Fat freezing (Cryolipolysis) remains a popular option for non-invasive fat reduction. And it’s easy to understand why. The procedure is safe and effective for treating stubborn or localized fat bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise. It can reduce an area’s fat layer thickness without cuts, needles, or longer downtime.
At Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, we have the Zimmer ZLipo device that utilizes this technology. It permanently eliminates fat cells by using a pulsed vacuum suctioning that helps break down fat before the actual fat freezing starts. Then, its cooling panels (of different sizes) emit cooling temperatures to freeze the cells to the point of natural elimination.
ZLipo now has 360° applicators that can take your fat freezing treatment further. These are available in three different sizes: small, medium, and mini. Benefits include:
- Full 360°cooling
- Enlarged treatment area
- Shorter treatment time
- More comfortable vacuum
- Two treatments simultaneously
While fat freezing by ZLipo itself is already effective for reducing fat, combination treatments can produce enhanced results. Zimmer Aesthetics, the company behind ZLipo, has two other devices (ZWave and ZField Dual) that can be used alongside fat freezing to speed up fat absorption.
Cryolipolysis and ZWave therapy
ZWave is a form of acoustic shockwave therapy that uses specially modified wave pulses. It uses a handpiece that induces targeted vibrations within the connective tissues to break down fat and tissues that cause cellulite. ZWave also stimulates collagen formation to make the skin firmer and more elastic. Benefits include:
- Non-invasive and can be used on different parts of the body
- Pain-free and no downtime
- Visible results in a few weeks
- Helps improve cellulite appearance
- Good standalone treatment, but can be combined with other aesthetic treatments
ZWave works well with fat freezing because it helps break up frozen fat underneath. The effectiveness of this combination has been documented in a 2013 clinical study by Jeffrey A. Hunt, D.O. R.V.S, published in prime-journal.com. It involved two groups of five female patients who underwent fat freezing:
- Group A: Fat freezing with initial massage immediately followed by ZWave and four ZWave treatments weekly
- Group B: Fat freezing with initial massage only
Results have revealed that Group A had over twice the fat reduction during each week with ZWave treatment, when compared to Group B. Fat reduction in Group B was slower and more gradual.
The study concluded that Cryolipolysis immediately followed by 3-minute acoustic wave treatments resulted in faster fat absorption. This allows monthly fat freezing treatments and body shaping results in half the time.
Cryolipolysis and ZField Dual
ZField Dual is a non-invasive body shaping device that uses electromagnetic pulses to stimulate muscle contractions. It also has fat burning capabilities and can stimulate two opposing sections of the muscles simultaneously. It can tone flabby areas of the body without cuts, needles, or intense workouts.
ZField is commonly used for toning the abdomen and buttocks, but it can also be used on the arms, back, and thighs. Benefits include:
- Burn fat and build muscles
- Lift and firm your buttocks non-invasively
- Achieve a six-pack or visible abs without sweat
- Non-invasive and virtually painless
- No side effects or tissue damage (except to the unwanted fat cells through cell death and lipolysis)
A 2020 study published in Dermatologic Surgery examined the safety and efficacy of Cryolipolysis with electromagnetic muscle stimulation (EMMS) for abdominal contouring. It involved 50 patients with 3 cohorts:
- EMMS alone
- Cryolipolysis alone
- Combination of Cryolipolysis and EMMS
According to the study, Cryolipolysis with EMMS cohort showed the greatest mean GAIS (Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale) score. This is followed by the Cryolipolysis alone group, then the EMMS alone cohort. The same is also true for mean circumferential reduction measurements.
The subjects’ perception of the appearance of their abdomen was also measured through the Body Satisfaction Questionnaire (BSQ). All cohorts showed significant improvement. The highest average score was again for the Cryolipolysis + EMMS cohort (7.6), followed by Cryolipolysis only (5.7), and EMMS only (3.6).
In conclusion, the use of Cryolipolysis and EMMS resulted in enhanced body contouring efficacy, especially in the abdominal area. It has also produced noticeable changes overall as evaluated by GAIS, BSQ, and circumferential reduction. The study showed the safety and efficacy of these procedures alone and in combination.
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As these studies suggested, combining ZLipo fat freezing with ZWave (acoustic wave therapy) and ZField Dual (EMMS) produces enhanced results. So, if you’re looking to shape and contour your body, don’t hesitate to consider combination treatments.
Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation and body assessment with our aesthetic doctor. Find more about what fat freezing can do for you and which treatment combination is right for your needs, goals, and concerns.