you even get near the fat freezing machine you will need to attend a consultation with one of our doctors who will be able to advise on whether the treatment is suitable for you or not.

An ideal candidate for Cryolipolysis is someone who is already maintaining a healthy lifestyle both through their diet and exercise. They may have a stubborn area of fat, which despite their best efforts; they are struggling to get rid of, in which case cryolipolysis is the perfect choice.

A keen favourite with celebrities, you may be surprised to hear that Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff underwent fat freezing treatment to shift her inner thigh fat ahead of her calendar shoot in 2013 which proves that despite her active and healthy lifestyle, some areas of fat are stubborn and a helping hand is needed to remove them.

Another endorser is Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead who despite taking part in a high intensity fitness boot camp in 2013, booked in for a fat freezing treatment to get rid of stubborn fat on her hips.

So what will happen in a Cryolipolysis Consultation at Aurora Skin Clinics?

A consultation is essential before any type of treatment takes place. Dr Fiona Durban will go through the procedure in detail and discuss your expectations against the realistic expectations from the treatment. It is also important that you are upfront about any health issues you may have as we advise against treating patients with diabetes, liver damage, raynauds disease or are pregnant for example. A full list of contraindications will be discussed in your consultation.

It is then important to go through the full expectations of the treatment. This is where alternative options will be discussed if it is felt that your expectations of Cryolipolysis are more than it is actually possible.

Many assume that Cryolipolysis is a direct alternative to liposuction or a tummy-tuck, but it is essential that the differences are made clear to avoid any un-realistic expected outcomes to the treatment.

Unlike liposuction, Cryolipolysis does not achieve immediate fat reduction. It is a much slower process that can take up to 3 months to see the results and  often more than 1 treatment is needed with 8 weeks apart. Cryolipolysis is also not a weight loss solution for people who are obese, or have large amounts of fat, the treatment works best on skin that is not stretched and has small pockets of stubborn fat.

The procedure is a less extensive and invasive procedure compared to liposuction so if patients are looking for a treatment that avoids the pain, lengthy recovery, risks and possible complications of surgical procedures then Cryolipolysis is often a preferred option.

If you have loose or sagging skin however, then cryolipolysis and liposuction will not be suitable and instead a surgical procedure such as an abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck) will be recommended depending on which area of the body you wish to focus on.

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If suitable for Cryolipolysis then you will be talked through the procedure which Dr Fiona Durban explains more about below;

The Side Effects of Cryolipolysis

And lastly you will be made aware of the limited, but still important side effects.  Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive treatment so the down-time after the treatment is generally non-existent with most patients able to resume work and normal activities immediately after having the procedure. The treatment can leave you with redness in the treated area which can last up to a few hours. In some cases swelling or bruising may occur, these will subside depending on your own body’s natural healing rate which van vary from hours to days or weeks. You could also experience numbness of the treated area which is temporary but could last up to 8 weeks during the time that the results of the treatment are taking place.

Once you have your consultation and have been told that you are suitable for treatment, and then you will be talked through a personalised treatment plan to help you achieve the best results. There is no pressure to go ahead with any procedure and you will have time to go away and think about all of your options and what will best suit you. It is important to research fully any type of treatment or procedure and always attend a consultation before-hand to ensure that you feel comfortable with the clinic and practitioner.

If you are interested in Cryolipolysis and would like to book in for a free consultation with Dr Durban or to find out more information on Cryolipolysis please give our team a call on 01844 318825 or complete our quick contact form and we’ll be in touch.