Cryolipolysis: Everything to learn about freezing fat away


Cryolipolysis: Everything to learn about freezing fat away

Cryolipolysis is the most popular non-surgical treatment in fat reduction. Cryolipolysis stands for “cryo” = cold + “lipo” = fat + “lysis” = cell death and removal. In other words, when fat cells are subjected to precise cooling temperatures, they crystalize and rupture. This results in cell death.

Cryolipolysis, also known as CoolSculpting or fat freezing, is scientifically shown to reduce stubborn bulges that withstand diet and exercise. Results appear natural and last. Thus, CoolSculpting delivers long-term solutions to challenging fat deposits, like belly fat, love handles, thigh fat, double chins, armpit fat, and more. Read on to discover more about Cryolipolysis and learn whether freezing fat away with CoolSculpting is right for you.

The Discovery of Cryolipolysis

Cryolipolysis was discovered by Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Rox Anderson, MD., scientists at Harvard University. The two noticed reductions in cheek fat with children who sucked on popsicles, a marvel called popsicle panniculitis. This phenomenon sparked the concept of cryolipolysis. As Dr. Manstein described to Allure magazine, “Fat freezes at a higher temperature than water.” He presented the metaphor of “butter and water.” With the butter representing fat cells and the water representing skin cells. When put  “in the refrigerator – one is solid, the other remains liquid.” Using the same basis, Dr. Manstein understood that by exposing fat budges to cold temperatures; he could successfully freeze fat without freezing the overlying skin or tissue. Like the butter and water in the refrigerator, the fat becomes hard and brittle. In contrast, the water withstands the cold without changing its physical properties.

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How Cryolipolysis Works

CoolSculpting effectively reduces difficult fat deposits by inducing Cryolipolysis. Researcher Nils Krueger, in a scientific paper, “Cryolipolysis For Noninvasive Body Contouring: Clinical Efficacy and Patient Satisfaction,” points out this process. “The [idea] behind cryolipolysis exploits the premise that adipocytes are more susceptible to cooling than other skin cells. The precise application of cold temperatures triggers [cell death] of the adipocytes. Krueger further explains that why the fat cell dies, it triggers “an inflammatory response [that] leads to slow digestion by surrounding macrophages..”

Simply put, CoolSculpting employs an applicator to isolate a fat deposit, such as belly fat. The applicator then subjects that bulge to precisely controlled temperatures. These temperatures are cold enough to freeze fat without harming the skin or adjacent tissue cells.

Once frozen, the ruptured fat cells signal the lymphatic system to gather the destroyed cells and excretes them as waste from the body. This process takes 8 to 12 weeks.

Since the body excretes the fat cells, they cannot grow back, resulting in long-term fat reduction. Hence, fat freezing is like Liposuction in that it permanently removes fat cells from the body. However, CoolSculpting does this with scalpels, surgery, and minimal downtime.

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Cryolipolysis creates dramatic fat reduction. Nils Krueger’s study demonstrated a reduction of 25% in fat after a single fat-freezing procedure.

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Is CoolSculpting Right for Me?

The best way to determine if CoolSculpting is right for you is to schedule a complimentary consultation with La Fleur Medispa & Aesthetics, the premier CoolSculpting provider in Shrewsbury, NJ.  Fill out the form online today or call (732) 365-4085.

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Lip Flip | Botox Injections for a Fuller Upper Lip

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Lip Flip | Botox Injections for a Fuller Upper Lip

A lip flip is a popular way to achieve a natural-looking, fuller upper lip. Unlike most lip injections that utilize dermal fillers, a lip flip uses a small amount of Botox to achieve an enhanced look. Read on to learn more about the lip flip procedure and discover if Botox lip injections are right for you.

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How Does a Lip Flip Work?

A lip flip involves injecting a small amount of Botox into the middle of the upper lip in an area known as the Cupid’s bow. Botox is also injected into the corners of the mouth, into an area known as “orbicularis oris,” a circular muscle that acts like a purse string.

Botox is a neuromodulator that temporarily relaxes muscles. When used in lip augmentation, Botox relaxes the muscles around the lips, causing the upper lip to unfurl upward and outward, creating a fuller-looking upper lip.


Results typically begin to manifest within a few days after your lip injections. The full effects of your enhancement are visible within 7 to 10 days. Botox injection typically lasts for 3 to 4 months. As with all cosmetic procedures, individual experiences may vary.*

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Risk and Side Effects

Flipping the upper lip with Botox is a safe, non-invasive way to enhance your pout. Adverse events are rare. Following your procedure, you may experience mild side effects, such as bruising or swelling near the injection site. These side effects are temporary and resolve themselves within a few days after your treatment. The best way to ensure a safe procedure is by choosing a skilled injectionist to perform your Botox treatment.

Botox Vs Dermal Filler for Lip Injections

Dermal fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, are the standard treatment for lip injections. As their name implies, fillers are volumizing substances. They are used to plump the lips by adding volume. In comparison, Botox does not add volume to the lips. Instead, it relaxes muscles near the lip to flip the upper lip up, making it appear fuller.

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Botox lip injections are ideal for people who:

  • Want fuller lips without using dermal fillers
  • Want a more subtle, natural-looking augmentation
  • Want their smile to look less “gummy”
  • Want more of a pout without additional volume
  • Have upper lips that disappear when they smile
  • Want a more temporary solution than dermal fillers (3 to 4 months)
  • What a less expensive alternative to dermal fillers

Lip injections using dermal fillers appeal more to people who:

  • Want a more dramatic augmentation
  • Want longer-lasting results (6 to 12 months)
  • Want to augment lip shape and symmetry
  • Want to add volume to both the upper and lower lip

Lip Flip Near Me

A lip flip is a skill-sensitive procedure. Therefore, it is essential to choose a reputable provider with ample experience in performing lip injections using Botox. That’s why discerning patients living in Shrewsbury, NJ, choose La Fleur Medispa and Aesthetics for lip augmentation.

Find out if a lip flip is right for you by scheduling a complimentary consultation with La Fleur Medispa and Aesthetics. Reach out online by filling out the form below. You can also call La Fleur at (732) 365-4085.


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Teixeira, J. C., Ostrom, J. Y., Hohman, M. H., & Nuara, M. J. (2020). Botulinum Toxin Type-A for Lip Augmentation: “Lip Flip”. The Journal of craniofacial surgery. LINK.

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