Also called ‘cool sculpting’, this procedure is becoming more and more common, especially in Europe, in place of liposuction. It basically cools subcutaneous fat cells down to 38 degrees Fahrenheit, destroying them without any evident harm to the surface dermis.
A recent review of cryolipolysis was completed by doctors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Their review was published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
It says, in part, that this relatively new body sculpting procedure appears to be both safe and convenient for patients, but that so far the clinical testing in the United States has been sparse and performed without a control group. The doctors are calling for further large-scale studies of the effects of ‘cool sculpting’ before issuing the procedure a blanket approval.